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Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

When we programmed computers wearing bear skins and using flint knives

The Scene is Dead.

It's a little lame (except for the water reflection part) until 50 seconds in. Then heavy techno music and graphics.

Okay, it gets my little geek engine running.

This is the third place entry in the PC | Revision 2012 64K Intro. The entry specs (for next year) are here. That video was created with only a 64K runtime app. Not 64M or 64G, 64K (65536 bytes). No libraries. No calls.

64K. One, that was almost an amazing amount of memory when I started programming (and we started seeing demos like this). And two, these days that's an amazingly limited amount of memory. It does this little hacker's heart good to know the kids can still program this way ('cause, frankly, most kid programmers these days don't know shit about condensing and streamlining their code - shut up, I've read your HTML).

You might need to be a total computer nerd to understand that what they're doing there is some pretty amazing stuff with only 64K.

(Pointed to by John)

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