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64x16 was the optimal resolution when using a black and white tv screen
for a monitor (back in the 4004/8008 and then m68/8080/z80 days)
gee, users today even expect hard disks as standard in their computers.....
bring back paper tape and punch cards i say.
David Lyon wrote:
>>>Maybe we got overtaken by the 3D games .... I've
>>>never understood the idea to
>>>stick a graphics card in a computer.. it just seems
>>>so wrong... :-)
>>The graphics card is optional. In the PCs which do not
>>have graphics card, the microprocessor has to execute
>>all drawing instructions. Interestingly MMX
>>instructions of new Pentium microprocessors provide
>>similar functions of graphics accelerator. Streaming
>>SIMD instructions add performance to graphics
>>operations complementing MMX instructions. So
>>microprocessor is evolving to provide advanced
>>graphics capabilities as well.
>>But as of today's date I think graphics card are
>>considered important. They speed up the computer's
>>ability to compress/decompress images or doing frame
>>operations required in advanced video applications.
>>Decoupling graphics functions from the microprocessor
>>frees the microprocessor for other jobs. And the
>>graphics cards are optimized for video processing and
>>for image oriented operations.
>Yes I know that... :-)
>You must be one of these young people that *expect* good graphics.. :-)
>Why in my day... you'd be lucky to even get 40x25 characters... and when
> 80x25 came out... that was to save up for.... not these 64MB graphics
> cards... they're ridiculous.....
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