What did computers without screens do?

Eric Smith spacewar at gmail.com
Sun Dec 20 14:18:54 CST 2015

On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 1:16 PM, Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at gmail.com> wrote:
> Short version is, even the cheap and simple 555 has been replaced in
> many products with a cheap-as-or-cheaper-than microcontroller, not
> because it's simpler, but because it allows for greater flexibility
> and reduces the overall product cost.

I got a bit of somewhat tongue-in-cheek flack recently over using a
PIC for my four-phase clock generator, where dedicated logic would do.

I was only planning to build one or two instances of the circuit, so
it wasn't particularly cost-sensitive, but still, it seemed like using
a PIC was both the simplest and least expensive solution.

A TI SN74LS362/TIM9904 would have done the job, but I don't have any
on hand, and they're now relatively expensive and hard to get. (Anyone
have one or two pieces spare?)

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