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Wed Aug 17 16:25:43 CEST 2005
Am Mittwoch 17 August 2005 16:03 schrieb Marc Lavallée:
> Le 17 Août 2005 09:44, cyrille henry a écrit :
> Software can be modified, hardware can't. It's easier to sell and buy
i wouldnt say that hardware cant be modified. remember the good, old c64? how
many were sold, and from that, how many were used unmodified? almost none, i
admitted, with modern hardware it becomes harder to make modifications, but it
is still possible. for example, on serveral occasions i modified wintv cards
to have certain output jacks, that only higher-priced models had. all that
was needed are readily available chips & jacks, and a calm hand to handle
these smd beasts.
just recently i modified my dvd player to have a full set of jacks for the 5.1
audio output (it only had stereo and one digital output). that was even
simpler, only some cap's and the jacks were needed, plus an op-amp.
or look at gfx cards.... its not long ago (or it still is) that there were
serveral versions of the same card: with additional outputs, like video, or
with higher speed dac's that allow for higher refresh rates and resolutions.
it would be possible to change the dac chips, for example. or put the missing
parts for the additional outputs on it......
once in munich we got a big batch of memory cards for some exotic hardware at
a really low price (surplus like). that was in the time when 4-mbyte simm
modules had high prices. now we desolderes the single chips, and soldered
them on empty simm sticks. about 80 percent of them worked flawlessy
> physical goods (like food), but it's easier to share ideas, so harware
> companies consider their drivers as being part of their hardware. They are
> so wrong... One day, we will build our own hardware based on shared ideas
> and software.
im hoping for that. and im already working towards that.
after all, digital hardware is much easier to design and build than analogue
hardware. in fact, one could look at it (the digital part) as "pd with real
objects". its just that many people are not interrested in creating new
hardware, for whatever reason. many are afraid to handle chips, a solder
iron, etc, because they think its too complicated, and that the parts would
be too sensitive (i.e. that they would be easily destroyed). but its not that
complicated and sensitive as most people think. its pretty much the same as
it was when computers became widely available. many people were afraid to
touch them, because they thought they are too fragile. today we know better,
and many people built their own pc's from single components.
and whats the real difference between plugging a ram stick into your pc,
compared to plug a chip into some pcb? to me, not much ....
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