Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly language eComic, issue 7, out now!

2019-10-03 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 2:41 AM Norman Dunbar  wrote:

> Hi Dave,
>
> On 03/10/2019 00:58, Dave Park wrote:
> Apparently, I am a pedant's baddest nightmare. :o)
>

worstest nightmare! :P

;)
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly language eComic, issue 7, out now!

2019-10-03 Thread Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users

Hi Dave,

On 03/10/2019 00:58, Dave Park wrote:
I think we have to remember that people didn't communicate as easily or 
freely then as we do today, so specifications were far more localized 
than we'd suspect. If sites had 8 hole punched tape readers, it would be 
a sensible use. When modems came along, and a parity bit was part of the 
modem's protocol, it freed up that 8th bit. Lots of people hacking it to 
their own purposes. Someone with the luxury of a CRT going, "h, I 
can generate extra characters, graphical elements, all sorts!" and 
before you know it, ASCII evolves by who communicates the best ;)


Fun times!


You mean, standards! :o)

I had a look over at Wikipedia yesterday (yes, I know) and you've 
basically summarised the whole tale of ASCII and how it got from a 
fledgling 6 bit to 7 where it lives now, with it's extra bit hanging on 
"just because".


Fun times indeed.

Apparently, I am a pedant's baddest nightmare. :o)



Cheers,
Norm

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