> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kenn Humborg [mailto:kenn at linux.ie]
> Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2000 10:45 PM
> To: John P . Looney; Irish LUG list
> Subject: [OT] sw killing hw [was Re: [ILUG] MySQL & outer joins...]
>>> On Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 10:25:25AM +0100, John P . Looney wrote:
> > I think what's up is the original (crappy) ghostscript drive for it
> > squirter ink badly, so the headers are dirty/blocked (as it
> doesn't print
> > well in windows either) - but the head cleaning program
> doesn't seem to do
> > much good (I've run it ten times, and it gets a littel better each
> > time...but not much - and now it's stopped impoving..)
>> Oh dear... Back to 'crappy software can damage your hardware'.
> Was is the C64 or the BBC Micro that could produce smoke with
> just the wrong sequence of instructins?
The Beeb had a software controlled relay for starting and stopping suitable
tape recorders on the casette port. You could turn it on or off with *MOTOR
1 or *MOTOR 0.
I imagine a program along the lines of
20 *MOTOR 1
30 *MOTOR 0
40 UNTIL FALSE
would do pretty nasty things to it...
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