The Story of Micro and Mini
Micro was a real-time operator and dedicated multi-user. His broad-band
protocol made it easy for him to interface with numerous input/output
even if it meant time-sharing.
One evening he arrived home, just as the Sun was crashing and had parked
Motorola 6800 in the main drive (he missed the 5100 bus that morning ),
he noticed an elegant piece of hardware escorting her daisy wheels in
garden. He thought to himself, "She looks user-friendly," "I'll see if
like an update tonight."
Mini was her name, and she was delightfull, engineered with eyes like
a Prime mainframe architecture that set Micro's peripherals networking
He browsed over to her casually, admiring the power of her twin 32 bit
point processors and inquired "How are you Honey Well?." "Yes I am
responded, batting her optical fibres engagingly and smoothing her
her curvilinear functions.
Micro settled for a straight line approximation. "I'm stand-alone
said, "How about computing a vector to my base address?" "I will cut out
to eat, and maybe we could get an offset later on."
Mini ran a priority process for 2.6 milliseconds then transmitted OK.
been dumped myself recently, and a new page is just what I need to
disks. I'll park my machine cycle in your background and meet you
walked off, leaving Micro admiring her solenoids and thinking, "Wow,
global variable, I wonder if she'd like my firmware?."
They sat down at the process table to a top of form feed of fiche and
a bucket of bawdots. Mini was in conversational mode and expanded on
arguments while Micro gave occasional acknowlegments, although, in
was analyzing the shortest and least critical path to her entry point.
finally settled on the old "would you like to see my benchmark
Mini was again one step ahead.
Suddenly she was up and stripping off her parity bits to reveal the full
functionality of her operating software. "Let's get Basic, you RAM," she
Micro was loaded by this stage, but his hardware polling module had a
of it's own and was in danger of overflowing its output buffer (a
Micro had consulted his analyst about). "Core," was all he could say, as
prepared to log him off.
Micro soon recovered, however, when he went down on the DEC and opened
device files to reveal her data set ready. He accessed his fully packed
device and was about to start pushing her CPU stack, when she attempted
escape sequence ....
"No, No" she cried, "You are not shielded."
"Reset, Baby," he replied, "I've been debugged."
"But I haven't got my current loop enabled, and I can't support child
processes," she protested.
"Don't run away," he said, "I will generate an interrupt."
"No that's too error prone, and I can't abort because of my design
Micro was locked in by this stage though, and could not be turned off.
soon stopped his thrashing by introducing a voltage spike into his main
whereupon he fell over with a head crash and went to sleep.
"Computers," She thought as she compiled herself, "All they ever think
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