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verisimilitude: Also, why is it called Bolix here?
asciilifeform: verisimilitude: well, bolix ivory was a 2um. approx. on par, transistorwise, w/ i486.
asciilifeform: as concrete example, the bolix people were able to have a working c (and even fortran) compiler on the box, and one which understood all data types of the os as well as all other softs present on the box, without compromising any 'lispiness' of any other component.
asciilifeform: it's rather like how i have a bolix box, but not insane enuff to publish proggies i wrote for it!
asciilifeform: verisimilitude: funnily enuff, the builders of e.g. bolix's lisp gnawed at the vn leather straps quite a bit. hence the inclusion of various oddball special-purpose cpus (the 1 in the FEP; the 2 (!!) in the console ; possib. others)
asciilifeform: weinreb (rip) was shipwrecked when bolix closed doors
asciilifeform: gregorynyssa: the way 'macivory' worx -- it sits in that mac, and the latter boots normally, then you run their console proggy -- which handles screen, kbd, and disk i/o for the card, and gives you a standard bolix console on normal vga monitor.
asciilifeform: and no relation to project MAC. smbx sold several other machines based on same cpu ; the single-board 'macivory' was a 'budget' model (i.e. you didn't have to buy 40kg of golden toilet console from bolix, just 1 board)
asciilifeform: in wholly unrealated noose : sumbody's selling a bolix mcivory. ( and model2, at that, the mechanically-simpler kind w/ no cpld. i'd actually trade my 'fast' model3 for this type if knew someone in l2 who offered. )
asciilifeform: prolly for same reason bolix's attempt to repackage their os for dec alpha flopped
asciilifeform: theoretically interesting -- there were concepts in interlisp that never appeared in mit cadr + successors (bolix etc) -- e.g. the 'structure editor'
asciilifeform: adlai: bolix could not have built 'ivory' in 1980, the necessary vlsiism did not exist. so inevitably went through junkyard wars stage.
asciilifeform: 'ivory' series is imho the only interesting , even from archaeological pov, bolix product. but almost nothing is known about its internal design.