I had the "Merlin" thing as well. The most entertaining thing about it, I remember, was Game #5, in which you had to figure out how to turn all the lights on in a ring pattern.
After less than 100,000 were made, Sears (using a computer model based on initial sales figures) determined that the games would not be big sellers, and most of the production for Football and Auto Race was stopped. Within 6 months, it became obvious to Sears that their prediction was wrong, and production was started up again and reached previously unknown levels! (Reaching as many as 500,000 units a week by mid-February, 1978).
If computer technology continues to develop at its present rate, one of these chips will be able to store about a quarter-million bits (the smallest unit of computer information) in its memory within a few years.
Ten years from this point, there will be chips capable of remembering a million bits of information.
By 1990, the number of logic or decision-making computer circuits on these one quarter inch chips are expected to number a quarter of a million.
Today's large computers, selling in the one million dollar range and as big as several filing cabinets, contain only about 10,000 logic circuits and a main memory capacity of a few million bits.
As microprocessor technology progresses, computers may be developed that understand human speech.
It is even possible that they can be taught to read handwriting!
The microprocessor in your Odyssey2 is infinitely more sophisticated than the mathematical marvels that were the state of the art in the forties and fifties.
The technology of the microprocessor is unquestionably going to revolutionize the way the world works - and the way you'll live. A computer will control your car's automatic transmission and fuel injection system.
A computer will monitor fire and burglar alarm systems in your home.
The lights in your home will be computerized. So will the locks on the doors and windows.
A computer will even water the lawn.
A computer will do your shopping from the house - and pay your bills without you writing checks.
Computers will simulate three dimensional space for architects to help them mentally walk around their houses before they're built.
Computers will alert doctors to patient problems that would be imperceptible under today's circumstances.
Computers will help composers hear their music as they're writing it - even if it's too complicated for them to play.
Businessmen can have electronic simulations of their companies in their attache cases.
We are really still just at the very beginning of the computer age. You have picked a very good time to get involved!
JHarris: What on earth purpose could they have for scrambling up the character set like that?
What on earth purpose could they have for scrambling up the character set like that?
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