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[REBOL] rebol/view on a 486?

From: kolla:nvg:ntnu:no at: 20-Jun-2001 16:23

Hi! So it seems I might find real usage of rebol/view after all... :) One of our scientists studies memory patterns on birds, and to do this he uses the following.. an acorn risc PC with touch screen and a BBC program he've written himself, which does the following: A screen (full screen, not a window) pops up displaying two pictures. The bird picks one picture and peck on the touch screen (which is trated as a simple mouseclick), if correct picture was pecked, the bird gets a nice surprice. This is repeated over and over till either the bird is stuffed or enough data is gathered. The idea is to see how well and long the birds can remember which picture that will give them food. :) Anyways, as I mention this was all previously done on Acorn RiscPCs and the program was written in BBC basic. Unfortunatly, a RiscPCs is a very rare sight here in Norway, and at some point one have to forward anyhow, and since we have our basement filled with old 486DX2-50 machines, we thought we might use those instead. Now, maybe one can port the BBC basic code to run on these, but I kinda doubt because of the graphical stuff involved. So, after a while I got came to the idea of using rebol/view :) Writing the program shouldnt be much of a problem, all it does is the above as well as gathering the info on how many pecks were wrong or right etc. but one thing I am a little concerned about is how well /view runs on such a 486, and what OS to use below would be the best to get as little overhead as possible, the choices are limited by the avaible drivers for the touch screens; Linux/X11 and Win9x. I might be able to dig up a few pentium100 machines to use instead, but if I could use those 486s it would be splended :) -- kolla