By Joel Johnson at 10:55 am Wed, May 13, 2009
Alex Grant got this IBM PCjr to talk to Twitter, pulling down three recent posts with its 4.77MHz processor and displaying them on its sexy 16-color display. [via Hackaday]
dang! the gauntlet has been thrown down! i feel challenged to fire up my old Commodore 64, fabricate an IEEE-488 to Ethernet adapter, (potentially) modify kontiki to cope with it and write a basic program to alternately post messages to my twitter account and display them in 40 column glory.
…This is fracking brilliant! As an old “Peanut Hacker”, if I still had my old heavily-modded Jr I’d be setting this up myself!
…One other thing I’ve found about Twitter is that it apparently accepts the full ANSI set of characters, which has me wondering how it would digest the “tokens” of a C-64 or VIC-20. Who knows? Twitter just might be the rebirth of all those old classic 4K boxes that have been sitting around collecting dust for two decades plus!
The way he does it is pretty darn crafty- there’s a server box running Linux with custom Ruby code that pulls down tweets. The server and PCjr communicate via two modems (and two phone lines) every so often, sending the new hotness to the BASIC prog on the jr.
I have to admit, I was hoping he’d found some way to make the jr actually participate in an honest-to-god network, like all the C64 hackers and their homebrew ethernet cards.
FeedingGashionistas, it really is participating in a network – just not an Ethernet network. A modem and phone line comprise a slow form of network.
I totally love this. It reminds me of all these things that I came up with to do with a pair of awesome serial terminals that I ended up giving away. Sigh – not enough time or space in the world for everything I would love to do.
I love it.
They should have a land line twitter BBS.
Yeah, this really makes me wish my PCjr didn’t get soaked when a set of pipes broken and then get left behind when we moved. I wish I would have kept its SCSI drive.
Now I have a proper project for my Tandy Model 100. If only I could find my Zoomer…
That’s nothing. I tweet from my Merlinâ„¢!
…Otay, who’s going to get Twitter to work over a basic Micom & VT-52 next?
This isn’t Twitter, but you can get IRC running natively on a 256K Jr complete with the TCP/IP stack.
But I will give Alex style points for using a stock machine and Cartridge BASIC – that brings back some great memories.
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