Thursday, May 14, 2009

Because he could - @grantovich develops Twitter search client for the IBM PC Jr., Twittjr

I saw this tweet on Thursday evening from @jeffisageek:

twittjr : converting a 20-year-old IBM PCjr into a dedicated Twitter machine.

Intrigued, I went to Alex Grant's page on Twittjr:

Twittjr is a system that allows an IBM PCjr to search the public timeline on Twitter. In case you weren't aware, Twitter is a social micro-blogging service introduced in 2006 and has over five million active users. The IBM PCjr is a personal computer introduced in 1984 and has a 4.77MHz processor, 128KB of RAM, and uses 360KB floppy disks for storage.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

For more details, go here. This may not have excited you, but it excited me:

@jeffisageek i'd love to see a video of twittjr from @grantovich

Well, the idea must have appealed to Alex, because he subsequently announced that he had made such a video:

Now at this point I could get all philosophical about the continuing value of supposedly obsolescent technology, or about the way in which microblogging could be incorporated into a variety of platforms (tweets on your oven?), but that's too much work so I'll just agree with Alex - it seemed like a good idea at the time.
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