30 Apr '16, 11am

Don’t Tempt the Demo Gods: Including a live technical demonstration as part of a...

Don’t Tempt the Demo Gods: Including a live technical demonstration as part of a...

Including a live technical demonstration as part of a presentation is a lot like walking a tightrope without a net. Which isn’t to say that we don’t do it — we just keep our fingers crossed and bring our lucky horseshoe. The demo gods have smote [Quinn] a mighty blow, in front of a class at Stanford, no less. [Quinn]’s scratch-built computer, Veronica, failed to boot in front of a hall of eager students . When the pressure was off, in the comfort of her own lab, [Quinn] got to debugging. You should read her blog post if you’re at all interested in retrocomputing or troubleshooting of low-level hardware bugs. But if you just can’t spare the five minutes for a pleasant read, here’s a spoiler: watch out for flaky card-edge connectors. All’s well that ends well, with a game of pong. We’ve been following Veronica from her very first clock cycles, so we’re happy to see her back ...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/04/30/dont-tempt-the-demo-gods/

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