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Subject: Re: New wooden chess computer by me.

Author: Keith Evans

Date: 21:03:37 01/28/05

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On January 28, 2005 at 21:07:20, Steve B wrote:

>>Dedicated computers are collectors items and not expensive. What he's making
>>will be very expensive though.
>many dedicated computers sell for $1000-$2000
>even more
>Robots,Tasc computers,large,wooden  tournament sized auto sensory computers with
>Rare modules(ie Mephisoto Almeria 32 bit)
>you should come here more often and you will see the auctions i an other
>collectors point out
>to have the strongest dedicated computer(2450 Elo or more) means a great deal to
>a collector
>the Price Ruud askes is not cheap but it is reasonable
>$1000 is not alot of money to have the worlds strongest dedicated unit

What if someone took the guts out of a palm (or maybe bought something like a
gumstix board with 400 MHz xscale processor) and jammed it into an excalibur
grandmaster? (You might not want to risk one of your beautiful old wooden units
on such a beast.) You could have quite a powerful dedicated unit, but would you
be willing to pay $1000 for such a hack?

(Maybe someone could convince Mark Uniacke to make some minor changes to Hiarcs
to run on such a platform for the right upfront $$$ incentive - hey it's a
dedicated fantasy so why not?)

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