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Subject: Re: New wooden chess computer by me.

Author: Steve B

Date: 01:09:46 01/29/05

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>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?

well there are two points here..
First  ..i am not  so interested in modified computers
the new dedicated computers that we are talking about will be avaialable to the
general public
there will be perhaps 50 or more sold
a prototype has competed in head on competiton with all of the other dedicated
units and won going away

SECOND..the new dedicated computer will have two programs and it will be
upgradeable through a pc serial port built into the module
a wed site will be maintained by the seller which will allow upgrades to be
downloaded from the site directly into the computer to all registered owners

so all together i think its a nice package and worth the money and so do many
other collectors

what you describe is interesting ,but the concept of taking an existing computer
and modifying its processor or over clocking ,etc etc is not a new one
generally i do not acquire these sorts of computers

now with all of that aside, if you can do what you described for say..$
have your first sale

i like the idea you picked the GM board..its a great board to play chess on


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