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Subject: Re: New wooden chess computer by me.

Author: Vincent Diepeveen

Date: 14:53:24 01/29/05

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On January 29, 2005 at 04:09:46, Steve B wrote:

What he describes is about exactly the same idea Ruud is using if i may guess.
However it's easy to have a plan. It's hard to execute it.

If you stick in a transmeta mini atx type stuff card you actually can run diep
under linux at it at 1.4Ghz. In theory windows is also possible but transmeta
has problems there. Hardware costs $500. But a lot of work.

Obviously a tuned 1.4Ghz engine will destroy anything of < 400-600Mhz which Ruud
is trying to incorporate now.


>>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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