Real mode to protected mode inside the timer ISR

This rocks: http://svn.navi.cx/misc/trunk/metalkit/lib/bios.c It’s the insane little trampoline I wrote last year in order to make real-mode BIOS calls from my toy protected mode OS, Metalkit. It’s full of all kinds of awesome and scary things. So today, I just had occasion to try making a BIOS call from inside the timer interrupt, and it works! (Both in a VMware VM and on the physical laptop I tried it on.) Woohoo! So now I have this... Read More

The future of computer education

I just stumbled upon a web site which still sells the Elenco Micro-Master MM-8000 Computer Training Kit, a state-of-the-art piece of educational hardware which includes an 8085 processor, 256 bytes of RAM, and a convenient set of keyswitches and LEDs for entering programs and inspecting memory. I remember seeing these in magazines like Electronics Now in the early 1990s, and they sure haven’t changed. Here’s an excerpt from the manual... Read More