I think the falling costs of our advancing technology is excellent. Thanks to movements such as Hackspace and Raspberry pi, hobbyists can now do so much more than ever before. Though I think that there benefits of the past technology, for example the 8080 old hardware just seems so much more understandable than the new technology. 8080 microcontrollers are to be found in early PC's but I cant find any AVR's (would be strange if I did) in modern PC's, which is disappointing. In the modern PC's there is a bunch of hyper-complex electronics that is nigh impossible to understand but for a few people, whereas microcontroller technology is hackable, the large masses of firmware that run graphical os's on our modern machines is of no use to somebody that wants to edit functionality.
For example ROM hacks on, say, a gameboy is something that a hobbyist can achieve, it uses a slight variant of the 8 bit zilog z80 that interface with ROM cartidges. But a nintendo wii uses a broadway 32 bit processor and interfaces with optical disks, not something that is easy to understand.
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