[linux-elitists] Hm, editor wars

Paul J Collins sneakums@eircom.net
Wed Jun 28 15:15:39 PDT 2000


>>>>> "Nick" == Nick Moffitt <nick@zork.net> writes:

    Nick> 	Yeah, but we had zero-page addressing.

    Nick> 	The 6502 was a pipelined 8-bit chip with
    Nick> variable-operand instructions.  You could speed things up
    Nick> considerably by stripping off the high byte of your
    Nick> addresses and working entirely in the bottom 256 bytes of
    Nick> RAM.  Most games used this area for heavily-accessed state.

Unless you were using an Acorn, which used a fair chunk of zero page
for OS and machine state; probably for that very reason.

Paul.

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