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Google gives its $1m Turing prize to, er, top Google bods: RISC men Hennessy, Patterson

Dave 126 Silver badge

Lots of RISC in schools.

Primary school was BBC then Acorn Archimedes, big school was, after a couple of years of CISC Mac LC IIIs, PowerPC Macs.

I don't think we saw a normal Newton (ARM) in the flesh, but the Design and Technology teacher was given an Apple eMate (a clamshell Newton with a keyboard only sold in education market, the translucent curved design foreshadowing Sir Jony's first famous product, the iMac) to play with. He didn't bother.

Obviously being a schoolboy, it was the contrast in how these things ran video games that interested me. The Acorns ran games very well compared to the PC I had at home. Lots of sprites and colours and sound, loaded from the native WIMP GUI.

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