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04 April 2002 @ 03:55 pm
A moment ago, I overheard my supervisor on the phone with a customer. (Our cubicles are next to each other now) I heard him say "Is that a DOS Matrix printer I hear in the background?"

I was in a goofy mood, so I sent him the following message:


Did you just call "Dot matrix" printers "DOS Matrix?"

Man, now THAT would have been a boring movie.
"What is the DOS Matrix? And why is our entire universe made of ASCII graphics and 16 colors?"
Kurt Onstadspeedball on April 4th, 2002 04:14 pm (UTC)
16 colors?
What do you mean? The entire universe was ASCII characters falling down like a waterfall on a monochromatic screen...

The One (Not Jet Li, the other One)
Idtechnomonkey on April 4th, 2002 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: 16 colors?
No, the entire universe was CODED in a GUI of waterfally green ASCII characters. They were looking at the code itself when they saw that.

The Matrix, however, was the world created by that code. It's like the difference between looking at doom.exe in a text editor and playing the game.

The DOS Matrix, now, would be the worst of both worlds.

But let's take your direction for a moment.... How well do you think the Matrix would hold up if it were run on a DOS machine?

(No Microsoft jokes, please....)
Kurt Onstadspeedball on April 4th, 2002 05:00 pm (UTC)
True, to a point...
If you weren't plugged directly into the Matrix, the code was the only way to view it.

"I don't even see the code anymore. All I see is 'Blonde, Redhead, Brunette.'" This tells you how good these people were with computers. Imagine trying to understand what was going on in a game of Doom by watching the code run in realtime.

Running the Matrix on a DOS machine? No single computer currently available is going to be able to handle anything that complex. You'd get a Core Dump within seconds, kicking everyone out.

Idtechnomonkey on April 4th, 2002 05:41 pm (UTC)
Can DOS machines even BE networked to harness all their computing power? You'd think that big businesses in the heyday of DOS must have been able to do so, but I just can't imagine how. Then again, while I was pretty good with DOS, I was by no means an expert.

So yeah, a version of the Matrix as run on a DOS machine, or even networked ones. They'd have to be networked, now that I think about it, because each human was essentially a node. So they're probably connected at 14400 baud in a version of the Matrix scaled down to the point that DOS could handle it.

Maybe 16 colors was generous....
Kurt Onstadspeedball on April 4th, 2002 05:53 pm (UTC)
"Mommy. Why does everyone look exactly the same?"

Idtechnomonkey on April 5th, 2002 09:09 am (UTC)
Neo is likely to have come out of it and not known what a human _looks_ like....
some guy: bizarroself on April 4th, 2002 07:21 pm (UTC)
DOS Boot
It wouldn't affect graphics.

Doom II was a DOS game. As were Myst, the 7th Guest and the 11th Hour. And let's not forget from Wing Commander III on up.

Towards the end, we had 32 bit processing, full motion video, and full 3D accelleration. To some degree, most games today are still behind.

(I mean, really. Compare a game on a 64 meg 733MHz Windows machine to it's equivilant on XBox if you want to see what kind of impact a graphic operating system has sitting between the software and hardware)

No, your main consideration is networking, which required horrible third-party solutions to impliment. And without that (Windows for Workgroups, perhaps?), the machines would never become self aware.

So, the Matrix runs on a Linux box, to be sure. Though, the display mechanism being chemical, with user feedback determining so much of the experience, I don't think the system requirements are nearly what you're giving it...