"Finally, this phenomenon hinges on the exact timing of the RAS signal at the nanosecond level, and on many machines the critical situation simply doesn't occur. The timing (and thus the probability of a crash) depends on factors such as temperature, VIC revision, parasitic capacitance and resistance of the traces on the motherboard, power supply ripple and interference with other parts of the machine such as the phase of the colour carrier with respect to the dotclock. The latter is assigned randomly at power-on, by the way, which could be the reason why a power-cycle sometimes helps."
I have always fantasized about going back to the bad old days, where you have to boot the computer into the program you want to run.
I dream about having the full capability of modern computing to just run one program. Without any overhead. Without an OS.
Historical material is more than welcome on Hacker News. One key function of this site is to distribute historical knowledge into what otherwise tends to be an amnesiac industry/community/society. More historical material, everybody, please!
Edit: Speaking of which, if you haven't been following it, Alan Kay has been posting some top-notch comments to HN lately: https://news.ycombinator.com/posts?id=alankay1