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Well, unlike modern machines, the system was made to be simple enough to understand while being as powerful as possible.

Modern computers, on the other hand, have to either up the complexity by quite a bit and keep the power ( trying to rewrite an old and simplistic DOS based mandelbrot set generator for modern system got me mostly battling my misundertanding of SDL: putting bytes in A000 was way simpler. ) or sacrifice power by going back a generation or two...

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