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> And once You think you’ve run hw to its limits there are plentiful demos and examples around to blow your mind watching what people have been able to do with these machines (often in obscure ways).

What blew my mind was using a modern C++ compiler to build optimized software for that old hardware. Here's an example with the Commodore 64 [0].

[0]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBkNBP00wJE

Anyone using Turbo C++ on MS-DOS already had that experience. :)

Hence why microcontrollers like ESP32 are much more poweful than many think of.

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