What was true in the early days of microcomputers is no longer requisite, with
the most mundane appliance likely to contain a quad-core 32-bit processor, running a thousand times faster than the
those early ones. But that's no excuse not to do it right.
My design philosophy, consistently and concisely applied since the very first
creation 41 years ago, is that there is no greater elegance
than simplicity. 8 bits are preferred over
16 and 16 over 32. 5 MHz clocks are
preferred over 50, and 50
over 500. Assembly is preferred over C, C is
preferred over C++ and object-oriented languages are best avoided
altogether. The elimination of software bloat is the key to eliminating
hardware bloat. The elimination of hardware bloat is the key to creating
a product that rises above the cacophony of me-too mediocrity to garner praise
for innovation, performance and cost-effectiveness.