Lost (nearly)

In my NS days, I had to go overseas to the jungles of Brunei for a Jungle Survival Training Course. There was a team of about 5 of us sprawled out at a site of about 2.5 square km.

The first day involved chopping down trees to build my shelter and during one of my breaks, I decided to be a bit adventurous and did some scouting around in the jungle to take a look at the surroundings. After walking around for about 15 minutes, I turned round to go back but I realised that nothing looked familiar!

Luckily I managed to compose myself and looked around for more details. I saw a hill that looked familiar (but in hindsight, I think all hills look the same if you’re lost in the jungles…) and as I trekked towards it, I managed to find myself back. Whew!

486 DX2 66MHz

It’s amazing that my second PC was considered to be quite a powerful machine during its time… It was “revolutionary” in the sense that this was the first class of Intel processors released to the mainstream where the math coprocessor was combined with the main processor. Previously the math coprocessors had to be bought separately.

Fast forward to today, 2 cores are already common while 4 cores are probably looming on the horizon for the mainstream…