I remember the first time I heard of FPGAs, way back at university. I instantly fell in love with the concept in the same way I fell in love with the concept of a Turing machine when I first heard of it. There was something empowering about it: the ability to build any logic circuit you want (within reason!), configure it, test it, run it, and do it all over again of need be for a completely different problem.
@John Birkner: I remember MMI CEO, Ze'ev Drori, storming into my office in a rage about putting cartoons into a serious publication such as a databook.
It's funny how folks used to be so uptight about stuff lik ethat. I love technology, but I really don;t enjoy reading boring techo-articles or books or whatever -- I like stuff with personality and flavor and the odd quip and nuggets of knowledge and tidbits of trivia...
Max, back in the day, we had a lot of fun putting the PALMAN figures in the PAL Handbook. It was a novel idea at the time. I remember MMI CEO, Ze'ev Drori, storming into my office in a rage about putting cartoons into a serious publication such as a databook. I persuaded him that engineers would enjoy it and, in the end, PALMAN proved very popular, lasting five more editions. Thanks for memories of MMI "In the Beginning" by Ron Wilson with Don Faria's quote,"So we began to partition the interconnect," which led the path to FPGAs.