Speaking of ascii art, I remember running a number of different BBS's in my pre-internet days. Anyone remember Legend of the Red Dragon (L.O.R.D.)?I incorporated colored ascii art into the menu system for my batch file until eventually the batch file got too large for my system to run.
Cool story, wonder how much he sold the company for, sounds like he isn't working anymore.
Back when the 486 was current, and the 386 before it, you could run the computer for limited amounts of time without the fan on the CPU before it would overheat. When building a new PC, sometimes it was helpful to see if it would POST before finalizing the build, and that included not putting the fan on the CPU, cause it was only like 5 seconds. The Pentium processors pretty much changed all that and it seem like the smoke Gman is talking about was tied directly to the power button. As soon as I pressed it, there was a puff of smoke. I only made that mistake once.We call that the smoke test. The idea being that chips are made of magic smoke and if you let the smoke out they don't work anymore. Seems reasonable to me.