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GrubbSnax 48: Grubb's Big Move, TCL Speculation, and the Continued Chip Shortage

How many buzzwords can TCL make up to sell more TVs?

News expert Jeff Grubb is here to dish out all of the hottest news!

May. 26 2022

Posted by: Jason

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Grubbitize me captain

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I just so happened to be watching this video essay about OS bloat and it reminded me of what Jeff was saying about cartridges vs storage cards and I have an answer:

  1. Cards run on an OS
  2. Cartridges are an OS

That is to say that cartridges run in native mode and have direct access to the hardware (probably going through some libraries supplied by the hardware manufacturer). Systems with an OS give a generic black-box for the software to use and intentionally hide all of the hardware.

Obviously, systems like the Gamecube up until maybe the Wii-U did not use carts (ignoring the Super GBA thing you could plug into the GCN). The high random-access speeds of some kind of ROM (including Flash EEPROM which is obviously not ROM at all) is the other key that Jeff locked onto. But the OS is the difference between the DS and Switch.

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Thanks for the episode! Love the show!