I’ve got a question which will help me with my WIP, Postcards from Cutty. In this setting, most modern computers have backdoors. So, some space colonists use miniaturized retro computers to control spacecraft systems.
Currently, I’m thinking they’re mostly based on the Atari ST because it was ROM based, but also the 32 bit 68K CPU code and address space is adequate for most of the tasks required for spacecraft systems. In contrast, 8 bits are just too limited for a lot of things.
But are there other good possible systems to use instead?
Fundamentally, it needs to be something that enthusiasts could pick apart byte-by-byte and transistor-by-transistor to ensure there are no vulnerabilities. So something a bit “small” is good. And it needs to be able to eat its own dog-food. The entire development system needs to be able to run on itself (so - no specialized microcontroller systems).
And ideally, it needs to be popular enough that there would be an enthusiast scene in the first place who will have laboriously picked apart everything byte-by-byte. The Atari ST, of course, is a popular platform for the demo scene.
Oh - and hi there! My first post here.