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toaster

(jargon)
1. The archetypal really stupid application for an embedded microprocessor controller; often used in comments that imply that a scheme is inappropriate technology (but see elevator controller). "DWIM for an assembler? That'd be as silly as running Unix on your toaster!"

2. A very, very dumb computer. "You could run this program on any dumb toaster."

See bitty box, Get a real computer!, toy, beige toaster.

3. A Macintosh, especially the Classic Mac. Some hold that this is implied by sense 2.

4. A peripheral device. "I bought my box without toasters, but since then I've added two boards and a second disk drive".

This is not usually to be taken literally but, to show off the expansion capabilities of the Risc PC, Acorn Computers Ltd. built a seven-slice machine (which they called "the rocket-ship") and installed every imaginable peripheral. In a spare drive bay of the top slice they installed a toaster. This machine was exhibited at various shows where it attracted attention by occasionally ejecting a pizza.

intranet toaster

A self-contained intranet server designed for small departments or businesses. It plugs into the network and is configured via the Web browser. It is not as powerful as a full-blown Unix or NT server, but provides for a convenient and fast installation.

Video Toaster

An earlier video production and editing system for Windows from NewTek, Inc., San Antonio, TX (www.newtek.com). Video Toaster (VT) was introduced in 1990 for Commodore's Amiga computer. Revolutionary at the time for the desktop video market, VT included hardware and software that provided digital effects, character generation and 3D animation. It also controlled professional analog tape decks, and its USD $5,000 price tag made it the most affordable broadcast-quality video system on the market.

After Commodore went out of business in the mid-1990s, a Windows version of VT was released in 1999 that supported uncompressed D1 digital video. In 2003, a greatly enhanced VT[3] version was introduced that continued the tradition of providing a professional video production environment at a fraction of the cost of mainstream editing systems. The last version (VT[5]) came out in 2007 but was discontinued in 2010. It was also used in NewTek's TriCaster portable production system until 2012. See video/TV history.


On the Amiga
NewTek chose the Amiga for its advanced graphics in the early 1990s. The monitor on the right displayed the videotape, and VT software provided the controls. Analog signals from tape were converted to digital, edited in the computer and converted back to analog to a second tape deck. (Image courtesy of NewTek, Inc.)







On Windows
This is an earlier Windows-based VT system. For under USD $10,000, Varto Technologies combined VT with several CPU options and a specialized keyboard. This was equivalent to high-end editing systems costing 10 times as much. (Image courtesy of Varto Technologies, www.vartotechnologies.com)
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