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World's oldest original digital computer
is turned back on after 61 years

The world's oldest original still-working digital computer has been unveiled at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park.

One day, a computer
will fit on a desk (1974)

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke makes the bold claim that one day computers will allow people to work from home and access their banking records.
The Verge

General Magic is a nostalgic film about
the ‘90s startup that imagined the smartphone

It’s ‘the most important company to come out of Silicon Valley that no one’s ever heard of’

Origins of the Web

The web didn't spring out of nothing. People had been considering & building hypertext type systems since the 40's. Dr Tim Brailsford explains.

The Xerox Alto, Smalltalk,
and rewriting a running GUI

We succeeded in running the Smalltalk-76 language on our vintage Xerox Alto; this blog post gives a quick overview of the Smalltalk environment. One unusual feature of Smalltalk is you can view and modify the system's code while the system is running. I demonstrate this by modifying the scrollbar code on a running system.

Micro Man

Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s. Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles it out with ex-employee Chris Curry, founder of Acorn Computers, for dominance in the fledgling market.

Steve Wozniak Was
My Computer Teacher in 1995

The Apple co-founder spent his own money, and more importantly, lots of his own time, showing us public school kids how to use the early internet.

Steve Wozniak Talks Disk ][

Paleotronic was lucky enough to be given the chance to have a chat with Apple co-founder and engineer-extraordinare Steve Wozniak, who gave us a personal look into the development of the Disk II.

The Visual 6502 Project

Barry Silverman from The Visual 6502 Project talks about their project and gives a live demo.

A history of the Amiga,
part 3: The first prototype

The third installment of our series on the history of the Amiga begins with prototyping the hardware.

The sound of the dialup, pictured

If you ever connected to the Internet before the 2000s, you probably remember that it made a peculiar sound. But despite becoming so familiar, it remained a mystery for most of us. What do these sounds mean?

Half an operating system:
The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

IBM doesn't make consumer, desktop operating systems anymore for a reason.

Why I Ripped The Same CD 300 Times

I collect music by buying physical CDs, digitizing them with Exact Audio Copy, and scanning the artwork. This is sometimes challenging if the CD was self-published in a limited run in a foreign country ten years ago. It is very challenging if the CDs have a manufacturing defect that renders some tracks unreadable.

Dawn of the Microcomputer:
The Altair 8800

Subscribers to Popular Electronics were a sophisticated group. The magazine’s editor, Arthur Salsberg, felt compelled to point out as much in the editorial section of the December 1974 issue. The magazine had received letters complaining that a recent article, titled “How to Set Up a Home TV Service Shop,” would inspire a horde of amateur TV technicians to go out and undercut professional repairmen, doing great damage to everyone’s TVs in the process. Salsberg thought this concern was based on a misunderstanding about who read Popular Electronics. He explained that, according to the magazine’s own surveys, 52% of Popular Electronics subscribers were electronics professionals of some kind and 150,000 of them had repaired a TV in the last 60 days. Moreover, the average Popular Electronics subscriber had spent $470 on electronics equipment ($3578 in 2018) and possessed such necessities as VOMs, VTVMs, tube testers, transistor testers, r-f signal generators, and scopes. “Popular Electronics readers are not largely neophytes,” Salsberg concluded.

PC emulator for PC

Emulates PCs from the 90's.

Radio Shack Catalog
RSC-09 Computer Catalog

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Intel x86 documentation has more
pages than the 6502 has transistors

Microprocessors have become immensely more complex thanks to Moore's Law, but one thing that has been lost is the ability to fully understand them. The 6502 microprocessor was simple enough that its instruction set could almost be memorized. But now processors are so complex that understanding their architecture and instruction set even at a superficial level is a huge task. I've been reverse-engineering parts of the 6502, and with some work you can understand the role of each transistor in the 6502. After studying the x86 instruction set, I started wondering which was bigger: the number of transistors in the 6502 or the number of pages of documentation for the x86.

Twenty years of a free, open web

On 30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty free basis, allowing the web to flourish

Adobe Photoshop Source Code

When brothers Thomas and John Knoll began designing and writing an image editing program in the late 1980s, they could not have imagined that they would be adding a word to the dictionary.

The 640K memory limit of MS-DOS

The Legend teaches us that Bill Gates once declared that “640 KB ought to be enough for anybody“, then designed MS-DOS to enforce this limitation. The truth is of course a little more complicated than that.

Seiko Computer Watch Fun

Seiko has been a long-time innovator in the world of horology–their digital watch line started way back in 1973. When we experienced “computer fever” in the 1980s, Seiko wasted no time in releasing a product line which capitalized on the PC market.

Cost of Hard Drive Space

Price of hard drive digital storage capacity for use in computers, 1960-2000. The cost of hard drives, used in computers for storing data in large quantities, has been falling rapidly for many years. Here are some details. Note the steep decline in the cost per megabyte.

The Machine That Changed The World

Interview with Alan Kay, 1990 // Full-length interview with Alan Curtis Kay. Portions of this interview were featured in episodes from the WGBH/BBC Series, The Machine That Changed The World. The Machine That Changed The World was a five part series chronicling the personalities and events of the computer revolution.

The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future

Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm.

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