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Updated 2018-02-25 10:00
Silicon Valley pub that helped birth PC industry to close because of high rent
Silicon Valley pub that helped birth PC industry to close because of high rent https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/02/silicon-valley-pub-that-helped-birth-pc-industry-to-close-because-of-high-rent/ favorite place after monthly (BAYBUNCH) meetings at SLAC ... as well as other times. --
going off-line
I fired AOL yesterday. Curiously, the droid was more interested in getting me to change my password than dealing with the business of cancelling. She insisted she help me change the password and I could not get her to understand that I was using my "dial-up" phone line to talk to her and
Computer science hot major in college (article)
The Phila Inqr reported that compsci is a hot major. Across the country, the number of computer science majors at doctoral institutions has more than tripled in the last decade. It’s much hotter than it was during the dot-com blitz in the late 1990s, according to the national Computing
My flabber has never been so gasted ...
In the face of such miniaturisation and integration, what hope is there left for those of us whose careers are based upon low-level hacking or else spending a year or so developing projects in assembler which are much simpler in context? :-) ... http://uk.farnell.com/omron-electronic-compone
Implementation of a Turing Machine?
I wonder if there are any electronic implementations of a Turing Machine, especially one that allows for state machine realisation to control it? One of the intriguing limitations of such machines is that any problem that cannot be solved will result in a failure of the machine to halt, but
Re: What a badge of pride!
I can understand Burt being prejudiced against Americans, what with his mum and those GIs back in the war, but I don't get why you've got a down on them, Roger. -- STC / M0TEY / http://twitter.com/ukradioamateur
In reply to John Savard; posting problem
Thankyou, John, a very good analysis, and in some ways matches my own experience having been brought up in the Christian tradition; my great grandfather having been one of the originators of a strict Welsh Methodist chapel midway between the two pubs in the village, the Peniel Chapel in
OT: Farewell to 747 in U.S. service
For the first time in 48 years, you can't buy a ticket on a US airline to fly on a Boeing 747. On Wednesday, Delta Air Lines Flight 9771 touched down in Marana, Arizona, an arid boneyard for stored and cannibalized jetliners. A three-hour-and-33-minute journey from Atlanta. The last of the
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Feb. 18
Happy Valentines, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
Sixty years ago---high speed printer, automatic coding
C&A had some interesting articles/ads sixty years ago. January 1958 RCA Triode 6887 tube ad (pg 11) http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/computersAndAutomation/195801.pdf February 1958 Stromberg Carlson electronic printer S-C 5000 pg 29 Grace Hopper automatic coding pg 14 http://www.bitsavers
"Hawaii Five-0" TV show computer
This is airing on MeTV. One episode had a computer doing a search. It looked like a S/360 model 30. Generally, they had tight closeups of the controls on the card reader and then the printer, and tapes whirling. A bunch of cards emerged in different stackers, and then one came out by
Laptop Repair Made Easy - Hd Video Series
Laptop Repair Made Easy - Hd Video Series Laptop Repair Made Easy Is A Complete High Definition Video Series On How To Repair Laptops For Fun Or Profit ~ Laptop Repair Is A Huge Multi-billion Industry & That Means Lot Of $$$ For You Learn more: https://goo.gl/Fwwy9w
Why China's New Supercomputer Is Only Technically the World's Fastest
2010 MIT article: Why China's New Supercomputer Is Only Technically the World's Fastest; Peak performance doesn’t equal sustained performance, and the NVIDIA GPUs in the Tianhe 1A are especially bad at the latter. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/421584/why-chinas-new-supercomputer-is-only-te
Nostalgia
Gazing at my bookcase and noting a 1971 copy of the PDP8's Small Computer Handbook. That was 47 years ago, and then 47 years before then takes us back to 1924, well before the days of any working programmable machines (pace the Jacquard Loom) Now that the Raspberry Pi 3 gives us a quadcore 64
DEC's 60th anniversary?
Must be somewhen around now. But 60 years makes them seem to be antediluvian instead of the leading lights as once they were. That styling of the PDP series still, to my mind, looks futuristic. Anybody here worked in the Maynard Woollen mill that features in some of the PDP8 small computer
Des Moines Commodore
========== Forwarded message ========== ...there's an "unofficial" Commodore/Amiga users group in Des Moines, Iowa on the last Sunday of the month... ...if anyone is interested and is in central Iowa, email me at kevin.removeifyourenotaspammer@puppybreath.org.
Police in China are wearing facial-recognition glasses
Fixed facial recognition cameras have been in use to catch beer festival-going criminals in China, and now the technology is being mounted onto wearable glasses to eliminate any blind spots for crimes. Since the beginning of China’s Lunar New Year travel season, police at Zhengzhou East Railway
Nuclear cannon
The General arrived in the artillary position, and gives orders. "At x Hours, you will fire an nuclear shell towards position [x,y]. There will be no danger to yeurselves, none whatsoever. I have to return to headquarters before that, to watch what damage is done to the enemy. That's
Olympics opening ceremony
Is it one enormous LCD screen upon which they are acting, for there does not seem to be any illumination patterns on the actors which one wold expect if being projected from above? Bearing in mind that Korea is one of the foremost producers of LCD screens?
1963--nuclear weapon alarm system
In 1963, Western Union, under contract with the US Air Force, installed a nationwide nuclear weapon detonation detection system. If there was an attack, the airforce would be immediately notified. The system worked by having special sensors that would only be triggered by the intense light of
testing new computer new isp
This is a horrible computer …. how in the hell do you guys deal with smart finger skating pads? /BAH
Bitcoin confusion?
The bubble will burst soon, so only just a little premature for folklore ... If a bitcoin is worth $9000, how useful is it to buy something at only $500? Are there also Bitcents or Bitfarthings?
Soon, the Only Alternatives to Windows Server will be open-source
Just saw this news item: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/29/farewell_to_macos_server/ I didn't really know there _was_ a MacOS Server, and so I can't blame Apple too much for deciding the effort to maintain it isn't worth the expense... their hardware is too expensive to be a rational
OT: Star Trek Tribbles tonight, MeTV
check local listings. I don't recall any computers in this episode, but it was one of the best. The aide to William Schallert (a great actor) looks like a certain sleazy congressional committee leader.
How to open a new console in Concurrent CP/M?
On an (emulated) IBM PC 5150 I am playing with Concurrent CP/M. To run more than one program with other(s) has/have to run in a different console from what I read. I already downloaded two manuals in PDF to find out how to run multitasking. But none did tell me how to open a new console on a
The Commodore Story movie at Computer History Museum 2/23/18
The Commodore Story - Release Date 23rd Feb 2018, 6:30 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. Bil Herd and Leonard Tramiel to have a question-and-answer session after the movie. The Commodore Story is a cram-packed, 2-hour documentary film
Xerox company sold
On Wednesday, Xerox said that, after 115 years as an independent business, it would combine operations with Fujifilm Holdings of Japan. The deal signaled the end of a company that was once an American corporate powerhouse. “Xerox is the poster child for monopoly technology businesses that cannot
Contractor Accused of Wage Underpayment at Medicare Call Centers
excerpt A federal contractor systematically underpaid workers in call centers that serve beneficiaries of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, and could owe those employees as much as $100 million in back wages, a labor union said in a complaint filed on Friday with the Labor Department. The
Low power electronic circuits--contract integrity (1961)
There was considerable interest in the WUTR article on corrosion in electronic circuits, especially when caused by various environmental circumstances. WUTR ran another article on the integrity of contacts used in lower-power electronic circuits. In electrical circuits, the power/voltage is
Making Computers Secure
On some tech news site, I came across a comment to the effect that things like Meltdown and Spectre wouldn't be such a big deal... if the only executable content our computers ran were programs we installed on them. Of course, that wouldn't prevent viruses 100%, but it would return things
Hackaday
hackaday.com alway worth a daily snoop, especially this today (Intel 4004) ... https://hackaday.com/2018/01/29/inventing-the-microprocessor-the-intel-4004/
Prime
If anyone out there has ever used a Pr1me minicomputer and fancies a bit of nostalgia then there is a telnet emulator you can play with. http://www.andrewpetermarlow.co.uk/personal/prime.html Andy
IBM 1410 circuit design
This document describes the logical and physical circuits used in the 1401. Detailed. http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/ibm/1410/223-2589_Instruction_Reference_1410_System_Fundamentals_Nov63.pdf
Squaddies as software engineers?
Hardly. Free thinking creativity is not in the mindset of the squaddie.
people's heights
Completely off topic, but found this when browsing today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plains_Indians The interesting bit is near the bottom, about those Plains indians average heights, when existing on a diet of Buffalo. -- greymaus.ireland.ie Just_Another_Grumpy_Old_Man
1956 -- circuit reliability book
In 1956 McGraw Hill published a book, "Reliability Factors for Ground Electronic Equipment". It may be downloaded from: http://www.tubebooks.org/Books/Atwood/Henney%201956%20Reliabilty%20Factors%20in%20Ground%20Electronic%20Equipment.pdf It seems to be an excellent book with a lot of good ideas
The Next New Military Specialty Should Be Software Developers
The Next New Military Specialty Should Be Software Developers https://warontherocks.com/2018/01/next-new-military-specialty-software-developers/ To be clear, cyber warriors are not software developers. A common misperception is that cyber refers to anything involving computers. Cyber teams
DEC and HVAC
Question for you DEC fans - Back in '83 I was learning to program BASIC on a Commodore PET, saving up money to buy a Commodore 64, and getting excited about computers. One thing that really impressed was a visit to a friend's father's office: he controlled HVAC services for a major university
OT - Has anyone seen / have a copy of computer lore story about a DC consolidation?
Sorry for the off topic post. I'm hoping that someone here might have seen a (what I consider to be) a computer lore type story about a contractor that was brought in part way through a project to consolidate three DCs into one. - In the end he managed to do it early and under budget. The
1947--the future of walkie-talkies
In March 1947, Boys Life ran an article on the future of walkie-talkies. It combined both two-way radio and mobile telephones. It appears they were talking about a pre-cursor to Citizens Band. When this article was written, I don't think the transistor was invented yet. None the less, the
Acoustic memory calculator
Friden EC-132s with acoustic memory. Is from an university in Nottingham, UK and published a few months ago. What do you think? -- Andreas
Telegraph technology--1934 to 1984 overview and prediction
In 1959, the WUTR published a detailed article reviewing the pace of technology from 1934 to 1959, and then, what was expected to occur from 1959 to 1984. As with most such articles, they got a few things right, such as upper/lower case letters, miniaturization of components, and satellites
1959--Production scheduling at WU's Chattanooga Works
In 1959, WUTR ran an article describing how manufacturing processes are scheduled and tracked at its manufacturing complex in Chattanooga. One product was the various metal frames and tables used for telegraph equipment. http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/archives/technical/western-uni
OT: 1948--good public school system
OFF TOPIC In 1948, LIFE did a profile of the Allentown, PA, school district. They had a comprehensive offering for academic, industrial, office practice, adult education, and special needs kids. multi page article begins at: https://books.google.com/books?id=DEYEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA10&dq=life%20
How a Misfit Group of Computer Geeks and English Majors Transformed Wall Street
How a Misfit Group of Computer Geeks and English Majors Transformed Wall Street http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/01/d-e-shaw-the-first-great-quant-hedge-fund.html US also almost totally eliminated funding of maintenance of bridges (and other infrastructure) ... with lack of projects and jobs ...
Meltdown
Reading up on this new vulnerability (Meltdown? Spectre?), it seems to exploit a vulnerability that was going back to 1995 (which would make it a subject for this group). Anyone any good ideas?.. Would it be a good time to invest in (Intel | AMD | the ARM makers)? -- greymaus.ireland.ie
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, Jan. 21
Happy New Year, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
Hawaii missile alert: How one employee 'pushed the wrong button' and caused a wave of panic
Hawaii missile alert: How one employee 'pushed the wrong button' and caused a wave of panic https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/01/14/hawaii-missile-alert-how-one-employee-pushed-the-wrong-button-and-caused-a-wave-of-panic/ From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw
History--Corrosion in electrical networks
In 1956, the WUTR did a detailed article on corrosion of electrical networks. While obviously various materials have improved over the years, certain situations--hot humid weather, improper soldering, and improper building construction--still can take their toll. For instance, the article
The C65 #1 at the Amiwest Show 2017
To see photos of the C65 #1 at last October's Amiwest Show, go to http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/01/the-c65-1-at-amiwest-show-2017.html Happy New Year! Robert Bernardo Fresno Commodore User Group http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm Southern
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