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Updated 2019-06-18 05:15
Second day pictures from PaCommEx 2019 and more
See http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/06/second-day-pictures-from-pacommex-and.html Truly, Robert Bernardo Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
Three Days of the Condor
I just re-watched this movie. There is an excellent computer playing a leading role in the beginning of the movie. PDP-11? There is also an automated book scanning machine that seems to be dumping the book contents to the console printer. Not sure why it would do that. Fun to hear Robert
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First day at PaCommEx 2019
Here are my photos from the first day of PaCommEx -- http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/06/first-day-at-pacommex-2019.html Very tired from the day, Robert Bernardo Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
Pre-show pics of the Pacific Commodore Expo NW!
http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/06/pacommex-2019-pre-show-photos.html Writing from the Seattle area, Robert Bernardo Pacific Commodore Expo NW - http://www.portcommodore.com/pacommex
World Video Game Hall of Fame
The 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame entrants include Colossal Cave Adventure and Microsoft Solitaire. Spacewar was inducted in 2018. World Video Game Hall of Fame https://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/ Colossal Cave Adventure https://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/games/colossal-cav
Honeywell binary playing cards
While looking for the Honeywell Animals, I came across this other Honeywell promotional item of interest. Binary Playing Cards Promotional deck for Honeywell Computers by Brown & Bigelow c.1968 with the cards marked in binary notation https://www.wopc.co.uk/usa/brown-and-bigelow/honeywell
the Honeywell animals
I have no experience using any Honeywell computers, but I remember this series of magazine advertisements very well. Doing an web image search of "Honeywell animals" will also return many more examples. The Honeywell Animals -- the Computer History Museum blog https://www.computerhistory.org
Electronics 1964
a special newspaper section with numerous articles and ads about electronics for industry in Canada in 1964. Very interesting. https://books.google.com/books?id=twVFAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA41&dq=%22financial%20post%22%20canadian%20pacific%20telegraph&pg=PA57#v=onepage&q&f=false
Honeywell 200 ad 1967
The H-200 was a competitor to the IBM 1401. Here's an ad, touting how the machine saved money and a mountain of punched cards. https://books.google.com/books?id=3vFfAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA12&dq=%22financial%20post%22%20canadian%20pacific%20telegraph&pg=PA12#v=onepage&q&f=false (lower left) (You can
workplace and off duty social media usage
article on discipline when social media is used off duty. http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=808250
PDP-11 material posted
bitsavers posted stuff on the PDP 11 http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/pdp11/?C=M;O=D For instance, the LSI-11_Processor_Handbook_1975-76 www.bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/pdp11/handbooks/LSI-11_Processor_Handbook_1975-76.pdf
OT: Howard Johnson's business cycle
Once upon a time there was a large restaurant chain known as Howard Johnson's. They were a big part of the 1950s generation. In May 1956 a new one opened in Spartanburg. Big coverage in the newspaper. https://books.google.com/books?id=9nosAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA6&dq=howard%20johnsons&pg=PA6#v=onepag
Videos from CLASS
The first videos are trickling on-line from the April 27-28 Commodore L.A. Super Show. They are Ed Trillo speaks about SSI games https://youtu.be/7p3pdNrEdxk Music on the C64 and Music Port https://youtu.be/ZvJ7q-kFW5M Walk around Commodore Los Angeles Super Show https://youtu.be/6kZLh
Google’s struggle with its ‘underclass’
article excerpts Will white-collar workers becoming the next labor activists? When a front page New York Times article this week described Google’s reliance on an “underclass of temp labor,” it opened a window into a growing hunger for protections among white-collar workers in industries not
IBM Midrange today?
Once upon a time IBM had the popular AS/400 line of computers. I think they evolved into the "i series", but I'm not sure what became of that. The IBM webpage focuses on "solutions". I did find this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_i Anyway, is anyone familiar with what became of the
Is thing on ?
Apparently AT&T has network problems today... Lots of things I cannot connect to, some I can. I can log into EQ, but not EQ 2. Web pages, okay. Some forums not. No cell phone service. Any one else having this problem ? -- Jim
Speaking of Bell & Howell projectors
Here's a 1943 ad touting their contribution toward education for the war effort. https://books.google.com/books?id=T1AEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA75&dq=life%20steel%20mill&pg=PP2#v=onepage&q&f=false
PDP-11 Retro Computer
A hype nowadays are emulators of vintage video game consoles in a mini case, resembling more or less the console, usually running on a Raspberry PI. I don't like that because you could just save the money and run it with an
OFF TOPIC: NBC in 1945
Two page 1945 ad in LIFE about NBC's offerings. https://books.google.com/books?id=YlMEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA39&dq=life%20telephone%20factory&pg=PA52#v=onepage&q&f=false
Photos + video from the Bay Area Maker Faire 2019
Taken at the the May 17-19 Bay Area Maker Faire 2019, my photos of the Vintage Computer Friends (classic computers) booth have been posted at http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/05/maker-faire-2019.html Also there is a short video of the booth, which can be found at https://youtu.be/HS6VGRWlDSU
1959 Burroughs computer center
ad touting E 101 and 205 https://books.google.com/books?id=ZWU_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA25&dq=burroughs%20computer&pg=PA25#v=onepage&q=burroughs%20computer&f=false (right side) Note IBM service bureau ad on pg 14.
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, May 25
Happy 3-Day Weekend, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, May 25, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 This is our first meeting after
Hogan's Heroes and computers?
In the TV show, Hogan and his men frequently sabotaged scientific research in fields such as rocketry, advanced fuels, radio, radar, and nuclear energy. (They told Klink heavy water was healthy so he'd drink up a shipment*). Anyway, high speed sophisticated electronic and mechanical calculato
OFF TOPIC! TCM wartime movies (on demand)
OFF TOPIC! TCM has a number of great movies available on demand, including Badlands. But they roll off quickly, so check it soon. They're running a number of wartime pictures. I recommend a short, "Main Street Today", a motivation film about a town that needs more critical war production
IBM 360 Model 20 Rescue and Restoration
I suspect this will be ongoing for quite some time. https://ibms360.co.uk/?page_id=22
IBM Displaywriter ad 1981
https://books.google.com/books?id=Fa5UAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA8&dq=ibm%20mtst%20typewriter&pg=PA8#v=onepage&q&f=false
U.S., European officials bring charges in global malware case
Ten people have been charged in malicious software attacks on tens of thousands of computers that caused more than $100 million in financial losses, authorities in the United States and Europe said on Thursday. Instead of seeking the immediate extradition of the 10 defendants — an often
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has bought Cray Inc, maker of some of the fastest supercomputers in the world.
https://news.google.com/articles/CBMiKmh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmJiYy5jb20vbmV3cy9idXNpbmVzcy00ODMxNDk5MdIBLmh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmJiYy5jb20vbmV3cy9hbXAvYnVzaW5lc3MtNDgzMTQ5OTE?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen -- Pete
1972 state of data processing industry
a variety of illustrated articles and advertisements about DP in 1972. https://books.google.com/books?id=2Gw_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA39&dq=financial%20post%20%22general%20electric%22%20timesharing&pg=PA37#v=onepage&q&f=false
IBM 632 typewriter/calculator/card punch?
IBM developed a desk machine that served as a typewriter, electronic calculator, and card punch. See: https://books.google.com/books?id=OGg_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA20&dq=%22ibm%20632%22&pg=PA20#v=onepage&q=%22ibm%20632%22&f=false (bottom of page) see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_632 Has
Re: Blinky lights WAS: The SR-71 Blackbird was designed ENTIRELY with slide rules. (fwd)
I'd like to follow up on this, even though it's a tad late. Here are two photos of the KL-UDGE: https://github.com/PDP-10/its/issues/425#issuecomment-492561075
ritchie interviews thompson
nice stories about the beginnings of unix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY6q5dv_B-o sidd
restroom automation
For a long time now, electronics have invaded the bathroom. In a public bathroom we'll often find.. . automatic flush on toilet. . automatic faucets on the sink. . automatic paper towel dispenser or control of hot air blower. I must admit sometimes I stand in front of the sink waiting for
lab computer experience
Was at a lab today. 1) For check, one places their license in a reader. This verifies identity and pulls up the account. The patient checks the information, and clicks on selection. 2) It was easy to send results to multiple doctors. Just give a portion of the name, and the autofill
Facial recognition routine police tool--privacy concerns
excerpts The technology is proliferating amid concerns that it is prone to errors and allows the government to expand surveillance without much oversight. The technology-driven revolution in policing is unfolding in big cities and small communities around the country, as more police
1938 Telephone Canada history
A detailed newspaper supplement with many article and ads about the state of Canada's telephone network in 1938. Very interesting. https://books.google.com/books?id=umg_AAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA15&dq=financial%20post%20october%2029%201938&pg=PA15#v=onepage&q=financial%20post%20october%2029%201938&f=false
One month until the June 8-9 Pacific Commodore Expo NW!
That's right... time is counting down to the third annual Pacific Commodore Expo NW! PaCommEx is the only Commodore/Amiga show in the Pacific Northwest, and we welcome all our brothers/sisters from the USA and Canada. The show is held at the Living Computers: Museum + Labs 2245 1st Ave. S
RCA Spectra 70 material posted
uploaded to bitsavers. I think this was a popular competitor to S/360. http://bitsavers.org/pdf/rca/spectra70/ System information http://bitsavers.org/pdf/rca/spectra70/
Cortada new IBM book
New IBM book. Anyone familiar with it? https://www.amazon.com/IBM-Reinvention-Global-History-Computing/dp/0262039443
Bay Area Maker Faire 2019 - May 17-19
Join us at the Vintage Computer Festivalers tables at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2019 on May 17-19. https://makerfaire.com/bay-area/ Bay Area Maker Faire is at the San Mateo County Event Center (fairgrounds), 1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo, California, USA. We'll be in the Expo Hall. We'll have
Special event 3B2/500 system for UNIX 50th
To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of UNIX and SDF's 32nd year a previous incarnation of the SDF Public Access UNIX System will run from now until September 30th. Remote access is available via ssh 3...@sdf.org. You can login as a 'visitor' and if you like to stick around for the duration
Us congress hearing of maan alsaan Money laundry
YouTube videos of U.S. Congress money laundering hearing of Saudi Billionaire " Maan Al sanea" with bank of America and The owner of Saad Hospital and Schools in the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Awal Bank in Bahrain
Photos from CLASS
The first Commodore Los Angeles Super Show photos have been posted. See http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/05/marios-photos-of-class.html And another photo at http://blog.retro-link.com/2019/04/a-picture-after-todays-class.html Truly, Robert Bernardo April
railroad time
I’m getting closer: Several people throughout history are credited for simultaneously inventing things; the telephone, vaccines, and some of the most important and well-known theories in science. It was Heinlein may have paraphrased another speaker as he said “When it’s time to
New city payroll system a disaster
The City of Philadelphia implemented a new payroll system and it's a disaster. "Officials on Thursday acknowledged that the city has had to issue at least 5,121 supplemental paychecks in the last month to correct mistakes that left workers getting less than they had earned. One prison worker
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, May 5
Happy May Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, May 5, at Panera Bread Restaurant 3590 W Shaw Ave. (corner of W. Shaw Ave. and Marty Ave.) Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 271-0104 http://www.dickestel.com/meet_
IBM SAGE programming agency general description
A 1971 guide describing the history and mission of the agency. file:///F:/IBM_SAGE_Programming_Agency_1971.pdf
IBM SAGE JOVIAL manual
uploaded to bitsavers file:///F:/IBM_JOVIAL_Self_Instruction.pdf
Sixteen general registers, 15 index registers
The PDP-6 was designed in about 1963. One of the ways it differs from its predecessors is that it has 16 registers, which can also be used as index registers except for register zero. The IBM 360 was also designed in about 1963. One of the ways it differs from its predecessors is that it has 16
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