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FCUG picnic lunch - Sunday, October 21
Happy Halloween, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next annual picnic lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, October 21 at -- The Elbow Room 731 W. San Jose Ave. Fresno, Calfornia 93704 (559) 227-1234 http://www.elbowroomfresno.com
A curious case of a magical wire
Recently, when working with a control board for a large servo, we wrote a simple test program to ping the servo and figure out whether it was correctly connected. This should have been a simple task, but upon running it, we found to our dismay that the ping failed. The servo could not be
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Paul Allen Passed away yesterday
In the early days of personal computing I met him a few times the last time a couple years after the split between him and Bill Gates. Paul Allen was probably the nicest of those who became seriously wealthy. The world lost one of the good guys
Come back Blinkenlights, all is forgiven!
Just had a frustrating half hour with the personal video recorder (PVR) attached to the TV aerial not responding to its remote control and seemingly locked up, despite pulling-the-big-switch and repowering. Changed the batteries in the remote, to no avail. Considering that all components,
Amiwest Show 2018 - Oct. 13-14
Get into gear with this year's Amiwest Show happening Oct. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2265 Auburn Boulevard, in Sacramento, California, USA. See all the details at http://www.amiwest.net/ For the first time, the Amiwest Show will have Commodore 8-bit content! The Developers' Conference
OT: Postal Service seeks record price hikes to bolster falling revenues
CNN reported that the US Postal Service is asking for the biggest price jump on stamps in its history. Facing pressure from the Trump administration to address a revenue shortfall, the Postal Service on Wednesday proposed raising the price of 1-oz. letters from 50 cents to 55 cents, which would
film "Pillow Talk" (telephone party line contention)
In the days of party lines, there was often contention on access. In the postwar era, many people wanted a private line, but there was inadequate capacity in some areas to provide it due to very high demand. In 1959, Universal Pictures made a comedy about this starring Rock Hudson and Doris
Internet sniglet needed
For hitting pause at the start of a web video until you think you have enough buffered to play it all the way through. (Which you don't) -- ------ columbiaclosings.com What's not in Columbia anymore..
Software disenchantment
Read it and weep. I've included the whole text of this blog entry below, however if you go to the URL there are illustrative graphics, links to the quotes (tweets), etc. It's long, a bit ranty, and occasionally goes into the technological weeds, but may be of interest to the greybeards.
How many times ...
... have I looked at the ifconfig man page over the decades, but only today for the first time do I place the pause in the wrong place when reading the entry on multi-cast rate - why have I never seen it as m-castrate before ? -- Steve O'Hara-Smith | Directable
Singing Tesla Coils
I had never heard of this "instrument", but it's cool and should appeal to this group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LErNobl79NU&feature=youtu.be -- ------ columbiaclosings.com What's not in Columbia anymore..
ABC: Trump orders Kavanaugh FBI investigation to be LIMITED
excerpt “I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file," he said in a statement provided White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
VCF East 2014 photos... now they are posted!
It's been quite awhile. Hidden in the dark recesses of the website, the page lay there, forlorn and forgotten. But not anymore! The page of the Vintage Computer Festival 9.1 2014 is now active, with its 38 photos. Hark back to a more innocent time! Reminisce about 2014! Go to http://www.d
Facebook says attack exposed personal information of 50 million users
ABC News reported that Facebook has found a security “issue” in its "View As" feature that led to an attack on almost 50 million accounts and potentially affecting as many as 90 million users in total, the social media giant announced Friday. https://abcnews.go.com/Business/facebook-found-secur
Love Boat--speech driven typewriter
On the Love Boat aired this past Sunday (1978), a side plot dealt with a man who invented a typewriter that responded to speech. They used a Selectric II with a Speakerphone as the receiver. It picked up all the conversation in the room, even the kissing. As an aside, this episode guested Eve
Idiiot computer online courses
So a friend of mine is taking an online training course and there is a multiple choice test. She enters the answers: A. C. B. and so on. She flunks the test because the computer is looking for a letter only, and the period she typed distorted the answer. Back in the days when we filled
SCCAN at Downtown L.A. Maker Faire!
Visit us at the Downtown L.A. Maker Faire! On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the Downtown Los Angeles Mini Maker Faire is happening again, and SCCAN will have Commodore and Amiga computers for fairgoers to use! Visit us at the tables of the Classic Los Angeles Computers! (CLAC!). For more
Re: Golden Algol 68
On Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:01:56 GMT, Andy Walker wrote: > December 20th this year is the 50th anniversary of the adoption of MR101, > the final report defining Algol 68. Does anyone know of any proposal to > mark this anniversary? A conference, a party, whatever? Being now
mechanics of materials , By Beer and Johnston and Dewolf , 3rd ed
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Who still uses mainframes
Desert Storm logistics was run on a small air-cooled 4381 mainframe that was flown to the battle theater. The assignment of all 800 numbers. Every ATM transaction, and so on. To a first order of approximation, meaningful computing on this planet is still done on the mainframe. The big banks,
Mathematical Statistics with Applications , Dennis Wackerly , 7th ed
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machine design an integrated approach , Robert L. Norton , 3rd ed
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Introduction to Thermal Systems Engineering , M. Moran. H. Shapiro , 1st ed
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Programs are
"algebraic equations into numerical forms, which in turn have to be put into machine language in the order in which the machine has to calculate it, either in sequence or going round and round until it has finished with one part of the problem and then go on some definite which-a-way, whatever
OT: Should Pluto be a planet again?
off topic from NBC News: The rocky body at the outer edge of our solar system was downgraded to a dwarf planet in 2006. And that decision has been hotly debated ever since. Maybe Pluto is a planet after all. The icy ball at the outer edge of the solar system was considered a planet from
Be careful what you call Modern!
I have a book entitled Modern Control Theory And Computing. The program examples are given in PDP8 assembly language and an early unstructured FORTRAN. In 1969 as an engineering fresher at Essex Uni, we did such a FORTRAN, but I don't recall whether F4 or F66????
Nostalgia _IS_ what it used to be!
Obsolescence Guaranteed now has a waiting list of over 1000 for their PiDP11 kits. PDP11/70 front panel to run with a RPi 3+ emulator.
PDP10 processor for £/$100,000? Eat your heart out!
https://hackaday.com/2018/09/17/a-1-linux-capable-hand-solderable-processor/
Did we really?
Did we really earn a whole year's salary 45 years ago by writing assembly language for real-time SCADA systems using the PDP8 with less than 32 kWords (48 kBytes because 12 bit word)? What has gasted my flabber is the technology available for only ra elatively few shekels in the toy aeroplane
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, September 22
Happy Beginning of Fall, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, September 22, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 I'll be coming in with maybe the last of
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Burroughs B5900
A description of the engineering process creating the B5900. http://web.archive.org/web/20100227100516/http://jack.hoaroots.org/b5900.htm
OT: 1950 Pullman (sleeping) car travel
Ad describing the numerous comforts available to Pullman passengers. https://books.google.com/books?id=oUkEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA40&dq=rapid%20city&pg=PA32#v=onepage&q&f=false
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, September 16
Happy end of summer, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, September 16 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686 This
Commodore 128 CP/M Floppy with STAT
I am looking for a 1571 (otherwise 1541) floppy image for CP/M for the Commodore 128. I found several in an emulator. Some don't work, some do but have no STAT command. As far as I could find out the C128 CP/M came with version 3.0. What I cannot figure out is if CP/M 3.0 dropped STAT and may
Video from The Commodore Story premiere night
Video from the premiere night of The Commodore Story is now available! See Leonard Tramiel and CBM/Amiga engineers Hedley Davis, Ron Nicholson, and Bil Herd in a panel discussion from that night! Go to https://youtu.be/ta2rL6brXmI Truly, Robert Bernardo Fresno Commodore User
Sheldon Cohen, IRS commissioner who computerized agency, 91
excerpt Mr. Cohen returned to the IRS in 1964 as chief counsel. Johnson named him commissioner the next year, a time when the agency was warily beginning to adopt computer technology for the processing of returns. Such mechanization, which allowed the agency to track each taxpayer with a
Telex (brand) terminals
There was a company named Telex that made 3270 clone terminals. We used them. They were a lot cheaper than IBM 3270 units. The look 'n feel of a Telex unit (keyboard and screen) wasn't as good as a real 3270, but the cost savings were too high to ignore. catalog: http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf
Trump can hurt Google
excerpt Politico reported that while Trump has few direct ways of going after Google, his administration and allies in Congress could find ways to make life difficult for the company. Antitrust officials at the Justice Department or Federal Trade Commission, for example, could investigate
American radio history, lots of PDF
I was notified about which sports PDF files on hundreds of magazines dedicated to radio (also gramophone) and computer magazines. Starting as early as the 1910s. There I was finally able to grab a copy of the Popular Electronics issue from January 1975,
Ray Carlsen releases new power supplies and adapters
Good news! In his understated way, Ray Carlsen writes: > I just finished updating my website to include the new C64 mini PS and some adapters that will eliminate the Y configuration on new power > supplies that run a C64 and C128. O.K., here are more details, all found at http://perso
Brief history of Incompatible Timesharing System
The MIT AI lab got their PDP-6 first. 1964ish? Then they added a KA10 in 1967. The DM group got their PDP-6 in 1969 and added a KA10 the year after. The Mathlab people wanted their own machine, so MIT got a third KA10 in the early 70s. AI and ML got pagers and used the same ITS version.
Interview Texts on Internet Archive
Okay, mi culpa... I lost the link for these interviews on archive.org I have tried searching Google Groups to find the message that gave the link, and had *no* success. I guess I am a bad searcher... Can someone re-post the link for these interview texts??? Thanx in advance! -- numerist
First Computer User Group Is Founded, 22August1955
The First Computer User Group Is Founded http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/August/22/ Following a Los Angeles symposium hosted by IBM, a group of representatives from seventeen groups that had ordered the IBM 704 mainframe computer met at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. The
Photos and videos from CommVEx 2018
Well, the videos are still not ready to go until next Monday, but some of the photos are posted! For the Friday pre-show photos, go to http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/08/the-evening-before-commvex-2018.html And Mario L.'s photos of CommVEx have been posted. Go to http://blog.retro-link.
The extinct tech you forgot existed
In this BBC article children in the UK between six and 18 years were asked if they'd recognize ancient technologies like floppy disks or rotary phones. Suppose results in the rest of the world would had
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, August 19
Happy almost Labor Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, August 19 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559)
1962--Bell Telephone says class rank is most significant predictor
In a 1962 ad (link below), Bell Telephone said a person's college class rank was the most significant predictor of a person's business success. This outweighed the quality of college or extra-curricular activities. https://books.google.com/books?id=m0oEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA44&dq=life%20diver
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