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CNN: IBM tells employees working at home to get back to the office
The technology giant has been a leader in terms of letting employees work from home, and has bragged about the savings and increased productivity that's resulted. About 40% of its nearly 400,000 employees worldwide did not have a traditional office, the company said in 2007, which the last time
Mission impossible? ...
... to get a long relevant thread about computers?
MST3K is back!
I've often seen references to Mystery Science Theatre 3000 here on Usenet, often in .sig lines. It sounded like a fun thing, but it wasn't available in our area. However, the other night we were looking around on Netflix for something new to watch, and up popped MST3K. It's been revived in a
Typewriter--a perfect graduation gift!
It's graduation time and the [old] magazines are full of ads for gifts for the graduate. One popular item is a typewriter. The manufacturers all say they substantially improve a student's schoolwork. Think about--can you imagine the look on your child's (or grandchild's) face if you plop down
OT: Mission Impossible TV show, 1972
DECADE has been running reruns of these. Interesting. Both M/I and Mannix were produced by Desilu/Paramount and Bruce Gellar. It doesn't take a hard look to see the same sets used week after week with just minimal prop changes. Indeed, one backyard was also used by the Brady Bunch for their
PDPs 14 & 16?
Browsing through the DEC sales blurb from 46 years ago, I wonder how many of these were sold, for one just seems to be an industrial controller, fairly simple logic, put together by Flip Chip modules; whilst the other is a small programmable CPU with the ROM a form of core store with the wired
The head of the Census Bureau just quit, and the consequences are huge
The head of the Census Bureau just quit, and the consequences are huge https://www.vox.com/2017/5/11/15610908/census-bureau-john-thompson mid 90s we consulted (essentially for free) for the backend dataprocessing for the 2000 census. They still had 70s (burroughs) systems that were used for the
Williams Tubes?
Just curious, anybody here played with these? What about the mercury columns storing binary by a recircling sound / pressure wave? Back in 1971 the prospect of having a computer at home meant that any word size, any speed (even dead slow) would be acceptable, and I was musing at the possibili
they don't make 'em like they used to
I had a Commodore 64, which worked for about 25 years. And an AMD K6-III PC ticked over for 20 years. But I have had some Nehalem PCs crap out at only 5.
Time to sack the chief of computing in the NHS?
With respect to the widespread cyber hacking / encrypting files being reported on the news today?
Other computing machines in your collection?
I've an Odhner type adding machine (and somewhere in the pile of old documents, the algorithm for evaluating square roots on it), several slide rules and an abacus. I'd love to own a Kurta machine and circular or helical slide rules. Other than that, I'm the person to calculate pi from first
Re: does linux scatter daemons on multicore CPU?
the >>>> normal CP/M 2.0 running with the Osborne 1 or Kaypro II. >>> >>> The Commodore 128 has one inside and could be run with a cp/m floppy >>> image. Maybe an emulator could run this mode. I never have tried it, >>> because I only have the cp/m floppy disk and no other software for >>>
One month 'til the Pacific Commodore Expo NW
Time is slip-slidin' away, and the countdown continues to June 10-11 Pacific Commodore Expo NW! The C= computer exhibits are getting prepped, the presentations are being readied, and the hotels are being booked... unless you haven't started yet! So, prep those computers, ready those presentation
11 Forgotten Media Formats of Yesteryear
Popular Mechanics has released an on-line article entitled, "11 Forgotten Media Formats of Yesteryear". The subtitle says, "You remember the floppy drive, but do you remember the Commodore 64 tape drive?" (My answer -- of course, I do!) They only identify the Datasette with the C64 and not with
C & Unix release date?
I've a copy of the Bell System Technical Journal for July / August 1978 that discussed Unix at length and has 30 pages of an introduction to C by Ritchie.
A _REAL_ Turing Machine?
Using the technology available to him at the time, has there ever been a mechanical Turing Machine produced? Having a paper tape to be writ upon and erased is out of the question, but a line of left-to-right miniature toggles could be the means of a 1 or 0 representation. But a mechanical
GE Temple AZ plant recruitment--sixty years ago
Sixty years ago, General Electric placed the advertisement below seeking programmers for its then new Tempe, Arizona facility. (Feb 1957 C&A, pg 53.) Out of curiousity and for discussion, I wonder whatever became of that facility. By extension, what happened to the people who went to work
Even more elementary; when did you first use digital logic?
For me, about 1967 at the then Nailsea Grammar School, wiring together NOR gates with germanium transistors for the school "computer" which was really only an accumulating binary adder.
Two countries separated by a common language?
Brit designs had order codes, the Yanks, instruction sets. Brit computers hesitated whilst the Yank ones did DMA. Any others? ... In 1971, the TAD instruction of the PDP8 was a Yank joke unheard of in Brit, and now 46 years later the term, a tad, is widely used in UK (and was used in a
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, May 13
Happy Mother's Day, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, May 13, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 We may have a visitor at our meeting
A flaw in the design; The Internet's founders saw its promise but didn't foresee users attacking one another
A flaw in the design; The Internet's founders saw its promise but didn't foresee users attacking one another http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/05/30/net-of-insecurity-part-1/ But as the attack raged in November 1988, crashing thousands of machines and causing millions of dollars in
"Choose Privacy Week"
May 1-7 is choose privacy week. various essays intended for libraries and users on how to protect privacy: https://chooseprivacyweek.org/
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, May 7
Happy May Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2+ p.m., Sunday, May 7 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686 The
pre-computer airline reservations
[I don't recall if this was posted before. If so, please ignore). The 1957-08 issue of C&A has an interesting article on the _pre-computer_ efforts by American Airlines to automate its reservation systems using Teleregister equipment. Interesting to read about the state of the art 60 years
Looking for Amstrad PCW manual
I was searching for an Amstrad PCW manual (any version, although the older the better :-)) in PDF. I only found technical manuals (chip and PCB layouts) but none which would explain the new user how to for example use the word processor. Well I found one, but the scan quality was so bad I
1967 new computer installations
Fifty years ago, some of the new computers that came out are listed below (from CA-197011 census, which may not be totally accurate). IBM 360-90 IBM 1401-H * Honeywell 125 GE 255 HP 2115A PDP-10 CDC 6800 Burroughs B2500, B3500, B8500 RCA Spectra 70/35 Univac 9200, 9300 Xerox Sigma 5 *
Some Cute Computers
I was looking for information on older laptops with interesting form factors, to find inspiration for ideas on my own. One search result led to an image of a laptop where dual screens unfolded after it opened. I haven't tracked that one down, but it led me to a search which led to this one:
The Geniuses that Anticipated the Idea of the Internet
The Geniuses that Anticipated the Idea of the Internet https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/the-geniuses-that-anticipated-the-idea-of-the-internet/ Some of the (MIT) CTSS people went to 5th flr (tech sq, across from MIT campus) to do Multics and others went to the science center on the 4th flr
Blinkenlights
One thing missing from the world of blinkenlights is not the binary switches interface, but the inherent adaptability of the human brain to interpret from the flashing the progress of any computation which was more informative than the %age count given today. Another similarity was the
Bernard Cole passes away
http://www.embedded.com/electronics-blogs/other/4458311/Bernard-Cole--embedded-systems-editor--passes-away He was one of those figures that shaped embedded systems. I met him many times at shows a thoughtful figure with great insight into an industry and the skills to write about it. w..
National Telephone Day
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/04/25/national-telephone-day-cellphones/100852470/ This seems to follow the thought process that the first computers were the PC and the first telephone the cell phone. see page 3 below "big value at low cost" https://books.google.com/books
Commodore and Amiga at Bay Area Maker Faire 2017
Once again there will be a Classic Computers? exhibit at Maker Faire Bay Area 2017! Once again my fellow exhibitors and I will be displaying classic personal computers for fairgoers to enjoy. To celebrate its 35th anniversary, I'll be bringing in a Commodore 64 with JiffyDOS (or RAMLink with
NPS, Gary A. Kildall Conference Room Dedication Ceremony, 21April2017
NPS, Gary A. Kildall Conference Room Dedication Ceremony, 21April2017 https://www.facebook.com/KildallLegacy/photos/a.1417318855178129.1073741828.1416558381920843/1877202059189804/ https://www.facebook.com/KildallLegacy/photos/a.1417318855178129.1073741828.1416558381920843/1877210825855594/
OT: Joke for Adam
Don't know why, but Adam came to mind: ----------------------------------- Played 'guess the condom flavour' with the girlfriend last night She shouted 'Cheese & Onion?' 'Hang on', he said. 'I ain't put one on yet' -- Using UNIX since v6 (1975)... Use the BIG mirror service in the UK:
Ironic old "fortune"
Remember the BSD "fortune" command? This came up when I logged onto one of my old FreeBSD machines today: Imagine that Cray computer decides to make a personal computer. It has a 150 MHz processor, 200 megabytes of RAM, 1500 megabytes of disk storage, a screen
Typesetting
The 1971 DEC sales glossy, "Digital Products and Applications", given to me as an enthusiastic undergraduate intern that year and jealously guarded ever since, discusses Typeset 8 over several pages, but there is no mention of Typeset 10. What seems to me to be odd in the description is the
50 Years Ago, a PDP-6 Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Ride Race Rolling
Inspired by the story of a Flushing High School senior who a decade earlier traversed the entire 400-mile New York City subway system on a single 15-cent token, Mr. Samson and his college classmates harnessed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s embryonic mainframe, a PDP-6 computer in
[CM] What was your first home computer?
From the «guy in the back with the Cray, sit down please» department: Title: Ask Slashdot: What Was Your First Home Computer? Author: he...@slashdot.org Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:50:00 -0400 Link: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/R-8G1BsgeRw/ask-slashdot-what-was-your-first-home-
Robert W. Taylor, computer pioneer, 85
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-robert-taylor-obit-20170414-story.html
US NII.
US NII. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Information_Infrastructure old email just before cluster scaleup was transferred and we were told we couldn't work on anything with more than four processors (we leave IBM a few months later) ... including references to meetings at LLNL on various
OFF TOPIC: Perry Mason (1957) on meTV
TOTALLY OFF TOPIC*. The rerun network MeTV has restarted Perry Mason, 9 a.m., weekday mornings (check local listings). Other episodes run around midnight. It was a well done show and ran for nine seasons. Most of the episodes spent time introducing characters and a story line, and in the
KDF9 emulator
A new version of ee9, my emulator for the English Electric KDF9, is now available, with much other info about the '9, at: Binaries for macOS and Linux are provided. The latter also runs on Windows 10 (!) I hope to offer binaries for Windows
You will not be getting Office 2016 because . . .
The Powers That Be installed Office 2016 on my work machine a month ago. Got an email yesterday from the Powers That Be informing me that Office 2016 will not be installed on my work computer because there is an incompatible piece of software. I replied "That ship has sailed . . ."
System/3--model 10 detailed guide
A few months ago bitsavers posted a System/3 components reference. It is very detailed (200 pages) including assembler and I/O instructions, registers, CPU process, peripheral devices, and is an excellent historical reference to the innards of the System/3 (model 10). It may be found at:
A Whirlwind History of the Computer
On my web page, at http://www.quadibloc.com/comp/histint.htm I now provide a single-page history of the entire field of computing! The idea is to provide on one page a number of dates to allow a certain amount of historical perspective. But, naturally, I had to rush. And so I mention the
IBM 704 Punched Card Reading
Hi everyone. I've been working on a series of articles/blogposts to document the IBM 704 code used in the UA-SAP assembler to read punched cards. I'm not quite finished yet -- It'll probably take me another two installments, but I'm far enough along that I figured maybe someone else might a)
"IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2"
Regulars here will enjoy these. "The unholy alliance of IBM and Microsoft unleashed OS/2 25 years ago with a mission to replace Windows, Unix and DOS. Back then, I was a foot-soldier in that war: a contract bug hunter at Big Blue. Here's how I remember it" Pt. I: https://www.theregister.co.u
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, April 9
Happy almost Easter, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2+ p.m., Sunday, April 9 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686 For discussio
cell phone frustration
A friend went to replace his cell phones. They were two years old, but unreliable. New phones cost several hundred dollars. In the old days, a telephone set was designed to last 15 to 20 years, though in service could last much longer (I have sets 40 years old that work just fine.) Here's
The Pentagon still uses computer software from 1958 to manage its contracts
The Pentagon still uses computer software from 1958 to manage its contracts http://www.businessinsider.com/pentagon-computers-software-from-1958-2017-3 -- virtualization experience starting Jan1968, online at home since Mar1970
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