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Perry Mason TV show--bugs with micro-electronics
A recently aired episode covered industrial espionage by disloyal employees. There was extensive use of tiny electronic microphone/transmitters, as well as a relatively small TV camera. The episode was originally 254/13 from December 1965. It was surprising to see such tiny sophisticated
ARM Cortex A53 64 bit
(Slowly!) working through the documentation of this processor for its 64 bit facility and am most impressed although it seems that one would have to be a multiple graduate in both electronics and computing to understand it fully. So, the question I put is, has computing now come of age now
Just spent a fruitless couple of hours on google because this is bugging me. Where did ARM get their SIMD - vector - floating point name of NEON from? Is it an acronym? Once I have the answer, I'll forget about it forever, but it's nagging at me and won't let go for the moment
Dallas suffers 911 call center failure
The comp.dcom.telecom newsgroup reported that the Dallas 911 call center had severe problems serving calls from T-Mobile subscribers, as described below: T-Mobile "ghost calls" clog Dallas 911. Families blame backlog for deaths. T-Mobile customers in Dallas have been creating backlogs
Great mainframe history(?)
mainframe history from couple years ago, recently posted to mainframe mailing list http://www.cs.niu.edu/aboutus/Dan%20GreinerIBM.ppt Between 360 and 370 there was ACS/360 ... that was killed w/o ever being announced (executives thought it might advance state-of-the-art too fast and company
OT: articles on commercial television debut, 1939
LIFE magazine reported on the commercial debut of TV in 1939 (see link below). Some of the information is technical, which may be of interest here. Sets sold from $200 to $1000 (1939 dollars). A TV station would have to spend $250,000, then times that of radio, for a transmitter. Transmitter
Philips PR8000
Again a thank-you to Al Kossow! On my site at http://www.quadibloc.com/comp/cp0303.htm I have added a mention of the Philips PR8000 computer, it being another 24-bit computer, a word length dear to my heart. John Savard
Re: The ICL 2900
you >>> could add additional external channels to the 360/50, but not many >>> installations needed to. On the 360/30, the CPU was so slow, and the >>> memory >>> was only one byte wide, so the CPU was locked out for the duration of at >>> least selector channel operation. (Not so sure if
Re: A 40-year "conspiracy" at the VA
http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/03/vista-computer-history-va-conspiracy-000367 > > Disclosure; I used to be a MUMPS programmer. Not a real programmer then, divorced from the workings of the computer
A 40-year 'conspiracy' at the VA; The Department of Veterans Affairs built perhaps the most important medical computer system in history
A 40-year 'conspiracy' at the VA; The Department of Veterans Affairs built perhaps the most important medical computer system in history. Now it's about to spend billions to throw it away. http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/03/vista-computer-history-va-conspiracy-000367 Its birth
Cobol plays major role in U.S. government breaches
long winded thread https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/bit.listserv.ibm-main/c8GmWBcxF4E over in ibm mainframe mailing list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bit.listserv.ibm-main about this computerworld article Cobol plays major role in U.S. government breaches http://www.compute
Mind of War
One of my favorite people, I use to sponsor his briefings at IBM: The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security, log1322-25: Then Boyd began talking about curves and data on aircraft performance and such. Christie had access to an IBM 7094 computer, a large one at the time. He and Boyd
Commodorians invited to Museum Preservation Week
(The Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington is inviting Commodorians and Amigans to its Preservation Week. If you are interested, read through the forwarded message and the contact information below.) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Matisse Fletcher Date: Wed, Mar 15, 2017
NJ teen joins "The Voice"
Microsoft Admits Forcing More Users Onto Windows 10
Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel's seventh generation Core i3, i5 and i7 (Kaby Lake), AMD's Ryzen (Bristol Ridge) and Qualcomm's 8996 processors. Devices
Photos of my visit to 3 Commodore/Amiga groups
Last September I went to New Zealand and Australia. In Australia I visited 3 Commodore/Amiga user groups. I was reminded that I didn't make a general announcement (though my Facebook friends saw right away when I posted the same photos there). So now, here are links to the photos I took of those
Where Fountain Pens Are Saved and Sold
You can try the $55 Parker IM that writes so fluidly and precisely it seems capable of elevating not just your penmanship but also the thoughts you put on the page. article at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/nyregion/fountain-pen-hospital-manhattan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2
SciFi: Star Trek vs. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?
Personally, I felt Star Trek was far superior, VBS was just hokey monsters in rubber suits. I understand the network interviewed Roddenberry early on just to pick his brain for VBS.
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, March 19
Happy Spring, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2+ p.m., Sunday, March 19 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559) 227-1686
ARMv8 in RPi 3?
Having a Pi1 from 3 years ago and a Pi2 from 2 years ago, and both having remained unopened, I decided to go straight to the 64 bit RPi3. Has anybody here experience of assembly language programming in the ARMv8 64 bit instruction set?
"Executive Suite" opening scene with telegram
In the opening scene of the film Executive Suite, the CEO goes into a Western Union office to send a telegram. We see the process in detail. This is now running for a short time on TCM On Demand. Worth a look. Actually, for anyone from business, the whole film is very good. The CEO
Computer in opening of Tracy/Hepburn film Desk Set
In the opening of the film, a wide-shot of a computer system with several units on the left and a few on the right. The camera zooms on the printer in the middle with IBM visible on the front. The printer then produces the titles for the film. What is that computer/printer?
Commodore Free issue 96 released (fwd)
------------------------ Original Message ------------------------ Subject: Commodore Free issue 96 From: Nigel Parker Date: Tue, March 7, 2017 1:58 am ------------------------------------------------------------------ Commodore Free Magazine http://www.commodorefree.com/ ******************
New phone scams
CBS News reported to beware of bogus IRS agents, fake offers of tech support and faux beaus -- in other words, impostors. They’ve overtaken identity thieves to become the nation’s top fraudsters, according to the latest consumer complaint data. The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel
CBS News: WikiLeaks claims to release thousands of CIA documents of computer activity
CBS News reported that WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to expose intimate details of America’s cyberespionage toolkit. WikiLeaks said the material came
ESPN layoffs to hit on-camera personalities
The details are still being finalized, but layoffs are expected to take place through June. http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/06/news/companies/espn-layoffs-talent/index.html
ALERT! CommVEx 2017 moves back to Plaza Hotel!
In late summer/early autumn 2016, our original venue for the Commodore Vegas Expo, the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, was unavailable for 2017 reservations. Thus, CommVEx was booked into the California Hotel. However, there was always a chance that CommVEx could return to the Plaza when reservations
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, March 11
Happy almost springtime, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, March 11, from 2 to 5+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 We missed seeing it last
The FCC Seems Unlikely to Stop Internet Providers from Selling Your Data
The FCC Seems Unlikely to Stop Internet Providers from Selling Your Data https://www.wired.com/2017/03/fcc-graciously-sets-internet-providers-free-sell-data/ We were brought in to help wordsmith some Cal. state legislation. They did electronic signature act, data breach notification act and were
Looking for AT&T 3B2 Internals Docs
Hello folks, I've been remiss in not posting this query to alt.folklore.computers, so I thought I should finally fix that mistake. I have been writing an AT&T 3B2 emulator for the SIMH platform off and on for several years. It sits unfinished due to lack of internals documentation. If you or
Rolander, Tom oral history (DRI, CPM, etc)
recently from facebook: Rolander, Tom oral history http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/catalog/102717254 Thomas A. Rolander is an entrepreneur, engineer, and pioneering developer of operating systems and software applications for personal computers. While working at Digital Research
"Big Four" accounting firms take a hit
Back in college our professors urged us to seek employment in one of the "Big Eight" accounting firms. Those firms were seen as gods, the elite. Mergers reduced it to the Big Four. (They were huge before, no need to merge). Arthur Andersen imploded with Enron. Now Price Waterhouse Coopers
MULTICS is ALIVE - booting MR12.6e 6180 emulation
MULTICS is ALIVE - booting MR12.6e 6180 emulation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jni7wk7bjxA from seattle living computer musueum, recently posted on facebook: Charles Anthony modified the DPS-8/m emulator code to support the 6180. The panel was put on eBay several years ago and I purchased
The Commodore Story - another film on Kickstarter
On Kickstarter is another film - "The Commodore Story - Changing the world 8-bits at a time". It will cover the time between the Commodore PET to the Amiga. See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yousee3d/the-commodore-story-changing-the-world-8-bits-at-a Truly, Robert
first IBM computer to use ICs ???
I've been reading some stuff on the IBM ACS project, and ran across what seems like it has to be a massive error. This appears as a sidbar (bottombar?) by Russell Robelen in an IEEE paper http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7155428/?arnumber=7155428 I get to see this through my university,
The Walking Dead and TRS-80
Anybody watching The Walking Dead? Am sure Rick pulled a TRS-80, probably Model III, out of the trash while fighting a zombie in yesterday's episode "New best friends". Might also have been some Kaypro. Was really too fast for me to say. I wonder if it was meant as and Easter Egg or if he just
Honeywell 6180 Control Panel in Operation
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, February 19
Happy Valentine's Day, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2+ p.m., Sunday, February 19 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559)
Re: What happens when an 18y/o buys a mainframe
On 15 Feb 2017, Huge wrote (in article ): > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45X4VP8CGtk Fantastic! As the audience member said at the end .. “I think you have just raised the bar for what all of us expect from our kids now" -- To de-mung my e-mail address:-
60 Minutes interview with Grace Hopper
Rear Admiral Hopper, who earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale, was a pioneer both in computer science and in the United States Navy. In 1983, 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer interviewed Hopper, who at the time held the distinction of being the oldest officer in
Re: Notepad++ and Ctrl-Z
On Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:59:37 -0000, Paul wrote: > Chris wrote: > >> It's no surprise because ctrl-z is ubiquitous and has been for decades. > > Ctrl-z had a usage before Microsoft came along. > > Ctrl-z had a usage before I started using computers. > >
OIT: NYC's power grid
semi off topic The NYT had an interesting and detailed article on NYC's power grid. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/10/nyregion/how-new-york-city-gets-its-electricity-power-grid.html?
Virtualization's Past Helps Explain Its Current Importance
Virtualization's Past Helps Explain Its Current Importance http://www.ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/administrator/Virtualization/importance-today/ The CP67 installed at the university didn't have LRU ... is was sort of FIFO ... I did the work for LRU As an undergraduate in the 60s ... one of the
Fun at IBM
Continuing with the 1984 theme that 2017 has taken on, Ginni newspeaks the word fun: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/09/ibm_workfromhome_cull_companywide/ -- Dan Espen
Vintage Computer Festival East XII: March 31-April 2
Hello friends, VCF East XII will be March 31-April 2 at its usual location in Wall, New Jersey (home of the Vintage Computer Federation's own computer museum.) Friday, March 31 is a full slate of classes, a keynote, and a movie. Saturday and Sunday have morning keynotes and then the exhibit
Re: How to choose the best news server for this newsgroup in 40tude Dialog?
On Mon, 6 Feb 2017 21:45:53 -0500, in alt.free.newsservers,news.software.readers tlvp wrote: >> Ignoring both those left-most and right-most servers (which are clearly >> dependent upon individual user's setup) ... > > Wrong. Only left-most server depends on individual user's setup. Right-mos
Pre-internet email and usenet (was Re: How to choose the best news server for this newsgroup in 40tude Dialog?)
[alt.folklore.computers added to cross-post, and Subject amended] On 2017-02-07, Martim Ribeiro wrote: > On Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:17:32 +0000 (UTC), in > alt.free.newsservers,news.software.readers Neodome Admin wrote: > >> Back in UUCP and netmail days Path header was used to
PDP 6 stuff loaded to bitsavers
joins other material. includes neat brochure http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/pdf/dec/pdp6/F-61_PDP-6_Brochure_Jul65.pdf dec/pdp6/DEC-06-UP-DESK-UM-FP-ACT01_Desk_Calculator_Programming_Manual_Oct65.pdf dec/pdp6/DEC-6-0-TP-FII-LM-FP-ACT00_FORTRAN_II_Language_Programming_Manual_Se
Richard L. Kauffman, 81, computer pioneer for ADR
While a vice president of research and development at Applied Data Research, he led teams that developed MetaCOBOL, a pre-compiler that was in service until early 2016, and IDEAL, a fourth-generation programming language that was important in database application language development. In 1977,
More on Mannix and the computer
Mannix used the computer in this episode. But it was far from realistic. In one scene, the operator takes cards out of the sorter pockets. But he only takes a few cards from some pockets, leaving some behind. He then takes the pulled cards, goes to another sorter and sorts them. (One