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OT: 1958 ad for Lionel trains
Lionel claimed that an electric train set helped children develop skills of efficiency and self-control. https://books.google.com/books?id=ZD8EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20dec%201%201958&pg=PA78#v=onepage&q&f=false Those train sets, especially the larger sets, were not cheap. I think even a
OT: 60 years ago--ad for Ford Edsel
60 years ago Ford ran a full page ad in LIFE touting its Edsel. As everyone knows, this particular model was a big failure. Here is the ad: https://books.google.com/books?id=ZD8EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20dec%201%201958&pg=PA61#v=onepage&q&f=false
60 years ago--RAMAC programming Guide
60 years ago IBM published the RAMAC programmer's guide, an early disk machine. http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/ibm/305_ramac/305_RAMAC_Programmers_Guide_Dec58.pdf Also, IBM published various manuals on the SAGE air defense system. http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/ibm/sage/
Sitka Spruce
I should explain my fixation on Sitka Spruce. Many years ago, someone in government here was deciding on what was to be done with very poor land here, as it was abandoned for real farming, whoever it was looked up irrelevent tables and discovered that, under Irish conditions, that species can
Douglas Engelbart, the forgotten hero of modern computing
Douglas Engelbart, the forgotten hero of modern computing https://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Douglas-Engelbart-the-forgotten-hero-of-modern-computing In the late 70s and 80s, I would visit TYMSHARE a lot (by that time, Engelbart and NLS/Augment was at TYMSHARE) and also see some of their
75th anniversary of Colossus' debut
I saw someone on Twitter touting it as the 75th anniversary of digital computing, but I suppose that claim that may not go unchallenged. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/connecting-britain/colossus- bletchley-computer-broke-hitler-codes/ https://preview.tinyurl.com/y7kgxmk6 -- Dave
SCCAN at the Retro City Festival - Jan. 5-6
Greetings, C= and Ami comrades! The Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network will have three tables at the second annual Retro City Festival, taking place January 5-6, 2019 at the famous Fairplex, Expo Hall 9, 1101 W McKinley Ave. in Pomona, California (east of Los Angeles). We'll have
Orchestra of vintage computer peripherals
After all this off topic green energy articles you might enjoy something more on topic. An orchestra of vintage computer peripherals. The lad here uses: | Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead) | Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums | HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar | Hard Drive array
OT: Christian religious morality
Would you rather be in the light with the wise virgins or in the dark with the foolish virgins? :-)
Babbage and Turing
I was watching an historical documentary that mentioned Babbage's difference engine a few days ago. Now the difference engine is just a lot of registers that hold intermediate results in the form of the positions of big brass wheels, and which can add the number in one register to the next.
Photos from the Nov. 10 SC3 Arcade Party
Take a look at the pics at http://blog.retro-link.com/2018/11/pictures-from-nov-10-sc3-arcade-party.html Truly, Robert Bernardo Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network - http://www.p
Marriott's data breach
Marriott on Friday said up to 500 million Starwood properties guests' information may have been exposed in a massive data breach that began in 2014. The hotel giant joins a list of other corporations whose systems to protect their customers' personal information failed. Here is how the breach
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, December 2 !
Merry Christmas shopping, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, December 2 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559)
Zed versus Zee
Am watching a lot of Youtube videos dealing with vintage computers. Some of them were made from a Youtuber in the US, other in the UK. I noticed that British Youtubers often mention "Zilog Zed 80". While when Americans review the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer correctly pronounce it as "Zed Ex
Is LINUX the inheritor of the Earth?
Whilst my Windows 7 PC is at the menders, and I am using the backstop on an XP machine, I'm getting not supported messages from FireFox. Microsoft exhibits sharp practice by bringing out a version of Windows which is not of merchantable quality because of all the bugs in it and then instead
Electronic kiosk check in
So I was at the doctor's yesterday. Instead of signing in, we were directed to a new kiosk to sign in. Interesting in that suspended from it was a tiny little wire cage where one placed their drivers license, then their insurance card. The kiosk scanned them to get all the personal data. We
Re: Why oh Why oh Why?
On Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:47:43 GMT, Richard Robinson wrote: > Ahem A Rivet's Shot said: >> Nick Odell wrote: >>> On 20/11/2018 21:57, Ivan D. Reid wrote: >>> > On Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:15:23 +0000, Graham >>> > >>> >
Is it illegal to hack emails?
I am no lawyer. In old documents, both the Bell System and Western Union warn employees that it is a felony violation of Federal law disclose communications. If leaking Western Union messages was illegal, I presume leaking emails would violate wire-transfer laws, too. Politico discusses some
1970s school compsci curriculum--what would you do?
Let's say it's 1970 and you are a public school district administrator. You have been tasked to set up a computer science program in the public schools. You have a reasonable amount of money for hardware. What kind of program would you set up? In my opinion, the most cost-effective way to go
Video clip, what is it and when was it produced?
I watched a Youtube video from 2016 and again saw a short snipped from apparently "watching a CPU working". This must be way older (1970s?). Unfortunately the snipped was in this case only about three seconds long and already had three cuts in it. I copied these three seconds nine times into
way off topic Billy Jack movies
TCM just aired a series of Billy Jack movies from the 1970s. They may be seen for a few days on its On Demand. Very 1970s loaded with cliché. Hard to watch, but interesting from an historical viewpoint to show the attitudes. In some ways, though stuff hasn't changed, with the prejudice
CDC Cybernet Ad
Solutions Manual | The Statistical Sleuth: A Course in Methods of Data Analysis, 3rd Edition ( Schafer Fred Ramsey, Daniel ) PDF
Solutions Manual | The Statistical Sleuth: A Course in Methods of Data Analysis, 3rd Edition ( Schafer Fred Ramsey, Daniel ) PDF I have the comprehensive instructor's solution manual in an electronic format for the following textbooks. They include full solutions to all chapters' problems and
The Last One?
A few decades back in Brit, a self-taught programmer re-invented the wheel (but called it, "fire") by producing a COBOL-like language, "The Last One". ISTR that it was a programming language with the claim that programmers needed not to be employed!
RIP Bill Godbout
Very sad news about Bill. I worked for him '76-'78, then around '80 for a year. Exciting time to be involved with development of computers, and work with amazingly talented people. Bill was generous to a fault—and cared deeply for those who worked for and with him. Shocked and saddened to hear
Next FCUG meeting - Sunday, November 18
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami aficionados! The Fresno Commodore User Group has its next meeting from 11 a.m. to 2:00+ p.m., Sunday, November 18 at -- Bobby Salazar's Mexican Restaurant 2839 North Blackstone Ave. (corner of Blackstone and Michigan) Fresno, California (559)
Next SCCAN meeting - Saturday, November 17
Happy Thanksgiving, C= and Ami comrades! The next meeting of the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network is Saturday, November 17, from 10 to 1+ p.m. at Panera Bread Restaurant 19662 Nordhoff Street Northridge, California (818) 407-9400 Note the earlier meeting time,
ArchMach / MAGIC / MagicSix
Hello, I trying to determine if the operating system developed at MIT Architecture Machine Group still exists in some form. It was initially called MAGIC (Mockapetris and Gregory's Interactive Computer). A later version was written in a subset of PL/1 and was called MagicSix. It ran on
The programmers will start using the type of programming language of more higher-level instead of using the high-level languages?
Hi, It is written in book Java How to Program ninth edition that instead of using the strings of numbers that computers could directly understand, programmers began using English-like abbreviations to represent elementary operations: 1.5 Machine Languages, Assembly Languages and High-Level
GE still in trouble
https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/general-electrics-slow-demise The company once made TV sets and owned NBC and RCA.
https://www.rt.com/usa/443598-social-media-makes-you-lonely/ Not USENET, of course. -- Ma...@ireland.com Will Rant For Food
Re: Life after death
were > rather closer to the end of life than the beginning, have any of you given > any consideration to what will happen to your computing assets (both hard > and soft) once you permanently power down? How will your survivors get > at your on-line "stuff"? I run quite a complicated infrastruct
Thread drifted - Oldsters and assembly language
68 years old come next Feb and still studying machine code and assembly langauge, because it was my seed corn; where I came into real time embedded software after a background in digital electronics, PDP8 and PDP11 Assembler in a bare machine, write your own exec or OS if you feel you need one.
Kanet updates GEOS Megapatch, geoDOS 64, GeoConvert
=========== Forwarded message ============= (from "nonefornow" at the c-128.freeforums.net site) Markus Kanet has updated the GEOS MegaPatch program. A D81 containing the upgrade files for both C64 and C128 is available here. https://gitlab.com/mkslack/Area6510/tree/master/releases/megapatch6
50 years ago--timesharing, SICOM
50 years ago, the Oct 1968 issue of Computers & Automation was devoted to timesharing. Articles included: SELECTING A VENDOR OF TIME-SHARED COMPUTER SERVICES Specific suggestions on how a non-user should go about selecting a time-sharing or remote-batch computer service, and how a current
Commodore and Amiga at the SC3 Arcade Party - Nov. 10
Along with the various, classic gaming consoles and arcade games, there will be Commodore and Amiga at the SC3 Gaming Party on Saturday, November 10, in Claremont, California (east of Los Angeles)! RSVP now at http://sc3videogames.com and once you are accepted, you will be told the secret
All programmers that developed in machine code and Assembly in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s died?
All programmers that developed in machine code and Assembly in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s died? The majority of programmers that developed in machine code and Assembly in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s died?
BASIC - misplaced snobbery?
If your application consists of disc and printer I/O, and you have under your belt the representation of data in numerical form, and you practice the single input / single output of structured programming then BASIC is an acceptable language for implementations. I've been a C programmer since
Why BASIC in 8-bit micros?
Every but one (or more?) 8-bit "home computers" had BASIC built-in. After turning it on you usually landed on a BASIC prompt. Why was this? The first 8-bit micro was the MITS Altair in 1975. And Micro Soft (written with a space back then) provided BASIC, which was also an operating system for
1969--article "role of computer in liberal arts" college
article, pg 17, describing lecture on role of computer in liberal arts college and society. 1130 used as demo. https://books.google.com/books?id=8EkmAAAAIBAJ&lpg=PA22&dq=ibm%201130&pg=PA22#v=onepage&q&f=false
A Disturbance In The Force: IMB Buys Red Hat
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a24397193/ibm-red-hat/ Somehow I missed seeing this until today. It makes sense I guess, but it feels like something from bizarro-world. -- ------ columbiaclosings.com What's not in Columbia anymore..
Yosemite deaths highlight danger behind Instagram/Facebook posts
excerpts concern about the risk people take in parks such as Yosemite, where the picturesque vistas are perfect for Instagram or Facebook but can hide the dangers. Divided attention and unfamiliarity with the topography have long played a role in fatal falls at Yosemite and other wilderness
Re: Guns being retrained again
On Sat, 27 Oct 2018 09:57:14 +0100 Gareth's Downstairs Computer wrote: > On 27/10/2018 08:59, Kerr-Mudd,John wrote: > > On Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:35:31 GMT, "Jim GM4DHJ ..." > > wrote: > > > >> > >> "Stephen Thomas
Independent telephone company advertising
Before the Bell System Divestiture, the Bell System controlled about 90% of the nation's telephones. The other 10% were served by the "independent" telephone companies, some very large like General Telephone, some single exchange concerns. I don't know how well the independents provided data
Fawley power station
See ... http://powerstations.uk/fawley-power-station-southampton/ further down the page the account by Tony Watkins refers to 4-off KDF7, and not KDF9 as I remembered.
the software of the English Electric KDF9
If you are interested in 50+ years old computers you might find some diversion in my new paper about the software of the English Electric KDF9, now available here: -- Bill Findlay
Nothing coming through ES or albasani
Is there anybody out there ? -- Steve O'Hara-Smith | Directable Mirror Arrays C:\>WIN | A better way to focus the sun The computer obeys and wins. | licences available see You lose and Bill collects.
OT: Profile of merchant prince in the old days
Gimbel's was once a popular department store in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee. In the 1950s, LIFE did a profile of its CEO. https://books.google.com/books?id=VUEEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&dq=life%20telephone%20family&pg=PA100#v=onepage&q&f=false Note that he had a great deal of
Re: Screaming like a banshee?
Gareth's Downstairs Computer wrote: > On Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:44:10 -0700 (PDT), Jeefaw K Effkay > wrote: > >> On Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:58:35 AM UTC+1, Roger Hayter wrote: >>> Gareth's Downstairs Computer
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