Tag: 1983

Dec 07 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Mainframes to Minis to Micros (1983)

Let’s take a trip back. All the way back, in this case, to the original episode of “The Computer Chronicles” back in 1983. The idea behind the computer chronicles was to cover the then-new field of personal computers. Just what could you do with these little machines, and what was their future? These machines, some …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/the-computer-chronicles-mainframes-to-minis-to-micros-1983/

Oct 11 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Printers (1983)

Have you ever seen the movie “Office Space”? If you have, then you will certainly remember a certain antagonist in the film that wasn’t a human – it was a machine. In this case, the office Printer. They are funny things, really, the typical printer – it seems since their inception, people have had a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/the-computer-chronicles-printers-1983/

Jul 13 2017

Bits And Bytes – Program 7: Computer-Assisted Instruction

One set of early applications that the home computers of the early 80’s were exceptional at (given the primitive graphics available) were those that taught something. Known in this video as “computer aided instruction” this episode of Bits and Bytes focuses on some rather impressive instructional programs intended for children, spanning the various major home …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/bits-and-bytes-program-7-computer-assisted-instruction/

Jul 11 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Word Processing (1983)

When computers as we think of them today (microcomputers, as the terminology of the day would name them) were introduced, one of the most critical uses of them, and certainly the one most people took to the easiest, was typing out documents. Be it something for a business, a letter to a friend, writing the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/the-computer-chronicles-word-processing-1983/

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/bits-and-bytes-program-6-computer-languages/

May 26 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Storage Devices (1983)

Getting to another episode of The Computer Chronicles today, we have Storage Devices – the way we save our data. Today, we use hard drives with sizes easily in the terrabyte ranges, or solid state drives that while at a somewhat lower capacity provide incredibly fast read and write speeds. Hell, my phone, a budget …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/the-computer-chronicles-storage-devices-1983/

May 12 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Computer Music (1983)

I would imagine when most people think of “computer music” these days they still think of the beeps, boops, and blips of the Atari and early computer systems of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Even by 1983, however, music from computers had come quite a long way, and we were just on the verge …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/the-computer-chronicles-computer-music-1983/

Apr 17 2017

Bits And Bytes – Program 4: The Computer As A Filing System

One thing that all computers do in some form is store data, be it programs we install on them, or data we generate ourselves using these programs. This is, of course, by design – computers are tools to help us do work (or at least, that’s why they are made, whether or not we use …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/bits-and-bytes-program-4-the-computer-as-a-filing-system/

Apr 06 2017

Bits And Bytes – Program 3: How Programs Work

Ah, programs. You’re using one right now, whether you realize it or not. Actually, you’re using several. Probably several dozen at once, and you don’t even know it. The browser you’re viewing this website with, that’s a program. The operating system your computer or mobile device is using is, guess what, a program. The extra …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/bits-and-bytes-program-3-how-programs-work/

Feb 24 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Microchip Technology (1983)

In this very early episode of the Computer Chronicles, we take a look at computer chip technology in 1983. 34 years ago 8 and 16 bit CPU’s were dominant, RAM was measured still in the Kilobytes, sometimes megabytes for larger systems, and CMOS was an “emerging technology.” Thousands of transistors on a chip the size …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.xadara.com/the-computer-chronicles-microchip-technology-1983/