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Jan 10 2018

Bits And Bytes – Program 9: Computer Graphics

Ah, now we’re getting into one of the more interesting nuances of the 80’s computer scene – graphics! While today our systems simply use software to create everything we see on screen, with hardware doing the raw math to make it all happen, back in those days, you didn’t have processing power, memory, or, well, …

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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 …

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Mar 20 2017

Bits And Bytes – Program 2: Ready-Made Programs

Returning to Bits and Bytes, we step into the land of ready made programs: that is, software that you just put in and run. You don’t have to write it yourself in basic. Of course, this is how computers are for us today, naturally – we have everything we could ever need, and probably more, …

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Mar 09 2017

Bits and Bytes – Program 1: Getting Started

It’s time to head back to 1983, to a time when the PC as we know it was in its infancy, and the home computer market was still dominated by the likes of Commodore, Atari, Apple (pre Macintosh, mind you), and Tandy (at least, here in the North American market – it was a slightly …

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Sep 10 2014

The iPod Classic is dead

I don’t go on the Apple website much. By much, I mean ever. I missed something that happened yesterday, which has me pissed. The iPod Classic, the last evolution of the original iPod released in 2001; the very device which put Apple back on the map, some would say, has been, from the looks of …

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Sep 09 2014

Apple Keynote 2014 – My Obligatory Reaction Post

It’s that time of year again – the time when Apple announce its new hardware and software to the world. This yearly tradition has been met by geeks and consumers alike as an event that sets the standards for the following years consumer technology. Apple Keynote 2014. As would be relevant to a blog from …

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Jun 02 2012

A year with an iPod: a quick retrospective

In late 2007, I purchased a Zune 80. I had weighed the options available, the design of units at the time, and the software used to sync them. My experience with iTunes and a borrowed iPod nano had been, suffice to say, less than stellar. Of course, the Zune software was just as clunky, but …

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