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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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Dec 25 2017

The Commodore 64 Christmas Demo

Ah, the Commodore 64. The best selling computer of all time, one that most anyone involved in the classic gaming scene is aware of, and those into old computers certainly must have at least tried to experience. What a better way to do this holiday than to go back to 1982/1983 and experience the in-store …

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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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Jun 19 2016

The Computer Chronicles – CES 1991

Before E3, there was (and still is) a tech industry event known as the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. This show is exactly what it sounds like, a trade exposition where new consumer technology is shown off, much of the time in some active state, be it simply a demo version, beta software, or just …

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May 27 2016

Finding The Perfect BBS For Me

Last week, I finally took the plunge into old-school computer usage by perusing various Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) via Telnet. Always fascinated by the early days of “modern” computer usage, I wanted to experience the pre-internet digital community as best as I can in 2016, and since then, have been hunting around off and on …

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