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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 …

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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 …

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Apr 07 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Build Your Own PC (1992)

Building your own computer is considered pretty much the standard these days in most computer enthusiast circles – dare to mention you use a store-bought desktop and even if you have done some damn fine upgrades, odds are someone is going to find some issue with it and try to give you hell for simply …

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Mar 11 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Tax Preparation Software (1987)

It’s tax season, in case you didn’t know. Today, most people do their taxes online, via some preparation software or via a third-party service that invariably uses custom software, or some electronic filing system down the line. to get the actual data to the IRS. 30 years ago, however, it was a different story. Electronic …

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Mar 05 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Apple II Forever (1988)

A decade after it’s release, the Apple II, one of the “holy trinity” of affordable microcomputers released in 1977, was still going strong. Constant updates and improvements kept these machines in use far beyond their original designed life, and beyond the life of 8-bit computers on a whole: I dare say in the early 90’s …

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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 …

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Feb 12 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Intel 386 – The Fast Lane (1987)

Back in 1987, computer processors were going through somewhat of a major evolution. While software was still stuck in the land of 16-bit, the Intel x86 series processors were reaching 32bit performance. In the case of the Intel 386, there wasn’t even any software for it – the raw speed alone was enough for people …

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Feb 04 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Greatest Computer Games (1995)

In this 1995 episode of The Computer Chronicles, Stuart Cheifet takes a look at the cutting-edge in gaming entertainment in the mid 90’s. This was quite an interesting time for home gaming, as 3D graphics rendering was reaching a point where decent quality images could be generated in real time. Windows 95 brought DirectX technology, …

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Jan 13 2017

The Computer Chronicles – Video Game Consoles (1990)

Ah, the 90’s. 1990, in this case. The Nintendo Entertainment System was still the champ, but the Sega Genesis was nipping at its heels. These were the days I started my love of gaming in, and it’s fascinating to watch videos like this from that time period that show when these consoles were new and …

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Sep 27 2016

The Computer Chronicles – Online Tips (1996)

Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a Computer Chronicles episode! In this particular episode we have an assortment of “online tips,” such as internet etiquette (netiquitte, a concept which never seems to have taken off), keeping kids safe online with blocking software (software which seems to always be easily circumvented) and the introduction …

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