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August 5, 2009

Computing in the 1980s, Part V

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There was an Internet in the 1980s, but it was crude and hostile compared with what exists today.
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August 3, 2009

Computing in the 1980s, Part IV

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Life was better at 2400 bps in the 1980s.
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July 31, 2009

Computing in the 1980s, Part III

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There was no Internet back when I bought my first PC, but there were certainly computer modems.
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July 29, 2009

Computing in the 1980s, Part II

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Unlike computing today, the big issue for computing in the 1980s was disk compatibility. Yep, as I’ve been crowing all along, it’s the software that drives the hardware industry. That was true in the early 1980s, and it was also insane.
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July 27, 2009

Computing in the 1980s, Part I

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Because you asked for it, here’s my reminiscing on the life of a computer dork in the 1980s. I’ll start in 1982, the year I first got a computer.
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July 24, 2009

PCs for the Poor, Macs for the Rich

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The popular myth is that a Mac is more expensive than a PC. The truth is that when you configure a Mac and PC with the same hardware and software, the cost is the same. Even so, when people bother to configure comparable systems, they go with the Mac. That makes sense to me.
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July 22, 2009

Too Darn Hot

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Welcome to summer. Well, at least in the northern hemisphere it’s summer. Full-on heat. Your computer doesn’t like that.
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July 20, 2009

Error 1202

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Forty years ago today (July 20, 1969), man first landed on the moon. Mankind also read a computer error message that had never been farther from the Earth.
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July 17, 2009

The Foot that Plays Music

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The name is all over the place. It’s almost joined Escalator and Keenex as a brand name turned into an English-language word. I’m talking of the iPod. But what exactly does “iPod” mean?
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July 15, 2009

Nerd Words that have Made the Big Time

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Twenty years ago we had our own tongue. As computers have become more mainstream, the terms we once held as our own are now used in the mainstream. Welcome to my review of terms us nerds use that are grown more common in everyday life.
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