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Corporate Logos

BMW updated its corporate identity logo two years ago. The last time this 100-year-old company which continues to appeal to its customers, young and old, was 20 years prior. Its powerful logo is re...

The term "Word Processor"

The term “word processor” is usually associated with software such as “Microsoft Word” or Google Docs, but its origin is way older than that. It originated not from digital technology but from work...

Transistors

Check this out. A small column in the New York Times on July 1 1948 mentions the invention of the transistor, whereas all other media outlets ignored the event completely. In the middle of the seco...

Jerry Haddad

Cool to know that the IBM 701, the first commercially available scientific computer and the first massed produced mainframe in the 50s, was codeveloped by an American computing pioneer of Syrian-Le...

ET's 40th Anniversary

“ET phone home.” “Be good.” “I will be right here.” “Thank you.” Those are some of the words in the heartfelt movie ET that I saw as an 8-year-old kid and then again today for the movie’s 40th anni...

War Games - The Movie

Computing nostalgia. Last night I played pinball and arcades at Portland’s QuarterWorld, and, today, I saw for the millionth time the 80s WarGames movie that features the 70s IMSAI 8080 computer.

Flat Rate Postage

Off-topic. Flat rate postage. Think USPS and Amazon Prime. We must thank Charles Babbage, the father of computing, for coming up with the idea. In the 1953 book “Faster than Thought,” the author ta...

Unix History Repo

The code commits of the Unix operating system from the software’s inception in the 70s as 2.5 thousand lines of code to its 30 million line of code in 2018 is now stored on GitHub @ dspinellis/unix...

Error Messages

I read this in a 1966 computer humor book that I found funny but true regarding coders handling error messages. “What could be simpler than ‘AN IMPOSSIBLE ERROR HAS OCCURRED ON AN UNSPECIFIED UNIT ...

Knight Rider

A show that one can appreciate the mindset of the 80s when it comes to artificial intelligence plus sci-fi is the hero Knight Rider and his AI-based Trans Am. As kids, the show played with our imag...