Working from Home

Spending all day at home for work, research, and life in general with various devices (computers, phones, iPad) requires data sharing between devices if you need to keep your collected thoughts in sync. Instead of using Dropbox, One Drive, or a cloud-based solution at home, I have set up a Raspberry Pi as a Webdav… Continue reading Working from Home

Key Programming Languages of our Time

For historical technology purposes, a fourth conference was recently held that showcases the key programming languages of our time. The conference was supported by Oracle, IBM, Facebook, and Google. You can check the videos in the link below https://lnkd.in/g8YW2Gyd 

The Linux Kernel

Some interesting stats about the Linux kernel (the core component of Linux rather than entire Linux-based distributions with bundled apps): it started with one developer Linus Trovalds writing ~10,000 lines of code in 1991, then it grew to around ~176,000 lines of code with community help in 1994, and now over it has 30 million… Continue reading The Linux Kernel

The Internet Archive

Another significant anniversary this year is the Internet Archive’s 25th year. They created the Wayback machine that lets you go back in time for any website out there. Not only that, but the nonprofit organization has kept an archive with free access to a lot of significant videos, software, games, documents, scanned books, images, and… Continue reading The Internet Archive

Unix ‘man’ for manual

All operating systems and personal computer software were born after creating the Unix operating system in 1969. But for the first two years of Unix, no documentation existed until the manager of Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson insisted that they create a digital guide for the operating system. This led to the “man” command (short… Continue reading Unix ‘man’ for manual

Netscape Navigator

Netscape Navigator was one of the first browsers to take advantage of the early World Wide Web in the 90s. The first browser war was won by Internet Explorer, which is the default browser in Windows. Netscape later became Mozilla, and Google Chrome/Chromium won the next browser wars. Check out the documentary Project Code Rush… Continue reading Netscape Navigator

Punch Cards

Our communication with computers started with punch cards in 1800. Thanks to the loom’s invention, which led to the Hollerith Card and, later, the IBM Cards. Programmers and scientists would code, debug, and generate output using such cards. I managed to get a collection of such cards. A sample is shown below, along with the… Continue reading Punch Cards

IBM & Microsoft BASIC

In the eighties, we’d code on an IBM PC using Microsoft DOS 2.10 and BASIC. Does anyone remember GWBASIC and BASICA? Everything was terminal-based until MS Windows, and the Apple Macintosh came along. Forty years later, coding, scripting, writing, and managing cloud containers remains cool using the terminal. I got the eighties vintage computing items… Continue reading IBM & Microsoft BASIC

Out of the Box Thinking

Innovation, creativity, reuse of discarded items, and most likely out-of-the-box thinking at its best. I saw this “car” close to my house the other day.

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Modern History of Computers

Computer History Museum has an excellent one-page scroller on the modern history of computers. It begins with Bell Labs’ George Stibitz Model K (K stands for kitchen) circuit relay-based boolean adder in 1937, followed by mainframes, home computers, and mobile phones after that. It then ends in the 2010s with the Raspberry Pi, Apple Watch, and… Continue reading Modern History of Computers