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Grendizer

I am going to make a claim that any Lebanese or Arab-person techie born in the 70s was inspired by the Arabic-dubbed cartoon, Grendizer. You can watch all 74 episodes on archive.org.

2007 AlphaSmart Neo 2

The 2007 AlphaSmart Neo 2 is my ultimate distraction-free word processor because it simply does not connect to the Internet. It is a full-size keyboard with a small screen that is not even in color...

Forty Years Ago and Now

Forty years ago, we kids would show our parents how to use the video player (VHS / Betamax). Thirty years ago, we’d show how to use the CD player. Twenty years ago, we’d show them how to use the co...

Amazon Alexa Learns Arabic

Amazon Alexa learns Arabic. The article goes through the challenges and the steps that made it happen. The data scientists focused on spoken Arabic, which is an important step in enabling more AI p...

An AI Joke

A joke written by Google AI engine LaMDA User: Can we write a joke together. I could add a punch line LaMDA: We can try. Do you have a starting line of code? User: Line 10: A basic program walke...

Closing my social media accounts

I decided that social media is nothing more than a distraction for me. I also missed the old days where which privacy had more meaning in the digital world. I get more spam these days, just like an...

Computer Space

Paying tribute to the first commercial video, Computer Space, launched on October 15, 1971. In the game, you are controlling a ship and shooting against two flying saucers. The game idea was inspir...

Compuserve

History bits: Before the Internet, there were three online service providers, Compuseve, AOL, and Prodigy. It was 1994. You would dial into the network, read news, chat with friends, and play video...

Have faith in Linux

Nothing in Windows 11 seems not to have been “inspired” by Linux and the Mac. The new look and feel are very similar to Gnome and KDE. The minimalist approach is also so similar to Mac OS. I hope w...

9 track tapes

9 track tapes were magnetic storage devices that were used in the 60s beginning with the IBM 360 mainframe. By the end of the 20th century, they became obsolete. The cloud-generation of engineers m...