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Father's Day

My dad (he passed away ten years ago) was the number 1 supporter of my computer passion. I remember him signing me up to a computer club when I was seven. He later bought me my first computer, the ...

USSR Computers

Most history books on computers focus on the Western movements that lead to the advancement and breakthroughs in the field. However, the Russians during the Soviet Union era had their internal rese...

The Machine That Changed the World Full Series 1992

Check out the 1992 mini-series “The machine that changed the world” - a 5 episode documentary on the history of personal computers beginning with the ENIAC. youtube-The Machine That Changed the Wo...

World Book Day

Celebrating #worldbookday2021. The bookshelves behind me where I work at home have vintage computer books from the past decades. It gives me inspiration and a continuous passion for computers and t...

VAX Terminals

While reading Tracy Kidder book “The Soul of a New Machine” which tells the entrepreneurship history of minicomputers, I remembered the VAX terminal machines we used at the American University of B...

How to Design Programs

great online book for software development “How to Design Programs, Second Edition by Matthias Felleisen, et al. The online book is released in 2018 under Creative Commons license - therefore the l...

Code Voice Arabic

My podcast with Coder Voice in Arabic. I spoke about my early start in computers in the early eighties, my professional career in Lebanon and the United States. We then talked about AI, open-source...

Programmers at Work Book

Dr. Charles Simonyi, a famous developer of the first Microsoft Office software, said in Susan Lammers ‘s book Programmers at Work (1986 Microsoft Press) that he gives programmers on their first day...

RIP Lou Ottens

RIP Lou Ottens, the inventor of the cassette.

The Qwerty Keyboard

The (QWERTY) keyboard we all use daily dates back to 1874. Its inventor Christopher Latham Sholes aligned the keys to type faster. He avoided placing the most common pair of keys, such as “K” and “...