Lately, I’ve been reading an old vintage book on computers: Frank Herbert (creator of Dune) book “Without Me You’re Nothing: The Essential Guide to Home Computers” published in 1981 (ISBN 0671412876, ~$10 on Amazon). Coauthored with Max Bernard, he talks about how computers work at the time and in the future. Forty years after, I… Continue reading “Without Me You’re Nothing: The Essential Guide to Home Computers”
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 technologies each and every day.
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 of work the book How to Solve It” by George Polya (1st published in 1945). They would follow Polya’s four steps of problem-solving: 1-… Continue reading Programmers at Work
Usborne Publishing had popular programming books for kids in the eighties. Using the BASIC programming language, they would help kids learn the basics of computers and programming games for the Commodore 64, Vic-20, Sinclair Spectrum, and BBC Micro. They now made the books free to download as PDF from their site Usborne 1980s computer books. The publishing… Continue reading Usborne 80s Computer Books for Kids
A great accidental find! A signed book of “Hypergrowth” by Adam Osborne himself, the founder of the first commercially successful laptop computer, the Osborne 1, in 1981. The book was coauthored by the legendary tech columnist John C Dvorak. I also found a letter signed by the makers of “The Computer Show” in the book.
Sad month for IT publication magazines. After 30 years of publication, the Microsoft Development Network (MSDN) magazine, which first started as Microsoft Systems Journal in 1986 then consolidated with Microsoft Internet Developer magazine in 2000, has released its last paper issue this month. Its technology content will find its place through Microsoft’s document websites, but… Continue reading Sad month for IT publication magazines
The Atlantic article “The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper” is a sad story on the decline of print books in education establishments. The article states over 60% decline in physical books being checked out by students and faculty. Nowadays, digital articles, ebooks, and online reference management software are the primary tools for scholarly research.… Continue reading Sad story about print books