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 inspired by the first video game, Spacewar!, launched at MIT using Pdp1 mini-computer in 1961. (Hardly anything took place in the video game… Continue reading Computer Space


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 games. Compuserve was the oldest one of the providers. It started in 1969 as part of an insurance company to provide computer time… Continue reading Compuserve

Archie Like for the Web

Before we used to say Googling, we used to say “search” on the Internet. The first search engine ever created was called ALIWEB, which is short for “Archie Like Indexing for the WEB”. Why Archie? Many databases were created based on comic characters, such as Archie, Veronica, and Jughead. (Your teenagers can associate the characters… Continue reading Archie Like for the Web

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 may not be familiar with such devices unless they saw them at the Computer History Museum in San Francisco or occasionally on… Continue reading 9 track tapes

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair, an Engish genius who helped shape home computing in the late seventies and early eighties. He invented the first mass computer for under 100 pounds, the ZX 80, and produced technologies that were far ahead of his time such as a 1975 computer watch and 1985 e-vehicle. He single-handedly launched the… Continue reading RIP Sir Clive Sinclair

Linux 30th Anniversary

Happy 30th birthday today, Linux. From Wiki History of Linux ( “As Torvalds wrote in his book Just for Fun,[13] he eventually ended up writing an operating system kernel. On 25 August 1991, he (at age 21) announced this system in a Usenet posting to the newsgroup “comp.os.minix.” :[14] Hello everybody out there using minix… Continue reading Linux 30th Anniversary

Computing Heroes

 Great article on the computing heroes, the genuinely good hackers, that revolutionized the personal computer industry #computing

The Phone

A piece of history – how digital communication started – Bell System 

“Without Me You’re Nothing: The Essential Guide to Home Computers”

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”