“The 10-Megabyte Computer System, Only $5995”

“Sometimes we have to take a look back to really appreciate the technology we have now, especially since “the 10-Megabyte Computer System” cost a whopping $5995 at one time. Thanks everyone for sending in the pictures. First picture in gallery.”

One of the ads in this feature is for the Timex Sinclair, which I had briefly – a $99 computer was a pretty good deal back 25 years ago, though it was terribly crippled, even by 1982 standards.


Bye Bye Blogger

After four years of using Blogger, it’s time for a change. I’ve switched over to WordPress, since I can host the entire thing on my website, and it’s far more customizable (I particularly like the Categories feature). So now the new address is 3nv7.com – the old address will still get you here as well.

Speaking of the New York Times

In my previous post I referenced a link to the New York Times, which reminded me of the fact that I was actually interviewed by them several years ago for an article on retro-computing. The article is still on their website, and the article is still wrong. Quoting the relevant part:

In the early days, programmers looked for creative software solutions instead of glitzier hardware. ”In a way it was simpler back then,” said Lane Denson, a Nashville farmer who has set up a computer museum in his basement. ”You didn’t have 20 or 30 sound cards and you didn’t have to worry about upgrading every other week.”

…except for the fact that I’ve never been a farmer, and I don’t have a basement, nor a computer museum (Well, Emily might debate that last point). I contacted the writer at the time and she said she’d publish a correction, but it never happened. And they didn’t even bother to publish a link to my Commodore 64 website, which is how they got my name in the first place. Oh well – it’s not every day you’re quoted in one of the world’s largest newspapers.

Here’s the link to the full article (may require registration): Living the 8-bit Dream in a 32-bit World

Grooviest Program Ever*

*Until something better comes along

Emily noted that I hadn’t written anything in a while, so here you go 🙂

I’m sure most people have, at one point or another, stumbled across one of the various satellite mapping sites where you can see your neighborhood from a 100 mile up perspective. Well, Google Earth takes this three or four steps forward. It is an interactive model of the *entire* earth in 3D utilizing satellite photos and terrain altitude data, and you can roam the earth freely – zooming in close enough to where you can see individual houses in some cases.

From the site:

– Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in
– Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
– Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
– Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

My favorite spot so far is the Grand Canyon.

Check it out – it’s free!

Fortune: “Why Google Scares Bill Gates”

An interesting read… while I’m not part of the “Micro$oft is the DEBIL!!!” crowd, they are at their most productive/interesting when threatened. Netscape lit a fire under them a decade ago, and it looks like it’s now Google’s turn.

Technology – Why Google Scares Bill Gates – FORTUNE