Retro

Space

Using a Commodore 64 to Talk to the International Space Station

Retro Recipes wires up a Commodore 64, a ham radio, and a modem to reach out to the stars. (or at least near Earth orbit).

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Hardware Mobile

A Look Back at the UMPC

Once upon a time (around 14 years ago), I was a Tablet PC developer, MVP, and all around fan boy. In other words, I was into tablets before they were cool. Indeed, I was in to tablets before they were practical. And this review by RetroManCave of a Azus R2H UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) indicates […]

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Hardware Microsoft

Larry Osterman Gets Nostalgic

Legendary Principal Software Engineer Larry Osterman shares some early Microsoft stories and tells us who would play him in a movie about Microsoft.

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Security

How Telephone Phreaking Worked

The 8-Bit Guy spoke at the Retro Game conference in Portland to talk about how phone phreaking worked.

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Hardware

How Old School Floppy Drives Worked

Today’s kids will never understand the struggle of Floppy disks or the “tell” of a non-computer user when they called a 3.5” disk a “hard drive.”

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Interesting

A Retro Look at UNIX Operating System

Today, UNIX is everywhere and, through various distributions of Linux, sits on top of the technology world. Unix, however, goes back a long time – a really long time. In this video from the AT&T archives, take a look at UNIX when it was brand new. Take note of how the challenges of software development […]

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Big Data

Exactly How Big is Big Data

Terrabytes, Petabytes, and Yottabytes. We toss these terms around quite casually, but do we really know how huge these are? Using grains of rice and retro computer graphics reminiscent of the Computer Chronicles, the YouTube channel “It’s OK to Be Smart” explores how big big data is and what the future of data storage may […]

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