Author Archives: Blake Patterson

Look What Came in the Mail Today!

An iconic holiday greeting from San Francisco (the town and the font). It’s good to be on Susan’s “nice” list at Christmas! Have a look at my related post about Susan Kare and the 2013 holiday, “A Few Words About … Continue reading

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Have a Helping of 8-bit Holiday Cheer! (2014 Edition)

I’ve been a computer guy for a long time now, but I’ve been enjoying Christmas even longer. I got my first computer, a TI-99/4A, on Christmas morning, 1982. I was 10 years old, and from that Christmas on, it was … Continue reading

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An Apple II Anecdote: Fun with the AST RamStakPlus

Here’s a quick little little anecdote from my Apple II past that I thought I would share. I was trying to mentally sort a bit of the computer chronology of my past in the shower this morning (no waterproof serial … Continue reading

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A Few Words About a Kare Package I Received Last Christmas

Last year I received in the mail a Christmas gift from a person I greatly admire, and that’s what this post is about. But, let me back up a little. As regular readers may be aware, I have a few … Continue reading

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After Thirty Years, Macworld Fades into the Night

Yesterday Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 line along with the Apple Watch. This latest iPhone brings the largest number of enhancements of any new model ever released, while the Apple Watch might just be the beginning of the proliferation of … Continue reading

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A Rare Glimpse of a Memorial Apple Prototype Display at frog

This morning I was chatting with folks in one of my long-time IRC hang-outs, DALnet’s #macintosh channel, as I have done most days over the past 15 years. While there, another regular, Dan Lieberman, revealed to me that he used … Continue reading

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The Apple //c Makes It to the Office…Again

After three years of working for myself at home, I’ve returned to the world of enterprise web development. I’m back in an office these days (starting this past December, actually), working as the Senior Front End Developer for the NCTA … Continue reading

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It Was More Fun When Stores Had Arcade Games

I don’t mean arcades, I’m talking about retail stores like grocery stores, drug stores, 7-11 and other mini-marts. Yea, back in the ’80s they basically all hosted a couple of arcade cabinets. As a kid being dragged around from store … Continue reading

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Apple Shows Its True Colors in Recent Mac Video

Upon returning to Apple in 1997, Steve Jobs set forth to pull the company back from the brink and turn it into the most influential company in the world. And in the course of his 14 year (second) reign, he … Continue reading

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NeXTstation Turbo Color Battery Swap

I recently rearranged the computer room a bit to bring the NeXTstation Turbo Color (which I picked up from a refurb outfit in Frederick, MD back in 2000) to the fore, having spent a good bit of time with NEXTSTEP … Continue reading

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