Category Archives: Other Platform

As My Daughter Turns Ten, A Look at the Technology Then and Now

On May 3rd, my daughter turned 10 years old. This is something that is nearly impossible for me to actually believe, given how rapidly the decade has flown by. It really does feel like she was born yesterday. (Or last week, anyway.) … Continue reading

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A Quick Tour of the HP-9000 712/100 NEXTSTEP Workstation

February was NeXT Month over at r/Rerobattlestations. Being a huge NeXT fan, I was eager to take part in the event, which entailed taking a photo or video of a retro computer running NEXTSTEP or OPENSTEP. While my first NEXTSTEP system was … Continue reading

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1997 Wonders: Is There a Future in the ARM SoC?

This morning I reached over and pulled a random issue of Pen Computing magazine off the shelf to use as a backdrop in a photo I wanted to take. After getting the shot, I scanned the cover and noticed the … Continue reading

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That Time I Ran Linux on the Desktop

I stumbled upon a discussion of GNU/Linux on the desktop on Reddit recently, with someone predicting that “next year” will be the year of Linux on the desktop (with tongue-in-cheek and as it ever was). This got me thinking about … Continue reading

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April 24, 2015 — A Good Day to Stop Wearing Watches

Today might be the last day that I ever wear a watch. It occurred to me when I woke up this morning that it might be worthwhile to mark this moment in time. For as long as I can remember, I’ve … Continue reading

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HP Rap: “A Brand New Era We’ve Unfurled…”

Over the years, as computing headed towards the mainstream and the industry struggled to figure out how to connect with the general public, there were some pretty bizarre marketing approaches the computer makers of the time ran up the flagpole. … Continue reading

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My Raspberry Pi-Turned-Laptop

I am surprised to find, in looking back, that I apparently never made a post about becoming an owner of the credit card-sized, ARM-based Raspberry Pi computer. As such, belated newsflash: in the summer of 2012, I acquired an early-revision, … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween, All You Vintage Computing Ghouls!

As I sat on the floor of our den, carving this year’s pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern with my daughter, I was reminded of a bit of caving I did nearly a decade ago as a bit of a Halloween goof … Continue reading

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i-Opener: The Internet Appliance That Was Made to be Hacked

I scan eBay’s vintage computer area daily — a few times a day, actually — to keep an eye on what’s passing through. The other day I saw a new-in-box Netpliance i-Opener pop up, and that took me back a … Continue reading

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An Inside Look At OS/2…And Why It Failed

Just a quick post to point folks to a two-part look (from The Register) at the situation that was the OS/2 operating system and why it failed, from the perspective of an IBM insider. It’s well worth a read. Part One: IBM … Continue reading

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