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"But the real future of the laptop computer will remain in the specialized niche markets. Because no matter how inexpensive the machines become, and no matter how sophisticated their software, I still can't imagine the average user taking one along when going fishing."
february 2015 by ghaff
How could I have missed Jenna Elfman? | Network World
Fascinating what these old AT&T commercials get pretty much spot on and what seem delightfully anachronistic such as sending faxes from the beach and making a video call from a phone booth.
tech  computerhistory  ads 
september 2014 by ghaff
Before the Internet: The golden age of online services | ITworld
RT @sjvn: Before the Internet: The golden age of online services AOL, CIS, GEnie... Welcome to the good old days b ...
lettersinelectrons  computerhistory 
april 2012 by ghaff
Can the naysaying and give Jerry Yang his due - CBS News
"No way around it - that's all part of his legacy. Yet it's only part of his legacy. History seems so clear with the benefit of hindsight. Faulting Yang for failing to see over the same horizon that blinded most of the rest of us is the easy, uncharitable call. Let's credit a legendary tech pioneer for a record of accomplishment that deserves commendation."
yahoo  computerhistory 
january 2012 by ghaff
ASCII by Jason Scott / Floppy Disks: It’s Too Late
"Edge cases exist, and will always exist, but the ship is sinking; it’s not seaworthy. With some perseverance and faced against all the odds stacked against you, something might get out of these poor black squares, but I would not count on it."
july 2011 by ghaff
25 Years of Digital Vandalism -
"In short, the road to our present universe teeming with viruses, worms and Trojan horses was paved, a quarter-century ago this month, with the Alvi brothers’ good intentions of securing their intellectual property."
january 2011 by ghaff
The knowledge factor in Silicon Valley - O Say Can You See?
"Terman’s goal was to import the Cambridge-MIT model of regional innovation to the West Coast. For Terman, marrying the knowledge of the university to the practical concerns of industry was critical to the formation of a self-sustaining high-technology and knowledge region."
computerhistory  business 
july 2010 by ghaff
The History of Development of Norton Commander
I used Norton Utilities way, way back. (Although I actually had my own product that competed against the file manager. To my tastes, NC & XTree were a bit big.)
january 2010 by ghaff
The Great Newline Schism
Fun background on newlines. (Unlike Jeff, I did use typewriters--manual ones even--in college.)
january 2010 by ghaff
ASCII by Jason Scott / Unpublished Article on Geocities
For Yahoo to just turn off access to the archive seems fundamentally wrong. Way too much of the history of the Internet is dependent on random volunteer activities.
december 2009 by ghaff
Coding Horror: Preserving Our Digital Pre-History
In many respects, preserving digital history is more haphazard than it probably should be.
bbs  computerhistory 
november 2009 by ghaff
Marginal Revolution: Predictions about 2008
Predictions about computers fundamentally missed how small and cheap they would be--and hence distributed and used for so many frivolous things.
april 2008 by ghaff

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