Category Archives: Computers

Obfuscated C

Originally published on: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:51:27 +0000 I had written a little C program a while back for the 19th annual International Obfuscated C Coding contest. Not only did my code not win … it didn’t even warrant … Continue reading

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BBS Fun in the Eighties

Originally published on: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 My introduction to the world of electronic bulletin-board systems ( BBS’s ) began in the mid-1980’s. One evening, my friend John called to say that he’d gotten a modem for his Commodore 64. … Continue reading

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My Tech Magazine Articles From Yesteryear

In the early 1990’s, I began writing for a few of my favorite technical magazines. Here is a mostly-complete list. Windows/DOS Developer’s Journal, September 1992 A Universal EXE-to-BIN Conversion Utility ( Tech Tips ) and More on Copying Large Data … Continue reading

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The 300 BAUD BBS Experience

One of the most enjoyable eras in my history of personal computing was the stretch of time from 1984 to about 1986 when the local Bulletin Board System (BBS) scene was in its infancy. I wrote about this in another … Continue reading

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Growing Up with Radio Shack

I saw in the online Wall Street Journal that Radio Shack is preparing to file for bankruptcy: http://www.wsj.com/articles/radioshack-prepares-bankruptcy-filing-1421279360 I had read a blog post eulogizing the store from a former employee several weeks ago. I ended up on the Radio … Continue reading

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A BBCode Tag to Display Temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit

Due to dramatic weather conditions in some parts of the U.S. at this time, the temperature often comes up in message-board conversations.  As some participants are used to referring to Celsius measurements and others are used to referring to Fahrenheit … Continue reading

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Fare Thee Well, Dr. Dobb’s Journal

I was a little choked up when I read Andrew Binstock’s post Farewell, Dr. Dobb’s. The articles in the magazine were a powerful influence on the quality of my technical skills. In early 1987, I was in the final quarter … Continue reading

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Linux Mint on a Toshiba Netbook

This is my “new” dedicated Linux machine: …a Toshiba NB505 netbook. Although I hadn’t used the netbook in a while, I needed to try a few things on it yesterday.  My first attempts were horrific.  The system was taking extremely … Continue reading

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1985 Computing : Atari and Commodore

I happened upon a stash of episodes of the television series The Computer Chronicles from 1985.  At the time, I watched this show as often as I could.  The primary sources for computer news in those days were magazines and … Continue reading

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