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March 26, 2013

Here’s what the internet looked like in 1995, according to an episode of the PBS show Computer Chronicles. You don’t even have to watch the whole thing if you don’t want. It’s worth it to see the still-active host, Stewart Cheifet, talk about logging on to “your favorite newsgroups” while sitting in a coffee shop with a giant desktop computer in front of him. At least he knew what he was talking about, unlike Bryant Gumbel(ht Mental Floss)

22:31 // 1 year ago
February 25, 2013
The computer above would be a hard sell to anyone … except the Amish. (photo by Adam Davidson/NPR; ht @pbump)

The computer above would be a hard sell to anyone … except the Amish. (photo by Adam Davidson/NPR; ht @pbump)

19:59 // 1 year ago
February 5, 2013

Dell makes really big deal to go private

  • $24.4B the amount of the deal Dell made to take itself private. The longtime computer manufacturer, which was one of the driving forces behind the growth of the PC industry and one of the most prominent early clone-makers, has now by bought by a group that includes the company’s founder, Michael Dell, and the company that makes much of the computer company’s software, Microsoft. 
  • $13.65 the amount per share that Dell shareholders will receive in the deal, which is nearly $3 more than the stock’s closing price on January 11, the day rumors about its going private were first released. source
9:54 // 1 year ago
December 23, 2012

Microsoft’s bad news? Windows 8 computers are selling slowly

  • 13% the drop in sales of Windows computers between the last week of October and the first week in December, compared to sales from one year ago. This is a bad sign for Microsoft, which launched Windows 8 during that time frame, and one blamed on various factors, including the bold design changes in the OS and the rise of the mobile market, which could be slowing down demand for desktops. The Surface, which was only for sale in Microsoft stores during that period, was likely a non-factor. source
19:16 // 1 year ago
December 6, 2012
breakingnews:

Apple to manufacture Mac line in the US
NBC News: In an interview with Brian Williams airing tonight on “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook says one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the US next year.
Cook says he believes it’s important to bring more jobs to the US. “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the US,” he says.
Photo credit: NBC News

There have been rumblings that the new iMac was being manufactured in the U.S., but now we have confirmation that at least something is U.S.-produced.

breakingnews:

Apple to manufacture Mac line in the US


NBC News: In an interview with Brian Williams airing tonight on “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook says one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the US next year.

Cook says he believes it’s important to bring more jobs to the US. “We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the US,” he says.


Photo credit: NBC News

There have been rumblings that the new iMac was being manufactured in the U.S., but now we have confirmation that at least something is U.S.-produced.

8:22 // 1 year ago
October 11, 2012
19:20 // 1 year ago
May 30, 2012
Steve was a genius and a visionary, and I’ve never viewed that my role was to replace him. Steve was an original. I’ve never really felt the weight of trying to be Steve. It’s not my goal in life. I am who I am. I am focused on that. On being a great CEO of Apple.
Apple CEO Tim Cook • During an interview at the D10 conference on Tuesday night, speaking about his legacy compared to that of Steve Jobs. Cook revealed during the when talking to Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg that, in 1998, after five minutes of talking with Apple, he decided he really wanted to work there — after initially rebuffing them for weeks. While Cook gave a few hints about products — most notably the rumored Apple TV — the really interesting stuff was what he had to say about being an exec. You can read the full recap over here.
11:29 // 2 years ago
May 7, 2012
Ernest Kaye, early pioneer of the business computer, dies at 89
The last surviving member of the team responsible for LEO, the first business computer, has passed away. Utilizing a knowledge of circuitry and electronics that he acquired while maintaining homing torpedoes, Kaye worked with colleagues Dr John Pinkerton, Ernest Lenaerts and David Caminer to adapt the existing EDSAC computer for use with a variety of business applications. The LEO — short for Lyons Electronic Office — was born, and Kaye remained a staple of the computer development community until 1970. From 1970, until his retirement in 2004, Ernest ran the family props hire business founded by his father. (Photo via BBC) source
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The last surviving member of the team responsible for LEO, the first business computer, has passed away. Utilizing a knowledge of circuitry and electronics that he acquired while maintaining homing torpedoes, Kaye worked with colleagues Dr John Pinkerton, Ernest Lenaerts and David Caminer to adapt the existing EDSAC computer for use with a variety of business applications. The LEO — short for Lyons Electronic Office — was born, and Kaye remained a staple of the computer development community until 1970. From 1970, until his retirement in 2004, Ernest ran the family props hire business founded by his father. (Photo via BBC) source

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14:24 // 2 years ago
April 9, 2012

Commodore founder, computer visionary Jack Tramiel dies at age 83

Tramiel, a holocaust survivor and founder of Commodore, died on Sunday. Born Idek Tramielski in his native Poland, Tramiel emigrated to the U.S. after being liberated from a Nazi concentration camp at the age of 16. After learning how to repair typewriters and calculators during his time in the U.S. Army, Jack founded Commodore planning to manufacture the devices. However, he found himself a pioneer in the world of personal computing after the release of the Commodore VIC-20 and, later, the iconic, fast-selling Commodore 64. Tramiel also owned Atari during the late ’80s and ’90s, an era which saw the release of the Atari ST computer, the Lynx and the Jaguar. He is survived by his three sons (Gary, Sam, and Leonard), and his wife Helen. (photos via Vonguard, VideoAl, Michael Tomczyk)

18:02 // 2 years ago
March 25, 2012
sunfoundation:

The Evolution of Storage

If you haven’t already seen this Evolution of Storage infographic, take a look. It’s beautiful and fun, and it has me thinking about the way we live.


The graphic falls apart on the right side, as the graphs stop following the key, but the infographic is pretty fascinating nonetheless.

sunfoundation:

The Evolution of Storage

If you haven’t already seen this Evolution of Storage infographic, take a look. It’s beautiful and fun, and it has me thinking about the way we live.

The graphic falls apart on the right side, as the graphs stop following the key, but the infographic is pretty fascinating nonetheless.

10:53 // 2 years ago