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Top Page - Petit Computer
"In the golden age of BASIC, it was easy for anyone to write a program. Now we offer you this exact same capability, but this time with the advanced features of the Nintendo DSi™ system... Many programs are included to ensure that you can fully enjoy using BASIC. The included programs were also written in BASIC, so you can add new features to them in order to enhance your games. You can also take the programs and data you create and convert them to QR codes that can be shared with friends who also have Petit Computer on their Nintendo DSi systems. (Programs included: 12 feature samples,5games, a character picture tool,a background screen creation tool,a graphics tool,and a picture-drawing tool.)" Interesting - especially the music-creation stuff, as Create Digital Music proved.
computer  programming  nintendo  dsi  ds  basic  music 
august 2012 by infovore
"This is a VT220 serial console (circa 1983) set up as a terminal for my Mac Pro (circa 2010), a nerdy dream I’ve had for a long time that I finally made a reality yesterday." Beautiful. Just look at it!
terminal  unix  mac  computer  retro  cathoderaytube 
august 2011 by infovore
A Turing Machine Overview
Just beautiful: an implementation of a Turing Machine, as described by Turing; not only is it ingenious - reading characters written on tape with pen via OCR - but it's also a beautiful piece of hardware; it feels as elegant as the point it is illustrating.
turingmachine  computing  computer  computerscience  hardware  mechanics  machine  beautiful 
march 2010 by infovore
How the Computer gets the answer
"It is a commonplace that if it weren’t for computers we couldn’t fly to the moon, or even keep an accurate record of the national debt. On the question of how it does what it does, however, the computer has always remained essentially mysterious—unfathomable to all but a small handful of initiates. An officer of one major computer concern guessed recently that not more than 2% of his employees really know how it works." 2% seems awfully high these days. Detailed, technical article from Life in 1967.
technology  engineering  journalism  life  computing  magazine  computer  logic 
january 2009 by infovore
"Ryan" - YouTube - Screening Room
Remarkable, oscar-winning short; real interviews, and some incredible CGI character design. At the heart of it: a very sad story. Beautiful soundtrack, too.
animation  ryanlarkin  cgi  computer  illustration  characterdesign 
july 2008 by infovore
Crispy Gamer - Column: Print Screen: "Dungeons & Desktops" and Writing Gaming History
"it's a shame that a book as significant and thorough as [this] isn't better than it is, a victim of poor editing, poor organization, and a frustrating inconsistency, as the book veers from true history to trite encyclopedia..."
games  rpgs  criticism  writing  computer 
june 2008 by infovore
TMRC Dictionary
"The words defined in this dictionary are the property of the Tech Model Railroad Club of M.I.T. and all rights to use and define these words are strictly reserved." From 1959.
tmrc  hack  computer  technology  mit  jargon 
october 2007 by infovore
$99 desktop that has 4gb of internal storage and uses S3 for the rest. Distributed thin-ish clients, much like were promised in the golden age of Java. Etc, etc, etc.
computer  hardware  s3  network  distribution  opensource 
august 2007 by infovore
mactactic - buying guide & replacement estimates - current mac release summary
Highly useful: analyses when an Apple model was last replaced, and tells you if it's a good time to buy one. Fortunately for what I'm looking for, it's "still good value"...
mac  apple  hardware  computer  shopping  reference 
february 2007 by infovore

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