Archive
Computers
Dense disc (Jun, 1979)

“Unconventional” recording formats make recovering data from old disks a bit tricky. A problem the Archive Team has been dealing with as they endeavor to preserve roughly everything that has ever been stored. Ever.

Dense disc

The MD-4 computer mini-disc unit from IMSAI (14860 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, Calif. 94577) uses conventional Micropolis drives, but unconventional 1024-byte-per-sector recording format. Result: an 18-percent—780K bytes-increase in storage capability. It’s $1995 with MDOS and controller.

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Desk-top terminal (Jun, 1979)

Desk-top terminal

This 12x9x2-1/2-inch display takes the place of a full-size computer CRT terminal. It displays 12 lines of 40 characters and is touch sensitive—you give commands by just touching spots on the screen. Price: $3500. General Digital, 700 Burnside Ave., E. Hartford, Conn. 06108.

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NEW PRODUCTS (May, 1982)

NEW PRODUCTS

High-resolution computer, HP-87, has user memory that can be increased from a built-in 32K bytes to 544K bytes The system comes with 32K bytes of user RAM. 48K bytes of Basic language in ROM, and 16K bytes of RAM devoted to the display.

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Announcing a small improvement on the Apple IIe (Jul, 1984)

Announcing a small improvement on the Apple IIe

It’s 12″x 11-1/4″ x 2-1/4″. It weighs less than 8 pounds* And costs less than $1,300** Yet with 128K, the new Apple® IIc Personal Computer is a lot bigger than it looks.

Because it’s inherited all the talents of the eminently talented Apple IIe: The versatility to run over 10,000 different software programs.

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MIND OVER MATTERS (Sep, 1979)

MIND OVER MATTERS

Life’s full of little problems.

Everyone faces them… the business-man trying to figure out current inventory or accounts receivables. The home cook who wants to cut down a recipe for 8 to serve only 5. Or the language student trying to learn the difference between “gesundheit” and “gemutlichkeit.”

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Problems, Too, Have Problems (Oct, 1961)

This is a veryforward thinking article. It talks about a lot of things that are only getting widespread adoption now including image recognition, parallel processing and mainly general purpose problem solvers like Siri, Wolfram Alpha and Google’s new (and very impressive) Voice Search. I think that what the authors, nor really anyone else at the time, didn’t anticipate just how much more complex and miniaturized computers would become and just how much processing power and data storage would be necessary to perform these tasks.

Problems, Too, Have Problems

by John Pfeiffer

A dialogue, perhaps to become one of the most fruitful in history, has begun between the men who study the human brain and those who design computers. Point of agreement: the brains and the computers need each other desperately.

Ever since man started making tools to tinker with nature one to two million years ago, he has been getting into—and, so far, out of—more and more elaborate kinds of trouble.

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QDP-300 The Peace of Mind Computer (Jan, 1983)

QDP-300 The Peace of Mind Computer

Introducing our third generation computer… the all-new QDP-300. Now, you can rest assured you’ve found the most advanced microcomputer on the market today The QDP-300 is a user-friendly system – its on-line “Help” system gives even untrained operators access to its full power.

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Compute—With Pots (Jul, 1958)

Compute—With Pots

How to MULTIPLY, DIVIDE, ADD and SUBTRACT with simple potentiometer circuits.

WHEN we think about arithmetic, we think about addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Algebra extends the usefulness of arithmetic by employing symbols for quantities. Trigonometry brings into play the relationship between sides and angles of triangles. Using one or more of these three mathematical approaches, most of the design problems encountered in electronic equipment can be solved.

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New & Timely – Cheap Music, Gernsback and Microprocessor Patent (Dec, 1974)

I’m sure the RIAA might have had a bit of an issue with telling people it’s ok to tape albums and then return them, but I do love the idea of a non-profit record store with the goal of providing cheap music to the masses. File this under “things that work way better on the internet”.

The patent on the bottom of the first page is, I think, probably referring to Jack Kilby’s original patent for the manufacture of microprocessors, making it essentially the foundational patent of the modern computer industry.

I also think it’s kind of funny that they mention that Hugo Gernsback was inducted into the NEDSA hall of fame, just before going on to list who the winners of the 1974 Gernsback Scholarship for home-study electronics were. Incidentally there is another, slightly more prominent, set of awards named in his honor. The Hugo Awards.

new & timely

Low-priced music for the masses supplied by “anti-profit” shop.

Because they “didn’t want to see a society without music,” four Washington women have opened what they call “an anti-profit enterprise” to sell phonograph records at phenomenally low prices, reports the Washington Post/Potomac.

Named “Bread and Roses” after a line in an old worker’s song, the new establishment markets records of African music, blues, folk and rock at about a 9 per cent markup.

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A Personal View of the Atari 800 (May, 1982)

A Personal View of the Atari 800

by Roger H. Edelson

While the model 800 computer by Atari (Sunnyvale, CA) can be used in a small-business environment, this role is now being de-emphasized. In this system, Atari has managed to produce more of a personal computer, excelling as a combination game machine, interactive educational device, home information management system and fully programmable, general purpose machine. It is, primarily, a consumer-friendly system.

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