This is a great piece of digital history. In 1981, newspapers were exploring the possibility of people using their computers to read the news. KRON 4’s Steve Newman was there to report. The most amazing part of this story isn’t that people would try to use the service in 1981, but that newspapers had the discretionary income to even attempt this.
It took 2 hours to download the “telepaper” back in 81. We have come a long way.
Are you curious about the origins of the ubiquitous Windows Operating System? Sure you know about Windows 3.1, but what about earlier iterations of the OS? Nathan’s Toasty Technology has posted a December 1983 issue of Byte magazine with a review of Windows 1.0. The review has been transcribed into text and has some great accompanying scans. Be ready to be shocked, but this is how it all began:
The open approach and the presentation of Microsoft Windows as an extension of MS-DOS 2.0 will help attract the horde of programmers necessary to assure acceptable execution speeds on the IBM PC. Just as enough programmers working long enough on different approaches have made the Apple II perform feats that once seemed incredible, enough programmers working long enough on enough different approaches will make applications run fast under Microsoft Windows on ordinary hardware. Even if this judgment proves mistaken, Microsoft’s policy of openness and low pricing will have made possible a major experiment in mass-market software. For many software authors as well as users, this will be the first chance to test an approach to the user interface that has hovered just beyond reach for several years.
With its built in floppy drive and a handle on the back of the case, the Apple IIc (released in the Summer of 1988) was the company’s attempt at a portable Apple II computer (the “c” stood for “compact”). “Compact” had a slightly different definition back in 1988. Today it means “fits in your pocket” — in 1988, it meant “fits in your trunk”.
Each Apple IIc came with a small white box containing these five floppy disks. Containing a series of tutorials and utilities, these disks were enough to get the average user something to do until they went down to the mall and bought a copy of Oregon Trail or Ultima …
Today’s Photo of the Day was uploaded by Clemson University Library as part of their Retro Photo Friday series. In the photo we get a glimpse of a glorious 1970s computer center. The place is just fulled to the brim with gigantic machines and monstrously large storage media! What is not to love?