From time to time on classic computing and/or videogaming forums, the question of how to track down the current copyright holder to a particular given title comes up. Sometimes someone knows the answer. Frequently they don’t. This week, when George Lucas announced he’d sold Lucasfilm to Disney, illustrated precisely how this kind of thing happens.
Here’s a treasure trove for retro computing enthusiasts: Archive.org has a collection of digitized issues of Byte magazine available online, free. Numerous archives of vintage computer magazines exist, many of which are of questionable legality so I’ll refrain from saying anything specific about that.
Right around a year ago, I wrote about the difficulties of making a good $100 tablet. But then, today, I read on Slashdot about someone finding a nice $45 Android tablet in a Chinese bazaar, then finding a similar unit at Fry’s back home in the States, priced at $89. That raised a couple of [...]
A former classmate and coworker contacted me with a question. My router is about 5 years old. I have a cable modem and a router. The cable modem is fine. The router keeps connecting and disconnecting from the internet…used to happen occasionally, now happens all the time. I reset it and it works for a [...]
This month is the 35th anniversary of the TRS-80, which was the best-selling computer in the world until 1982. Did you miss it? I almost did. Veteran technology journalist and editor Harry McCracken has a nice retrospective.
Software developer, author, and blogger Jeff Atwood wrote his confessions of the 1980s this week. As a teenager and not-quite-adult, he was a phone phreaker. More of this went on than anyone wants to admit.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Commodore 64′s release, PC World–a magazine published by the same company that once published RUN, a magazine dedicated to the C-64 and other Commodore 8-bit computers–had someone try to use a 64 for a week. Not surprisingly, they found the 30-year-old computer not up to 2012′s demands.
A working Apple I motherboard with manuals sold this week for $374,500. Not bad for something that originally sold for $666.66.
Microsoft just priced its Windows 8-based tablets out of the market. Extremetech reports that they expect Windows 8-based tablets to sell for $600-$900. I think Microsoft is forgetting its history.