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Episode 21 Notes - How Capable Was the 8008?

Jan 16, 2020

The Intel 8008 was the second microprocessor produced my Intel, but it was the first to have much interesting software written for it. Intel's earlier chip, the 4004, was only ever really used for desktop calculators. So most of the software written for that platform is very special purpose. Things were different for...

Jan 13, 2020

It's time to continue our deep dive into the legacy of Intel's processors. This episode we will be looking at the 8008, the second microprocessor produced by Intel and the progenitor of the x86 family. Along the way we will see how an innovative terminal from 1969 inspired the chip, how Intel lost a contract, and...

Jan 6, 2020

In this mini episode we will look at the Y2K bug, and some of the recipes it spawned. That's right, we are talking about Y2K cookbooks!

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Episode 20 Notes - Playing with PLATO

Jan 1, 2020

PLATO was a groundbreaking project that was started at the University of Illinois in 1960. Over its considerable lifespan it pioneer new technology for computer-aided teaching, time-sharing, and graphics just to name a few fields. On the official side of things it was an educational platform, but unofficially it was a...

Dec 30, 2019

In the conclusion to our discussion of PLATO we look at the final incarnation of the system: PLATO IV. How did an educational machine turn into one of the earliest online communities? What was it like to use PLATO at it's height? Along the way we will look at the software, hardware, and video games that made PLATO...