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Episode 23 Notes - Artifacts of FORTRAN

Feb 12, 2020

In November of 1954 the first preliminary design of FORTRAN was completed. Over the next few years a compiler was built and distributed, various changes were made to the language, and FORTRAN would start down it's path to domination. High level programming languages, starting with FORTRAN, would change what could be...


Episode 22 Notes - Playing Rogue Today

Jan 29, 2020

Rogue is, arguably, one of the most influential video game ever written. It was the first game to make significant use of procedurally generated content. And there is a good chance that most people have never played it. Despite it's important and far-reaching legacy Rogue was never a commercial success. However, games...


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...


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...


Episode 19 Notes - Early PLATO

Dec 19, 2019

PLATO(Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) was an ambitious project started in 1960 with the goal of revolutionizing learning. And despite massive technical advances made by the project it remains relatively obscure today. It started out small, with just one terminal connected to the University of...