Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Memory Lane (256 bytes)

It is easy to forget how large and limited computers used to be. My first home computer was a Commodore 64 and it, along with other classics such as the PDP11, are all included in the recently opened Living Computer Museum. A couple of points for the nostalgic historical record: The maximum score possible on the 255 levels of Pac-Man is 3,333,360 and in June 1980 the VIC-20 became the first computer to sell over a million units - it had 3.5 KB of usable memory.

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