Thought for the month

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”
Marcus Aurelius Antonius, Emperor and Stoic philosopher (121-180).

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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