Happy anniversary, 80286

February 14, 2014 · Filed Under News, Retrocomputing · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe month of February 2014 marks the 32nd anniversary of the debut of the Intel 80286 CPU, a historical processor of changing fortunes which helped to build what would have later become the market domination of the x86 instruction set. As Computer Hope reminds, the 286 processor (also known as “iAPX 286″) was introduced on February 1st in 1982 bringing important technology innovations a bit too ahead of the times.

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Retro-anniversaries for OS/2 and Windows 3.1

April 17, 2012 · Filed Under News, Retrocomputing · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebDuring the first days of April, anniversaries for two genuine pieces of the operating systems’ history took place, two different evolutionary lines of what should have been a single product born from the partnership between two giants of the PC industry. IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows 3.1 were initially destined to be merged in the graphical interface-based operating system by Big Blue, afterward history went in a different way and OS/2 sunk while the competing OS turned into the dominant platform on the market.

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OS/2 and floppy disks, aged but not extinct technologies

May 17, 2010 · Filed Under News, Retrocomputing · 2 Comments 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebTechnology old fogeys can rejoice: even though they have lost the chance to obtain new Windows for Workgroups 3.11 licences by now, the almost-defunct operating systems and storage devices that persist in not wanting to fade away surely aren’t lacking. A recently surfaced couple of news actually highlights as even in information technology, probably the most rapidly evolving technology field, there are users niches that really don’t want (or can’t) abandon an outdated standard to adopt a more modern one.

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IBM will manufacture 22 nanometers chips

September 21, 2008 · Filed Under Hardware & Peripherals, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebIn the endless race to the immensely small, a typical trait of the integrated circuits world, the American giant IBM states to be the first chipmaker to having developed a reliable enough process for the manufacturing of 22 nanometers microchips. A technological achievement that, if not quite round the corner, surely pushes the final boundaries for the exploitation of silicon as the transistors’ basic element some years forward.

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Links & Suggestions # 4: space worms, stingy ISPs, Google and the ancient Persia

September 19, 2008 · Filed Under Babel fish, Links & Suggestions · Comment 

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.

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