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Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

Rock deities Radiohead have snuck a program for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum into a re-release of their seminal 1997 album “OK Computer”. Dubbed “OKNOTOK”, the re-release can be had as £100/US$130/€120 boxed edition that includes three vinyl records, books galore and “a C90 cassette mix tape compiled by us, taken from OK COMPUTER …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2017
A grey beard

Multics resurrected: Proto-Unix now runs on Raspberry Pi or x86

Seminal time-sharing OS Multics - the Multiplexed Information and Computing Service - has been resurrected in a new simulator. As The Register reported in 2011, Multics' sprang from MIT's decision to eschew an IBM mainframe, buy one from GE instead and write an OS for the machine. The operating system's source code was …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2017
Maxx Desktop SGI Indigo Magic Desktop clone for Linux

Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

Those of you yearning for the experience of running a 1990s-vintage graphics workstation are about to have a good day: a developer named Eric Masson has resurrected the IRIX Interactive Desktop that shipped on Silicon Graphics Workstations and now offers it as a Linux desktop alternative. Silicon Graphics (SGI) had a crack at …
Detail from 'Glade Swope's playthrough on YouTube

Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

The classics never die – or so we hope. One classic, Colossal Cave Adventure, is getting a new lease of life on GitLab. Regarded the first text adventure game, Colossal Cave Adventure was first given life in the 1970s on a Digital PDP-10, by ARPANET pioneer William Crowther, and expanded on by Don Woods, then a Stanford …
Arca OS 5.0, aka Blue Lion

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

An outfit called Arca Noae has released a new version of IBM's venerable OS/2 operating system, named ArcaOS 5.0. The Register understands that Arca Noae has a licence from IBM to do a distribution of OS/2, the OS that Big Blue pitched against Windows 95 back in the day. OS/2's fourth release was widely regarded as technically …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2017
Oscilloscope Pong

Pong, anyone? How about Pong on a vintage oscilloscope?

Warning: there's no real IT angle in a chap hacking a venerable Tektronix Type 422 oscilloscope to play Pong. It's just fun. The Frankensteinian machine is the brainchild of Glen Kleinschmidt over at the electronic hobbyist site EEVBlog. There's no “take the easy way” about Kleinschmidt's work: sure, it might be easy to …
SEGA megadrive

Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!

Brazilian outfit Tectoy has won the right to manufacture new versions of Sega's 16-bit MegaDrive console and is taking pre-orders for the venerable gaming machines. Known as the Genesis in some parts of the world, the MegaDrive used cartridges and this reproduction will support that medium. To drag the MegaDrive into the 21st …
Zilog's IXRD1004 High Power Two-Phase Digital Power Factor Correction (PFC) reference design

Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

Mostly-forgotten silicon-maker Zilog is alive and has just released a new product that shares a little DNA with the Z80 CPU that powered many of the earliest mass-market microcomputers. The Z80 famously powered Sinclair's iconic ZX 80, ZX 81 and Spectrum computers. The CPU also made it into the Radio Shack TRS-80, the Osborne …
Bongo's dream dorm small

Simpsons creator Matt Groening once drew Mac heaven for Apple

Conference Couture Welcome to another edition of Conference Couture, in which we relive odd moments of technology history through the branded tat given away at trade shows. This week, one for the Apple completists. Back in 1989 Apple was huge in education. But wanted to be huger, by getting university students to buy more Macs. And what better …
Icomp's licensed C64 cases

World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

German retro enthusiast Jens Schönfeld of Individual Computers is about to start manufacturing new Commodore 64 cases from the classic home computer company's original injection moulds. His announcement follows a licensing deal with the outfit that now owns Commodore's trademarks, Polabe Holding. Schönfeld's announcement …
Satoru Iwata

Legend of Zelda cracked with 6502 assembly language glitch

A 30-year-old bug in the iconic Nintendo game Legend of Zelda allows players to finish the game in minutes. A video posted to YouTube shows that, beneath what looks to be a fun game glitch, there is a fascinating bit of code manipulation in 6502 Assembly: Youtube Video While executing the procedure requires a tediously …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016
the cover of Gary Kildall's memoir Computer Connections

PC pioneer Gary Kildall's unpublished memoir revealed

The Computer History Museum has revealed part of an unpublished memoir by Gary Kildall, a programmer and entrepreneur who made critical contributions to the personal computer industry in its formative years. Kildall died aged just 52, in 1994, but in his short life he earned fame for developing CP/M, an operating system that …
Splash Screen for classic adventure game The Hobbit

Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

1982-vintage adventure game The Hobbit has been ported to the Dragon 64, 34 years after the program's release. The back story: in 1982, The Hobbit was the hottest ticket in gaming, thanks to its addition of big bold graphics and a syntax that did away with adventure games' annoying habit of allowing only a limited set of verbs …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2016
The original Sinclair ZX Spectrum

ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

Emails are still trickling in with readers trying to trump the almost nineteen-year-old server we found was just being decommissioned back in January. A recent missive from reader Ian piqued our interest because it said he's still running a Timex Sinclair 2040 printer bought in 1982! The 2040's a thermal printer based on the …
DEC PDP-7 publicity shot

GitHubber wants to revive the first Unix in a PDP-7 emulator

An IT lecturer from the Australian state of Queensland wants to revive the very first Unix – the version written by Ken Thompson on a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-7. While the PDP-11 is probably the most famous of the series – a genuine watershed in computer history, and a successful system that sold 600,000 units in its …
Whack-a-mole

Gopher server revived after 15 years of downtime

Blogging site MetaFilter has restored its Gopher server, after 15 years of downtime. Explain to kids these days that there was a time when the World Wide Web was just one of several competing ways to navigate the internet and they'll stare at you blankly. Tim Berners-Lee gave the world Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP) in …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2016
Amiga Emulator in Google Native Client

Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

A Google chap named Christian Stefansen has created an Amiga 500 emulator that runs inside the Alphabet subsidiary's Chrome browser. “The emulator code is based on the Open Source Universal Amiga Emulator which is about 400k lines of C code,” Stefansen says. He didn't cook up the code out of altruism: Google offers “Native …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015
NetHack 3.6

ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

NetHack is one of the gaming industry's foundational texts. The animated adventure debuted in 1987, continuing an ASCII ancestry traceable to 1980's Rogue and earning it a place on the Museum Of Modern Art's list of games worthy of historical preservation. The game is simple: after choosing a race, gender and character class …

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