Monday, July 18, 2011

Welcome back Byte!

What is old is new again.  Just took a look over the website for the reborn Byte.

Byte magazine was one of the first computer magazines.  If you were in to computers in the 80's and 90's, you read Byte.

One of the highlights back then was Jerry Pournelle's column.  Jerry is a science fiction author.  Back in those days he had the money to have more gadgets then most of us and a tinker's delight at getting them all working.

I believe he wrote one of the first books ever written on a computer, and that computer is now in the Smithsonian.

His Chaos Manor columns talking about his never ending tribulations of getting 20th century home computing to work were always entertaining.  I learned a valuable lesson from him, Pournelle's Law, to check cables first when there is a problem.

He always struggled to to get things working, that a wag once suggested Apple sponsor his columns and send them by mail to every Windows PC owner.

Started this in G+, and realized partway through I want it on my blog.  This becomes my first cross post.  I know I want to keep my blog, but G+ is a good medium for publishing too.  How do I solve that conundrum?

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