COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED NOW IN LEGACY MODE

After 3 years, 108 episode-specific posts, and 15 podcasts, this project has now concluded.

FRIEND OF THE BLOG 4 — KARL KURAS AND THE VIDEO GAME NEWSROOM TIME MACHINE

October 1983 marked the 40th anniversary of the debut of Computer Chronicles as a nationally televised program on PBS stations in the United States.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED 108 — CONCURRENT DOS 386, WINDOWS/386, OS/2, AND PRESENTATION MANAGER

How many applications is your computer running right now? If the answer is more than one, then you’re already well ahead of most personal computer of the 1980s.

FRIEND OF THE BLOG 3 — KATE WILLAERT ON MARIO'S POPEYE ORIGINS

Kate Willaert is a video game historian and essayist. She recently released part one in a series of video essays on the origins of Nintendo’s famed mascot Mario.

CHRONICLES REVISITED PODCAST 15 — WHAT WAS BRUCE DAVIS THINKING?

In August 1987, Apple announced HyperCard, a new type of middleware for the Macintosh that made it possible for anyone to create a polished application combining text, graphics, and hyperlinks.

FRIEND OF THE BLOG 2 — ATARI ARCHIVE BY KEVIN BUNCH

Kevin Bunch is perhaps the world’s foremost historian of the Atari VCS–also known as the Atari 2600–and other 1970s home video game consoles.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED 107 — KOALAPAINTER, THE WINE STEWARD, SKATE OR DIE, MASTER COMPOSER, AND KEYBOARD CONTROLLED SEQUENCER

At the June 1983 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago, Commodore International announced a cut in the wholesale price of its Commodore 64 (C64) computer from $360 to $199.

CHRONICLES REVISITED PODCAST 14 — TOUCH THE SCREEN! TOUCH THE SCREEN!

When Computer Chronicles debuted as a national program in the fall of 1983, the IBM Personal Computer dominated what was then still called the microcomputer market.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED 106 — PC-FILE+, AUTOMENU, HOTDIR, PROCOMM, ARTISTO+, AND STUFFIT

There were three basic means of distributing software in the 1980s: retailers, mail-order catalogs, and bulletin board systems (BBS).

CHRONICLES REVISITED PODCAST 13 — GREED IS THE KEY WORD

In 1980, Mattel Electronics released the Horse Race Analyzer, a calculator-type device that promised to help you pick winning horses at the track.