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.
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.
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.
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.
There were three basic means of distributing software in the 1980s: retailers, mail-order catalogs, and bulletin board systems (BBS).
In 1980, Mattel Electronics released the Horse Race Analyzer, a calculator-type device that promised to help you pick winning horses at the track.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED 105 — FEDERAL TAX FORMS FOR APPLEWORKS AND J.K. LASSER'S YOUR INCOME TAX
Tax preparation software was always a favorite topic of Computer Chronicles.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED 104 — BOEING 757 MAINTENANCE MANUAL, MICROSOFT BOOKSHELF, THE VISUAL DICTIONARY, AND THE N/HANCE 525E
At the 1985 summer Consumer Electronics Show, Jack Tramiel’s Atari Corporation demonstrated a CD-ROM drive running the Grolier’s KnowldegeDisc, a digital version of the Grolier’s encyclopedia based on software created by Gary Kildall’s Activenture, Inc.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, WordStar was the gold standard for word processors on microcomputers.