COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 84 — COMPUTER SPORTS WORLD, THOROUGHBRED HANDICAPPING SYSTEM, AND POINTSPREAD ANALYZER

On April 28, 1988, Mark Herbst of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, went to the offices of the Pennsylvania Lottery to redeem the winning “Super 7” ticket from a July 1987 drawing.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 83 — THE LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE PROGRAM AND PALS

Dr. Edward Fry, then a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said in a 1987 report that young school children should be taught keyboard typing as opposed to cursive writing.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 82 — INVISIBLE CITIES, DOM, THEATERGAME, AND TERPSICHORE

The topic of “computers and the arts” today largely focuses on the use of artificial intelligence to suck up the work of artists–often without their permission–and regurgitate it based on text prompts.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 81 — THE TRS-80 MODEL 102, NEC MULTISPEED, ZENITH Z-181, TOSHIBA T3100, AND THE DYNAMAC

Unlike many people who cover computer history, I generally avoid talking about prices “adjusted for inflation” when discussing older products.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 80 — THE TAX ADVANTAGE, MACINTAX, TURBOTAX, AND PC/TAX CUT

While annual-release franchises are now a common feature of computer games–think Madden or Call of Duty–the practice arguably originated with tax preparation software.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 79 — THE KOWLOON HOTEL, EXCHANGE SQUARE, CITICORP CENTER, AND THE HSBC MAIN BUILDING

On December 19, 1984, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the United Kingdom signed a “joint declaration” with her counterpart from the People’s Republic of China, Zhai Siyang, formalizing the return of the British colony of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 78 — BIX, NEXIS, EASYNET, AND MACWORLD EXPO 1987

The second part of Computer Chronicles’ two-part look at online services to open 1987 has a strong sense of deja vu.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 77 — QUANTUMLINK, DOW JONES INFORMATION SERVICES, DELPHI, AND MINITEL

An ad in the October 6, 1985, edition of The Scrantonian announced an upcoming meeting of the Scranton (Pennsylvania) Commodore Users Group on October 8 that would feature a demonstration of QuantumLink, a “new computer information network.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 76 — THE COMPAQ DESKPRO 386, ZENITH Z-386, AND VP/IX

The star of the November 1986 COMDEX show was the Intel 80386 microprocessor.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 75 — LOTUS EXPRESS, RE:SOURCE, AND WATSON

Email is one of those technologies that has seemingly always been around in one form or another.