COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 11 — THE AM2901C AND AM29116
Computer architecture is usually described in terms of bits. For instance, we often speak of early personal computers from the late 1970s and early 1980s as 8-bit machines.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 10 — THE SYTEK LOCALNET
Today, we think of networking as synonymous with the Internet–a global interconnected network that encompasses not just computers but also millions of “smart” devices.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 9 — THE VOTAN V5000 AND THE SPEECH PLUS CALLTEXT
This next episode of The Computer Chronicles from early 1984 examined the status of speech synthesis technology.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 8 — THE HERO-1 AND THE TEACHMOVER
In a recent essay for the socialist journal Current Affairs, Matthew James Seidel recounted a story from 2013 where “delivery drivers came up with an unexpected way to prevent robots from taking their jobs.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 7 — DONN B. PARKER AND THE DIGI-LINK
Roger Ebert wrote in his four-star review of the 1983 film WarGames, “Computers only do what they are programmed to do, and they will follow their programs to illogical conclusions.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 6 — WORDVISION, WORD PLUS, AND THE WRITER'S WORKBENCH
Since the 1990s, word processing has largely been synonymous with Microsoft Word.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 5 — CONCURRENT CP/M, MS-DOS & UNIX
The first season of The Computer Chronicles was repackaged and marketed to educational institutions as The Computer Chronicles Telecourse.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 4 — SINGER LINK AND SOM
Normally, The Computer Chronicles highlighted consumer software and hardware. Stewart Cheifet often described his role as doing the legwork on behalf of the viewer so they knew what products to buy.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 3 — MUSIC CONSTRUCTION SET AND THE ALPHA SYNTAURI
We begin this episode of The Computer Chronicles from February 1984 with Stewart Cheifet plunking on an unspecified model of Casiotone keyboard.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 2 — VISI ON VS. THE APPLE LISA
There was apparently a roughly two-month gap between the taping of episodes of The Computer Chronicles in late 1983 and their initial airing in early 1984.