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SIERRA CLOSES

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Sierra Entertainment has now finally closed its doors. The company was founded back in 1979 by Ken and Roberta Williams of Bellevue, WA who worked together making Sierra a major publisher. In early 2004 Sierra was restructured extensively in preparation for the eventual retirement of Sierra. About 350 positions were lost as the studios were …

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BILL GATES AND TABLET COMPUTERS

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Bill Gates had a Viewsonic ViewPad 1000 tablet PC at the Comdex  2002 when he made a speech about the new class of personal computer. He mentioned that many improvements were needed to make tablets a more viable platform for users. We agree but this machine is still a marvel in its own right. Microsoft …

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WINDOWS 98 BSOD LIVE AT COMDEX

Bill Gates was showing the upcoming Windows 98 at Comdex when the operating system crash after installing a device driver. Gates was quick to mention that Windows 98 was not yet ready for release. Chris Capossela, with Gates looking on, attempted to install a scanner which caused the BSOD. 

IBM BUYS LOTUS 1-2-3

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IBM closed the $3.5 billion purchase of  Lotus Development, the producer of the once-dominant Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software and the then-popular Lotus Notes groupware. Lotus Notes groupware faired little better than 1-2-3, succumbing to Microsoft Exchange as the dominant groupware platform among large companies.  

INTERGRAPH 28HD96 MONITOR

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The Intergraph 28HD96 is a 28″ CRT with a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. These monitors were bundled with the companies 3D workstations.  The Intergraph 28HD96 costs a measly $9,999 each. This monitor was also sold by Dell DX-D8W71W which we noticed in a trade magazine for less cash. Silicon Graphics also distributed this monitor for their …

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ADVANCED HOST CONTROL INTERFACE

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The Advanced Host Control Interface (AHCI) was designed by Intel as a new BIOS extension to make it easier for an operating system to interact with hardware. The AHCI works with PCI IDE controllers which are standard with PCI based motherboards. The goal was to make Plug & Play work properly across a range of …

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QUANTUM PRODRIVE LPS52AT

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The LPS52AT (950-5-9105) does not requires write precompensation. Its supported for BIOS compatibility reasons. When we acquired one of these new IDE hard disks, we needed to acquire a card to support connecting it as the old CDC hard disk was MFM format. The low cost of the controller make this new disk driver very …

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SOFTWARE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION

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The Software Publishers Association (SPA) was founded by Ken A Wasch in 1984. 1090 VERMONT AVENUE NW SIXTH FLOOR WASHINGTON, DC 20005 The SPA was established as a marketing and public relations organization trying to develop the commercial software industry. Most software is free for the IBM PC with some commercial packages mostly targetting businesses. Games are …

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NORTH AMERICAN VIDEO GAME CRASH 1983

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The video game industry was running at around $2.2 billion in early 1983 when it then fell to around $100 million. The decline was over 95%. The big problem was oversaturation of the US market combined with a flood of new games in 1982. In 1983 there were far fewer world-class games available. The aftermath …

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IBM PC JR

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The IBM PC Jr. was released on November 1, 1983. It took a few months for supplies to become widely distributed. The 4860-004 ships with 64KB of memory. The 4860-067 ships with 128KB of memory and a 360K floppy drive. The graphics were largely CGA with some improvements. 320×200 in 16 colors was the most …

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