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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JAVA

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Java is a programming language that is very popular. It was first released in 1995. Unlike C or C++, Java uses are more complete run-time which created a new model called middleware. Middleware is the idea of using additional layers of software to consolidate assets. Java has a runtime, class libraries and compilers. Java is …

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FULL THROTTLE

Full Throttle was released on April 30, 1995 by Lucasarts who also developed the game. Full Throttle is a graphic adventure game. In Full Throttle, you control Ben, leader of the Polecats. The controls for each section of the game are not all the same, but you’ll always be steering Ben through different environments, using him to find …

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SYSTEM MANAGEMENT BUS 

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The SPD table is available in the SMBUS which is used by RAM, batteries and other hardware. The bus is used for configuration etc. This way a battery can be asked when it was manufactured or RAM can be asked what speed it runs at. The SMBUS can support 127 devices which is more than …

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DESCENT

Descent was released on December 17, 1994 by Interplay. The game was developed by Parallax Software. Descent is a first person shooter. Descent is a highly advanced first person shooter boasting six degrees of freedom. One of the few games in its class to allow the player full freedom in moving up and down, left and …

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IOMEGA ZIP DRIVE

The IOmega Zip drive was released circa Q4 1994. The Zip drive originally was shipped as a SCSI device but it had a firmware problem that caused the drive to malfunction. The Zip disk with 100 megabytes of capacity was very attractive at a time when most computers were equipped with 200-500MB hard disks. The …

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DOOM II: HELL ON EARTH

Doom II: Hell on Earth  was released October 10, 1994 by GT Interactive. Doom2 was developed by id Software. Doom 2 is a first person shooter. Immediately following the events in Doom, the player once again takes the role of the anonymous space marine who has proven too tough for Hell to contain. After being …

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WIN32S

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Win32s is an API for Windows 3.1 and 3.11 which allows 32-bit programs to call 16-bit hardware devices. The idea was using a n API so that a driver could map the calls into the device and then pass the results back. Basically Wind32s is a set of DLL libraries with a VxD driver. The …

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SYSTEM SHOCK

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System Shock was released on September 24, 1994 by Origin Systems. The game was developed by Looking Glass Technologies. System Shock is a first person action role-playing game. System Shock’s 3D engine, physics simulation and complex gameplay have been cited as both innovative and influential. Looking Glass sought to make System Shock as immersive as possible …

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AMBIENT OCCLUSION

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In 1994, at the Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Gavin Miller and Peter Litwinowicz published a paper on “Efficient techniques for interactive texture placement”. This paper describes efficient algorithms for the placement and distortion of textures. The textures include surface color maps and environment maps. Affine transformations of …

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GAMES FEATURING AMBIENT OCCLUSION

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Screen space ambient occlusion Is a pixel shader. By analyzing the scene depth buffer which is stored in a texture its possible to make a better approximate lighting model. For every pixel on the screen, the pixel shader samples the depth values around the current pixel and tries to compute the amount of occlusion from …

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L3ENC

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L3ENC was released on July 13, 1994 by Fraunhofer IIS. L3ENC is a DOS program that could convert a WAV file to MP3. L3ENC was very heavily copy protected and it was comparatively slow on machines. L3ENC was also limited to 112 kbps which was intended for real-time ISDN transmission for radio station programs. Before …

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TOKIMEKI MEMORIAL

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Tokimeki Memorial as released on May 27, 1994 by Konami who also developed the game. Tokimeki Memorial  is a Japanese dating simulation. This game has only been distributed in Japan. This is game is available for Windows but it does not work with revent machines. It has also been ported to mobile phones. Tokimeki Memorial is …

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WING COMMANDER III: HEART OF THE TIGER

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Wing Commander III was released on March 27, 1994 by Origin Systems who also developed the game. Wing Commander III is a space combat simulator. Wing Commander features a lot of live action cutscenes. Wing Commander III is a real throwback to the classic DOS period. Gameplay involves completing missions and destroying enemy craft, Wing commander III …

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THE ELDER SCROLLS: ARENA

Elder Scrolls: Arena was released on March 25, 1994 by Bethesda who also developed the game. Elder Scrolls: Arena is a role playing game. The game is played by the first person perspective. The game world is called Tamriel. Bethesda has created a true virtual world, using light-sourcing and shadows to magnificent effect. The game offers …

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