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ThinkPad USB Keyboard With TrackPoint – Overview

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/13

I wish this keyboard was still on the market [WayBackThinkPad USB Keyboard With TrackPoint – Overview.

Known as 55Y9053, 55Y9003 and 57Y4641 (and a few others like  the English/EUR 55Y9042 if you count the various localised layouts at [WayBack] ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint – Service parts), it was one of the best keyboards made apart from the big delete key (that was better in the predecessor, but that one lacked windows keys: [WayBack] Lenovo ThinkPad USB Keyboard Review | NotebookReview).

It is about the same as the Thinkpad25, which added a touchpad: [WayBack] The 25th-anniversary ThinkPad: Every laptop should add some retro appeal | Ars Technica Review: A seven-row keyboard? Matte screen? TrackPoint? The all-business black body? Swoon

–jeroen

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Level 29: The BBS

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/13

How retro can you get? [WayBack] Level 29: The BBS gets very far: it runs on an Apple IIgs and provides access via modem (via a landline!), telnet or web to the same text interface.

Web access via [WayBack] Shell In A Box

                                                                                                                                                                                    
Welcome to the *NEW* Level 29 BBS!                                                                                                                                                    
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RetroBattlestations.com                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Enter your username or NEW or VISITOR                                                                                                                                                 
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Via: [WayBack] Got this TV yesterday at a garage sale and hooked up the Apple II through the Sup R Mod and installed the Hayes Micromodem IIe to call Level 29 BBS. No … – Chris Osborn – Google+

–jeroen

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EDSAC Simulator

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/08

Cool historic stuff: [WayBack/Archive.isEdsac Simulator.

It simulates the 1949 built EDSAC computer.

Via: EDSCA Simulator – Computerphile (video below) which explains concepts like the mercury memory “tank” used for memory.

Related:

–jeroen

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Programming Wisdom on Twitter: `”The strength of JavaScript is that you can do anything. The weakness is that you will.” – Reg Braithwaite`

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/01

[WayBackProgramming Wisdom on Twitter: "The strength of JavaScript is that you can do anything. The weakness is that you will." - Reg Braithwaite

It got commented at by [WayBack] Henrik Hain on Twitter: “My personal highlight :) … “ pointing to [WayBack] is-thirteen/README.md at master · jezen/is-thirteen · GitHub: is-thirteen – Check if a number is equal to 13.

That is an npm I don’t even want to know the dependencies it pulls in (:

I recognised it as Kristian Köhntopp pointed me to it a while ago: FizzBuzz as interview question – video by Tom Scott

–jeroen

 

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The Piet programming language.

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/01

From a while back, an even older (2002, maybe even earlier) graphical programming language named after Piet Mondriaan: [WayBack] The Piet programming language. – Thomas Mueller (dummzeuch) – Google+:

–jeroen

 

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