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More Old Micro Cornucopia issues on BitSavers from 1987 and 1988

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/04/08

Last quarter, 11 issues of Micro Cornucopia appeared on BitSavers including the final May 1990 issue.

This month, another 7 issues appeared, most of which cover a form of Pascal in one or more of the articles and advertisements:

A fun thing to notice are the advertisements for Modula-2. Logitech Modula-2. Yes though the Logitech Wikipedia page does not mention it at all, Logitech didn’t only sell mice, keyboards and web-cams. They had more products. Being Swiss, they were big in Modula-2. And Bitsavers has a PDF of that too: Logitech_Modula-2_86_1.0_Feb84.pdf

The only issues still to be scanned are #28 till #32.


via: New Micro Cornucopia issues on BitSavers including the Final May 1990 issue « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff.

Posted in Assembly Language,, C, C++, Delphi, Development, History, Pascal, Software Development, Turbo Assembler, Turbo Pascal, x86 | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

OWC OWCSSDEX3G960 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD… in stock at OWC

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/03/20

Awesome write speed while mirroring from my old Intel 320 600GB SSD (SATA) to the new OWC Mercury Electra MAX 3G 960GB SSD (USB3) on my ThinkPad W701.

On average more than 2GB per minute.

                Total    Copied   Skipped  Mismatch    FAILED    Extras
     Dirs :     27029     27028         1         0         0         0
    Files :    160965    160965         0         0         0         0
    Bytes : 546.499 g 546.499 g         0         0         0         0
    Times :   4:17:38   4:15:16                       0:00:00   0:02:22

    Speed :            38311787 Bytes/sec.
    Speed :            2192.218 MegaBytes/min.

    Ended : Mon Mar 18 22:16:36 2013


via: OWC OWCSSDEX3G960 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD.

Posted in Hardware, Power User, SSD | Tagged: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Microsoft Azure: Storage certificate expired?

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/23

Reasons like this is why I distrust the cloud: Storage certificate expired?.

From Windows Azure Status: Service Dashboard | Technical Support:

Beginning Friday, February 22 at 12:44 PM PST, Storage experienced a worldwide outage impacting HTTPS operations (SSL traffic) due to an expired certificate. HTTP traffic was not impacted. We executed repair steps to update the SSL certificate and expect HTTPS traffic to notice gradual recovery in many sub-regions. Further updates will be published to keep you apprised of the situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers. Status of affected services will be updated in  the table below.


via: Windows Azure Status: Service Dashboard | Technical Support.

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Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Source Code About 75% is in Pascal, get it from the Computer History Museum

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/15

Thanks Lennart Aasenden for sharing this on FaceBook: Mariuz’s Blog: Adobe Photoshop 1.0 Source Code About 75% is in Pascal.

This was back when I was already a professional Turbo Pascal for PC programmer, not yet a Mac programmer, but doing Pascal on VMS to assist a client in the scaleable font industry.

The 1990 version 1.0.1 of Photoshop code was written in Object Pascal, and based on MacApp.

Back then Apple’s Object Pascal was one of the few IDEs available to develop Macintosh software. Later on, you also had Turbo Pascal and THINK Pascal (which many Macintosh developers preferred, was later acquired by Symantec, and died). A big reason they liked it so much was the THINK integrated debugger, which was lightyears ahead of any Pascal product on any other platform.

Apple had great documentation, not only on their compilers and libraries, but also one that everyone should hav read: Apple Human Interface Guidelines: The Apple Desktop Interface: Inc. Apple Computer: 9780201177534: Books.

The Adobe Photoshop 1.0 source code can be downloaded (for non-commercial use) from the Computer History Museum | @CHM : Adobe Photoshop Source Code page.

The source is a very interesting read, and a great comments on it by Grady Booch.

This is how everyone should think about their code.


PS: A nice introduction to Object Pascal for a Macintosh is at MacTech | The journal of Apple technology..

Posted in Delphi, Development, Object Pascal, Pascal, Software Development, Think Pascal | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Recommended reading: “Security Engineering” now available free online

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/06

According to Alan Cox,

And yes this is worth reading…

Right now it looks like the site is overloaded, so you will have to use the Google Cache: Light Blue Touchpaper » Blog Archive » “Security Engineering” now available free online.

So I’m going to re-try in a couple of days.

Later: that was an intermediate site. The actual site is Security Engineering – A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems..


via: Security Engineering – A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems.

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