* Posts by IoTrickle

3 posts • joined 18 Nov 2018

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree


Fall 1965: Gunn High School in Palo Alto CA... the school district's fist 'computer' class (Perhaps one of the first HS classes anywhere?)

They only had a keypunch machine at the school... and at the first class admitted they were still looking for a computer to use, as the District had quashed plans to allow their own in-house computer to be used by [gasp] students!

Next class, they announced they had FOUND a computer very nearby:

The Burroughs B5500 mainframe at SLAC!!! (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center).

No problem for students there!!! We ran our class exercises in B5500 ALGOL.

Yahoo! Groups' closure and a tale of Oftel: Die-hard users 'informally' included telcos


Cynical and selective...

This cynical selective disabling of Yahoo! groups means they can still harvest the email addresses used in correspondence... without the burden of actually having to invest in server space for content!

The eMail addresses actually have market value... which I'm sure they will continue to harvest.

The content, which was uploaded without any copyright recognition or controls, has NONE, and is therefor expendable.

With content removal as of December 14, 2019 rendering Yahoo! Groups useless to me; effective January 1, 2020 I will be notifying Yahoo!/Oath to delete any/ALL of my personal information, including email addresses, in accordance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Consumer_Privacy_Act

As a 15+ year participant in Groups; I don't ever want to hear from them again!

Richard - in California

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers


Re: RIP Bill

...somewhere in my storage locker, a MASSIVE 4k RAM S100 board sheds a rosin tear.

I remember Bill from the West Coast Computer Faires...

Those were heady days... scrounging parts from the HalTed and HalTek electronic surplus outlets, and surveying the latest the eye-candy at the Byte Shop on the El Camino.

Thanks for writing this Iain. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi...


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