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Who or what is the 'AH' credited on the die of the Atari TIA chip next to Jay Miner?

I noticed that on the die shot of the Atari TIA chip, at the top you can see an Atari logo and at the bottom there are two initials: JM + AH. I assume that JM means Jay Miner, but who is the AH? I ...
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Who owns the intellectual property of Thinking Machines today?

Who owns the intellectual property regarding the Connection Machine and other products from Thinking Machines? I believe the remnants were bought by Sun, so possibly Oracle, but does anyone know?
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In search of… SeaWar — NOT Battleship!

Hopefully, sufficient background Many years ago (40-45), I used to play "Sea War" on a good sized time-share system. It was a text/adventure war game between a couple remote players, played over a ...
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Is there a simple BASIC program that demonstrates SID6581 distortion?

Many songs use a SID6581 design "flaw", distortion, as an effect. I tried experimenting with the filter and resonance registers, but was unable to reproduce the sound. What conditions are necessary ...
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What is the origin of this version of the “Moon Landing” game?

Among the BESM-6 games there was a "Moon Landing" game; the only one available in both English and Russian versions. The binary survived but it is not runnable (yet). The description said that its ...
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What is the timeline of NASA ground control computers?

In the movie "Hidden Figures", NASA receives an IBM 7090 in 1961. What is the subsequent timeline of the primary computing means for flight planning and orbit calculation? Specifically, what was the ...
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Did the Apple ][ ever ship with the Autostart ROM

Did the Apple ][ ever ship with an autostart ROM from the factory or were they all the older ROM with Trace/Step? My guess would be that once the ][+ started shipping then new Apple ][ production (...
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Why were TECO variables called Q-registers?

The TECO editor, (originally Tape Editor and COrrector, later Text Editor...) found in some form on just about every computer and operating system DEC ever made, provides variables in which you can ...
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How many Amiga 3000's were produced?

While revisiting this question: Seeking details relating to Amiga 3000 serial numbers I began to wonder how many actual Amiga 3000's were produced by Commodore. I suspect (like most production ...
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Did Hewlett Packard really allow the use of the HP48 ROMs in emulators?

On the FAQ of the emu48 software, a famous emulator for HP38/39/40/48/49 calculators (http://hp.giesselink.com/emu48faq.htm#ROM), we can find the following assertion: In general all HP-ROM files ...
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How to open a CorelDraw WI wavelet-compressed image

I have a large sample of .WI images I need to convert to e.g. JPEGs, but the format now seems defunct. The mimetype is image/wavelet. The compression algorithm was developed by Summus, a US company ...
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Did any scanners marketed as general purpose implement SCSI device type 06h (SGC)?

SCSI-connected (flatbed) scanners existed a lot in the 90s and early 2000. Usually, they did need a vendor or vendor-specific (TWAIN, sane...) device driver to work, and IIRC usually implemented the ...
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Gamepad triggers main menu in Fuse SDL

I'm trying to set up a gamepad to work with Fuse on Ubuntu. No matter which type of joystick I try to emulate (including None), pressing button #2 (or B in the Sega naming) opens the main SDL menu. ...
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How can I open an IBM G50 CRT monitor?

First off, I know CRTs are dangerous and I have opened and discharged multiple CRT displays before. I've got an G50 monitor that shows a picture for a second or two and then goes blank. If you power ...
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What is the model of the Emachines Etower 366i2's Monitor?

I've an old 1999 Emachines Etower I want to restore. I have all the original parts except for the monitor. It just isn't a complete set without it. Does anybody know the specific model of that monitor....
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Where can I find “Nemesis II”, the sequel to “Nemesis”, an old CP/M game?

In 1981, the "Nemesis" game was released for CP/M-based machines by Super Soft Inc., with the author attribution of Michael A. Pagels and Michael Q Hiller, and artist attribution of Diana J. Bush. ...
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Does the Commodore 64 power switch have a history of failing?

My original (1983?) Commodore 64 (brown breadbox with grey function keys) has trouble powering on. Specifically, when I flip the power switch the power LED will glow dimly and the machine fails to ...
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What are all the patches that SetPatch applies to Kickstart?

SetPatch runs as the first command in the Startup-Sequence when Amiga boots up. It applies patches to the code in ROM to fix bugs and also enable features if necessary. For example, I seem to remember ...
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Link N64 object file while preserving relocation data

The N64 SDK provides the makerom tool to create a ROM image given a file describing the ROM layout called spec and the various object files it refers to such as the N64 OS, RCP microcode, and the game'...
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Manual for DIAGNOSTICS II V1.2 - CPU TEST SUPERSOFT ASSOCIATES

I am building a 8080 emulator. I found some useful test suites here. The emulator passes the first test suite (8080/8085 CPU Diagnostic, version 1.0, by Microcosm Associates), but not the second ( ...
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Find the PGP SDK

Starting in 1998 (I think) the PGP company run by Phil Zimmerman released the PGP SDK for Mac, Unix and Windows. This was a big event because it was the first time that comprehensive, high grade ...
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R.O.B can't move up or down

I got this R.O.B (Robotic Operating Buddy for the NES), first time I turned him on his arms wouldn't close, so I took him apart and cleaned him. I put the gears back into place. After turning him on ...
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First use of “destructuring” in computing?

Which programming system first introduced "destructuring" denoting accessing various parts of an object using some sort of pattern, and binding those parts to variables, like Common Lisp's ...
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Why is the original Altair BASIC (for the 8080 CPU) source code not available on-line?

As described by The Register in 2001, around 1987 journalists and others started asking Bill Gates for a copy of the source code for the original version of Altair (eventually Micro-Soft) BASIC, ...
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Did any mechanical computers or calculators handle divide by zero with an exception, or did they all loop?

I just saw this video of a mechanical calculator dividing by zero. Did any mechanical calculators or computers ever provide for a failure mode on divide by zero? Or did they always handle it by ...
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90s game about a man with a revolver fighting demons

The game I'm trying to identify is a side-scrolling platformer where the protagonist is a man wielding a six-shooter revolver. I think I played a demo or shareware version as it only contained one ...
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Backlight inverter failure on TI Travelmate

I picked up a TI Travelmate 4000E for free and it worked perfectly using my AC adapter(genuine TI one from another 4000E). The backlight fires up full brightness for about a second, then dies. ...
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What would happen if the DHR jumper was enabled on a Rev A Apple //e?

The Apple //e originally did not support Double HiRes graphics (DHR). The engineers realized they could double their hires and lores X resolution shortly after the introduction of the machine, so the ...
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How many transistors in the Nintendo Super FX chip?

The Super FX coprocessor, released with Star Fox in 1993, provided 3D rendering capabilities that were absent from the SNES itself. Given that 3D gaming was quite widespread by the late eighties, it ...
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How to use IIgs enhanced graphics modes in AppleSoft BASIC with System 6?

There are many packages that let you use the enhanced graphics modes of the IIgs in AppleSoft BASIC. However most packages like Iconix do not like System 6 so they have to run off disks and not the ...
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Cost of Apple II switching power supply

Apple went to the trouble of designing a switching power supply at a time when they were still quite new and not widely used for consumer electronics, perhaps because Steve Jobs liked the aesthetics ...
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DTSS software list?

I'm continuing my effort to track down the original author of the early game Chase. I have pretty much concluded it was written on the GE-635 running Dartmouth Time Sharing System (DTSS) and Dartmouth ...
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Rainbow Technologies Ltd DRM system for DOS

A number of games from the early 1990s appear to be protected with a DRM system developed by Rainbow Technologies Ltd. The system allows content in the games to be unlocked by sending the manufacturer ...
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Are there alternative BIOS ROMs for the IBM 5162?

This page references a problem with the IBM 5162 BIOS where it will present an error during POST under some circumstances and that using a third-party BIOS was a workaround. What other BIOS ROMs ...
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Early 1982 PCW article about pseudo random dungeon mapping

I am looking for an article from an issue of Personal Computer World (PCW) from 19821 which related to generating mazes/dungeons using pseudo random seeds, what I think are (now) called procedural ...
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Looking for educational AI game for classic macos

I'm looking to find the name of a (purportedly) educational mac game I purchased from a bookfair handout around 1990-91. The concept was that you would make up the rules to your own board game on a ...
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Vic-20 total game cartridge sales

The Vic-20, like many home computers of its time, had a cartridge slot that could be used both as a general expansion slot, and for game cartridges like a console. Game cartridges on the Commodore ...
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How did the template cache in CFront work?

I've seen some discussion of how templates were historically implemented in CFront around the web, including here. The link describes the Borland model, which is familiar, and the CFront model with a ...
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Identify this 1990s-era educational game featuring kohlrabi

I have fond memories of several educational computer games from school circa 1993–1998. Possibly from MECC, but I haven't found this game on any lists of MECC games as far as I could tell. It's a ...
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Preservation of old Computer Shopper magazines?

I am sure many of you remember the gigantic Computer Shopper magazines of the 1990's; but Computer Shopper actually dates back to sometime in 1979, and still exists in electronic form today. In my ...
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Documentation for the MIT PDP-1X OS

The PDP-1x is a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-1 computer modified to support both ones and twos complement arithmetic, and to include a memory management unit. It ran a locally developed ...
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Who developed the Super FX co-processor?

The Super FX co-processor was, according to Wikipedia and every other source I can find, a custom designed RISC chip made by Argonaut Games. Argonaut was a small British company and back in the late ...
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Can you tell me more about this robot?

A robot I can't find information on. CORRECTION - The article and or advertisement was in 1986 ( not 1985 ) . I noticed an article and or advertisement in 1986, in the main city-wide newspaper ('...
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Commodore C128 MOS 6526A interchangeability?

I have a working C128 desktop that I'm using to troubleshoot a non-working C128D-CR. I suspected a problem with CIA 2 on the C128D, so I swapped its chip labelled "6526A" with a 1988 year stamp with ...
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When did Multics begin using '>' as a pathname separator?

As described in this question, Multics used > as the separator between components in pathnames, and < as a parent directory indicator in relative paths. However, an early paper describing the ...
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a learning gomoku in Lisp

Years ago I played a version of gomoku that was written in Lisp that learned as you played. After a few rounds, it became nearly unbeatable. This was on Unix System III on a small PDP-11. I have ...
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TI-89 BASIC Compiler

Is there any way to compile programs written in TI-BASIC (68k) into 68k assembly? The apps I have seen only support only the TI-83 family and do not produce 68k assembly.
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Reference material for building a DIY Stack Computer from Logic Gates

I've been following Ben Eater's series of videos about designing a small computer from discrete logic gates, I'm curious if there is a similar tutorial/book/reference for building a stack computer. I ...
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Anyone heard of 'something like' EDITLN or EDITLINE or LINEDIT statement in BASIC?

Anyone heard of 'something like' EDITLN or EDITLINE or LINEDIT statement in BASIC for editing lines of a program's own code while executing ? I seem to remember a statement that was spelled '...
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Old SCSI controller won't boot on certain PC

I have an old Adaptec PCI SCSI controller from around 1995 (bios date, will get full model if needed). It's lived its life in an old pentium 133mhz pc from around 1995 as well. The controller is 50 ...

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