A tour around my mind. Excuse the mess.

In which I get teary over an archive of Byte magazine covers

Sigh. I came across this archive of all the Byte magazine covers which some energetic soul has scanned. They go all the way back to the first issue in January 1977. Major flashback! Here’s the first one I bought at McGills Technical Books in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne: I’m pretty sure it cost me $4.50 – about $18 or more in current dollars. I was a poor student and I agonised over spending that much. In a world where computers are everywhere, it’s hard to imagine how exciting it was to get your hands on a real computer in 1977. Byte was the go-to magazine back then for enthusiasts exploring the idea of owning a “personal” computer.......

Mount Buffalo Chalet, 1952

My Dad asked me to scan some photos taken when he was working as a maintenance carpenter at Mount Buffalo Chalet in 1952. He was employed by the Victorian Railway and in those days they owned and ran the Chalet. I guess that explains the holiday posters I used to see on the Red Rattlers. He was 21 and had just hooked up with a hot waitress who also worked there. That turned out to be an important event in my life because he married her a few years later and they produced some amazing offspring and, equally importantly, an amazing marriage which is going to clock over sixty years soon.......

Review Avantree Bluetooth Music Adapter Bttc 200x

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Bluetooth. When it first came out in the nineties it looked like it would end the tangle of cables on my desktop, but the reality has fallen short. Apple have embraced Bluetooth for keyboards and mice, but the PC world is dominated by proprietary 2.4GHz/433Mhz dongles for wireless communication which gobble up a USB port before eventually getting lost. Unfortunately adoption has been slow so Bluetooth is often at a premium price compared to similar devices. Bluetooth devices are also far from “plug and play”. The pairing process is often hit and miss, and I defy you to set up a Bluetooth headset without reading the manual – “Hold down button B for five seconds until the light flashed red then enter the code 8888 (maybe….......

Kids Cant Use Computers and This Is Why Consumer Electronics Sucks

I saw an article today called Kids Can’t Use Computers… And This Is Why It Should Worry You and it bugged me so much I had to respond at length. I agree with some of it, but the general theme is “you don’t understand computers and I do, so you’re stupid”. There are (currently) 800 or more comments and growing so I assume it has gained some traction. It’s written by a Computing teacher who is frustrated by people who come to him for help. Unfortunately he thinks they don’t understand because the lazy sods refuse to devote their lives to the internal workings of their computers and phones.......