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  • #61
    The mysterious origins of an uncrackable video game
    By Chris Baraniuk
    23 September 2019

    Excerpts:

    “There was always something intriguing about Entombed, recalls John Aycock at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. “
    ...

    “Like intrepid explorers of catacombs, Aycock and Copplestone sought curious relics inside Entombed. But they got more than they bargained for: they found a mystery bit of code they couldn’t explain. It seems the logic behind it has been lost forever.”
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    “During their research, Aycock and Copplestone were able to interview one of the people involved in the game’s production, Steve Sidley.

    He too remembered being confused by the table at the time. “I couldn’t unscramble it,” he told the researchers. And he claimed it had been the work of a programmer who developed it while not entirely sober: “He told me it came upon him when he was drunk and whacked out of his brain.” Aycock tried to contact the programmer in question but got no response.”


    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2019...rly-video-game
    Last edited by KC; 24-09-2019, 02:37 PM.

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    • #62
      What It’s Like to Work on a 30-Year-Old Macintosh - The Atlantic

      https://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...todays/591154/

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      • #63
        A not so old piece of technology - the humble Hard Disk. FYI. Last year I switched out the traditional Hard Drive on my desktop and replaced it with a Solid State Drive.


        It makes booting up, shutting down and overall greatly increases the speed of your PC.


        So much, that it may not be much longer till we see mechanical hard drives going away ! Traditional drives can store more for less dollars, but I'm sure in a few years they will for the same price point too

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        • #64
          All of my machines boot off of SSDs but my main storage remains good ol' spinning rust. No way I could afford to replace 55TB of storage with SSDs any time soon, but thankfully the array is fast enough on its own for the purposes I need it for.
          Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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          • #65
            The first disk drive that I ever bought was in the mid 80s and it cost several hundred dollars for a meagre capacity of 30 megabytes. An amount which in today’s dollars would be double. Computer storage has to be one of the greatest bargains in consumer electronics history.
            Did my dog just fall into a pothole???

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            • #66
              Originally posted by rupikhalon001 View Post
              A not so old piece of technology - the humble Hard Disk. FYI. Last year I switched out the traditional Hard Drive on my desktop and replaced it with a Solid State Drive.


              It makes booting up, shutting down and overall greatly increases the speed of your PC.


              So much, that it may not be much longer till we see mechanical hard drives going away ! Traditional drives can store more for less dollars, but I'm sure in a few years they will for the same price point too
              i remember when that humble hard disk was considered a luxury that no-one but a hard core tech user needed.

              our first "home pc" was an ibm ps/w model 70 considered high end because it was built around intel's cutting edge '386 chip set and came with two 3 1/2" floppy disk drives, not just one. you could boot and run from one while storing files on the other. at 720k, they offered almost as much storage as some of the earlier hard drives did and mass storage was a plastic case that would store 20 disks to be swapped in and out as needed! interestingly enough, it probably did almost everything i do today albeit with programs and code and file sizes that were infinitely less bloated than our current hardware supports and encourages.

              it came with a 15" state of the art colour crt display that was 2 feet deep and must have weighed 18 pounds.

              it was a discounted "group purchase price" through my employer at the time and cost me about $5,400 in mid-1980's dollars. just about every computer i've purchased since - except the last two - has been in that price range. they've all been drastically more machine than i ever really needed when i bought them but they've all given me much longer life spans as a result before needing to be retired as new technology eventually left them behind.
              "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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