Time ran a piece about IBM’s OS/2 today: http://techland.time.com/2012/04/02/25-years-of-ibms-os2-the-birth-death-and-afterlife-of-a-legendary-operating-system/.
For some reason I gave OS/2 Warp a go with my family’s home PC. I’m still amazed that I managed to install it, run it and uninstall it without crashing anything with that computer. Kudos to IBM!
A lot of interesting things in computer games today:
1. Turns out that the source code for a legendary game was lost for the last ten years or so have now been found by the creators dad: http://jordanmechner.com/blog/2012/03/prince-of-persia-source-code-found.
Now if only the source for Commander Keen could be released..
2. Speaking of computer history, it seems like we don’t even know when Super Mario Bros was released.
This is a story I find quite fascinating: the ancient Greeks knew that the Earth was round and could measure the size of it!
Eratosthenes (yeah, the guy with the sieve for finding prime numbers) lived in Alexandria. He knew that in Aswan, that lays on the tropic of cancer, the sun would be in zenit on the summer solstice. At the same time in Alexandria the sun casted a shadow with an angle of 7°10′. This together with the distance between Alexandria and Aswan (known at the time, the question is how accurate this measure was) gave the circumference of the Earth. Eratosthenes got the circumference right, give and take ~10%
Picture by http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Erzbischof
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Did you know that CVS was released in 1990? (Subversion in 2004 and git in 2005). Here’s an interview with the creator of CVS:
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