In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the origins, technical features, and the lasting historic legacy of the very first computer from Apple, the Apple One.
1) “Apple One” from the Apple Museum [https://goo.gl/TJmg5E]
2) Archived eBay Listing for Apple One from Steve Jobs’ garage [https://goo.gl/xcA4JP]
3) Alker33’s YouTube Video showing Apple One Set-up and Demonstration [https://youtu.be/rKiMPCRILpc]
**“iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way“ by Steve Wozniak & Gina Smith
[Kindle: http://amzn.to/2sQgjmf;Paperback: http://amzn.to/2sQDIEj; Audible Audiobook: http://amzn.to/2uj5hu2] Continue reading The Apple I- Doc’D #66
Google is soon going to introduce an update on June 28th (for consumers) to its cloud storage service Google Drive, which will allow you to backup your data by selecting certain folders on your computer and syncing them to their respective folders rather than copying them onto one folder on Drive. The service is being called Backup & Sync, and if you don’t have an offsite cloud backup storage plan (you should have one; I’ll get to that later), you’ll have little-to-no excuse. While more higher-rated data backup services like Crashplan and Backblaze exist, Google’s offering is more accessible and easier to dive into.
Continue reading Google Drive’s New Backup System is Great (Especially if You Have NO Backup Plan…)
In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the early history of the computer mouse. Continue reading The Early Years of the Computer Mouse – Doc’D #42
Back in the year nineteen-hundred-and-ninety-three (or, 1993), Britain’s Channel 4 broadcast a four-part documentary series about video games. The third episode of the series was about SimCity — more specifically “SimCity 2000” — and even twenty years later, it’s great to see how far gaming has come, as well as seeing how this video showcased what was so monumental and amazing about early 1990s and antique PC gaming. It’s really fascinating seeing the way the documentary just blurs what’s actually possible in a video game and what they think a game could or should be doing. Plus — and it just HAS to be said — it’s interesting to see the Maxis team talk about all of the systems used in SimCity 2000, considering the fact that they worked so well in THAT game and yet completely fall apart in EA’s 2013 version of SimCity. Le Sigh… Continue reading This 1993 ‘SimCity’ Documentary Is 12 Minutes Of INSANITY!
The internet can be a wonderful place for resources, entertainment and networking with the world being at your fingertips, however it can also turn into a world of complete pain and anguish as soon as you realize that you make a single, stupid mistake. This can range from arguing with internet trolls on message boards, using “password,” “1234,” or “abcd” as your password, or allowing some random web app to freely access your information. Much like making mistakes in a traditional, “real-world” sense, any dumb mistake you make online can (and likely WILL) come back to bite you if you’re not careful. Adam Dachis at Lifehacker offers a few suggestions on how you can save yourself from doing avoidable, stupid things on the internet.
Continue reading The 8 Stupid Things People Do (and Should STOP Doing) Online
I can’t (well, NONE OF US should) complain about pressing a button to turn on your computer; it’s not difficult at all. But maybe you just want to be able to find a new way to boot up your computer, maybe make it a more personalized. Have you thought about turning on your computer with a simple knock? A little rapping on the work desk? Some shave-and-a-haircut? Huh? SURE YOU DO! Thanks to Code and Life, who have provided the simple to follow instructions and easy to come-by hardware, now YOU TOO will be able to turn your computer on with a knock.
Continue reading Turn Your PC On With a Knock, ‘Cause Buttons Are For Suckers!
If you are still holding out hope for a Steam Box PC/console, then you’re gonna want to listen to this. This is Gigabyte’s Brix gaming PC from Gigabyte’s Brix line, and basically what it is is an ENTIRE PERSONAL COMPUTER crammed into a cube case roughly 4.5 inches wide, thick, wide, and long. The tiny machine also comes equipped with Intel’s brand new Haswell processor and, more importantly, Iris Pro integrated graphics. The connectivity options for the Brix includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI input, Ethernet input, Bluetooth 4.0, built-in WiFi and a headphone jack. Continue reading Gigabyte’s tiny, adorable (maybe “SteamBox”) BRIX Gaming PC
With many complaints about video games becoming much too difficult to play, especially fighting games. The typical complaints comes from the number of input buttons to execute combos and special moves, plus the increased complexity of many of the popular fighting games. I’m proud to make note of the impending release of a much simpler fighting game like ‘DiveKick‘, which has only TWO input commands: one button to dive, and another button to kick. Continue reading ‘DiveKick’, A Game with TWO Buttons: Dive & Kick…
Back in 1995, our family got our very first Windows-based PC, the IBM Aptiva running Windows 95. I remember being in awe of this wondrous ivory tower of technological goodness, from the fast (LOL) dial-up modem, the CD-ROM drive where I could play games (like ‘Torin’s Passage‘) AND listen to music CDs, and that awesome mechanized door that covered the CD-ROM and 3.5″ disk drives (you remember, that little blue button you pressed and the cover would lower down; pure sweetness). Nowadays, IBM isn’t around as a consumer product anymore, due to their sale of that division to Lenovo in 2005, but I want to take a look back at the IBM Aptiva line and get a technical glimpse into that product line’s history.
Continue reading PC Blast from My Past: The IBM Aptiva