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  • Developer runs Windows 10 IoT Core on a graphing calculator

    Fri 4:56pm By Thom Holwerda
    An independent developer has managed to hack a Calculator to run Windows 10 operating system, but it’s not a basic or scientific calculator that we normally use. According to the photos, the device is actually the HP’s Prime Graphing Calculator which comes…
  • Supreme Court agrees to review disastrous ruling on API copyrights

    Fri 4:55pm By Thom Holwerda
    Ars Technica reports: The Supreme Court has agreed to review one of the decade’s most significant software copyright decisions: last year’s ruling by an appeals court that Google infringed Oracle’s copyrights when Google created an independent…
  • The AMD Ryzen 9 3950X review: 16 cores on 7nm with PCIe 4.0

    Thu 7:53pm By Thom Holwerda
    Deciding between building a mainstream PC and a high-end desktop has historically been very clear cut: if budget is a concern, and you’re interested in gaming, then typically a user looks to the mainstream. Otherwise, if a user is looking to do more…
  • 1Password takes 200 million in venture capital

    Thu 7:50pm By Thom Holwerda
    I wanted to be the first one to tell you: I’m incredibly proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Accel to help 1Password continue the amazing growth and success we’ve seen over the past 14 years. Accel will be investing USD$200 million for a minority…
  • Microsoft is working to bring 64-bit Intel app emulation to Windows on ARM

    Thu 7:17pm By Thom Holwerda
    With Microsoft’s launch of the Surface Pro X last week, questions were once again raised about the apps that can run on it. The answer is that like any Windows 10 on ARM PC, it can run native ARM (ARM and ARM64) apps, and it can run emulated 32-bit Intel…
  • Windows 10 to disallow WEP encryption

    Wed 8:08pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft is planning to remove WEP encryption from Windows 10. Since the 1903 release, a warning message has appeared when connecting to Wi-Fi networks secured with WEP or TKIP (which are not as secure as those using WPA2 or WPA3). In a future release, any…
  • Apple debuts new MacBook Pro with working keyboard

    Wed 6:36pm By Thom Holwerda
    The updated 16-inch MacBook Pro features a larger display with slimmer bezels than the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which it has replaced in Apple’s notebook lineup. The display has a resolution of 3072×1920 pixels with up to 500 nits of brightness. The notebook…
  • BBC feature on Terry Davis of TempleOS

    Wed 6:34pm By Matthew Smith
    When a homeless man was accidentally killed by a train on the 11/08/18 in The Dalles, Oregon, no one realised how many people it would effect. The man was a computer programmer called Terry Davis and he was on a mission from God. He’d designed an entire…
  • Tearing apart printf()

    Tue 8:39pm By Thom Holwerda
    If ‘Hello World’ is the first program for C students, then printf() is probably the first function. I’ve had to answer questions about printf() many times over the years, so I’ve finally set aside time for an informal writeup. The common questions fit…
  • Google’s secret ‘Project Nightingale’ gathers personal health data on millions of Americans

    Mon 6:55pm By Thom Holwerda
    Google is teaming with one of the country’s largest health-care systems on a secret project to collect and crunch the detailed personal health information of millions of Americans across 21 states, according to people familiar with the matter and internal…
  • Viral tweet about Apple Card leads to Goldman Sachs probe

    Mon 6:49pm By Thom Holwerda
    A Wall Street regulator is opening a probe into Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s credit card practices after a viral tweet from a tech entrepreneur alleged gender discrimination in the new Apple Card’s algorithms when determining credit limits. A series of posts…
  • IBM, sonic delay lines, and the history of the 80×24 display

    Nov 10, 2019, 8:45 pm By Thom Holwerda
    What explains the popularity of terminals with 80×24 and 80×25 displays? A recent blog post “80×25” motivated me to investigate this. The source of 80-column lines is clearly punch cards, as commonly claimed. But why 24 or 25 lines? There are many…
  • What happened if you tried to access a network file bigger than 2GB from MS-DOS?

    Nov 7, 2019, 7:30 pm By Thom Holwerda
    One of my friends is into retrocomputing, and he wondered what happened on MS-DOS if you asked it to access a file on a network share that was bigger than what FAT16 could express. My friend was under the mistaken impression that when MS-DOS accessed a network…
  • AMD Q4: 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, Threadripper up to 32-Core 3970X

    Nov 7, 2019, 5:14 pm By Thom Holwerda
    AMD is set to close out the year on a high note. As promised, the company will be delivering its latest 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor, built with two 7nm TSMC chiplets, to the consumer platform for $749. Not only this, but AMD today has lifted the covers on…
  • Bill Gates: everyone would be using Windows Mobile instead of Android if not for the US antitrust…

    Nov 7, 2019, 5:12 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Gates said that he has no “doubt the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft” as the company would have otherwise focused more on developing the mobile operating system. The lawsuit ended up distracting him away from Windows Mobile and he ultimately…