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Helpdesk support in de Middeleeuwen

The transition from scrolls to “beeks” … euh “books” caused a lot of problems. Fortunately, the help desk was also available in the Middle Ages …

(thanks for the tip, Herre)

Modem from 1964 still works

An old acoustic modem from 1964 still works after 46 years, as is shown in this video. Notice the beautiful wooden box it comes in. The author of the video says: “This circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems “Model A” Acoustic Coupler Modem was given to me about 1989 by the widow of a retired (IBM?) engineer. Computerhistory.org has a Model B dated 1965, and I’ve seen a ca. 1967 Model C written up in a magazine. (Interestingly, incorrectly identified as being only 110 baud.) Even better than seeing it in a museum, I decide to hook the trusty Model A up and make it talk to something. After some trial and error, I managed to get it to talk to a terminal server at work and use it to connect to a Linux box. It’s ALIVE! So, 45 years after it’s creation, this antique modem gets to send data to and from the modern Internet.”

The progression of information technology (video)

Bruno Segers (CEO of RealDolmen) started blogging again. In his first post he links this short video. It presents several remarkable statistics on the progress of information technology. The video was researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman.

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