When Apple released the Macintosh–later known as the Macintosh 128K–in January 1984, its main selling point was the graphical user interface (GUI).
In Part 16, we saw a demonstration of Apple Logo, a computer programming language promoted as an alternative to BASIC.
This next episode of The Computer Chronicles from 1984 is about storage devices, specifically disk drives.
Today, Python is probably the most popular computer programming language taught in elementary and secondary schools.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 15 — SPACE SHUTTLE, EXCALIBUR, PINBALL CONSTRUCTION SET, AND DR. J VS. LARRY BIRD
Even if you’re only a casual gamer, there are probably a few video game designers whose names you’re familiar with, such as Sid Meier, Todd Howard, and Shigeru Miyamoto.
In a bit of eerie foreshadowing, this episode of The Computer Chronicles from January 1984 opened with a discussion of a global pandemic.
The episode I’m covering today was taped on January 18, 1984, four days before Super Bowl XVIII.
Today’s episode contains what Stewart Cheifet would later describe as one of the classic “near disasters” involving a product demonstration on The Computer Chronicles.
Computer architecture is usually described in terms of bits. For instance, we often speak of early personal computers from the late 1970s and early 1980s as 8-bit machines.
Today, we think of networking as synonymous with the Internet–a global interconnected network that encompasses not just computers but also millions of “smart” devices.