Alexander “Sandy” Astin was a longtime professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, best known for creating an annual survey of college freshmen.
In 1705, Oxford geometry professor Edmond Halley published a paper, A Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets, which proposed that comets observed from Earth in 1531, 1607, and 1682 were in fact the same comet.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 58 — MIND OVER MINORS, RELAX, AND THE THERAPEUTIC LEARNING PROGRAM
“Expert” systems were all the rage in the late 1980s, as demonstrated by a previous Computer Chronicles episode on their use in law enforcement.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 57 — QUOTREK, SPEAR SECURITIES, SIGNAL, DOW JONES INFORMATION SERVICE, AND THE TELESCAN ANALYZER
The major theme for this season of Computer Chronicles has been, “Why would anyone actually buy a personal computer?
In the studio introduction for the 1986 Computer Chronicles episode on computers and law enforcement, Stewart Cheifet and Gary Kildall looked at an educational game, Murder by the Dozen, running on the Macintosh.
During this third season of Chronicles, there have already been several episodes dedicated to the impact of computers on specific vocations, including the media, politics, and medicine.
As enthused as Gary Kildall was about many tech products, notably optical storage, he could be equally grumpy about other subjects, such as artificial intelligence (AI).
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 54 — THE HARDCARD, MASTERFLIGHT 60/60, HYPERDRIVE, AND THE BERNOULLI BOX
As we close out 1985 on Computer Chronicles, the discussion returned to a familiar subject–storage devices.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 53 — READER RABBIT, SCIENCE TOOLKIT, A.G. BEAR, AND THE MELARD ACCESS
This next Computer Chronicles episode launched the annual tradition of presenting a “buyers guide” for the holiday season.
COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 52 — AMIGA WORKBENCH, DELUXE PAINT, NEOCHROME, AND VIP PROFESSIONAL
The term “home computer” was always a bit vague. Even today, I know there is some debate among tech historians over what machines actually fit that description.