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THE VESA LOCAL BUS SLOT

The VESA local bus slot is designed for the 80486 processor architecture. The VESA slot is an extension over the ISA slot which affords more addressing to handle the full 32-bit addressing of the processor. Mostly the VESA slot was adopted by the video card industry who saw advantages. Installing a video card is tricky …

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QUANTUM PRODRIVE LPS52AT

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The LPS52AT (950-5-9105) does not requires write precompensation. Its supported for BIOS compatibility reasons. When we acquired one of these new IDE hard disks, we needed to acquire a card to support connecting it as the old CDC hard disk was MFM format. The low cost of the controller make this new disk driver very …

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STANDBY POWER CONSUMPTION

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One of the hidden costs in modern life is the growth in small wall mounted power supplies to power everything from telephones to answering machines. Everybody has boxes of old power adapters too, they have tended to accumulate over time. What is not realized is that most of these cheap adapters is they trend to …

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EPA ENERGY STAR 5 POWER SAVINGS

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As the number of personal computers grew in the early 1980s the EPA stepped in with some initiatives to help reduce the need for additional expensive power plants. Acid rain was the main motivator as coal was still the primary source of power in the late 1970s. Originally in the 1980s the CRT VGA monitor …

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STEVE JOBS MOCKS MS-DOS

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Steve Jobs mocked MS-DOS but keep in mind that the command line operating system goes back to 1970s with minicomputers, UNIX and CP/M. Jobs made the comments while demonstrating the NeXT Step 3 operating system. Jobs loaded up a DOS emulator and launched Lotus 1-2-3. He then demonstrated the ability to cut and paste from …

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THE PCI SLOT

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The PCI slot was originally introduced in 1992 but it took few years for Intel to developed chipsets in addition to other logic needed to integrated the new slot into motherboards, Originally the slots were designed for 5V operation but later versions added 3.3V. The slot was changed to prevent using 5V cards. Eventually universal …

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STREET FIGHTER II

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Street Fighter II was released on June 10 1992 by Capcom who also developed the game. Street Fighter II is a 2 player fighing simulator. Street Fighter II takes over from the 1997 version of Street Fighter.  Unlike the original game, Street Fighter II was very successful. Over 200,000 machines were sold. Gameplay is similar but the game …

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CORELDRAW 3

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CorelDRAW 3 was released on May 15, 1992. This was the first version to be available on CD-ROM. The new CD-ROM allowed Corel to bundle vast amounts of clip art and fonts along with the core graphics arts tools. This version added Editable Preview Mode, the ability to work in editable preview mode, with objects …

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WOLFENSTEIN 3D

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Wolfenstein 3D was released on May 5, 1992 by Apogee. The game was developed by id Software. Wolfenstein 3D is a run and gun shooter. Wolfenstein 3D made such a splash on 1992 that really started to show how the PC gaming was not the crap consoles were flogging.. It is widely regarded as having helped …

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IBM OS/2 VERSION 2

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IBM OS/2 version 2 has now finally adopted the 80386 processor. OS/2 2.0 provides a 32-bit API for native programs, though the OS itself still contained some 16-bit code and drivers. Over time 32-bit drivers should be widely available. OS/2 2.0 is touted by IBM as “a better DOS than DOS and a better Windows than …

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