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TIANANMEN SQUARE PROTESTS

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Tiananmen Square protests in China are all over the media. People were not happy with the existing system of government and demanded change. The protests found much sympathy around the world.

INTEL ANNOUNCES 80486 CPU

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At the COMDEX this year, Intel announced a new 80486 CPU which they said would be commercially available in Q4 1989. Intel also introduced a version of its 386 chip that operates at 33 megahertz, up from the 25 Mhz that had been its previously fastest version. Intel also said the integrated FPU unit will …

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TRIPLE D INTERNATIONAL TD-20 MOTHERBOARD

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The TD-20 motherboard is a standard turbo 8088 platform. The bare motherboard sells for $99 new. The manual is brief, it includes the jumper settings which are also printed on the motherboard itself. IBM XT compatible V20/8088 CPU 4.7 or 10 MHz operation 640 KB maximum memory 0 wait state memory 8 expansion slots The …

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INTEL I860

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The i860 is the most advanced 64 bit microprocessor, adopting RISC design technology, which was a general-purpose high-performance microprocessor. It integrates the core components of integer RISC, floating-point processing, page memory management, instruction cache, data cache and 3D image processing into a VLSI microprocessor. There are two version of the i860, the XP variant and …

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TRIDENT TVGA8800CS

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The Trident TVGA8800CS is 16-bit ISA VGA card for personal computers.  This card will work in an 8088 based machine in a 8-bit slot and the card auto selects the operating mode. This card comes with either 256KB or 512KB of memory. Most bought the 512KB version to support 800×600 monitors with 256 colors. Due to …

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G.652 SINGLE MODE OPTICAL FIBER

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G.652 was originally developed in 1984 by ITU-T Study Group XV. Subsequently, revisions were published in 1988, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2016 (from 1997 as Study Group 15). Optical fiber connectors are used to join optical fibers where a connect/disconnect capability is required. The basic connector unit is a connector assembly. A …

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LOGICAL BLOCK ADDRESSING

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Logical Block Addressing (LBA) is a technique developed to overcome the limitations of the MS-DOS file system. Prior to the advent of LBA, all hard drives were accessed via CHS (Cylinder, Head, Sector) or Extended CHS, which means that the drive was accessed by specifying its cylinder, head and sector address. LBA = (C × HPC + H) × SPT + (S …

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DARK SIDE

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Dark Side was released on July 1, 1988 by Incentive who also develop it. Dark Side is a puzzle based first person shooter. This game is sequal to Driller which was released in 1987. Play is from  inside a space suit, propelled by a Jet Pack with limited fuel, and possess lasers and a shield. …

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ANSI C

The new ANSI C standard has been published. The standard changed the original style of K&R C to have a more conventional human readable syntax. The first noticeable change is now the call of a function explicitly declares what the arguments are. The a return can more easily clean up the stack afterwards. The headers …

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COMPAQ DESKPRO 386/20

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Back in late 1988 we bought the Compaq DeskPro 386/20. This machine was $3,500 new in 1988. The desktop design is rather common in the CRT era as monitors were generally placed on top the machine. SPECIFICATIONS Intel 80386 20 MHz OEM motherboard 2MB EDO DRAM 3½” floppy 720MB Seagate ST251 40MB hard disk 100W …

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