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NORTH AMERICAN VIDEO GAME CRASH 1983

The video game industry was running at around $2.2 billion in early 1983 when it then fell to around $100 million. The decline was over 95%. Recall the reports of Atari buring game cartridges. Atari held 80% of the video game market in 1982 and the stupid management managed to destroy the industry overnight. The …

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IBM PC JR

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The IBM PC Jr. was released on November 1, 1983. It took a few months for supplies to become widely distributed. The 4860-004 ships with 64KB of memory. The 4860-067 ships with 128KB of memory and a 360K floppy drive. The graphics were largely CGA with some improvements. 320×200 in 16 colors was the most …

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GNU MANIFESTO

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Richard Stallman posted a longer article on Unenet as a call to action. The manifesto was written as a way to familiarize more people with the concepts of freedom and control over their computers by collaboratively developing and providing software, and to find more support in form of work, money, programs and hardware. In the …

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ATARI VIDEO GAME BURIAL

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Management at Atari is really to lunch. Orders for more game cartridges than there are existing consoles is outright stupid. When news broke that 700,000 game cartridges (20 semitrailer loads) were crushed and burred in Arizona the shit really hit the fan. Atari’s tendency to port arcade games for its home console had led to …

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COMMODORE 64 PRICE SLASHED

Not more than 2 months after it launched, the Commodore 64 is now discounted to $199. Competition in the market is very intense and Jack Tramiel elected to play real hardball with everyone. Meanwhile, TI lost money by selling the 99/4A for $99. Lower prices naturally is great for consumers. Some machines had issues with the PLA …

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GW-BASIC

GW-BASIC was first seen with Compac DOS 1.13, released with the Compaq Portable in 1983, and it is analogous to IBM BASICA 1.10. It uses the CP/M-derived file control blocks for disk access and does not support subdirectories. The limited capacity of floppy disks did not hold that many programs in the fist place. IBM …

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ORIGIN SYSTEMS

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Origin Systems is a game developer and publisher established in Austin, TX.  Origin was established as an independent developer in the growing software industry. The company’s first game was Ultima III: Exodus; because of Ultima’s established reputation, It published many non-Ultima games, and Richard Garriott claimed that he received the same royalty rate as other …

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LOTUS 1-2-3

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Lotus 1-2-3 was released on  January 26, 1983. Almost immediately this program became the “killer” application. The PC immediately found use in accounting and finance. Lotus 1-2-3 pushed memory use on the PC as spreadsheets became more complex. Each cell was programmable which used more memory than a static sheet and using a specialized interpreter. Lotus …

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MICROSOFT COBOL 1.0 FOR MS-DOS

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Microsoft Cobol for MS-DOS was designed to be able to run mainframe programs on the PC. Microsoft COBOL fully supports the ANSI x3.23 1974 standard. COBOL originally was designed for early mainframe systems. It’s an acronym for Common Business Operating Language. It was often criticised for being very verbose. The COBOL compiler could handle even …

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FEDERAL FUNDS HIT 19.99%

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Interest rates called Federal Funds are the overnight rate the Treasure charges to banks who need cash to handle day to day operations such as cashing checks and handling payrolls etc. Today the FOMC rate hit an astounding 19.99% which is unbelievably expensive. Usually Federal Funds are not closely watched but when the rate hit …

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