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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SEAGATE ST-412

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The Seagate ST-412 is a 10 MB hard disk. ST-412 10MB Data rate 5 Mbit/sec Seek time 85ms Platter capacity 5 MB AT drive type 1 Heads 4 Spin rate 3600 RPM Actuator Stepper Interface MFM Form factor 5¼” full-height

HIGH ORDER LANGUAGES & MAINFRAME CONFIGURATIONS

The Ada Programming Language and several mainframe configurations were developed. Use of SQL was one of the capabilities developed. US government agencies working with major Universities have worked hard to improve on the systems as well as with programming them. Universities and IBM all worked hard to develop new systems. STRAWMAN issued in April 1975 …

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SINCLAIR ZX81

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The Sinclair ZX81 was the first affordable computer that could be used by individuals rather than for businesses.The machine sold for £69.95 assembled. The ZX81is designed to be small, simple, and above all, inexpensive, with as few components as possible. Video output is to a television set rather than an expensive dedicated monitor.  Z80 CPU …

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DEFENDER

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Defender was released circa February 1981 by Williams who also developed the game. Defender is a shoot’em-up arcade game. Defender is a two-dimensional side-scrolling shooting game set on the surface of an unnamed planet. This game really developed the genre of side scrolling games for many years. The player controls a space ship as it navigates …

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CRYOGENIC NITROGEN

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Cryogenic nitrogen systems are widely used industrially. Smaller systems can produce 10 liters a day and larger systems can produce 1000 liters an hour. Some  videos with enthusiasts achieving extreme clock speeds have been published. 30 liter dewar flasks are a standard container for handling liquid nitrogen. The can maintain the liquid with minimal losses …

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BATTLEZONE

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Battlezone was released circa November 1980 by Atari who also developed the game. Battlezone is a first person tank shooter. Battlezone is a game where the player fought other tanks in a wireframe 3D game world. The game had a goggle visor which some consider the origin of virtual reality. The game action could also be …

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ROGUE

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Rogue was developed and released on November 30, 1980 by Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman. Rogue is a fantasy game. In Rogue, the player assumes the typical role of an adventurer of early fantasy role-playing games. The game runs on Unix operating systems as free to play and public domain licensing. In Rogue, players control a …

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EPSON MX-80 DOT MATRIX PRINTER

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The MX printers were the original line of printers introduced by Epson. The 11″ MX-80 and the larger sized MX-100 with a 15″ carriage suitable for wider print forms. The majority of users purchased the MX-80 which could use fanfold 8½” by 11″ paper. IBM chose the Epson MX-80 to accompany its introduction of the IBM …

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COMMODORE VIC-20

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The Commodore VIC-20 is an 8-bit personal computer. The VIC-20 was intended to be more economical than the PET computer. The VIC-20 is equipped with 5 KB of static RAM and uses the same MOS 6502 CPU as the PET. The VIC-20’s video chip, the MOS Technology VIC, is a general-purpose color video chip designed …

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