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Emupedia Emulator OS

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Emupedia EmuOS is browser-based emulator with the 90’s Windows theme for playing retro games online without needing to install. You can access it at emupedia...

Moved by Java

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Oracle Java team released the historic timeline of Java as part of Java’s 25th anniversary. What I found interesting is that the Java language was first nam...

CMU Hearsay I

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Today we are accustomed to interacting with Alexa or Siri using speech recognition technology but do you know it started as early as 1972 with Hearsay I at C...

Ada Lovelace

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Today October 13 marks Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Ada is cred...

Signed copy of Adam Osborne’s book

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A great accidental find! A signed book of “Hypergrowth” by Adam Osborne himself, the founder of the first commercially successful laptop computer, the Osborn...

My Home Brew Computer Club shirt

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I am now a proud owner of the shirt that was worn at the Home Brew Computer Club in the 80s. I first saw the shirt worn and designed by the personal computer...

Doug Engelbart documentary released

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Check the documentary of the revolutionary Douglas Engelbart who created the computer mouse and “the mother of all demos” in 1968 showcasing all fundamental ...

Time Magazine 1950 Cover of Mark III

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what can be a great item to frame in my vintage computing office library? A 70-year copy of the first Time magazine cover that features a computer and refere...

Remembering Jerry Lawson

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Same day in 1977 the home game console Atari 2600 was launched and ultimately revolutionized the game industry. The idea of plugging different game cartridge...

Inventions & Documentations

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Many past inventions, such as 17th century mechanical calculator machines or early 20th century computers, suffered from clearly identifying the innovators a...

Apple “Think Different” 1997 Ad

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“Think Different” Apple 1997 ad campaign that is so relevant for innovators and visionaries not just yesterday but every day today and for ever tomorrow

RIP Chuck

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I didn’t have a chance to write this until now, but I want to pay tribute to the late computer engineer Chuck Peddle who passed away on Dec 15 at the age of ...

Sad month for IT publication magazines

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Sad month for IT publication magazines. After 30 years of publication, the Microsoft Development Network (MSDN) magazine, which first started as Microsoft Sy...

BASIC First Lines of Code

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I will write about Microsoft Build conference soon but one important photo that I feel any developer would appreciate is that of the first lines of assembly ...

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thoughts

Quantity vs Quality

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Quality vs quantity is always a heated discussion in product development. Which one should be the best outcome? The story below of a ceramics teacher, taken ...

Intel NUC Whitebook

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Intel Corporation just launched a new whitebook laptop called NUC M15. Such laptop is expected to be a building block for partners to roll out Intel-based la...

Chess Queens Gambit

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Loved the Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit. It is about the chess, but it is also about life, health, and competition. Pocket News has a nice collection of re...

US Elections

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The US elections, both 2016 and 2020, have demonstrated significant misrepresentations of actual outcomes. The poll predictions were way off. Also, the manag...

Computer Projections

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Hopefully computer projections will work out nicely tomorrow and not terribly 😁 (cartoon taken from David Ahl 1977 The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book)

Exciting Periods Ahead for Tech

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I think that the remainder of the year and the following year will continue to be an exciting period for IT. Hype of AI has toned down a little, and now we h...

planes should keep us alive

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All the news about planes crashing, planes burning, planes disappearing, planes stalling, and more of these is so devastating. It is true that one has a high...

b2b companies should hire like b2c

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I believe that an effective strategy for b2b (business to business) companies to innovate and grow is by powering their talented resources as if they are b2c...

Minecraft or Fortnite for your career?

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A common past/present/future dilemma in the professional space is what I learned from yesterday, which job is available today, and what to learn for tomorrow...

Give or Take

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There are two types of people. Those who give more than they take, and those who take more than they give. The ratio between give and take can vary from zero...

Some Winter Thoughts

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Various thoughts I felt like posting on different occasions on LinkedIn.

Women in tech

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Cheers to Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, Grace Hopper, who pioneered computer programming with COBOL, and all the women in tech who run code, p...

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ai

New beginnings in enterprise IT

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I believe that we are witnessing a new beginning in enterprise IT. The demand for ARM processors will shape edge computing across data centers and in persona...

Technology Evolution Through Pac-Man

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I think we can mark significant evolution of technology through 3 different milestones in which the game Pac-Man was used. For those who don’t know [Pac-Man]...

NLP Then, Now, and What I Hope is Coming

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My published article on Natural Language Processing technologies in Startup City Insider Magazine: NLP: Then, Now, and What I Hope is Coming

AI should not perfect the human voice

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Been thinking that machines must not perfect the human voice. That’s because racial and gender discrimination has hurt our generations for a very long time, ...

Watching car races on TV

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When cars were all mechanical and less tech and TVs were black and white with antennas, watching car racing was so memorable. You can’t replay or pause like ...

Key tech announcements this past week

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Key technology announcements in the last few days for software developers, blockchain, and data science. Both Amazon and Microsoft launched their managed blo...

AI Index 2018 Report

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AI Index is an academic/business partnership research lead by Stanford University. The 2018 report was recently released and is made available under Creative...

I am I in AI

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I am addressing this to starters and professionals in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. It is part of a talk I plan to do at the Uni...

Dallas Data Science Conference 2018

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I presented at IDEA 2018 Dallas Data Science conference. At the conference, I demos Google Collab, Google AIY with Raspberry PI, and even ran a basic machine...

Google AIY

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Setting up Google Voice AIY was an easy challenge but getting Google Vision AIY took a deep toll on me to successful solder the smaller Raspberry PI Zero W g...

Dallas Meetup on Deep Learning

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My friends, Aamer Charania, Babar Bhatti, and I had a meetup on artificial intelligence and deep learning at Thomson Reuters office in Carrolton Texas. Aamer...

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media

Remembering PC Magazine

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Same time 12 years ago PC Magazine stopped its print edition. Tech magazines were as important as the computers during the evolution of personal computing. O...

Computer and the Mind of Man

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Check out this 1962 video that was created by IBM titled “The Computer and the Mind of Man”. It features Dr. Richard Wesley Hamming from Bell Labs and Prof. ...

Computer-generated Music

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Listen to the first ever computer-generated music recorded using Turing Machine, the Marc II, by the British computer scientist Christopher Strachey with the...

Lee Felsenstein

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Lee Felsenstein is a computer pioneer and living legend. He built the first portable computer, the Osborne 1, and lead the Homebrew Computer Club. Check out ...

Bibliography of Personal Computers

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Check out the comprehensive bibliography on personal computers by Roy Allan on archive site. Published in 2005, it references over 280 books and 250 periodic...

Computing Shows

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There are several shows that I would recommend on vintage computing and the history of video gaming industry: “High Score”, “Silicon Cowboys” and “Halt and C...

Halt and Catch Fire - Netflix

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Been watching “Halt and Catch Fire” on NetFlix for the second time. It spans the history of computers in the 80s and later the Internet in the 90s through a ...

Sad story about print books

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Sad story on the decline of print books used by students and faculty in their studies or checked out at libraries (over 60% decline). Nowadays digital articl...

Posting course achievements on social media

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Lot of social media users tend to publicize their LinkedIn or Coursera course achievements. When we were at college, we would not post on walls that we compl...

Ant Intelligence

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“Ant Intelligence” podcast with Dr Deborah Gordon on DataSkeptic is my new favorite podcast episode that I highly recommend for computer and data scientists....

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presentation

IT Transformation & Cybersecurity Forum

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It was exciting to moderate two sessions in Seattle, one on cyber security to cover for the original planned presenter, and the other on “IT Transformation a...

Cool 8th Graders, Computers & Games!

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It is my 3rd year volunteering at Lamar Middle School (Lewisville ISD), a nearby school to our house in Texas. I kept accepting the volunteering task of pres...

AI & Games at Grade 8 Career Fair

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I am showcasing today AI gadgets to Grade 8 midddle schoolers at Lamar Middle School (Lewisville ISD) next to my house. The students have a career fair event...

Dallas ISD Student Event

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As part of Thomson Reuters community engagement, my team and I met with Dallas ISD high school students who visited the University of Texas in Dallas campus....

Dallas Data Science Conference 2018

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I presented at IDEA 2018 Dallas Data Science conference. At the conference, I demos Google Collab, Google AIY with Raspberry PI, and even ran a basic machine...

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atari

Turbo Rascal

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Dr Leuat, professor of astronomy at the University of Oslo, took the retro computing by storm with his recent release of a complete IDE for 8-bit and 16-bit ...

Atari

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Atari, the maker of the original 2600 Video Computer System, is on the roll. They have a Atari Hotels in the making, Atari Token, a blockchain token system b...

Remembering Jerry Lawson

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Same day in 1977 the home game console Atari 2600 was launched and ultimately revolutionized the game industry. The idea of plugging different game cartridge...

Technology Evolution Through Pac-Man

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I think we can mark significant evolution of technology through 3 different milestones in which the game Pac-Man was used. For those who don’t know [Pac-Man]...

RIP Chuck

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I didn’t have a chance to write this until now, but I want to pay tribute to the late computer engineer Chuck Peddle who passed away on Dec 15 at the age of ...

Dallas Meetup on Deep Learning

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My friends, Aamer Charania, Babar Bhatti, and I had a meetup on artificial intelligence and deep learning at Thomson Reuters office in Carrolton Texas. Aamer...

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commodore

Turbo Rascal

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Dr Leuat, professor of astronomy at the University of Oslo, took the retro computing by storm with his recent release of a complete IDE for 8-bit and 16-bit ...

RIP Chuck

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I didn’t have a chance to write this until now, but I want to pay tribute to the late computer engineer Chuck Peddle who passed away on Dec 15 at the age of ...

8-bit Symphony

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If you are a fan of 8 bit retro computer games, especially the Commodore 64, combined with a mixture of symphonic orchestra and modern day electronic music s...

The C64 is back!

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Subsequent geeky announcements can’t get any better these few days. I posted about Raspberry Pi 4.0 release earlier and now a much more exciting news for me ...

Commodore 64/128 FTP Sites

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I found this set of FTP sources for the Commodore 64 and 128 from one old mailing list Commodore FTP Sites Listing Last update 21 Aug 2009 by Cameron Kaiser ...

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career

High School Award

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Found this in my archives. I was 17 years old junior at the American Community School Beirut. In 1991, the class was learning BASIC, which I knew already fro...

My College Days Story

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A big wish for me came true this weekend when I had the honor to present in Palo Alto Silicon Valley to my fellow alumni at the American University of Beirut...

Sharing Alumni Experience

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Geeking out on AI, machine learning, computing and medicine, as well as cloud computing and entrepreneurship with fellow professors, doctors, and alumni in S...

Happy new year , techies and all!

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Same time twenty years ago (year 2000) I was at an accountant office during New Year’s Eve watching over their servers and software to make sure the year 200...

Innovation @ Banfield

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We do a great deal of innovative activities here at Banfield. Like any innovation, some ideas become successful and would scale, while other ideas would get ...

DIY risk taking

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One essential characteristic in management and leadership is problem solving. It is coming to see IT professionals saying how they solved customer issues or ...

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tools

non-English coding

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Software programming languages are predominantly based on the English language. The non-English part is usually some sort of localization of text and numbers...

iSH

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Ish is an iOS (iPhone/iPad) app that emulates a complete x86 Alpine Linux operating system along with a package management tool. Your iOS basically can turn ...

Microsoft Power Tools

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For the techies that used Windows 95 in 1995, they may recall Microsoft Power Tools. Those were a bunch of freeware tools that did not go in the main operati...

Are Keyboard Shortcuts Still Shortcuts?

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I remember the time when we as students first learned to program on early versions of PCs and terminal machines connected to a mainframe. Word processor soft...

Key tech announcements this past week

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Key technology announcements in the last few days for software developers, blockchain, and data science. Both Amazon and Microsoft launched their managed blo...

Sunday notes - blogging on the go

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Busy times ahead for me at Thomson Reuters. Before I talk about that, I am just happy that I managed to find a very convenient way to blog post using Jekyll ...

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generations

No Code

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I was recently reading a 1977 article about the dawn of personal computers and its promises, such as home automation and business applications. That made me ...

Ada Lovelace

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Today October 13 marks Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Ada is cred...

The old tech is new tech!

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My teenage daughter is enjoying listening to her favorite singer on on a 30yr old vintage cassette (tape) playing Walkman. She finds such 20th century techno...

Gen Z in Corporate Strategy

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In several forums on digital transformations that I attended in the last two years, I would ask the panelists on whether they are incorporating Generation Z ...

Embrace Gen Z into the Workforce

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The corporate world should seriously embrace Generation Z into their workforce. Those born after 1997 are entering the workforce this year. Their approach in...

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video games

Game and Watch

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Nintendo is celebrating its 40 year anniversary of Super Mario and 20th anniversary of its original Game and Watch with the latest one Game & Watch: Supe...

Emupedia Emulator OS

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Emupedia EmuOS is browser-based emulator with the 90’s Windows theme for playing retro games online without needing to install. You can access it at emupedia...

Game Off 2020

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GitHub is sponsoring a build-your-own game jam for the month of November. The Game Off theme for 2020 is Moonshot. It should be a fun experience if you have ...

Computing Shows

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There are several shows that I would recommend on vintage computing and the history of video gaming industry: “High Score”, “Silicon Cowboys” and “Halt and C...

Technology Evolution Through Pac-Man

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I think we can mark significant evolution of technology through 3 different milestones in which the game Pac-Man was used. For those who don’t know [Pac-Man]...

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publication

Reverse XML

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In 2001, long before cloud storage, open-source, JSON or Markdown formats, and metadata of datasets were a thing, I had this idea of a content-representation...

TAO Member Spotlight

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I got featured in Technology Association of Oregon website.

NLP Then, Now, and What I Hope is Coming

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My published article on Natural Language Processing technologies in Startup City Insider Magazine: NLP: Then, Now, and What I Hope is Coming

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iot

Project Connected Home over IP

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A step forward in increasing the compatibility between smart home IoT products is going on through the Zigbee Alliance. They just announced the Project Conne...

New beginnings in enterprise IT

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I believe that we are witnessing a new beginning in enterprise IT. The demand for ARM processors will shape edge computing across data centers and in persona...

Dallas Data Science Conference 2018

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I presented at IDEA 2018 Dallas Data Science conference. At the conference, I demos Google Collab, Google AIY with Raspberry PI, and even ran a basic machine...

Build with Watson

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Last night I played around with IBM Watson Internet of Things and Bluemix cloud services platform using their developer tools. IBM changed their developer p...

Google AIY

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Setting up Google Voice AIY was an easy challenge but getting Google Vision AIY took a deep toll on me to successful solder the smaller Raspberry PI Zero W g...

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retro gaming

Game and Watch

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Nintendo is celebrating its 40 year anniversary of Super Mario and 20th anniversary of its original Game and Watch with the latest one Game & Watch: Supe...

Emupedia Emulator OS

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Emupedia EmuOS is browser-based emulator with the 90’s Windows theme for playing retro games online without needing to install. You can access it at emupedia...

Usborne 80s Books

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Usborne Publishing had popular programming books for kids in the eighties. They would help kids learn the basics of computers and how to program games for th...

Turbo Rascal

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Dr Leuat, professor of astronomy at the University of Oslo, took the retro computing by storm with his recent release of a complete IDE for 8-bit and 16-bit ...

Atari

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Atari, the maker of the original 2600 Video Computer System, is on the roll. They have a Atari Hotels in the making, Atari Token, a blockchain token system b...

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nlp

CMU Hearsay I

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Today we are accustomed to interacting with Alexa or Siri using speech recognition technology but do you know it started as early as 1972 with Hearsay I at C...

NLP Then, Now, and What I Hope is Coming

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My published article on Natural Language Processing technologies in Startup City Insider Magazine: NLP: Then, Now, and What I Hope is Coming

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raspberrypi

Raspberry Pi 400

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In the eighties, we used to having homes computers, such as the Commodore or the BBC Micro, with a keyboard integrated to it. All we had to do is to plug it ...

Raspberry Pi Server Hosting

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I wanted to support the pioneering movement of Raspberry Pi as a serious edge computing device, so I migrated my personal site https://www.tarek.computer ont...

Ada Lovelace

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Today October 13 marks Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Ada is cred...

Raspberry Pi 4

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The launch of Raspberry Pi 4 today is a big thing in the Maker space, IoT technologies, and low-cost but powerful computing at PC-level. A powerful device fo...

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coaching

Keep Learning

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These days students graduate and become the new interns/young professionals in the workforce. Energy is high and spirits are up. They want to make a differen...

Don’t Panic. Focus and Learn New Skills

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Technical professionals are under pressure to learn something new for fear of missing out on the latest technologies. Non-technical professionals fear that t...

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music

Computer-generated Music

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Listen to the first ever computer-generated music recorded using Turing Machine, the Marc II, by the British computer scientist Christopher Strachey with the...

8-bit Symphony

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If you are a fan of 8 bit retro computer games, especially the Commodore 64, combined with a mixture of symphonic orchestra and modern day electronic music s...

My Story with Pink Floyd

2 minute read

Sometime between ‘91 and ‘92 I accidentally saw Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall part 2 video on MTV - the scene where school kids turn into .. Loved t...

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collections

Signed copy of Adam Osborne’s book

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A great accidental find! A signed book of “Hypergrowth” by Adam Osborne himself, the founder of the first commercially successful laptop computer, the Osborn...

My Home Brew Computer Club shirt

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I am now a proud owner of the shirt that was worn at the Home Brew Computer Club in the 80s. I first saw the shirt worn and designed by the personal computer...

Time Magazine 1950 Cover of Mark III

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what can be a great item to frame in my vintage computing office library? A 70-year copy of the first Time magazine cover that features a computer and refere...

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phd

Recalling the PhD experience

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Woke up at 5am this Saturday morning for some research and work before the family wakes up. While doing some digital clean up on with my old Evernote notes, ...

Financial Sentiment Analysis

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As part of my Phd dissertation at Walden University, I developed an application that would analyze the sentiments of tweets that include the stock symbols of...

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events

Dallas Innovation Task Force Q2

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Just attended the second quarter task force meeting this year on innovation at Dallas run by the Dallas Regional Chamber. Special guests were Japanese delega...

Innovation Spring in Dallas!

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I participated in several events around Dallas this month of April, and each one is proving more and more that Dallas is a great hub for innovation. Here is ...

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research

US adults and tech knowledge

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A recent Pew Research study found that majority of US adults answered digital related questions correctly only less than half of the time. Some security rela...

Tech Titans - Intentional Future Making”

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I attended Tech Titans sponsored”Intentional Future Making” event at UTD. Speakers were Anne Balsamo, Dean of UTD School ATEC, Gwen Ishmael, Escalent SVP, an...

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family

2/22/2012

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My dad passed away 2/22/2012. Cancer took him after a long fight. He was a pioneer in journalism and future thinking. He loved the pen and paper. He loved hi...

Proud Dad

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I once gave up pushing my kids into computer science, but my teenager son Adam insisted to stick with digital art design. I was skeptical at first, maybe bec...

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technology

Arm 1 and Apple m1

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Ken Shirriff @kenshirriff shows an amazing comparison between the original ARM processor that was originally created in 1983 for the Acorn computer with 25 t...

Apple Announcement

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A significant day today in the technology world with #apple official release of their MacBook using Arm based processors. The M1 processor designed by Apple ...

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dallas

Entrepreneurship in Dallas

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For Dallas Entrepreneurs, soon-to-be, or any of my Dallas contacts, you should check out the following entrepreneurial sources in Dallas. The DEC (Dallas Ent...

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blockchain

Key tech announcements this past week

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Key technology announcements in the last few days for software developers, blockchain, and data science. Both Amazon and Microsoft launched their managed blo...

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lebanon

Uber & Airbnb to the rescue

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If past governments could not turn Lebanon into a non-sectarian non-religious-divided society, mobile services apps such as Uber and Airbnb might do that. Le...

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pacman

Technology Evolution Through Pac-Man

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I think we can mark significant evolution of technology through 3 different milestones in which the game Pac-Man was used. For those who don’t know [Pac-Man]...

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apple 1

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altair

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arabic

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spectrum

3D Monster Maze

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Regarded as the earliest horror game, 3D Monster Maze game was first played on the Sinclair ZX81 in 1981. The player is put in a maze with only one exit and ...

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amstrad

3D Monster Maze

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Regarded as the earliest horror game, 3D Monster Maze game was first played on the Sinclair ZX81 in 1981. The player is put in a maze with only one exit and ...

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chess

Chess Queens Gambit

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Loved the Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit. It is about the chess, but it is also about life, health, and competition. Pocket News has a nice collection of re...

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apple 2

Steve Wozniak & Apple II

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A great blog post by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak “Why the Apple II Didn’t Support Lowercase Letters” on vintage computing website. In a question on why th...

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dos

Booting DOS from a 10’ vinyl

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Saw an interesting blog post at boingboing.net today: Booting DOS from vinyl. The original blog post is by Bogin, JR - Booting from a vinyl record where the ...

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coding

Jupyter Labs & VIM Editor

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A best of both worlds: VIM mode for rapid coding, inserting and moving around the text ever since the terminal days using key command shortcuts and Jupyter L...

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data science

Jupyter Labs & VIM Editor

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A best of both worlds: VIM mode for rapid coding, inserting and moving around the text ever since the terminal days using key command shortcuts and Jupyter L...

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