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  • Happy Birthday, BASIC

    Happy Birthday, BASIC

    Fifty years ago this month, in 1964, a computer programming language winked to life that changed the course of a generation. While many would point to the rise of Unix and other ubiquitous programming languages in the intervening years as formative points in the history of computing, on May 1, 1964, a computer at Dartmouth College ran the first BASIC program, changing the world forever. Read More

  • 10 Print “TinyBASIC Ported To Raspberry Pi Mini Computer”, 20 GOTO 10, RUN

    10 Print “TinyBASIC Ported To Raspberry Pi Mini Computer”, 20 GOTO 10, RUN

    The Raspberry Pi mini computer that’s become popular with the maker community but was originally conceived as a device to help kids learn how to code has had the lightweight TinyBASIC programming language ported to it — as a way for parents who haven’t done any programming since their school days to be able to share their old BASIC knowledge with their kids Read More

  • Our Favorite Things: Basic Computer Games Book

    Our Favorite Things: Basic Computer Games Book


    If you were alive in 1978 you’ll probably remember you couldn’t do much with a computer. The Altair had just hit the scene and BASIC was taking off but there was very little a kid of a certain age and predilection could do with this information. Luckily there were guys like David Ahl. Best of all? George Beker and David Ahl are offering a nice discount on the book. He wrote to… Read More

  • You Must Remember This: Basic Computer Games Book

    You Must Remember This: Basic Computer Games Book


    If you were alive in 1978 you’ll probably remember you couldn’t do much with a computer. The Altair had just hit the scene and BASIC was taking off but there was very little a kid of a certain age and predilection could do with this information. Luckily there were guys like David Ahl. Read More

  • First piece of Apple software ever sold finally playable in iTunes

    First piece of Apple software ever sold finally playable in iTunes

    An unearthed piece of computer history has been reconstructed by some long-time die heard preservationists. No other than the first software ever sold by Apple, it is a reconstruction of BASIC, then available on audiotape. So if you have a need to revisit old programming languages, read on. Read More

  • May 1 is BASIC day

    May 1 is BASIC day

    On this day in 1964 John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz ran the first BASIC program. Designed to be an easy-to-use programming language for students, BASIC has stood the test of time and is probably the first language many of us mastered in our early geek years. The two also created the Dartmouth Time Sharing System, which is pretty much the basis for every multi-user operating system in existence. Read More

  • Nokia 5070 – A No Frills Candybar Phone

    Nokia 5070 – A No Frills Candybar Phone

    Those who enjoy the simpler things in life will gladly welcome the Nokia 5070. This candybar-style phone has no radical design and is chock full of basic features! You’ll get the ability to SMS and MMS, stunning audio messaging, a built-in camera with a terrible resolution, FM radio to listen to NPR on, a stereo headset, and the choice between a red or blue paint job. Doesn’t get… Read More