Friday, September 21, 2018

Howdy Doody


Talk about memories of low tech. After I was in the third grade, my family acquired a television and of course, I was captivated and spent an inordinate amount of time glued to the machine. I have a lot of memories of that time period. In later years, we got rid of the TV and with one notable relapse now live TV-free. I do remember a lot of Howdy Doody shows and seeing this puppet in the Smithsonian brought back a few memories. Here is a short explanation for those of you who never heard of Howdy Doody from Wikipedia.
Howdy Doody was an American children's television program (with circus and Western frontier themes) that was created and produced by E. Roger Muir and telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947, until September 24, 1960. It was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC (at the time owned by TV maker RCA) used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Jack-in-the-Box and In-N-Out


This photo has two memories. First is the menu from a Jack-in-the-box drive-in back in the 1960s. Notice the prices of the items such as a hamburger for $.24. Good luck today in finding these prices. The second is a small photo of one of the first drive-ins in California, the In-N-Out drive-thru. We have eaten at this first drive-thru a few times. I am essentially the product of fast food. I usually ate at either Jack-in-the-Box or McDonalds. Our family was sort-of dysfunctional and our meals were seldom sit-down affairs. I also attended a high school clear across Phoenix, Arizona, miles from my home and so I would stop and eat on the way home, usually in my car. Some of my children will not eat at fast food restaurants, but I still do. I realize this is not a great photo, but it does bring back memories.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gold Coin Neclace


Nothing like wearing your money around your neck. I used to wear a watch and some jewelry such as a ring. But over the years, since I spend so much time typing, I have slowly discontinued wearing any jewelry at all. I may go back to some, but I am running out of years to think about it.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Nice Photo of the Washington Monument


As of the summer of 2018, the Washington Monument is closed for renovation. You know when you see the Washington Monument that you are in Washington, D.C. besides the White House and Capitol Building, this is probably the most recognized monument.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The First Mouse Prototype


I have actually moved away from using a mouse on my own computers. I use touch screens or trackpads. Considering the impact this one invention had on computing, you would think that Doug Englebart's name would be much better known. This exhibit was in the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Computer that started it all

Altair 8800
Among the huge collections of stuff at the Smithsonian, I found an exhibit with the original Altair 8800 computer. This was the first "personal" computer that started the whole industry. Here is a short explanation about the computer from Wikipedia: Altair 8800:
The Altair 8800 is a microcomputer designed in 1974 by MITS and based on the Intel 8080 CPU. Interest grew quickly after it was featured on the cover of the January 1975 issue (published in late November 1974) of Popular Electronics, and was sold by mail order through advertisements there, in Radio-Electronics, and in other hobbyist magazines. The designers hoped to sell a few hundred build-it-yourself kits to hobbyists, and were surprised when they sold thousands in the first month. The Altair also appealed to individuals and businesses that just wanted a computer and purchased the assembled version. The Altair is widely recognized as the spark that ignited the microcomputer revolution as the first commercially successful personal computer. The computer bus designed for the Altair was to become a de facto standard in the form of the S-100 bus, and the first programming language for the machine was Microsoft's founding product, Altair BASIC.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Original Macintosh Computer


I was in attendance in San Francisco, California in 1984 for the first public showing of the new Macintosh computer. It was an amazing experience. I owned and operated a retail computer store that was an Apple dealership for about 11 years. It was challenging. I still use Apple computers. I also have extensive experience with Windows-based computers and everything in between. I still prefer using my iMac more than any other computer I have used over the years.