Friday, March 24, 2017

"Unusual computer ad from Japan

Unusual computer ad from Japan

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1973 AT&T Film The Far Sound

Published on Feb 6, 2017
1973 AT&T Film The Far Sound
This Funky film, The Far Sound, examines how technologies invented at Bell Laboratories and developed by the Bell System contributed to making direct-dial, long-distance telephone service possible. It depicts how the various fields and departments at the Labs came together in this singular enterprise, culminating in common service for all. The film’s title, The Far Sound, is the alternate translation of the Greek “Telephone.”

1973, the year this film was made, was a very exciting time to be at Bell Labs. Telstar was under development. BellComm was about to be spun off, to work with NASA on the moon project. Technologies involving the transistor, laser, and the solar cell were underway. Scientists were just starting to explore what a computer was and what it might accomplish. In the middle of this wave of innovation was the Bell System’s core business—providing telephone service to almost the entire country.

A decade earlier, a few cities had been given direct dial long distance telephone service. Now, 10 years later, direct long distance was a novelty in some communities, while taken for granted in others. But this film showed how au-courant technologies at the time like the “electronic central office” (later to become the ESS), the optical MASER (aka laser), and satellites would later converge to form the modern telephone and data network.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator

The Story Behind Adobe Illustrator (Part 1 of 3) | Adobe Creative Cloud


Published on May 14, 2014
When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, the new product not only altered Adobe's course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever. See how Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock first conceived of Illustrator as a PostScript drawing tool and how PostScript's Bézier curves could be applied to the shapes illustrators painstakingly created by hand. This is Chapter 1 in a series of three videos on the story of Adobe Illustrator.

Producer/Director
Ami Capen

Executive Producers
Jeffrey Severtson
Terry Hemphill
Dan Cowles

Co-Director/Director of Photography
Christian Bruno

Editors
Ami Capen
Louanne Ponder

Associate Producer/Music Supervisor
Kristin Tieche

Post-Production Supervisor/Additional Editor
Christine Steele

Colorist
Chris Dunn

Sound Mix
Jeffrey Fuller at PLAY

Sound Recordists
Luis Granados
Lauretta Molitor

Gaffers
Andy Olson
K.C. Smith

Additional Camera
K.C. Smith
Motion Graphics
Jayson Tang

Designer
Andre Seibel

Opening Titles
Ben Child

Production Assistant
Joe Zolnoski

Transcriptions
Jenny Chu
Jamie Omar Yassin

Creative Consultants
Tony Coleman
K.C. Smith

Technical Consultants
Kathleen Dargis
Debra Schaffner
Erik Espera

Historical Research/Story Arc
The History Factory

Legal
Justine Jacob

Archival Video & Images:
Doug Menuez/Getty Images/Stanford University Libraries
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
TIME Magazine
Norm Cox
jeffclaassen.com

Photos:
Bruce Damer/DigiBarn Computer Museum
Shayna Butler
Murray Elliot
Michael Evamy
Carl Johnson
Henning Krause
Sam Millen
Thomas Tieche
Raffi Kojian

Images:
"Venus"
Dylan Roscover

Music:
"Spring Duet For Piano And Cello"
Written by Tom Erba
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

"Illustrator Beat" by Tony Coleman

"Tragic Overture"
Written by Johannes Brahms
Arranged by Keith Blainville
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

"Canonised"
Written by David Treahearn
Arranged by David Treahearn and Robert Haggett Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

"Dawn"
Written by Iain Roberton
Courtesy of 5 Alarm / Imagem Production Music

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"Backed Vibes" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

"The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium"
by DoKashiteru (feat. spinning merkaba) (ccmixter.org)

"Pamgaea" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Introducing Handle

Published on Feb 27, 2017
Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

Radio Shack Tandy Computer Commercial (1991)

Published on Feb 26, 2017
1991 Radio Shack commercial for the Tandy 2500 SX/20 386 and the Tandy 1000 TL/3 286 computers.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Do Robots Deserve Rights? What if Machines Become Conscious?

Published on Feb 23, 2017
What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Internet As It Was In 1996

Uploaded on Dec 29, 2011
Transferred from a VHS video tape, this 1996 video shows how to use a PC and how to use the PC to access the new "world wide web." I had my first website that year. It was a one pager which got an average of one visit per day, which wasn't too bad back then. I'm guessing the average 1st grader knows more about using a PC and the internet than this professional instructional video is teaching. You won't believe how backwards the state of PC and internet use 15 years will seem to you as you watch.