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Interesting YouTube Channel: The 8-Bit Guy

Since I have been recently writing about how the so-called computing “revolution” of past two decades has been, largely, worse that useless- here is a YouTube channel about old personal computers. I am sure that some of you might have already comes across The 8-Bit Guy. The channel is mostly about 8-Bit personal computers, gaming systems and games.. though he does occasionally go into computers and other related technology of a later vintage. I found his channel interesting because it is one the few which goes into the proverbial nuts and bolts of what was probably the last generation of computing (hardware and software) which could be completely understood by a single person.

He also had a recent series about the large number of pioneering computer companies (both hardware and software) which used to exist in Texas. Oh ya.. most of those buildings which used to house these pioneering and often quite successful companies now either sit empty, have been converted into yoga studios and professional offices or have been demolished. I cannot help pointing out that something like this would never have been allowed to happen in countries such as Japan or Germany where they cherish and maintain sites associated with the founding of important companies or discovery of new technologies. USA is almost unique as a country and culture in being almost exclusively concerned with short-term profits and fellating financial interests above everything else. And this shows, in many unflattering ways.

Clip #1: Commodore History Part 3 – The Commodore 64 (complete)

rest of that series is here.. Commodore History

Clip #2: Back when cameras used… Floppy Disks? Sony Mavica

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    November 1, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    One of the biggest innovations in computing was the integrated graphics card … also pioneered by a Texas company, Cyrix.

    Sadly they were destroyed by the Intel Pentium architecture that, for certain program code, could execute 2 instructions at the same time … which appeared in the original DOOM for MS-DOS.

    That made their systems – while good for almost everything else – terrible in the eyes of consumers.

    Didn’t help that Cyrix was also fabless like AMD, and that the reporting IT press of the day was a lot more concentrated and controlled so they would forever stay the underdog.

    They also had an amazing “ghost product” (because the vast majority of people would never be able to buy one since volume was so low) – the Cyrix MII-433.

    Nice chip for a vintage computer, and I have two (one easily accessible).

    • P Ray
      November 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Whoops, have to correct myself, the game wasn’t Doom … it was Quake (also an ID Software game)

  2. P Ray
    November 2, 2020 at 5:19 am

    I found his channel interesting because it is one the few which goes into the proverbial nuts and bolts of what was probably the last generation of computing (hardware and software) which could be completely understood by a single person.

    Actually have to add here, computer chips now are not even properly understood by Intel or AMD …

    because they buy over or sub-contract design of certain sub-assemblies to other companies, for example, for some time AMD processors have used a memory controller made by Synopsys.

    So ya, just like Zuckerberg, Brin & Page … Intel and AMD don’t know how their processors work either (10th gen mobile Intel Core can’t compile Java properly)

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