Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay

I’ve wanted an IBM ThinkPad since I first saw my boss’ at Netlink in the fall of 1998. But, while I’ve been invested in PCs over the years tangentially, I reserved Macs as my primary desktop or laptop computing platform, which combined with the premium price on IBM and then Lenovo ThinkPads kept me inContinue reading “Retro-Review of Used Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Sourced from eBay”

A Note on Bruce Sterling’s The Hacker Crackdown

Bruce Sterling’s The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992) is a book that I should have read back when it was first published. In fact, I’m rather let down with myself that I did not know about this book back it was published at the same time that I was beginningContinue reading “A Note on Bruce Sterling’s The Hacker Crackdown”

Retrocomputing at City Tech: Vintage Computers Organized on New Shelves

Thanks to City Tech’s Stanley Kaplan, I now have a substantial new collection of early personal computers including IBM PCs, Radio Shack TRS-80s, a Commodore PET, Texas Instruments TI-99s, ATARI 800, and a number of other computers and peripherals in my office in Namm 520. Some of the smaller items are locked in my filingContinue reading “Retrocomputing at City Tech: Vintage Computers Organized on New Shelves”

Retrocomputing Lab Page Launch

Over the weekend, I launched a new page under the “Research” menu on DynamicSubspace.net for my Retrocomputing Lab. I use the Retrocomputing Lab’s hardware and software resources in my continuing research on human-computer interaction, human-computer experiences, and human-computer co-influence. So far, its primary focus is on the shift from the pre-Internet, early-1990s to the post-Internet,Continue reading “Retrocomputing Lab Page Launch”

Learn about Machine Learning and IBM’s Jeopardy Challenger Watson on NOVA

This morning after breakfast, I was fooling around with the PBS app for iPad and found the recent NOVA program “Smartest Machine on Earth.” Originally aired on Feb 9, 2011, it is about IBM’s latest computer wunderkind and Jeopard-playing computer named Watson. Ultimately, the machine-learning enabled computer system created by IBM engineers and computer scientistsContinue reading “Learn about Machine Learning and IBM’s Jeopardy Challenger Watson on NOVA”