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Commodore 64

Commodore 64

In this article I talk about the Commodore 64.  This is what I hope will be a series on my experiences with older computers during the years. I have such fond memories of the Commodore 64.  While it wasn’t the first computer that I owned it was certainly one of...
What’s Going On With Video Cards Now?

What’s Going On With Video Cards Now?

The turbulence in the video card market has been unprecedented the last couple years.  Prices have skyrocketed and even with high prices stock is very scarce.  There are several causes including crypto mining, chip shortages, and the pandemic.  The...
Kinds of Personal Computers

Kinds of Personal Computers

I thought it might be useful to review the kinds of computers that have developed over the past 60 years or so.  So here we go: Mainframe Mainframes are large computers mainly used for processing very large amounts of data.  They are typically used by large...
Your Own NORAD

Your Own NORAD

NORAD stands for North American Air Defense Command.  So you must be wondering what I’m talking about.  And no I’m not talking about your own missile defense, although that in game form has already been done. My own NORAD is kind of a family joke.  I’ve...
How Graphics Cards Work

How Graphics Cards Work

A graphics card allows you to see things on your computer monitor.  It takes binary data from your CPU and converts it to the millions of pixels displayed by your monitor. Integrated Versus Discrete Graphics cards are usually considered to be integrated or...
Computer Power Supplies

Computer Power Supplies

oday’s computers have a limited number of modules.  The CPU can be considered the “brains”.  The motherboard can be considered the “guts.”  Using the same kind of logic the power supply can be considered the “juice.”  Without juice nothing happens...