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December 05, 2008

TGIF - Rock on!

Welcome to yet another installment of TGIF.  I hope you all got some fresh air this week and didn't stay cooped up with your I mostly did.  I bet you're all looking forward to xmas, and have the dreaded/much anticipated office xmas party to look forward to.  Enjoy yourselves this weekend, and don't get too caught up in shopping :)

Without further ado...

I have enjoyed wasting valuable time playing Pac-Man (I hope my advisor doesn't read this).

Pac-Man was released as an arcade game in 1980 in Japan (Pakku-man).  "Perfect Pac-Man" occurs when you get the maximum points for each of the first 255 levels.  Billy Mitchell did this in 1999  with a score of 3,333,360 points and it took him 6hrs.  

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." 
– The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957. 

Who on earth did he speak to?  Maybe he should have gone further afield too.

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." 
– Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

I actually think this is right if you add "near" to "future".


A chip of silicon a quarter-inch square has the capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block. 

The first VCR, made in 1956, was the size of a piano.

Limelight was how we lit the stage before electricity was invented. Basically, illumination was produced by heating blocks of lime until they glowed.

Enjoy this brilliant video and have an excellent weekend.

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