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All I knew of Merlin was from modern movies. Boy is the winding lineage of stories behind this one mythological character interesting. #history #mythology…
One needs also wonder where they got the concept of dragons from, if not from China. Chivalry was an Arab construct, originally.
Here's a channel with lots of scots (particularly Argyll) folklore :

Wow this is pretty neat. Not that I assumed the device was birthed in full final form in one step but still. I wish there were pictures of breadboards that went into this beast of an iPod prototype #apple #retrocomputing #computerhistory #history…

Well if they had pumpkin spice pancakes recipes as far back as 1719 then I guess I could make some modern versions with similar spices without feeling too basic, right? 😀 #foodhistory #history

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TIL that there are different kinds of chickpeas *and* that there is a use for radish juice. Never thought of juicing radishes. Going to try to find the chickpeas but may take their word on the radish juice #foodhistory #history #cooking…


We really never moved beyond the equivalent of “George Washington couldn’t tell a lie about chopping down the cherry tree and had wooden teeth” level of mythologizing about the Spartans. It’s a multi-millennia tradition though. Great podcast and interesting book on this #history

I’m going to have to give this a whirl. It’s like the Roman gladiator equivalent of Rumford’s Soup, which I have experimented with, but looks like it could be tastier #foodhistory #history

Listening to the @FloppyDays podcast: It's interesting that the CW had become that MS secretly stole an operating system and passed it off as their own when the text of the press release states clearly they adapted one for the PC. #RetroComputing #history…


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@Mark Miller We have the benefit of time to see how silly the argument was. Apple pushed hard on "stealing look and feel" being a violation of IP rights in the same way that others in the 70s and 80s were pushing the idea that copying an API and clean rooming the implementation was a violation of IP rights. We know now and all accept that those positions are untenable with the US Supreme Court reaffirming the API issue in Oracle v. Google recently too. But back then it was very muddy. I was an Apple fan boy in the late 80s and totally bought into how unfair it was that Microsoft copied the GUI concept from Apple and hoped they paid. I was of course totally wrong about that in hindsight. But Apple did succeed in sinking several other GUI systems because they didn't have the legal ass to stand up to Apple.
@Mark Miller The Xerox episodes you talk about were covered in more detailed in a the most concentrated way I've read so far in the book "Steve Jobs & the NeXT Big Thing" by Randall Stross. I highly recommend that book to people even though it was written in the mid-1990s so the story drops off there.

...and finished! Now only 8 books behind 😀.

If you have any interest in the in-depth and behind the scenes history of the Android hardware and software development this is definitely a book worth reading. #computerhistory #history #programming #Android…

When your imposter syndrome kicks in and you don't want to post your code remember even the nearly decade old and heavily used QEMU at the time was in this state when the Android team started using it. #programming #history…

Regeneration, the book goodreads links to.
I have no idea how the opengraph data that D* is rendering from is generated. The link is to the Android book. The preview for it shows up correctly everywhere else. The Regeneration book doesn't even show up on the the page or in the HTML of the page. Yet this seems to be a consistent rendering error for D* users to that exact book. So weird.
Oh how weird! I thought you had made a copy-paste error (happens to the best of us) but the rendered link is different than the inline link.
That's the kind of bug I'm fighting at work... Well, similar effect, anyway. Unfortunately, I don't know how to fix the issue I have as it's dependent on a part of the system I have no access to (or skill, for that matter.)

TIL that not only does Google/Android have an app service Latitude comparable to Apple's "Find My Friends" app but that it's more Apple has something like Google's Latitude since Latitude came out two years before #computerhistory #history #programming…


At Apple Cary Clark code named QuickDraw GX "Skia" after Greek mythology. Skia then became the name of the company that developed the graphics engine used so pervasively today in honor of that. Neat! #computerhistory #history #programming #retrocomputing…

Screen shot of book text elaborating on the point made in the tweet text.

Now at the point in Android history where Chrome is invented. I still don't know the reason why Google created it instead of putting those resources into Firefox except to attempt monopoly control over browser space. #computerhistory #history #programming…
Monopoly is a goal for any for-profit corporation, though. We're in the gray areas but I think there is a difference in making a loss on a product to create something that benefits your main business vs. making a loss on a product that is not your main business in order to drive out hypothetical competitors.
@Antti Brax Yeah it's a defect in our current economic system. I'm not sure how gray it is since their primary business is data vacuuming to turn that into data to turn around and sell ads, content boosts, etc.
@Hank G ☑️ A friend had one of the OLPC devices - it was a nice device; sad it didn't get more support. I had read a few articles about it and why it failed, but I'll check out the video. I have read that mobile phones have taken off in a lot of developing areas, and as a means for transferring currency, but I think in schools - well heck, even in developed countries trying to teach kids at home there's a big socioeconomic gap. Some places have made sure kids have computers, but then I guess there have also been connection issues for a portion of the population.

I knew about the Ford Pinto fuel tank design and bean counter debacle I didn't realize they had several major safety issues (stuck accelerators, gas fumes and exhaust building under the hood). #history #engineering…
Let’s not ignore the fabulous Chevy Vega.
Heh... a pal in the neighborhood put a Chevy 396CI big block in a Chevy Vega back in '75 or so. The first time he got on it down at the illegal drag strip, the torque from that big block twisted the frame of the car. ;)

Pass interference...15 yards penalty, automatic first down. Lol

Yeah I may have to sign up for this: The Changing Landscape of Ancient Rome. Archaeology and History of the Palatine Hill. #history…

I love the history of engineering projects like this! That has mostly been reading about history of computers and machines from decades ago. I will be picking up a copy for sure! #history #computer

The book is ready - here's the proof.
I just received "proof" copies from the printer for the b&w and color editions, and they're great. It's ready.
Now to flip the switch on Amazon and let them do their thing. It might take a day or two; it's software.

First time I've ever seen a photo of that area without all the buildings on it. #space #history

August 2, 1963: The first foundation pilings for the future Vehicle Assembly Building are driven into the ground at Cape Canaveral.

Shrimp toast was a required part of any Chinese food order growing up. Watching this video makes me want to make this now 😀. #history #cooking #foodhistory #nostalgia…

TIL the ancestor of the chainsaw were devices used to cut bones in the late-18th/early-19th century devices called an osteome! (H/T @lproven mentioning it in a post on an old book about operating systems of all things.) #History


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Catching up on @Gastropodcast potato episode: Rumford's Soup (cheap workhouse fare from 1800s) sounded like had some promise so I did my own experiment leveraging @cronometer. Filling? Yes! Tasty, and nutritious? It's complicated. #food #history…
PS don't read this as a "tasty you should try" recipe. I have ideas I mention at the end for ways to make this the base of a tasty recipe but as it is it isn't it. It is more an interesting food history exercise for me.

I often lament the over-concentration of media/data. I'm therefore excited to see this #history centric website called History Hit. Is it truly independent or just a greenwash of big company? Is the content good? If so I'm subscribing to show my support.

Watching Pirates of Silicon Valley for the umpteenth time. Love it. The best movie covering that era. Funny that for story reasons made it that "nobody needs Microsoft" in 1980 b/c pre-DOS. Meanwhile almost all computers went to them to write their BASIC. #retrocomputing #history
Well, at least Commodore didn't need Microsoft. Tramiel got some sort of insanely great lump sum unlimited license deal on Microsoft BASIC for the PET in like 1977 where he could sell as many copies as he wanted so long as it wasn't upgraded. So that's why the VIC20 and C64 had infamously limited BASIC implementations with no graphics commands or even dedicated disc commands (the original PET didn't have a floppy drive).
Interesting about MS-Basic on the 64! I wondered why it didn't have commands for graphics and sound. It had this strange way of getting a disk directory, too. You had to LOAD "$",8, and the way I've heard it explained, the directory loaded in as a non-executable Basic program. To see the directory, you'd type LIST. The downside was if you had Basic code in memory, it got erased.

I recall the C-128 had an extended Basic that had commands for graphics and sound (and getting a directory). You had to be in 128 mode to get to it, though.

Doing some research, it sounds like Commodore extended Microsoft's "buy once" Basic, putting the extended versions in later versions of the PET, the C-16, the Plus/4, and the C-128. (The C-64 had V. 2 of Basic, since it fit into the ROM size they needed, reducing the price of the machine, and it seems Commodore assumed customers had lower expectations for the Basic.)

Fascinating look at the 1st protocols invented for the internet's predecessor ARPANET & how lessons learned from using them drove the design of the protocols that are the backbone of all of the networking we take for granted. #retrocomputing #history

Speaking of looking for good sources on the Russian Revolution I'm going to start @mikeduncan
Revolutions podcast on the topic. This is the first episode of that series. I enjoyed the first series on English Civil War but haven't listened since 🙁 #history

Gastropod Podcast on food history/science is back! First episode is on the history of cooking shows. No, Julia wasn't the first but she was at the right place at the right time to be the first in that exploding genre. #Foodie #History
You going to eat caracoles?

25 years ago this week the first "real" search engine, by the way we think of it, was created: AltaVista. It was actually a demo to show off DEC's new CPU/HPC lines. It was my main search until 2002 or so. #history #retrocomputing
A*se... I'm getting old 😁
the days of search engine and browser wars....
good times

Related to previous post, a graph of eligible voter turnout for every US presidential election. Seems the golden age of high turnout was the second half of the 19th century. #history #politics…


Top 10 lowest eligible voter turnout elections in the US were in the early. (21st cent. average 59%) #history #politics

Washington 2nd 6%
Monroe 2nd 10%
Washington 1st 11%
Adams 20%
Monroe 1st 23%
Jefferson 2nd 24%
Quincy 27%
Jefferson 1st 32%
Madison 1st 37%
Madison 2nd 40%

Now that my second iPhone has died (waiting for replacement to arrive) I realize even if PinePhone or Librem took off I'm still stuck having to decide between iOS or Android because many devices/services I use only interface through apps.

#Apple has become #IBM or AT&T—a vertical Goliath that tries to do everything until a David comes along with a horizontal slingshot, writes @andykessler - interesting read on some #tech #history lessons. What do you think?
Thanks for the links! I was just going by what I could find when trying to do Google searches on VoIP (non-business). The links I found first looked really sketchy.

And to be honest, even the first link you gave look more vague and intimidating ... I mean, I'm not an enterprise and I don't want to set up a whole VoIP network at home hooked up to physical phones (which I hate). I don't want any of that stuff on my home network.

It's just very confusing.

Anyway, I'm going to look more into Republic Anywhere, since I'm essentially already paying for that service and it could be a good fit for my specific needs.
You don’t need to do anything with physical phones - that’s just what I’ve done. All you need is a “softphone” (software phone app), which is what I used on my laptop. That appears to be what Republic Anywhere provides, though it may be customised to only work with their service. Google Voice also does that.

An interesting Twitter thread with pics and some estimated states of the first communications satellite. #space #history

I recently acquired a 1959 Convair booklet about SCORE, the first communications satellite. (scan at… )
It's mostly a collection of photos ...


Was there last year. We take for granted how dramatically different it looks today after so much excavation and preservation. I've seen drawings from the time but never a picture. #history

Rome. A rare picture of the Palatine in 1850 with the Arch of Constantine and the Meta Sudans in front of the Colosseum


More the history of DNS but interesting nonetheless. No they had no idea it would explode to be the main means of communication for everyone on the planet but they just settled on a really scalable design #computer #history
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Really interesting article on the origin story for Unity #computer #history
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It's pretty amazing what they could do with 32kb of RAM.