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From Lithuania to New York: KGB Dedicated to Intelligence

More recently, the KGB espionage technique could only be read in books or spied in films about James Bond...

Barcode Evolution

Barcode, of course, refers to one of those inventions of humanity that have changed the course of our lives...

"Udalenka". Notes from yesterday’s office developer. Part 2

More than two months have passed since the release of the first part of our story about “udalenka’, during the quarantine. The time has come to take stock of our “adventures” in the second part...

Ode Excel: 34 Years of Magic

Note: the article was written in 2019, and Microsoft Excel celebrates its 35th anniversary in this...

Vladimir Kitov: “It is impossible to understand how pioneering scientists foresaw universal computerization back in the 1950s!”

Vladimir Kitov, who has been working with IT for more than half a century, led programming teams at the MCC of the USSR Ministry of Marine and the Monolit Central Research Institute, led software development for the COSPAS-SARSAT ...

How Home Audio Developed: The Vinyl Era

Last time we talked about how home audio became widespread - in particular, they affected the era of radio. Today we're talking about vinyl - how it came to people's homes...

Reverse Engineering Intel 8086 Microprocessor

In June 1978, one of the most influential chips in the semiconductor industry was introduced - Intel 8086. It laid the foundation for the x86 architecture, which still dominates today in desktop and server computing...

Netbooks: a time-forgotten form factor

A long time ago, even before smartphones became popular, and children in restaurants were able to be calmed down with terrible games on the iPad, there was such a wonderful period of time...

Alan Kay: The History of SmallTalk (1960-1969)

I have a goal - to understand what happened in the 60-70s in the Xerox PARC and the surrounding area, as it turned out that several teams of engineers, working hand in hand, created incredible technologies that defined our present...

CP/M: The Rise and Fall of Gary Kildall

The history of technology is full of surprises, sharp turns. Victories and defeats, betrayal and fidelity. Sometimes, to succeed, you just had to be in the right place at the right time. Or take friendly advice...

How did home audio evolve after World War II - from magnetic recording to new speakers

Last time we talked about how records and radio changed the approach to listening to music at the beginning of the 20th century...

OpenCV - 20! The second project of the Intel development center in Russia

We continue the story of projects and products that are inextricably linked with the Russian Intel development center...

Dennis Ritchie's Lost Thesis

Many of you, dear readers, have heard of Dennis Ritchie. In the late 1960s, he left graduate studies in applied mathematics at Harvard for a position at Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he worked all his life...

Life cycle: how Apple abandoned PowerPC in favor of Intel

Probably, the long-awaited moment, which I will talk about today, was in a sense inevitable...

A Brief History of Chaosnet

We decided to make another voyage to the past of network technologies. This time we'll talk about Chaosnet, a specific network protocol that was used in Lisp machines in the 1970s...

The Story of Home Audio: The Golden Era of Hi-Fi

Magnetic sound recording and vinyl, which became widespread after World War II, changed the acoustic ecosystem in people's homes. They not only transformed their approach to listening to music, but also changed the music itself...

Distributed Simulation Systems

For the possibility of combining individual simulators into a distributed simulation system, the following standards and technologies are currently used: IEEE1516 (also replaces HLA and DIS); OPC; CAPE-OPEN and other industry stan...

How to change your profession to a programmer?

Are you tired of your job? No prospects? Perhaps just starting your journey? In this article we will consider what path you need to go, how much time, effort and money you need to spend to reach the level from scratch when they st...

Why can a 4+ score turn out to be bad and a 3 grade good?

It so happened that my activity is related to the creation of training complexes for personnel in hazardous industries...

Detection. Diagnostics. Making decisions

I continue the topic about personnel errors in terms of simulators (simulators) for training specialists...