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Word Counting Utility for Writers – Byte

I’ve had a rule since my I started being a geek freelance writer back in the early 1970s: everything is copy! In other words, build no contraption or tool (or even a client project) without somehow mining it for at … Continue reading

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Online Information Retrieval, Promise and Problems – Byte

One of my obsessions in the early 1980s was the emerging world of online databases… Lockheed’s Dialog system and others. Youngsters can think of this as paleo-Googlage, with very limited datasets (by today’s standards) centralized in corporate servers. This article … Continue reading

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National Computer Conference – NCC 1981 – Byte

My favorite geek-freelancing activity back in the early ’80s was heading off to a conference or trade show, then spinning tales of new technology for the readers of my favorite magazines. This one was at the other end of some … Continue reading

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Book Review – Principles of Artificial Intelligence – Nilsson – Byte

I suppose, in retrospect, it was a tad cheeky for me to presume to review this book by one of the luminaries in the AI field, but fortunately I had a co-author. Jim Jenal was immersed in the Computer Science … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence – Byte

This was my first substantial essay on AI, and fell out of an intensely stimulating two-week adventure at Stanford University that included the first International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, a LISP conference, schmoozing with some truly amazing authors, hanging out … Continue reading

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Polyphony Made Easy – Byte

One of my early interests in “the computer hobby,” as it was called in the 1970s, was music composition and synthesis. My homebrew 8008 system (October 1974) was immediately paired with a Walsh-function waveform generator and top-octave synthesizer, and as … Continue reading

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