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My granddad could have been a contender for the “Man who was on the most ships sunk in WWII” record.

Created by Richard Grafton, this 4-bit 7400-based CPU recently debuted at the Retro Computer Festival, which was held at the Museum of Computing in Cambridge, England.

In Max’s World, the colors are brighter, the butterflies are bigger, the flowers smell sweeter, the birds sing louder, and the beer runs plentiful and cold.

My 100th birthday celebrations will commence on 29 May 2057 at 5:45 a.m. Daylight Saving Time, so now would be a good time to clear this date on your calendar.

The older I get, the more I find myself musing about how much things have changed in my lifetime technology-wise.

Programming a computer in machine code is very educational. The first thing it teaches you is that you don’t want to do it again.

The time in which everything seems to be happening may be nothing more than an illusion supported by the entropy generated in the functioning of our brains.

As you may or may not know, my chum, Joe Farr, and I are currently in the process of designing and building the Maxfield-Farr 4-bit HRRG Computer; this column describes the current state of play.

It’s 50 years since Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I was 12 years old and I watched the landing on TV with my dad. I still remember Neil uttering the words, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has Landed.”

Sometimes it’s nice for your microcontroller-based hobby projects to be able to display text on a screen. If you are using a low-power microcontroller, a VT100 emulator on a chip may be just the solution you are looking for.

I have a friend who has been going through some trying times. Thus, for several months now, I’ve commenced each day by sending him a short text explaining why that day is the “Best Day Ever.”