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Why are Floppy Cables Twisted?

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube It's the age old question. A question that has been boggling mankind for decades. Why do floppy ribbon cables contain a twist? I've wondered this from the moment I first opened my PC to reveal it's glorious contents. It looks like a hack. Something wasn't quite right in the [...]

ZX Spectrum Story: Celebrating 35 Years of the Speccy

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a whopping 35 years old on 23rd April 2017. That's only 15 years away from half a century. So, although I've covered this glorious system in a previous triple part documentary, that was about 2 years ago, and frankly it deserves better. So here we [...]

Amiga Story (Part 2)

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube was a time when the Amiga 500 was beginning to take off at a rapid rate, and where the powerful technology was finally being seen for the power house that it was. Given its superiority to almost everything else on the market, especially in terms of graphical power, its [...]

The Amiga Story (Part 1)

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube Of all the home computer stories, Amiga is probably the most interesting, diverse and long. One reason for that is the number of machines Commodore produced for the Amiga line in an attempt to diversify and capture the market throughout the 80s and 90s. For that reason and to [...]

The Dragon 32

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube Dragon. A legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing, with serpentine, reptilian or avian traits. A mythical beast, rarely seen, but often talked about in folklore and tales of heroism. To all intents and purposes, the story isn't much different for the Dragon 32 home computer. Announced by Dragon Data [...]

The Atari ST

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Watch the Video The Atari ST is a machine which emerged in 1985 and immediately went head to head with the Amiga 1000. The Atari ST is known for Games, music, desktop publishing and in a lot of cases, being a poorer version of the Amiga, but that's not always the case, and to begin [...]

Centre for Computing History

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Watch the Video A few weeks ago I decided to take a trip down to Cambridge and check out the Centre for Computing History in all it's digital glory. In this video I explore the museum, gawp at hundreds of BBC Micros, play with lots of machines from both the 8 bit and 16 bit [...]

How PC Memory Evolved

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I'm pretty sure that some things I find utterly compelling, most people just couldn't give a nat's arse about, and this is one of those things. PC memory has followed a long and winding path, with numerous updates, revisions, speed increases and oddities, and it's all these things combined which make the story an interesting [...]

Atari Jaguar Inspection

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The Atari Jaguar was a console which I yearned for. It was something to do with those 64 bits. All that power. It seemed mind blowing. I was sitting around with my Commodore 64, an 8 bit machine and my Sega Mega drive, a 16 bit console. 32 bit machines like the 3DO had just [...]

How Does Plug & Play Work?

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It's another episode of Byte Size, and in this one I'm exploring the wonderful, wonderful world of Plug and Play.. or Plug and Pray, as it was known in the early 90s. I'm sure you can guess the reasons behind that. I had my fair share of plug and play misery and shenanigans, but in [...]

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