MAINFRAME GAMES

During the mid to late 1960s, many early video games were programmed on mainframe computers. Developed prior to the rise of the commercial video game industry in the early 1970s, these early mainframe games were generally written by students or employees at large corporations. Games were written in Assembler as the high level languages available …

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ETHERNET

Networking got its start back in the 1950s with RADAR systems and mainframe systems. Ethernet came from Robert Metcalf’s PhD dissertation in 1973. Eventually this was standardized by the IEEE as 802.3 working group. In the early days DOS machines used coaxial cables to wire up a group of machines into a local area network, …

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PONG

Pong was released on November 29, 1972 by Atari who also developed the game. Pong is a coin-op cabinet simulation game. Pong is a game for 2 players. Each player operates a “paddle” via an analog knob. The object is to bounce the “ball” back and forth. The ball bounce had multiple angles to make the …

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BOARD GAMES

Chess, checkers, Monopoly and so on are all very old. Board games have been discovered even in the ruins of old villages and towns. Early mainframe games were inspired by classic board games,  Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of …

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PRINTER TECHNOLOGY

In the early days the first printer we had used was the IBM 1403. In 1970,  the model 7 was in use with the IBM System 360 mainframes. The 1403 used a chain and a bank of solenoid hammers to print letters on a line. The ink ribbon was a long roll the width of …

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THE HARD DISK

Back in the early 1980s the use of a 32-bit MBR index was believed to adequate. Hard disks from the 1956 to 1981 had not even made it much past 1GB with mainframes. The IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit (image) consisted of the magnetic disk memory unit with its access mechanism, the electronic and pneumatic …

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MONOPOLY

Monopoly was released in 1903 by Elizabeth Magie and Charles Farrow who also developed the game. Monopoly is a board game. Today Hasbro owns the rights to the game. They have modified the game several times to perpetuate the copyright and trademark. Monopoly was designed as a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation …

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