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  • Blog Post: 30th Anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

    It is amazing for me to think that it has been 30 years since the ZX Spectrum was released. The BBC has a good interview with two of the designers of the Spectrum which will be interesting for anyone else like myself who cut their teeth peeking and poking on the ZX Spectrum. As I now live in the US it...
  • Blog Post: PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past

    I grew up in both Australia and New Zealand - a long way from the US and the UK where home computing markets were just starting to develop in the late 70's and early 80's. Unlike most kids at the time I was very fortunate because my father Robert Hogg worked for Control Data Corp (CDC) and was responsible...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    I did a particularly lousy job of sending out Christmas cards this year, so figured I would instead make a last ditch effort to bring some joy to the world through my blog. As you may have seen we have had a pretty interesting winter so far in Seattle with record amounts of snow bringing the city to...
  • Blog Post: Sticky Notes for Your Code

    If your desk is anything like mine it is cluttered with millions of sticky notes, each containing some snippet of information that at some point seemed worth writing down. If you have been dreaming of the day that you can have your VS environment look similar, then wait no longer! My good friend Pablo...
  • Blog Post: Oslo MGrammar Turtle Graphics for VS2008

    My colleague Joshy Joseph reminded me that the MGrammar based Turtle Graphics parser that I posted here was for VS2010. I have attached a newer version of the solution that Joshy coverted to run in VS2008. I noticed that Doug Finke has also done the same thing whilst also creating a couple of additional...
  • Blog Post: WhoIs Shenanigans

    I am sure that everyone has used a WhoIs utility (such as http://www.internic.org/whois.html ) for querying the owner of a domain name such as microsoft.com. There is however an alternative to these Web forms which provides more information allowing you to search not just for strings matching a domain...
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