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Petit Computer for Nintendo DSi/3DS (2012) is the spiritual successor to Family BASIC for the Famicom (1984).  A BASIC programming environment that enables you to code simple, playable games on the platform itself.  This is very exciting to see as Family BASIC has always been a major reference point for Playpower.

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Human Vectors by Dov Jacobson (1982).  Created mostly with a Vectrex game console with occasional glimpses at source code, this is other-worldly.  The video was discovered on a 3/4” videotape that was brought to Rhizome’s XFR STN open-access media conservation project.  

Read more about the video and the project that saved it → 

(Thank you to Interactive Visions for the heads up!)

el-cadejos said:

Hello! I've been a fan of your "Loki's Children" illustration for years now and I was wondering if you would ever consider putting it up in S6? I feel like I would by everything with it D: haha. Thanks for your time and have a great day!

Thank you! And sure! Somehow it didn’t occur to me that I should put it on S6 as well, but I’ll do that as soon as I get back to my homecomputer. My account might need some updates anyhow, for anyone who’s interested to purchase some of my newer works. I’ll make a blog post about it once I do. Thanks for the message!

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15-minutes of early computing culture—compiled by me for Data Garden's Contemporary Archives event at the Hidden City Festival last month.

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1987: A 20-minute documentary inside the NeXT design process with Steve Jobs and the Macintosh rebel crew.  

It’s great to see Paul Rand (godspeed) alongside Susan Kare as they present the NeXT brand to the team—and Jobs can barely contain himself.

It’s mostly lost to time, but many users (particularly those on Usenet) anticipated NeXT as the one true path for computing in the 1990s.

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> ▋by me (2012).  A small experiment.


Catch the wave with Internet In A Box for Kids and start shredding the Net with the best of them. Swap e-mail with pen-pals in South America, whoop the computer at chess, or send e-mail to the President.

The mid-90s software kit was developed by Spry for O’Reilly Media and included: “a complete set of Internet software tools, FreeZone (an on-line “club” for children) and SurfWatch filtering software.”  

These mock-ups of FreeZone are by Gary Moses from when it was still called KIDNET.

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一種の放送事故でした by Haruhiko Shon (1986).

Google Translation: It was a kind of accident broadcasting.

Desktops are the new studio. [A few decades ago, there was] a dark cluttered mess of half-used paint tubes, gnarled brushes, and stained walls. Now we can look at these desktop images with the same memorializing curiosity – all the while trying to decode who created them.

A brief, but wonderful survey of desktop aesthetics and the art of surveying desktops by Jason Huff at Rhizome.  

All said, I still find it curious that so few artists customize their desktop (icons, chrome, shell, apps, etc).  Especially net artists—which seems logical, right?  Apparently it’s still the domain of the “computer geek” and he/she alone.