Technology

Home Technology

Remembering the Oric-1

Oric 1 Computer
School Rivalry The Oric-1 was a direct competitor the the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and --- like its rival --- it was released in 1982. These...

BBC micro:bit — First Steps (Part 1)

First Steps with the BBC micro:bit Part 1video
What is the BBC micro:bit? And what can you do with it? The BBC micro:bit is a small and relatively simple single board computer. The idea...

Comparing the Speed of BASIC on the Amiga 500, ZX Spectrum...

Amiga vs C64 vs ZX Spectrum BASIC Speed Comparison
I recently came across the remains of a pad of A4 paper, dating back my college days in the mid-80s. It seems that I...

Using iDrive 2 TB Cloud Backup for Five Weeks

iDrive Backup Progress on Linux
Around 12th April, I started the process of switching from CrashPlan to iDrive, because CrashPlan are withdrawing their unlimited home backup service for home...

BBC micro:bit Experiment — Simple Capacitance Meter

video
Returning to the micro:bit As much as I enjoyed experimenting with the BBC micro:bit earlier in the year, other priorities came along which meant it...

Yamaha HS50M Active Monitor Review

Yamaha HS50M Speaker
I purchased a pair of Yamaha HS50M monitor speakers after becoming tired of trying my mixes on various HiFi systems, car stereos etc, and...

Memorable 1980s Home and Personal Computers

Vintage Computer Collage
I've gathered together a list of computers which meant something to me when I was growing up during the 1980s. In some cases I...

Roland Mobile Cube Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier Review

Roland Mobile Cube
The Roland Mobile Cube is a small battery-powered portable stereo amplifier, with built-in speakers. Initially, I bought it for use with a laptop and Propellerhead...

Comparing SSD Write Speeds: Samsung 860 EVO vs SanDisk SSD Plus

Tempted by SSD Storage Earlier this year, I finally upgraded the storage on my PC. Since 2009, it had been running with the same six...

Remembering the IBM PC and Compatibles

IBM PC 5150
Immediately Successful The original IBM PC was released in 1981, and it was popular right from the start. One reason for its popularity was the...