May 26th 1995: Bill Gates writes about the “Internet Tidal Wave”

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20 years have gone since this internal memo, aimed at Microsoft Executives, in which Bill Gates himself talked about the “Internet Tidal Wave” and provided a strategic point of view for a MS-dominated ‘Net; the memo surfaced during the prolonged Justice Department antitrust action against Microsoft from 1998 to 2001 and is publicly available by clicking here.

It’s so well-written and contains so much forecasting that it’s awesome to read – even 20 years later.
Gates writes about current (1995) state of the PC world, CD-ROM dominance, MSN (and its impossibile-competition against the web…), why every PC will be connected in the future.
He talks about competition in the servers arena (Windows NT vs. Unix servers), about NetPCs (which went to nowhereLand…) and Netscape (a “newborn” competitor in the browser arena).

I think this is a truly awesome piece of history, besided whatever happened later, that we all should read and think about – at least for the next 20 years 😉

[Update: a fully readable web page with the transcript of the memo is available here]

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Windows 95 Video Guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry: PCs explained by “Friends” actors

Back in 1995!
The world was raving for Friends sitcom and Windows 95 has just been released.

Windows 95

Someone thought it was a good idea to put Hollywood stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry in this video acting like themselves trying to meet Bill Gates in his office.
They miss Bill but get her assistant and meet Windows 95 world – and learn (and supposedly teach us) how to use ‘modern‘ computers along.

Well, it looks like it wasn’t a good idea and this video guide went too far but it’s still amazing and funny.
Although Windows 95 was actually a great leap for desktop OSes, this kind of ‘educational sitcom’ tried to attract (then) youngsters with popular stars – but failed in several ways.
A good attempt that doesn’t really teach Windows and, as far as I can recall, wasn’t so appealing to the intended audience.

By the way, check the VGA-sized monitor used to show Windows 95 features 😉 .

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“A Lego Brickumentary”: that’s what a great movie is made of (literally)

lego brickumentary movie“A Lego Brickumentary”, in Theaters July 31st, 2015, with Jason Bateman as the narrating voice, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for!

Lego-addicts all around the world are eagerly awaiting this one and, for sure, this will “build” great consesus to our beloved Lego bricks.

The movie delves deep into the extraordinary impact of LEGO bricks and the innovative uses of it that has sprung up all over the world.
The narrative will take us to art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduce us to Master Builders making movies, into the world of LEGO therapy, and bring us along to meet AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO), each with amazing stories to tell.

Check the official trailer below:

How much am I in love with Legos? Well, this video comes from a 1980 Super 8 film I shot (I was 13 yo, back then):

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How to play vintage MS-DOS games embedded into tweets!

What about a nice ol’ MS-DOS game?

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archive library ms-dos gamesThe awesome Archive.org vintage gaming library plus Twitter comes in quite handy!

Embedding DOSBox-based, old school MS-DOS games has never been so easy: create a new tweet and copy the link to your own favorite game, right from the Archive.org huge library.

You’re done!

What about Donkey Kong, my beloved SimCity, the awesome Prince of Persia or some VGA-styled with Advanced Tactical Air Command?

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Bill Gates’ letter celebrating Microsoft 40th anniversary

This is awesome!

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The real letter that Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company’s 40th anniversary.
The Verge reports:

Gates sent the following letter to Microsoft employees today to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
The letter was posted on Twitter by Amit Choudhary, and sources confirmed its authenticity to The Verge.

Just a few words from Gates’ words:

[…]
Today though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft’s future than its past. I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more.
[…]

[Source: The Verge]

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April Fool’s Day 2015: Google introduces #ChromeSelfie

Early today, Google Chrome users found this unusual new feature…

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Google introduces #ChromeSelfie to Chrome users: the ultimate social mood sharing tool!

Have you ever read an article that made your jaw drop or seen a funny clip that made you laugh until you cried? Now, #ChromeSelfie lets you show your friends exactly how you feel.

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Check on Twitter the #ChromeSelfie hashtag for pranksters around the world.

[Source (seriously…): Chrome Blogspot]

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April Fool’s Day 2015: Google Maps turns into PacMan Arcade (no coins required)

It’s April Fool’s Day again!
Google turns its great Google Maps into a PacMan worldwide videogame.

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You’ll be able to run the Pac-character on your own streets avoing Pinky and most other evil ghosts – yes, that’s right: using your own city map!

Thanks Google!

Update for mobile users!
On Android devices, you’ll need to solve one of many riddles from a Google support page to find hidden Pac-Man pins at specific locations. Only then will you see a Pac-Man button that will allow you to play by swiping in different directions!

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Jurassic Park (and several other blockbusters) completely recreated with Lego by a dad and his daughter

lego jurassic park video Animator Paul Hollingsworth (with Digital Wizard Studios) and his daughter Hailee did something very weird, truly unusual and so cool!

Using some $100,000 of LEGO pieces, they digitally managed to recreate the 1993 dino-thriller Jurassic Park along several other video footage worth our time watching it.

Paul and Hailee were kind enough to share with us the behind the scenes details, some nice tricks about video shooting, compositing and good ol’ time frame-by-frame Lego animation.

I strongly advice you to check their Youtube Channel (DigitalWizardz) since it’s a feast for die-hard Lego fans around the world!

Don’t miss other movies like Lego Avengers (on Digital Wizard Studios):

Even Mashable reported about this cool video productions.

I’m a long-time Lego+stop motion fan… check my own weird experiment (back in 1980!):

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Pixels: an (awesome) upcoming movie about vintage gaming

You may already have seen this video, Pixels, released in 2010 by french director Patrick Jean: it’s awesome and has been an inspiration for most vintage game lovers around the world.

New York is suddendly surrounded by the best 80s videogames characters: PacMan, Invaders, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, Frogger and a lot more!


PIXELS by PATRICK JEAN. di onemoreprod

Good news: this video has ignited a feature film production and ‘real movie’, Pixels (again) starring Adam Sandler and several others is expected in theaters on July 2015!

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[Image source: Wikipedia]

Bring on your coin-up money, it’s arcade games time – again!
Get more info and news on the official Facebook Page, Twitter and Tumblr page.
There’s even a way to build your own pixelated character with iOS app LeBlox.

Note: no Pixels were hurt during the shooting of this video…

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A pocketful of early Internet Service Providers greeting packs from 1994.

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Digging in my vintage-computer mess, I found this pack from Xmas 1994 – labelled Software ETC.

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I barely reminded that a long-time friend, Claudio, brought me this stuff from a trip in the USA – where early Internet was booming, back then.
These are the greeting packs, introductory kits and installation floppies for some of the very earliest Internet Service Provider in the USA.
By today standards, it seems so funny to read their “services” descriptions and the amazing features they were leveraging.
It’s been some 20 years since this internet access software was released, mostly for Windows 3.1 !, and now Internet is something we all take for granted (or not?), be it mobile or on a desktop computer.

Here are some crazy features and staggering figures:
America Online stated that you’d be able to access “over 60,000 files to download”,
Compuserve offered “over 2,000 online services”,
InterRamp offered Mosaic, Veronica, Gopher and “all leading online solutions”,
– “NetCruiser is a snap to install… best of all, once you’re on, you neve have to issue a single Unix command” (LA Times),
Prodigy said its services were able to “give your kids the learning edge”.

As you can see, mosy of these ISPs are no more in the business or have been acquired by another giant or changed business altogether…

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