Author Archives: Stefano

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update deletes Trashcan after 30 days (and how to change this setting)

Windows Fall Creators Update (AKA 1709) has been recently deployed to some million PCs around the world; one of the default settings about disk space and storage management may be hurting the way you think about your files: let’s take … Continue reading

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Cestino vuoto dopo 30 giorni grazie all’aggiornamento Fall Creators Update per Windows 10

È una delle novità di Windows 10 1709 (AKA Fall Creators Update): la gestione dello spazio su disco e le relative impostazioni di default. Cosa succede Mi capita molto (troppo) spesso di vedere sui PC di clienti ed amici una … Continue reading

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October 4th 1957: Sputnik launched, Space Age began

Sputnik 1 launched on October 4, 1957. Besides cold war speculation, this was one of the greatest events in space race that sparkled competition, scientific/technical achievements and – eventually, led to 1969 Moon Landing. The satellite was 58 cm (about … Continue reading

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Timex Sinclair 1000 (AKA ZX81) TV Commercial

“The power is within your reach” says this 1982 TV Commercial introducing the Timex Sinclair 1000, that is Sinclair ZX81, to US computer users. Actually, the TS1000 was the US-version of the well-known ZX81, which was selling hot in Europe. … Continue reading

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One small step for man… but no escape from customs

On their way back to home on Earth on July 24, 1969, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins could not escape customs. It’s for real, even though it was a joke back then. This is the customs form signed by all three … Continue reading

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January 1981: “ZX80 interface micro user”, a vintage computer magazine

For me, it all began with the Sinclair ZX80 I received as a Xmas gift (1981). I recently purchased this magazine from 1981 (January), it was one of the very few Sinclair-related magazines back then; sometimes you may find similar … Continue reading

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What’s the story behind QWERTY keyboard layout?

Ever wondered why we’re using such a strange computer keyboard layout as the common QWERTY? Look at this CNN Money video to get some clue: More info on QWERTY here on Wikipedia; look here for more detailed info on QWERTY … Continue reading

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ZX SpecPhone: an iPhone app enabling ZX Spectrum dialing

A quite simple iOS app enabling phone dialing the ZX Spectrum way by spanish programmer Raul Flores. Pretty old, but it seems still working! Available for free on iTunes for all Sinclair ZX-Spectrum fans!

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Enter Zooids and build your own little Robot Army !!!

Meet Zooids: a tiny robot-swarm with some pretty features. The project, by Mathieu Le Goc, Lawrence H Kim, Ali Parsaei, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Pierre Dragicevic and Sean Follmer seems amazing: This paper introduces swarm user interfaces, a new class of human-computer … Continue reading

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