Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Book Reviews: From political histories to bad comics, to bad comics of political histories. And the occasional rant about fiction and writing.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, create drag-and-drop apps to make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk. Create ASCII art from photos. There’s a script for that in 42 Astounding Scripts for the Macintosh.

Priming the Pump: TRS-80 slide show

Jerry Stratton, August 8, 2012

David and Theresa Welsh, authors of Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution, have created a fascinating 40-slide slide show of “the first complete microcomputer”. It’s filled with ads from the era and magazine cover photos, as well as photos of people using the TRS-80 in its various incarnations.

Download it and take a look. It’s a lot of fun. If you enjoy the slide show, get their book, too. I enjoyed the hell out of it.. And “Happy Retro Computing!”

In response to Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution: David and Theresa Welsh wrote some of the first great software for the TRS-80, and knew a lot of the other people who were also writing great software. In Priming the Pump, they talk about the history of personal computers and the first non-kit mass-market personal computer, the TRS-80 Model I.