· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · April
· · · · 12 (2 entries)

Explaining the 24-bit Base Registers · [Here­with an ap­pear­ance by a guest au­thor, name of John Fowler; ex­pla­na­tion in the co­da at the end].
I at­tend­ed the IBM 360 40yr An­niver­sary at the Com­put­er His­to­ry Mu­se­um in Moun­tain­view, Cal­i­for­ni­a. I'm on their mail­ing list and went there for the sole pur­pose of find­ing out: what the heck were they think­ing with the use of 24 bit ad­dress­ing in base reg­is­ters that were 32 bits wide?
Luggage Tech · Com­ing home from the Val­ley last week, I ex­pe­ri­enced a wardrobe mal­func­tion; my knap­sack (a tech-conference free­bie) fell apart in the air­port. So I hit the Wil­sons Leather store in SFO, and dis­cov­ered that busi­ness trav­el gear has re­al­ly been get­ting bet­ter. I can’t find the prod­uct I bought on their web­site, but it’s a nice-looking black leather knap­sack that dou­bles as a rol­lie, and is just way slick. It’s got a lap­top sleeve that fits my 15-inch Pow­erBook, plus two more com­part­ments; one for pa­per­s, one for elec­tron­ic­s, lots of lit­tle pouch­es and pock­ets and sleeves, and an accessible-yet-secure place for the trav­el doc­u­ments. Hm­m, look­ing at Wilsons’ fi­nan­cial­s, they’re not do­ing that great, it might be a good time to snap some­thing up now while they’ve got a clear­ance on. But I imag­ine that if they’ve got good stuff, so does the com­pe­ti­tion. Bottom-line, if you’re get­ting tired of what­ev­er beat-up old thing you’re haul­ing around on road trip­s, it’s an at­trac­tive time to up­grade.
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