Part two of this special series looking at the causes of the downturn in the computer industry.

Guests: Ben Anixter, AMD; Richard O'Brien, Hewlett Packard; Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts; John Merson, Ashton-Tate; Gary Kildall, Digital Research

Products/Demos: Commodore Amiga, Atari ST 520

A review of the reasons behind the current slump in the computer business.

Guests: Dave Crockett, Dataquest; Sam Colella, Inst Venture Partners; Deborah Wise, Business Week; Dave Norman, Businessland; Gary Kildall, Digital Research

Personal Note: Not sure why they still call it "Silicon Valley" when no silicon devices have been manufactured there in decades.

The Commodore 64 was the first computer for many families. This program looks at what you can do with the famous C-64. Demonstrations include The Wine Steward, Skate or Die, Strike Fleet, the Koala Pad, Master Composer, Tetris, and Berkeley Software's GEOS. Includes a visit to a Commodore Owners Users Group meeting and an interview with Max Toy, president of Commodore. Originally broadcast in 1988.

The end of the dial-up BBS and its integration into the Internet

Robots are used to deactivate bombs, to do work in outer space, to work on assembly lines, and just for fun. We'll learn how to build a robot at home and discuss the future of robotics. Originally broadcast in November 1999.


The LEGO MindStorms Robotic Invention System enables kids 12 and up to design and program real robots that move, act, and think on their own using RCX, an autonomous LEGO microcomputer that can be programmed using a PC. Kids (and adults) can create everything from a light-sensitive intruder to a robotic rover that can follow a trail, move around obstacles, and even duck into dark corners.

Woodside High School's "Terminator"

"Terminator" is the product of Woodside High's Robotics Team and an entry in the National Robotics Competition, held yearly since 1995. The Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest immersing high school students in the world of engineering by giving them six weeks, to work with engineers to brainstorm, design, construct, and test a working robot. Along with winning the 1999 Western Regional, "Terminator" was named the most defensive robot in the competition for its remarkable ability to grab onto a 130-pound puck, push it to the opponents' side, then rear up and climb on top of the puck. Sony's AIBO. An entertainment robot, AIBO looks like a mechanical dog, has its own emotions and instincts, and walks on four legs like man's best friend. AIBO learns by living and interacting with you, developing its own unique personality unlike that of any other AIBO!

Probotic's Cye.
Cye is a new domestic robot that uses wireless technology to place itself at the beck and call of its owners. Cye is controlled by a graphical user interface called Map-N-Zap that loads onto a PC. With the software, users acquaint the robot with its surroundings by dragging an icon around on the screen. Thus, in turn, Cye is dragged around the room.

SRI International.

SRI International's Artificial Intelligence Center is one of the world's major centers of research in artificial intelligence. Exploring the use of wheeled robots for a variety of Department of Defense missions, SRI shows us Pioneer 2 which features a map making system - building a map as it moves and transferring the data to a computer. SRI also demonstrates Urbie and demonstrates its ability to track and recognize 3D objects such as a person.

In this video, Bill Holmes teaches you how to make a .50-caliber bolt-action sniper rifle in your home workshop. Bill takes you step-by-step through the fabrication process and shows you the secrets of transforming a surplus M2 heavy machine gun barrel and some readily available raw materials into an awesome long-range precision rifle. Covers the exact methods of fabricating the upper and lower receivers, trigger group, bolt and bolt locking lugs, firing pin, striker and even the mounts for a telescopic sight. Because the proof is in the shooting, this video also includes dramatic footage of the test-firing of the finished gun.

About the Actor

Bill Holmes is one of the last remaining links to a bygone era. He first learned about gunsmithing more than 50 years ago from a guy who took his fix-it wagon all around doing odd jobs. Since then, Bill has designed and constructed innumerable firearms, written seven books and been featured in two videos for Paladin and become one of the countrys best-known and most highly respected authorities on home-workshop weapons and firearms laws.

NOTE 1: Paladin Press later published a book edition of this after complaints of not enough details were shown in the video, and complaints people could not see exactly what he was doing in many cases.

NOTE 2: Paladin Press ceased operating in January 2018.

From high-tech trysts to selling black-market software, computers users are talking.

Guests: Ezra Shapiro, Byte Magazine; Rory O'Connor, InforWorld; Matthew McClure, The Well; Donald Ingrim, Alameda County DA; George Morrow, Morrow Computing

Products/Demos: CompuServe, Byte BBS, The Well.

Hears from some of the users of "underground" BBSes and their unique view of the world of information and computers.

Tells the rarely-heard history of the ANSI Art Scene that thrived in the BBS world, where art was currency and battles waged over nothing more than pure talent.

Covers the largest volunteer-run computer network in history, and the people who made it a joy and a political nightmare

Aardvark'd: 12 Weeks with Geeks is a 2005 documentary film about the development of Fog Creek Copilot, a remote assistance software tool. Conceptualization of the film began when Fog Creek Software CEO Joel Spolsky announced on his blog that he was seeking a filmmaker to document the development of the product, then called Project Aardvark

A 1991 rebroadcast, during the first Gulf War, of a program looking at the uses of computer hardware and software in the Defense Department. Shot on location at various military installations around the country. Featured are demonstrations of SDI, the Strategic Defense Initiative, the AEGIS combat control system on board the USS Valley Forge advanced navy cruiser, and the Air Force's Advanced Sensory Exploitation System using distributed networks and artificial intelligence to detect enemy threats.

A 1991 rebroadcast, during the first Gulf War, of an earlier program looking at the use of computer technology by the Defense Department. Includes coverage of flight simulators, expert systems and artificial intelligence used in weapons systems, military robots being developed at Carnegie Mellon University, research in the Strategic Defense Initiative program, and the relationship between Silicon Valley and DARPA. Guests include Gary Kildall and Raj Reddy.

Covers the BBS industry that rose in the 1980's and grew to fantastic heights before disappearing almost overnight.

An introduction to the world of supercomputers in Asia and in the U.S. and their application environments such as NASA and NOA.

An early look at supercomputers in the United States and Japan. Featured guests include George Michael, head of computer research of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, John Repp of Control Data Corporation, Dr. Hideo Aiso, Professor at Keio University in Japan, Dr. Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Chairman of Japan's National Supercomputer Project, and Dr. Yukio Mizuno, Senior Vice President of NEC. The program also features on location coverage in Japan of the country's supercomputer projects including the Hitachi S810-20 at the University of Tokyo and the Electro Technical Laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan.

Presents the stories of the people who used BBSes, and lets them tell their own stories of living in this new connected world.

Baud introduces the story of the beginning of the BBS, including interviews with Ward Christensen and Randy Suess, who used a snowstorm as an inspiration to change the world.

n early look at artificial Intelligence. Guests includes Edward Feigenbaum of Stanford University, Nils Nilsson of the AI Center at SRI International, Tom Kehler of Intellegenetics, Herb Lechner of SRI, and John McCarthy of Stanford. Featured demonstrations include Inferential Knowledge Engineering and the programming language LISP. Originally broadcast in 1984.

A review of various operating systems and their effect on software development. October 1983

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A new breed of integrated software suites utilize visual interfaces to simplify user tasks. Apple's Lisa and VisiCorp's Visi On are demonstrated, followed by a discussion of Quarterdeck's DESQview.

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Sep. 1983
Mainframes to Minis to Micros
The first episode of The Computer Chronicles to be taped for broadcast by PBS, with hosts Stewart Cheifet and Gary Kildall covering the history of the personal computer.


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