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A brief history of sound cards

On Tedium, Ernie Smith writes a brief history about sound cards.

Nor was it the only major player in the market. Also in 1987, a Canadian company called AdLib was the first major player to the musical computing market, and its device proved an early success. These cards relied on the Industry Standard Architecture, or ISA, expansion slots that had been common on IBM PCs since their 1981 release.

Several takeaways from this.  I had forgotten about AdLib and how they were a major player in this space back then.  Also, the fact the so much time has passed that Ernie has to explain how in the pre USB days, computers had slots for expansion cards and drivers had to be written for every app.

Kids have it so easy these days. 🙂

 

 

Don’t fill out Facebook Quizzes

Krebs on security has a great blog post that reminds us not to fill out those Facebook quizzes that seen to pop up in the feed all the time.

Social media sites are littered with seemingly innocuous little quizzes, games and surveys urging people to reminisce about specific topics, such as “What was your first job,” or “What was your first car?” The problem with participating in these informal surveys is that in doing so you may be inadvertently giving away the answers to “secret questions” that can be used to unlock access to a host of your online identities and accounts.

I’ve been saying this for years.

Time for a RSS Revival?

 

But anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that’s been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It’s time to head back to RSS.

 
I was actually thinking about this the other day.  I still use Feedly but over the last few years, my RSS use has dropped.  Perhaps it’s time to refocus on using Twitter and FB so much to go back to content I want to see.
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