The ABC language, thirty years later…

Back in March 1986, I was in my second year of college (Data Processing at the Universidade Federal do Ceara in Brazil). I was also teaching programming night classes at a Brazilian technical school. On that year, I created a language called ABC, complete with a little compiler. It compiled the ABC code into pseudo code…

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Windows Server 2012 R2: Which version of the SMB protocol (SMB 1.0, SMB 2.0, SMB 2.1, SMB 3.0 or SMB 3.02) are you using?

Note: This blog post is a Windows Server 2012 R2 update on a previous version focused on Windows Server 2012.   1. Introduction With the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, I am frequently asked about how older versions of Windows will behave when connecting to or from these new versions. Upgrading…

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New Microsoft Logo

The new Microsoft logo is here. What do you think?   Read all about it at http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/08/23/microsoft-unveils-a-new-look.aspx  See it in use at http://microsoft.com.

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File Server improvements from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2. 8 items for 8 years…

Introduction The File Server team often talks to customers about file server migration and file server consolidation projects. Many times, these are customers running Windows Server 2003 that can point to a number of issues they wanted fixed. In most cases, those issues have been identified and corrected in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server…

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TI-55-II calculator, the first device I ever programmed

I recently bought a used TI-55-II on eBay. This is an old (early 80’s) Texas Instruments calculator, one the first programmable ones. I got it mostly for sentimental value, since I used to own one back in Brazil in 1983, my last year in high school. Looking back, the fact that I got this specific…

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The good old days of CP/M 2.2 on a TRS-80 with an 8-bit Z80 CPU

I was reading the news on the release of Windows 7 and stopped to think of the early days of my IT career and what an OS looked like then. I thought way back to one of the first microcomputer disk operating systems I ever used: CP/M. I actually remembered the few resident commands we…

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