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July 28, 2004

What Goes Around, Comes Around...

In the last few weeks I've come across a few rather strange echoes from the early 80s. The biggest was discovering that a whole bunch of the Manchester Ocean-centric Spectrum, Atari and Commodore programmers are now doing very nicely making Java games for phones. It makes sense really - limited graphics, squidgy user interface, tiny memory footprint, maximum gameplay.

And then I see this, in an article on (freesub) Brand Republic:

LONDON – Television advertising could be set to disappear in some arenas thanks to a new technology, dubbed the Intelligent Content Engine and unveiled today by inventor Peter Vogel in Sydney, which removes TV ads from digital set-top boxes and PVRs

Peter Vogel. In Sydney. Hmmm.

That'll be the 'Fairlight CMI' inventor then.

(For those not aware of this legendary beast, it was the first digital sampler commercially available. Almost prohibitively expensive. 8-bit sampling. An astronomical 128K of sample memory. And the tool on which classic albums by Art Of Noise, Frankie, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Duran Duran and many many more were made.)

Posted by Tom Dolan at July 28, 2004 10:05 PM

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Posted by: Simon Thornton at July 28, 2004 10:19 PM

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