Category: Software

Essays on computer software


Zoom Fatigue and the Uncanny Valley

Video chat has been a concept for years. I grew up watching the Jetsons and Star Trek. I remember reading about video phones in 1990s magazines, and my phone has had the capability for...

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From SimCity to Cities: Skylines

I’ve never been a hardcore gamer. While I love the aesthetic of 8-bit pixel graphics, I don’t spend a lot of time playing games. While I grew up playing Super Mario Bros. and rudimentary...

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Crappy Old Software

Having grown up with computers, I am nostalgic for the good old days of DOS and Windows and vintage Macs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to use these kinds of vintage computers...

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Siri Sucks!

A few weeks after the death of Steve Jobs, Apple came out with a new AI program called Siri. It was touted as the system’s killer app, but unfortunately, this voice recognition personal assistant...

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The Ghosts of Microsoft Bob

In the early 1990s, Microsoft tried making a computer interface that looked like a house. The program was called Microsoft Bob. It featured a yellow smiley face logo with Bill Gates glasses. All your...

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Memories of MS-DOS

My first exposure to MS-DOS was at my aunt’s house. She had an old IBM computer in the basement. It had an amber monitor, and all the words on the screen were a hideous...