Brian Beckman: A Brief History of Computing

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    That was fun Smiley
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    I for one, would love to see a regular "Brian Beckman" show here on C9.

    Just a quick note, tried to stream this and I was having some problems, then I went to download it. Isn't 1.2 gigs a bit large for an hours worth of video?

    Now don't get me wrong, it's Brian Beckman, I truly feel like you could just film that guy ordering lunch and somehow I'd learn...., so I'll download it size be damned Smiley

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    More Brian Beckman! This is so awesome.


    I cant thank both you, Charle, and Brian, for all good shows Big Smile

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    great stuff
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    Excellent title, absolutely excellent!
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    Cool video...

    "I for one, would love to see a regular "Brian Beckman" show here on C9."
    At least, he has allready his own tag.
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    I loved that.
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    Awesome! I really loved this one. We need more!
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    It's one of the shortest hours on Channel 9.
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    liridon shala

    That was a nice video ....

    cool staff

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    Loved that!
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    Nice interview.

    I actually wrote my first program on the HP calculator with memory cards around 1980.

    Brings back memories of a similar kind, in 1983 I was in high school and wrote a simulator of a NORD-100 (mini computer from Norsk Data) using Microsoft MBasic (when Microsoft was a somewhat more modest outfit) that ran on a MP/M terminal based Mycron machine running a 80186 processor.


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    Glad you liked this! I know I sure did.

    Brian is very busy, so I can't promise a regular show (as you can imagine, his team relies on his engineering skills to ship products)... However, as you see, I've given him his own tag Smiley When time permits and good topics arise (no problems here!), you will see more Brian on C9.

    We're lucky to have him at Microsoft.

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    I have been watching the first 8 minutes and I can't stop anymore... Wonderful! I hope he's still speaking very long about missing mass and dark matter...
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    I loved every minute of it! Keep going Brian, please!

    @Charles: I just found the tag, great idea!
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    I like astronomy and physics... we need more of it Smiley Nice work guys!
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    Great video! I really like all of Brianbec's stuffs. Smiley If you have a guy at Microsoft with such deep knowledge of computing and calculators, why did not you implement the sqrt function in the scientific mode of Windows calculator? Anybody noticed it's available in normal mode only? Big Smile
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    I really like stuff like this. Since I am watching Channel 9 for hours on end (while I am working) I am through anything that peaks my interest and almost anything that doesn't. 

    There really should be a Brian Beckman show (and also a Jeffrey Snover and Scott Guthrie show for that matter. although you probably should let him have a long vacation first! he looks like a two year crunch at least)

    Well and since I am at it already: THANK YOU Charles!
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    any idea where to get the simulator app that he demoed..? it would be nice to have a play with
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    I'm hoping to update the code to VB9 "real soon now." When I do, I plan to release it. I'll keep y'all posted.
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    Dr. Beckman: you're really a ROCK-STAR!

    (You must have a big talent for teaching, for explaining things...)

    Thank you very much for the time you took from your busy schedule, to offer us such a great video!

    Thanks also to the Channel 9 interviewer.

    I'm looking forward to download the historical-HP emulator code.

    BTW#1: the RPC notation is also used in more modern HPs like HP49, and you are right: it's great!

    BTW#2: Is there any reason to develop the emulator GUI using WinForm and not WPF? Speed of execution?

    Greetings from Italy



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    Dear Dr. Beckman,

    we are having a very long thread on the MFC newsgroup about floating point numbers, precisions, how to compare them, discussions about significant digits, why "25/30*30 - 1" is not 0 in float, how to increase precision, etc.

    Could you please use your talent for teaching and explaining things and your math knowledge and background to discuss in a Channel9 interview about topics like floating point numbers, how computers store them, how to *correctly* manage them, how can we use arbitrary precision (if possible), difference between Decimal and Float, how Windows calculator works, a BIGNUM class, etc. ?

    Thank you very much

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    Great video! Dr. Beckman, you're awesome! Big Smile
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    That was pretty cool. I did something similar using Wpf  - took a couple weekends


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