Saturday, March 25, 2006

Get on with the program

The Register has an article about COBOL. It's mostly "COBOL is still alive!" and "You can still use COBOL" stuff. Nothing really interesting if you're actually working with it, and keep updated, but I assume this is shocking or even horrifying news to people who think the world of computers starts and ends with AJAX.

Speaking of ancient languages, here's something really bizzare. This blog has a neat-o post about Doctor Who special effects, including a detailed review of some of the code seen here and there on the TARDIS screen. Turns out that after writing the program for all those "high-tech" grapics seen on the TARDIS' screen, they actually displayed the BASIC and Assembly code on said screens. It's quirky, but then again, wasn't the Terminator running on DOS?

As a side note, the world of gaming seems to be going, no, make that spiraling down, and fast. First came the announcement about a video game based on "Desperate Housewives", and then came this Pokemon penis, er, stylus.


At 26 March, 2006 12:48, Anonymous uri said...

So that BASIC code that shows up just long enough to see that THIS code couldn't possibly be operating THAT system is just the code for creating the display on one screen.
This may have some cute easter egg value, but for me it detracts from the illusion I'm watching.

btw - the Terminator operated on DOS? I don't recall this.
Anyway, what would that have been, DOS 2.0 on an XT?

At 27 March, 2006 06:01, Blogger Erez said...

That's why I commented on it as "quirky". I seem to recall that when you saw the "inside" of the Terminator, there were all those DOS commands running.


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