MS-DOS: Need to know

MS-DOS: Need to know Part 1

Now that Microsoft has open sourced MS-DOS it’s a good time to look at filing systems, blocks and the FAT and how they are used. Let’s explore the basics of a DOS – Disk Operating System. There is a big problem with disk drives. No, not the constant running out of space that we used to suffer from, but the deeper computer science and engineering problem of actually making them useful at all. We are so familiar with disk drives being delivered to us in a usable form that it is first necessary to go back to the raw hardware to see what the problem is. In a hard disk drive…

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Microsoft unveils a new Operating System

Microsoft unveils a new Operating System

In the next decade, nearly every consumer gadget, every household appliance, and every industrial device will be connected to the Internet. These connected devices will also become more intelligent with the ability to predict, talk, listen, and more. The companies who manufacture these devices will have an opportunity to reimagine everything and fundamentally transform their businesses with new product offerings, new customer experiences, and differentiate against competition with new business models. All these everyday devices have in common a tiny chip, often smaller than the size of your thumbnail, called a microcontroller (MCU). The MCU functions as the brain of the device, hosting the compute, storage, memory, and an operating system…

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Google Fuchsia

Google Fuchsia

In 2016, there were rumors of Google beginning to work on a new operating system, with speculation at the time being that it could replace Android. Things were quiet until May of last year, when an innovative, but early home screen design was uncovered. Now that we’ve seen it up and running on a Pixelbook, it seems more likely Fuchsia could eventually supplant both Android and Chrome OS. With the resurgence of attention on Google’s new Fuchsia OS, we thought it would be good to give a recap of what exactly Fuchsia is and why we’re excited about it. The Fuchsia UI The first thing you’ll notice when you log in…

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