Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Author: OWC Jarrod
A neat little piece of computing history was uncovered and posted recently by the Computer History Museum. With the blessing of Apple, which still owns the copyright, the original DOS source code for the 1978 Apple II has been scanned and posted on the organization’s website for all to see.
It’s really a fascinating look into the past of Apple’s first mass-market computer. The documents include not only the actual code, but also some cool original pieces donated from Paul Laughton – the original creator of the code. Laughton was paid a sum of $13,000 for his work, according to the website.
The code is available free for all to download and use – for non-commercial purposes of course.
Friday, November 8th, 2013 | Author: OWC Mason
The iPad has many utilitarian uses, but my personal favorite is using it as a second screen to track my fantasy football teams when I slip into my 10-hour football coma on Sundays. Naturally, propping my iPad up throughout the entire ordeal can be pretty cumbersome. It’s hard to sit on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if Cleveland’s second string running back is going to get the eight more yards you need to win when you are supporting an iPad on your lap.
That’s where the NewerTech NuStand 360 comes in. It’s completely changed my NFL watching experience in 2013, transforming my iPad from an inconvenience during football games into an exemplary second screen that enhances my game day experience.
Gone are the days when I had to control myself when my quarterback made a big play. Instead of worrying about my iPad flying off my lap when I jump for joy, I can just land on my feet and quickly glance at my strategically placed iPad supported by the NuStand to see how many points I just scored. Article Continues…
Monday, November 4th, 2013 | Author: OWC Angie
That’s a wrap! With the onset of November, our #25YearsofOWC quiz comes to an end. Thank you to everyone who interacted with us on our official Facebook page, and who took our quiz. We hope you had as much fun as we did! We want to congratulate all of the winners on their new OWC gear. Didn’t win? Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for upcoming promotions and product releases!
22. One of the first of its kind, what Internet worm was distributed in 1988, gaining significant mainstream media attention?
Answer: 25 years ago, The Morris Worm was written by a student at Cornell University to gauge the size of the Internet. It unintentionally infected computers multiple times, slowing down the machine with each additional process to the point of being unusable
23. What iconic movie featuring Michael Keaton was released in 1988?
Friday, November 1st, 2013 | Author: OWC Frank
You should always be able to count on the utilities that you receive with your drives. That has always been and remains the case with OWC and NewerTech drives. We want to make sure that the user experience is as positive as can be, and that’s not accomplished by trying to lock you in with a bunch of proprietary software. Our new included utilities and instructions for hard drives and SSDs use Apple standards and non-proprietary methods to support the formatting and installation of your drive, and to make sure that upgrades and installations are as trouble-free as possible.
As you may have heard, some Western Digital and LaCie customers found the down side of proprietary software during recent OS X Mavericks upgrades. Customers that set up their drives with the software and instructions from those companies found that after the OS update, their drives were reported as empty devices. Our best practices notes always state that you should backup everything before an upgrade, but we work very hard to make sure that it’s only in an exceptional case that you’ll need to rely on your backups.
I hope similar guidance was provided to these folks, as it’s clear that having a drive full of important documents pre-upgrade turn to an empty drive in need of low-level disk recovery is probably not the experience that was anticipated.
The good news for OWC customers is that our philosophy of following Apple’s standards and best practices in creating our new included drive utilities and instructions means that an OS upgrade with OWC drives gets you the new features and performance – without the drama.
Monday, October 28th, 2013 | Author: OWC Angie
As October’s end nears, so does the end of our #25YearsofOWC Quiz at our official Facebook page in celebration of OWC’s 25th anniversary. We’ve had a great response from our Facebook fans all month long, but we’re not done just yet. We still have quiz questions to be answered and great prizes left!
Here are the questions from Week 4 of our #25YearsofOWC Quiz:
17. What cost more – a Radio Shack cellular phone in 1988 or an iPhone 5S today?
Answer: 25 years ago you would have spent $1,599 (equivalent of $3,158 in 2013) on a Radio Shack CT-300 Cellular phone. At the time it was a breakthrough in price and technology. Today, the world is at your fingertips with the iPhone 5s for as little as $649 with no contract.
18. Would you have spent more on an entire trip to the movies (ticket, medium popcorn, medium drink & candy) in 1988 or on a movie ticket alone today?