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Happy Birthday TidBITS

From: “Adam C. Engst” (
Subject: These TidBITS go to eleven

Hey folks,

In these days of dot.coms dropping like the proverbial flies, I thought you
might appreciate a spot of good news and longevity. This week’s issue of
TidBITS (#576) marks our 11th anniversary of continuous Internet
publication, cementing our status as one of the oldest solely electronic
publications on the Internet.

To commemorate the event, I’ve gone back and re-read all the TidBITS issues
from our second year of publication – April of 1991 to April of 1992. It’s
fascinating to see how far we’ve come, but also just how little some things
have changed. RAM was $40 per megabyte, versus 35 cents per megabyte today,
and we were talking about 88 MB SyQuest cartridges that cost about the same
as an 80 GB hard disk disk now. But even back then we were covering topics
like adding protected memory to the Mac OS, distributed computing, and
wireless networking. You might find the article amusing – it’s at:


Hope you enjoy the brief retrospective!

cheers … -Adam

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