Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Jan 2015 14:28 UTC, submitted by twogunmickey
Hardware, Embedded Systems

I was born in 1973 in Czechoslovakia. It was a small country in the middle of Europe, unfortunately on the dark side of the Iron Curtain. We had never been a part of Soviet Union (as many think), but we were so-called "Soviet Satellite", side by side with Poland, Hungary, and East Germany.

My hobbies were electronics and - in the middle of 80s - computers. The history of computers behind the Iron Curtain is very interesting, with a lot of unusual moments. For example - communists at first called cybernetics as "bourgeois' pseudoscience" (as well as sociology or semiotics), "used to enslave a mankind by machines". But later on they understood the importance of computers, primarily for science and army. So in 50s the Eastern Bloc started to build its own computers, separately and "in its own way".

Absolutely, positively, fascinating. History is written by the winners, so I'm very happy we're still getting the other side of the story, too.

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by -pekr- on Tue 6th Jan 2015 13:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by hobgoblin"
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Yes, it was fascinating. Mono display, and the first game we could play, was the Manic Minner. Together with my friend we programmed simple game called Continents :-) PMD-85-2 had few colors, but crashed a lot of SW. And then I got ZX Spectrum 48, later on the Amiga 500. Those were the times :-)

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