Tag: 1980s

1980s computer mystery novel ‘The Trapdoor’ reborn

Lonnie Brown
 |  Special to The Ledger

Today’s topic is the rebirth of a nearly 35-year-old classic computer mystery novel. But for now, a bit of how it was birthed in the first place.

The year was 1980. The year Pac Man debuted. Former Beatle John Lennon was fatally shot. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas burned. Post-It notes appeared.

Electronic technology was starting to make inroads into everyday culture – Pac Man probably being the biggest indicator of that, and the camcorder and fax machines were starting to appear.

That same year, Hal Glatzer was working for a magazine that covered those new-fangled computer machines. The year before, Zenith Data Systems introduced the Z89, a desktop computer with a 12-inch monochrome monitor and attached keyboard. It consumed a large chunk of desk real estate.

Glatzer bought one for $1,600 – the equivalent of $6,200 in today’s dollars.

Six years

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Stock futures are flat after S&P 500 and Dow notch best August since 1980s

S&P 500 futures rose slightly in early trading on Tuesday after Wall Street notched its fifth consecutive month of gains.

S&P 500 futures rose 0.2%. Nasdaq-100 futures gained 1%. Futures on the Dow pointed to a breakeven opening.

Tech shares led by Apple and Tesla were jumping in the premarket. The stocks rose on Monday following stock splits that appear to be causing investors to snap up the shares. Apple gained 2.5% in the premarket. Tesla added more than 6%.

Shares of Zoom Video jumped more than 27% during premarket trading after reporting another blowout quarter. The video conferencing company’s revenue more than quadrupled in the fiscal second quarter compared to a year ago.

The S&P 500 and the Dow just wrapped up their best August in more than 30 years. The blue-chip average rallied 7.6% in August for its fifth positive month in a row and its biggest August

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