Day: September 13, 2020

Computer pioneer Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg’s dad, dies at 103

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Spielberg, father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg and an innovating engineer whose work helped make the personal computer possible, has died at 103 years old.

Spielberg died of natural causes while surrounded by his family in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a statement from his four children.

Spielberg and Charles Propster designed the GE-225 mainframe computer in the late 1950s while working for General Electric. The machine allowed computer scientists at Dartmouth College to develop the programming language BASIC, which would be essential the rise of personal computers in the 1970s and 80s.

“Dad explained how his computer was expected to perform, but the language of computer science in those days was like Greek to me,” Steven Spielberg told the General Electric publication GE Reports. “It all seemed very exciting, but it was very much out of my reach.”

Later on he understood.

“When I

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Jeep Wrangler 4xe Brings Plug-In Hybrid Technology To An American Icon

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Electric Blue tow hooks and color accents on the hood, Jeep and the Trail Rated badges serve as subtle indicators of the 4xe’s hybrid pedigree. Jeep

The current Jeep Wrangler is larger, more powerful and far more civilized than the original 1945 CJ (Civilian Jeep) that spawned it, but rarely has it veered from its single-minded purpose of providing maximum off-road capability with a traditional powertrain.

The new 2021 Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid is the first real attempt to incorporate modern electrification technology into the storied platform without altering the core tenets that define the Wrangler: four-wheel drive, short-overhangs, high ground clearance and a robust driveline.

Jeep knew a half-hearted attempt at a Wrangler hybrid would alienate the faithful and tarnish its legacy, so the Wrangler 4xe comes in hard. It retains the solid front and rear axles, a ladder frame and a two-speed, full-time transfer case. Its approach and

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Houston ISD website goes down on the first day of school

Houston ISD’s website was mostly offline for several hours on the first morning of school Tuesday.

Houston-area students get ready for first day of school

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The outage also impacted other large school districts, including some that are not yet learning in-person. District homepages either would not load at all or loaded very slowly, showing error messages.

Houston ISD posted this statement at 10:10 a.m.: “Parents and students: We are aware of the technical issues occurring this morning. Please know we are working swiftly to get everything moving again for you. In the meantime, here is a direct link to the HUB: https://houston.itslearning.com. Thank you for your patience!”

Shortly before noon the district’s website was back online. The district on Wednesday stated the service provider’s system was simply overloaded by traffic across multiple sites:

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