The Tale of Billy the Bit

The Tale of Billy the Bit

by Don Johnson
     
 

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Billy is a Bit, a tiny element in a home Computer's memory, and he's very bored! His life consists of standing and sitting on demand without ever understanding why. So, one day, when ordered to sit by Mr Write, he doesn't. He crouches!
Utter confusion ensues: Billy is IN-DE-TERMINATE, and that means that the whole System cannot function properly. Is Billy's job

Overview

Billy is a Bit, a tiny element in a home Computer's memory, and he's very bored! His life consists of standing and sitting on demand without ever understanding why. So, one day, when ordered to sit by Mr Write, he doesn't. He crouches!
Utter confusion ensues: Billy is IN-DE-TERMINATE, and that means that the whole System cannot function properly. Is Billy's job is more important than he thinks?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044368781
Publisher:
Don Johnson
Publication date:
03/08/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

As someone who started working with computers in the days when ‘memory’ consisted of punched cards and who actually soldered the individual resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits and other components onto a board to create his first home computer, Don Johnson has watched the development of the ‘PC’ with great interest. As a programmer and an I.T. Manager he was involved with the use of a variety of computer types and systems, and learned a number of the languages needed to get them to perform their business and personal functions for users. In the early days, when enthusiastically trying to explain the technical workings of a PC to his wife, he reduced her to a state of eye-glazed brain spasms, and killed her interest in the topic stone-dead! His – first – published book takes an entirely different approach, using a simple story about characters living inside a PC to provide an insight into its workings in a painless, but interesting and amusing manner. Children may concentrate on the story, teenagers and non-technical adults will also discover how their PC actually works, and experts can compare his visualisation of the technicalities with their own – truly, something for everyone!Don retires in January 2005, having had many and varied interests in his life. These range from dancing on roller-skates at Alexandra Palace and the early days of scuba diving in his youth, through Round Table, skiing, photography and creating electronic gadgets, to his involvement in Rotary, veterans cricket, shooting and making a street-busker’s organ – complete with monkey! Before retiring herself, his wife, Avril, created enamel jewellery which they sold at Craft fairs, and Don built a computer-controlled milling machine to cut some of the more exotic copper shapes that she used. Don hopes to write more books, but his other interests, such as publishing a village newsletter, woodworking joinery, and a number of grandchildren may distract him from this aim.

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