Computational magazine cover art for Byte: The Small Systems Journal has us nostalgic for a bygone retro-digital dreamworld

The dawn of the age of personal computing in the late ’70s and early ’80s offered what may now seem like quaintly outmoded fancies. But so far, many of the basic principles formulated in those early days of small systems programming seem to have gone relatively according to plan. Byte: The Small Systems Journal is a curious technological time capsule filled with chunky interfaces, cathode ray tube monitors, and data storage that doubles as dinnerware. You might well need more than a few minutes to power down these portable electronic devices for takeoff.