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Frequency (Bits and Bytes, Episode 10)

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This animation explains the concept of frequency, and how a computer can generate sound.

It is from Episode 10 of the classic 1983 television series, Bits and Bytes, which starred Luba Goy and Billy Van. It was produced by TVOntario, but is no longer available for purchase. Show less
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The Computer Academy: Complete Episodes (1983) Play

'The Computer Academy' was a 12 week hands-on introduction to home computers. The Academy consisted of the series 'Bits and Bytes' — highly acclaimed as an entertaining and effective introduction to computers — and a follow up program in which Jack Livesley, Jim Butterfield and their guests expand on the themes.

When it originally aired, viewers could register for with TV Ontario to receive a resource book that summarised each program, a home guide to microcomputers, a beginners manual, a computer-managed correspondence service, and more.

As these series are no longer available for sale, they have been made available here for posterity. Thanks go to Kazuko and Peter for sharing their copy of 'Bits and Bytes', and to Steve and Mike for making 'The Academy' available to viewers, new and old. (And thanks to Mike for the part he played in making these series.)

Bits and Bytes: Complete Episodes (1983) Play

This is the complete set of episodes from the original 1983 TVOntario series, Bits and Bytes.

As this series is no longer available for sale, it has been made available here for posterity. Thanks to Kazuko for making the original recordings, and to Peter for digitising them. (And to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for sharing this series with people in the Antipodes.)

The Academy: Complete Episodes (1983) Play

'The Academy' is a Canadian television series about microcomputers and the companion to Bits and Bytes; while these two series cover the same topics, The Academy explores the key concepts in greater detail. It was produced by TVOntario in 1983, stars Jack Livesley and Jim Butterfield, and includes interviews and panel discussions with many more people.

As this series is no longer available for sale, it has been made available here for posterity. Many thanks to Steve and Mike for making this footage available to viewers, new and old. (And thanks to Mike for the part he played in making this show, and Bits and Bytes.)

Bits and Bytes 2: Mostly Complete Episodes (1993) Play

'Bits and Bytes 2' is a Canadian television series about personal computers, and is the sequel to 'Bits and Bytes'. Where the original series provided a broader introduction to key computing concepts and many of the popular microcomputers of the 1980s, the second series had a greater focus on the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh, and their use as appliances. It was produced by TVOntario in 1993, and stars Billy Van as the instructor and Victoria Stokle as the student.

(Unfortunately we're currently missing the first episode, but if we get a copy, we'll add it to this playlist.)

As this series is no longer available for sale, it has been made available here for posterity. Many thanks to Steve and Mike for making this footage available to viewers, new and old. (And thanks to Mike for the part he played in making this show, and Bits and Bytes.)
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