We wish you a Merry Christmas and an ASCII new year


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ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Earlier computers didn’t have graphics capabilities beyond displaying characters, this spawned an art form that is generally referred to as ASCII art. The “jgs” signature in the picture refers to Joan Stark a proponent of the art. I grabbed this ‘Happy New Year’ image from her archived Geocities web site.


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