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Today in Media History: First successful PC goes on sale in ’74 and helps launch Microsoft

On December 19, 1974, the first successful personal computer went on sale. They called it the Altair 8800. Popular Electronics magazine profiled the new PC in their January 1975 issue. Readers learned that for $395 you could order a kit to build the Altair yourself or buy it assembled for $495. Show More Summary

The strange history of Disney's cyber-psychedelic "Computers Are People Too"

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

The cult favorite documentary was produced to promote Tron's release, featuring a trippy plot and the strangest computer graphics this side of SIGGRAPH -- and it quickly became a staple of the LA club scene as visual accompaniment for whatever was floating your boat that night. Read the rest

Year End Lists: LA Spent 2014 Trying to Figure Out Kissing and GamerGate

In the same way that the search history of a computer can offer deep insight into the mind of its user, the most searched terms and queries for an entire city can provide a peek at what weighs on...

Termites At Work On American History

President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to get American schools to teach computer science. Appearing at a Newark, New Jersey, middle school, the president suggested that students, especially

IBM/Apple: A Match Made in History

The two are deeply enmeshed in the history of the modern computer.

Today in Media History: In 1968, the computer mouse was introduced at the ‘mother of all demos’

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Are you using a computer mouse right now? Douglas Engelbart introduced it to the world (not that the world knew what to do with it) at the “mother of all demos” on December 9, 1968. His presentation is primarily remembered for the mouse,...Show More Summary

One Of Apple's Earliest Employees Describes The First Time Steve Jobs Met His Genius Cofounder Steve Wozniak (AAPL)

Long before former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and cofounder Steve Wozniak created computers that changed history, they were just neighborhood pals. In a recent interview with TechRepublic's Jason Hiner, one of Apple's earliest employees Bill Fernandez describes the first time Jobs and Wozniak met. Show More Summary

Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Portable Console Runs Entire Spectrum of ZX Spectrum Games

It may not have been as popular in the U.S., but the Sinclair ZX Spectrum holds a special place in British home computer history. Sinclair founder Sir Clive Sinclair was freakin’ knighted mainly because of the…

Today in Media History: Gaming is raised to a new level with the introduction of Sony’s PlayStation in 1994

3 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

The first news story about a computer game probably appeared in the late 1940s. By the 1970s and 1980s reporters described games like Pong and Super Mario Bros. And on December 3, 1994, the big tech news was the introduction of Sony’s PlayStation console. Show More Summary

The odd history of the first erotic computer game

3 weeks agoOdd : Boing Boing

Laine Nooney of The Atlantic writes about Softporn, a 1981 text adventure. Upon booting the floppy disk, the player was given control of a “puppet,” a human male through which the player executes textual commands. PLAY SLOTS. BUY WHISKEY. WEAR CONDOM. SCREW HOOKER. Softporn is set in a vague, 70s-infused urban dystopia entirely comprised of a bar, a casino, and a disco.

RIP Clip Art: Microsoft axes yet another foundational piece of computing history

First it was Clippy -- and now it's clip art: After 20 years as the preeminent way of sprucing up a lackluster Word or PowerPoint document, Microsoft has retired its Clip Art gallery. In its place, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook will simply bring up a Bing Images search window.

The ‘Brief History Of Graphics’ Video Series Is Your Monday Morning Pong Pick-Me-Up

A video series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy has created one of the nicest mini-documentaries I’ve watched in a while. The five-part series that looks at computer graphics from Pong to Galaxian to Street Fighter and beyond. The whole series – complete with Brown’s soothing brogue – is a great look at the history of game graphics and the tools that programmers used to… Read More

Engadget Daily: 'The Imitation Game,' Ricoh's new 360-degree camera, and more!

Alan Turing has long been regarded as the father of modern computing. Why? We're glad you asked. Today, we dive into the history of the Turing machine, go hands-on with Ricoh's new Theta camera, and take a look at Corning's new Gorilla Glass 4. Read...

What you can do if others want to access your computer

Privacy is probably the number one reason why you may not want others to access your computer. It does not really matter if you want to protect your browsing history, financial documents, photos that you have taken or a book you are writing on. Show More Summary

Dad Accidentally Discovers His Teenage Son Is Gay And Handles It Like A Real Man

last monthLGBT / Gay : Queerty

As anyone who’s ever hopped on a friend’s computer or tablet knows, Google search history is an incredibly easy way of involuntarily snooping on the device owner’s current state of affairs. And that’s how this story begins — Reddit user HeMeYou asked to borrow his 13-year-old son’s iPad and noticed a lot of old searches popping up along the lines […]

Today in Media History: How did TV introduce us to the Internet and the Web in the ’90s?

There were many steps that lead to the creation of the Internet and the Web. Here are four: – ARPANET computers were first connected in 1969. – On January 1, 1983, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP) were accepted...Show More Summary

NY Voters Approve $2Billion Boondoggle

Posted as a comment on Bloomberg NewsStephen KrashenNovember 5, 2014"N.Y. Voters Approve $2 Billion Borrowing for School Technology," means voters have bought into the largest boondoggle in history. The computer companies make huge profits and take no risk. Show More Summary

Why Our Future Depends On Women In Technology

Today, men dominate technology companies and college computer science programs. But history shows us that women have made some of the biggest breakthroughs in computer technology. For example, Englishwoman Ada Lovelace, the daughter of poet Lord Byron, is considered the world's first computer programmer. Show More Summary

Nearly 40 Years Later, Steve Wozniak Still Brainstorms Ways The Apple II Could Have Been Better

2 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

The Apple II may be one of the most important systems in the history of personal computing — but that doesn’t mean it was perfect. Nearly 40 years later, Steve Wozniak is still coming up with ways he could have done it better. Read ...

Today in Media History: In 1952, a computer helped CBS predict the winner of the presidential election

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

On November 4, 1952, CBS News used a Remington Rand UNIVAC computer for its presidential election night coverage. Although some predicted a close race between Republican Dwight Eisenhower and Democrat Adlai Stevenson, UNIVAC correctly...Show More Summary

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