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Blog posts tagged with 'History'

Friday, March 09

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Once upon a time — the 1980s, to be specific — carrying your favorite music with you wherever you went was near impossible. Then came the Super Walkman from Sony.

Friday, March 02

Flashback Friday

By Brad

What was the Internet like in 1981? Courtesy of San Francisco’s KRON 4 News, here’s a peek:

Friday, February 24

Flashback Friday

By Brad

This week, beloved actor Alan Alda introduces you to the amazing Atari telephone modem.

Friday, February 17

Flashback Friday

By Brad

This week, let’s take a trip back to 1994 when portable technology was new and amazing. “You can send a FAX from your car!”

Friday, February 03

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Today, computer animation is able to create fantastic worlds. But as this CGI facial animation from 1974 shows, early forays into the new artform were surprisingly creepy.

Friday, January 27

Flashback Friday

By Brad

From 1971, introducing the Sharp LC8, the world’s smallest electronic calculator! For the low, low price of $345!

Friday, January 20

Flashback Friday

By Brad

25 years before Apple’s Siri took people by storm, IBM was touting its own voice-recognition technology.

Friday, January 13

Flashback Friday

By Brad

The year was 1985. The hot new computer was the Commodore 64.

Friday, January 06

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Thanks to YouTube user “DiamondGB,” here’s what the Internet looked like on April 4, 1998. We’ve come a long way, baby!

Friday, December 23

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Ah, 1983. The year millions of kids wanted one thing for Christmas: the Atari 5200.

Thursday, December 22

Sad News of the Day

By Brad

Jacob E. Goldman, physicist and founder of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, has died. At the New York Times, John Markoff highlights why the company’s research center was so important:

Established in 1970 in an industrial park next to Stanford, PARC researchers designed a remarkable array of computer technologies, including the Alto personal computer, the Ethernet office network, laser printing and the graphical user interface.

The technologies would later be commercialized by both Apple Computer and Microsoft, among others, and Xerox would be criticized for not capitalizing enough on the technologies it had pioneered — for “fumbling the future.”

Without Goldman and his lab full of researchers, the PC as we know it wouldn’t exist. RIP.

Friday, December 16

Flashback Friday

By Brad

In 1983, Apple released its Apple IIe personal computer. At the time, its graphics and interface were state of the art. Now, well…not so much.

Friday, December 02

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Ah, 1982. E.T. was the biggest movie in history, video games were rising in popularity, and George Plimpton was a pitch man for a new device called the Intellivision.

Friday, November 18

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Here’s an official NASA video on the wonders of computers.

Friday, November 11

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Before the smartphone there was the amazing Motorola Flip Phone! Operators were standing by!

Friday, November 04

Flashback Friday

By Brad

This week, let’s take a trip back to 1993 and a CBC report on something new and mysterious called “The Internet.”

Friday, October 28

Flashback Friday

By Brad

This week, a futuristic look at the Internet — from 1969.

Friday, October 21

Flashback Friday

By Brad

Here’s something adorable to finish out your week: A 1984 segment from Sesame Street where kids are asked the question, “What is a computer?”

Friday, October 14

Flashback Friday

By Brad

In honor of this week’s CTIA Enterprise and Applications Convention in San Diego, this week’s historic nugget is what’s widely considered to be the first cellphone commercial, courtesy of Centel in 1989. Enjoy the ’80s cheese!

Friday, October 07

Flashback Friday

By Brad

With the passing of Steve Jobs earlier this week, this week’s Flashback Friday video is the famous 1984 Super Bowl ad that helped make the Apple Macintosh a household name.

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