A short, touching documentary of the last day that Linotype machines were used to print the New York Times, July 1, 1978. These highly skilled craftsman were well aware that their trade was no longer needed. This is a visceral illustration of the amazing rate of change, productivity and displacement that computers have created across […]
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When I first heard that Elon Musk was sending his personal Tesla Roadster to Mars, I looked on TheOnion.com for the story. He wasn't kidding. SpaceX's test launch and flight of the world's biggest rocket was spectacular, including the mind boggling synchronous return of the twin rocket boosters.
Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. As Jobs predicted the iPhone changed the world. Before the iPhone, only the technologically adept were interested in carrying around a pocket computer. Now, most American adults (64% and growing) have a broadband internet enabled multi-touch computer on their person at all times. […]
As a kid I hated using telephones. I don’t really know why and I’m sure there are some social anxiety issues at the root. Even today, I’d much rather email or text than call someone. My ideal phone conversation goes something like “I’ll be there in a few minutes and we can talk then.” That […]
A previously unpublished video from January 30, 1984 where Steve Jobs presents the new Macintosh personal computer to the Boston Computer Society. He starts off with some jabs at IBM, then follows up with the haymaker 1984 Macintosh commercial. He then goes into Jobs mode with tech specs and abundant hyperbole about how insanely […]
Douglas Engelbart recently passed away, leaving us an amazing legacy including inventing the mouse, and this almost impossible demo of our future. At the start of this presentation, later dubbed “the mother of all demos”, Engelbart issued this challenge to future generations who waste their days flinging pissed-off birds at delinquent swine: If, in your […]
In 1994, Knight-Ridder’s Information Design Lab, a newspaper company, published this video which very accurately predicts today’s tablets. Weigh under 2 pounds Portable Display is comparable to ink on paper Blend text, images, video and audio Part of our daily lives (yes) around the turn of the century (off by a decade) “We may still use computers to create […]
The PBS show “Computer Chronicles” produced an entire episode on the fledgling Internet, even though it was, “in fact, just a little glance at tip on the cyberspace iceberg.” Keywords in 1995: Usenet, Eudora, Archie, Pentium, Mbone, IUMA, CompuServ, FTP, world wide web, Mosaic browser, data encryption, bookmarks, homepage, HTML, HoTMetaL, URL, NSCA.