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Epic Adverts: Stevie Wonder Plays Atari Video Games

IN 1977, Stevie Wonder advertised Atari Video games:

“If I could play video games, you bet it would be an Atari”

 

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Posted: 30th, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Eight-Track Miracle: 8 Reasons It Failed

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WHEN eight-track tapes hit the shelves in the latter part of the Sixties, it was seen as a godsend.  All of a sudden, you could listen to your music collection in your car, or out-and-about with the new boom-boxes.  … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music, Technology | Comments (9) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Steve Jobs Biopic Stars Danny Boyle and Leo DiCaprio

 

EVER looked at Steve Jobs and thought: “There’s a guy I’d like to watch a film about!” Imagine the thrills and spills as Jobs goes to the bank to get a loan! Gasp as Jobs does some soldering on … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, April 2014 | In: Celebrities, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google, Apple, Intel – All Getting Sued For Screwing The Workers

YOU may or may not worry very much about some of the richest workers on the planet getting screwed over by the companies they work for. We tend to worry more about the poor getting so screwed. But Google, Apple, … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, April 2014 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Yahoo! Is Now Officially Worth Less Than Nothing, Say Matt Yglesias and Matt Levine

 

AS two different people have now noted, Matt Yglesias and Matt Levine, Yahoo is now officially valued at less than nothing. Which, for a company that has a $40 billion price tag on the markets is a pretty … READ ON

Posted: 19th, April 2014 | In: Money, Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Doctors Successfully Create And Implant Working Lab-Grown Vaginas For Women (And Men)

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PSST! Want to buy a vagina? Four women born with an underdeveloped or absent vagina have been living with artificial ones for the past four years. The women suffer from Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH).

* Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a

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Posted: 15th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Evinrude Fishing Saucer Concept Boat Of 1957

THE Evinrude Fishing Saucer concept boat designed by Brooks Stevens and made for the 1957 New York Boat Show.

The Evinrude Fishing Saucer concept boat designed by Brooks Stevens and made for the 1957 New York Boat Show, found on 1READ ON

Posted: 12th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Paleotechnology: A Curious Glimpse Into An 80s Computer Book

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THERE”S always a good time to be had touring through old computer books, especially if there’s lots to point at and laugh condescendingly. Technology has advanced so exponentially that a 1980s computer textbook may as well be ancient Sanskrit … READ ON

Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

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LANGTON’S Ant is a story of habit. Scientist Chris Langton discovered the phenomenon in 1986.

 

If you were to put an ant down on a grid of squares and ask the ant to follow two rules something odd … READ ON

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Surgeon Stuart Meloy Finds It Tough Raising Money For The Orgasm Button

STUART Meloy is the surgeon at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who when experimenting with pain relief discovered the orgasm pill. He recalled the Eureka moment:

“I was placing the electrodes and suddenly the woman started

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Many People Do You Need To Colonize The Next Star System – 150 or 40,000?

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THIS is an interesting little calculation that’s been made about how many people you would need on your spaceship if you were to set off and try to colonise the next star system over. Well, OK, it’s interesting … READ ON

Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Money, Reviews, Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1492: Wound Man Was The Luckiest Man Alive In The Middle Ages

THE Wound Man is a compendium of all the injuries that a body in the Middle Ages might sustain.

 

a compendium of all the injuries that a body might sustain

 

 

The Wellcome Library advises:

 

Captions beside the stoic figure describe the injuries and sometimes give prognoses:

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vintage Sexism: The A.C. Gilbert ‘Lab Technician Set For Girls’ (1958)

IN 1958 New Haven-based toymaker A.C. Gilbert Company turned youngsters onto science with a new kit. The LAB TECHNICIAN SET was a “CAREER BUILDING SCIENCE” kit.

And it was got Girls.

 

 

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How was it different for girls?

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Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Miracle Appliances And The Desperate 1970s Women That Loved Them

WHEN mankind emerged from the primordial ooze that was that was the 1940s, homes began a rapid upgrade.  The Western nations’ economies grew in tandem with technology, and the benefits began to enter the home in the form of appliances … READ ON

Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This 17th century Chinese Abacus Ring Is The World’s Oldest Smart Ring

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Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest

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Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 1983 Atari 2600 Bible Game Moses ‘Red Sea Crossing’ Let Christian Kids Play God

FLASHBACK to 1983: The Atari 2600 machine feature the Moses ‘Red Sea Crossing’ Bible story video game.

 

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If you saved hard to buy this gem, then the good news is that the thing is worth a bomb. In … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Retro Gadgets: The 1951 Morale Raiser For Henpecked Men

FLASHBACK to 1951:

The electronic Morale Raiser was invented in 1951 to boost men’s confidence. For reasons unknown it never really took off.

 

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Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Idiotic Turkish Prime Minster Bans Twitter And Twitter Use In Turkey Rises

 

YOU’D think that people would have worked out about these internet things by now but apparently there are none so dumb as politicians:

Shortly after the Twitter ban came into effect around midnight, the micro-blogging company tweeted instructions

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Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Money, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s Only 10% Of The Phone Market But They Make 60% Of The Profits

THE smartphone is really only just under 7 years old: that’s right, we’re just coming up to hte 7 th anniversary of the release of the Apple iPhone. And this smartphone is now the fastest adopted technology of all time: … READ ON

Posted: 19th, March 2014 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0