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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 …

Posted: 31st, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our 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

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our 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 …

Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our 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.

 

Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our 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

Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Money, Politicians, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our 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: …

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


Listen To Aldous Huxley’s Talks On The Visionary Experience’ And Read His Advice To Albert Hofmann On Taking LSD

ON February 29 1962, Aldous Huxley wrote of psychedelic drugs in a letter to Albert Hofmann.

 

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Hofmann had invented LSD, first synthesising lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1938. He experienced the world’s first acid trip” on April …

Posted: 17th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jackie Magazine 1982: ‘Rebel’ Bev Is Banned From Using The New ZX Spectrum

FLASHBACK to 1982, and the go-ahead new ZX Spectrum is making waves in the Jackie magazine classroom:

 

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Posted: 16th, March 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


We Know If You’re Lying on Twitter

TWITTER is, lets face it, a place where people pretend their more exciting or more wealthy or more miserable than they really are. They do it to get attention from people they don’t know and repeat the process week-after-week until …

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Neil Young Launches Pono Music Player

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IF you can’t sell records anymore, thanks to illegal downloaders and the like, then why not work out another way of making money? That’s what Neil Young has done – instead of pissing around with music sales, he’s …

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Music, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1967: Ohio State University’’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory’s Cigarette-Sized Radiation Checker

FLASHBACK to February 1 1967: what better way to illustrate the marvel of a device for checking levels of cancer -inducing radiation than by comparing it to a cigarette?

Cigarette shows the size of a new portable device Ohio State

Posted: 13th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1965: The Machine That Revolutionised Wall Street

FLASHBACK to October 26, 1965:

 

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Latest Wall Street reports can be made available in seconds with this device which a New York broker installed in his Frankfurt subsidiary, Oct. 26, 1965. The device is linked directly with

Posted: 13th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When Home Computers Caused Raptures of Transcendental Ecstasy

BELIEVE it or not, it was a hard sell in the early 1980s to convince people to buy a computer for the home.  The contraptions were insanely expensive, and they simply couldn’t do a whole lot.  Something as simple as …

Posted: 12th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Guardian Erases Helen Sharman From History In The Race To Praise Tim Peake, The ‘First Brit In Space’

THE Observer salutes Tim Peake, “the First Brit in space”.

 

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Only, he isn’t.…

Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1943: Olive McDonald Brands The Casting Of A 3-inch Mortar-Bomb

FLASHBACK to May 5th 1943:

Olive McDonald, branding the casing of a 3-inch mortar-bomb, at a factory somewhere in England, on May 4, 1943.

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Posted: 9th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Photojournalism, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1960: ‘Girls’ Take Stretch Breaks At Tokyo’s Sony Factory

FLASHBACK to August 30, 1960:

Young girls at Japanese radio manufacturing plant in Tokyo, stretch in unison to the beat of a man blowing the whistle. The stretch break takes place twice a day and, according to company officials, raises

Posted: 9th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Delhi Police Unable To Investigate Cases Because They Forget Password To Files

POLICE in Delhi did not reply to any of the 667 complaints sent their way because they forgot the password to their computer.  One officer said the oversight was “a technical problem”.

So, nothing to do with human stupidity …

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1942 The Nazis Trained Malaria Carrying Mosquitoes At Dachau To Attack The Enemy

 

IN Jan 1942, the Nazis opened an entomological laboratory in the Dachau concentration camp. One aim was to combat the parasites living on soldiers. One other aim was to see if mosquitoes could be trained to attack enemy soldiers …

Posted: 4th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


1972: Jennie Jaconello From Weybridge Relaxes In A Peter Banks Stereo Chair

FLASHBACK to February 5 1972: the Stereo Chair.

Jennie Jaconello from Weybridge relaxes in a Stereo Chair on show at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, Feb. 5, 1972. The chair designed by Peter Banks is the theme of the

Posted: 4th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Photojournalism, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0