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Watch 30 Years of Mobile Phone Come Together as a Digital Orchestra

What do you get if you take 30 mobile phones and four pagers from across the last 30 years, and wire them together with a sound system? An oddly catchy bit of music is what. Read More >>

Nine People Who Thought Gmail Might Have Been an April Fools' Prank

Gmail's officially entering its tender tween years today, and after a decade with the internet's favourite email service, we can barely even remember our lives without it. But then, that's why we have the internet—to remember for us. Read More >>

You Can Now Download the Original Source Code for MS-DOS for Free

Microsoft has dusted off the source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows, making it freely available to download from the the Computer History Museum. Read More >>

This Wearable Abacus is Basically the World's Oldest Smart Ring

Smart rings may seem like something from an impossible (or at least highly unlikely) vision of the future, but surprisingly enough, tech you can wrap around your little finger isn't anything new. Just take this itty-bitty abacus from the 17th century as proof. Read More >>

A Mechanical Doll That Will Crawl all the Way Into Your Nightmares

The next time your kid complains about not having the latest and greatest toys, just point to them towards this photo of what children in the late 1800s had to play with. On one hand they'll certainly start appreciating what they've got, but on the other they probably won't sleep for a week because this thing will haunt their dreams. Read More >>

19th Century New York Was Covered in an Insane Web of Telephone Wires

Alexander Graham Bell may have invented the telephone in 1875, but the first phone installation didn't come about for another three years. And that's what makes these photos from 1887 so incredible; this tangled mass of telephone wires had already wound itself around New York City's streets just seven years after that first installation. Read More >>

The Insane 1940s Flight Sim That Taught WWII Airmen to Refuel in Midair

Performing a midair fuel transfer between aircraft is among the most technically challenging maneuvers in aviation, especially when flying a prop-driven, WWII-era C-97 Stratotanker. That's why neophyte pilots spent hours at the controls of this life-size simulator before they ever set foot in the real thing. Read More >>

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Watch Steve Jobs Show Off the Mac in Footage Unseen Since 1984

Thirty years ago the landscape of personal computing was vastly different. That is to say, it hardly existed. Footage of the Mac's initial unveil is out there, but this second, more polished run—a presentation for the Boston Computer Society—hasn't been available since the event itself back on January 30th 1984. Read More >>

Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall to Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day—hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action—but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player. Read More >>

You Can Actually Browse the Web on a 27-Year-Old Mac Plus

Jeff Keacher wanted to get his Mac Plus, now well into its third decade, online. It had been on BBSes and text-only Lynx via dial-up back in the day, but Keacher wanted to go full TCP/IP. And it worked. He even loaded Gizmodo for us! Read More >>

This Amiga 500 Emulator is So Awesome

If you're tired of modern computing, how about mucking around with an Amiga 500 instead? Thanks to Google developer Christian Stefansen you can do just that, and it's awesome. Read More >>

The First Artificial Hearts Were the Size of a Hot Dog Stand

It might look more like something a street vendor would serve up food from, but, believe it or not, this is one of the first ever artificial hearts. Read More >>

10 Cold War Weapons That Terrified US Military Intelligence

When US-Soviet relationships were at their frostiest in the 1980s, there was no telling what sort of exotic threat was about to come roaring through Russia's Iron Curtain. That's where the Defense Intelligence Agency came in. Read More >>

What's Your First Tech Memory?

I watched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from a young age. I was so young that my hands weren't strong enough to turn the knobs of my parents' retro TV. I'm totally serious. I had to have someone turn on the TV and change the channel for me. Read More >>

How a Total Accident Saved the French Wine Industry

Amy Harmon's excellent, recent article in the New York Times describes how the Florida orange juice industry may soon be wiped out because of a new bacterial disease spread by an introduced insect. It looks like there could be a technology fix for the problem using genetic engineering. The question is whether the growers will get to apply that solution. Read More >>

How Human History Could Have Turned Out (And Probably Should Have)

In this infinite universe of ours, every event that occurs and every choice that we make continually splits away into countless individual timelines—alternate realities, if you will. So who's to say that Bigfoot, Kraken, Martians, even Cthulu himself aren't perfectly real but simply residents of a now divergent reality? Matthew Buchholz, author of Alternate Histories of the World illustrates just a few major alternate historical events of the last 6,000 years. Read More >>


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