Fun and Games

FUN FRIDAY: Star Wars Sound Effects

There are two recurring themes running through Fun Friday, a column which this blog has featured for over five years. One is that I spend too much time obsessing about Star Wars, and the other is that I…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: CES 1987

Beta ED. Super VHS. 8mm Video. Man, the days when people actually wanted CDs. I didn’t get to go to the Consumer Electronic Shows then — and back then there were two of them every year…


FUN FRIDAY: Self-driving cars in 1911

Well, not quite. This recently unearthed video, “The “Automatic Motorist,” is a six-minute short showing a look at the future of travel, as it was seen before the first world war. It looks pretty antique and…




THROWBACK THURSDAY: Thick TVs at CES

Back in 2014, TV makers didn’t know what to do. They were still trying to recapture the glorious positions they held in the mid-2000s when everyone and their brother wanted a new flat panel. They tried…



THROWBACK THURSDAY: PC Fails of 2013

What a quaint sounding article. “PC Fails of 2013” sounds like an old-school musical like “Sunshine Follies of ’36.” It’s the name of an article I wrote about four years ago, in which I said PCs would…