Fun and Games

FUN FRIDAY: Literally?

So this one’s way off topic and maybe it isn’t even that fun. But so be it. I’m one of those guys who really gets wound up when people say “literally” and they mean “not literally.”…

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sun worshippers

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while. It figures that I would put it off until the actual day of the solar eclipse. Everything on earth is solar powered. It’s not just calculators and…



THROWBACK THURSDAY: Altair 8800 PC

If it weren’t for the Altair 8800, I might be writing this blog on a typewriter. It doesn’t look like much but the Altair 8800 was the first successful personal computer. It came in a kit…


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…