Fun and Games

THROWBACK THURSDAY: IBM PC ad

In 1981, computers were nothing like they are today. For one thing, there were two types: big room-sized machines that ran businesses and fun hobbyist ones that you couldn’t use to get anything done. That changed…



FUN FRIDAY: Facts about Turkeys

Since this is the last Fun Friday before Thanksgiving, I pulled out this article from the Smithsonian giving us all sorts of fun facts about turkeys. The turkey as we know it is a fairly wobbly, odd-looking bird…



FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Transistors and Minecraft

So if you know someone under the age of 18 you’ve doubtless come to know about Minecraft. Simply put, Minecraft is to today’s kids what Legos were to older generations — a limitless tool for building whole worlds…



FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Pixels

I’m not talking about one of this summer’s movie flops… although if pressed I’ll admit I actually liked Pixels for what it was. I’m talking about the little dots of light that make up the words you’re reading…


Someone INVENTED it: Multi-tool

The jack knife, also known as the Swiss Army knife, has been around since about 600BC, believe it or not. Roman peasants carried folding knives around with them. The trend of putting a lot of tools…


Someone INVENTED it: Keyboard

You probably know that the computer keyboard is a duplicate, more or less, of the ones used on typewriters in the 20th century. You may even know that the reason most frequently given for the weird…


Someone INVENTED it: Mouse

The mouse may not be the sexiest piece of office equipment, but it’s still part of our everyday lives. As much as we would like to make our lives nothing but touchscreens and gestures, the humble…



OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Teletype

It’s hard to believe this was ever high tech, but at one time the teletype was the absolute height of computer communications. What’s even more amazing is that most teletypes will still work with even the…