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Where do we go from here?

Marty Silbernik is the author of I’m Too Old To Do This, a tech blog for folks who remember when none of this stuff existed. This article appears with permission. I was reading something the other day…

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Someone INVENTED it: modern nails

In this case we don’t know who it was… but good-old nails were invented by someone in the 1860s. It wasn’t really the nail itself that was invented but the machine to make them. You see,…


Someone INVENTED it: Ballpoint Pen

There are few things more ubiquitous than the ballpoint pen. They have almost no cash value, selling in packs of ten for under $2 but stolen by the millions from workplaces or given away as promotional…


Someone INVENTED it: The Paper Clip

The Paper Clip. How many have you used in your lifetime? How many have given their lives as a source of your amusement? They seem more like part of the natural environment than an invention. Yet,…





FUN FRIDAY: Life in 1988

Here at the Solid Signal Blog we have staff members who remember 1988 like it was yesterday, and others who hadn’t entered kindergarten yet. It helps us keep a fresh perspective. So, the other day, we…


FUN FRIDAY: Other things named Genie

No matter what they call it, we’re big fans of the DIRECTV Genie. Five tuners and all the hard drive space you need, plus the ability to run the tiny Genie Mini Clients. The system was originally…



The return of zombie brands

Westinghouse. Zenith. Emerson. Magnavox. Sylvania. Acoustic Research. These are names you may remember from your youth, and every single one is now just a trademark owned by some other company you’ve never heard of. Most of…