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  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +34 +1

    Revolution at 3.5″: Inside Vaporwave’s Mini-Boom of Floppy Disk Releases

    Why the nostalgia-saturated labels subgenre is reviving the long abandoned format.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by ppp
    +10 +2

    How the compact disc lost its shine

    Thirty years ago this month, Dire Straits released their fifth album, Brothers in Arms. En route to becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time, it revolutionised the music industry. For the first time, an album sold more on compact disc than on vinyl and passed the 1m mark. Three years after the first silver discs had appeared in record shops, Brothers in Arms was the symbolic milestone that marked the true beginning of the CD era.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by poeman
    +33 +1

    Remembering Nuon, the gaming chip that nearly changed the world—but didn’t

    In the Wild West of Silicon Valley startups of the late 1990s, one little company looked like it might accomplish something incredible. VM Labs had some of the best engineering talent in the world, an explosive mix of bright young minds with burning ambition and experienced old hands who once held key positions in companies such as Atari, Sony, and Sega. Their business revolved around a little chunk of silicon codenamed "Project X.” Later, they officially named their dream chip the Nuon.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +35 +2

    This is How Press Photos Were Transmitted Back in the 1970s

    In our world of digital photography and high speed Internet, photojournalists can quickly and easily send large numbers of high-res photos to the other side of the globe. Things weren’t always so convenient. The video above shows what a photo transmitter looked like back in the 1970s. What you see is a United Press International UPI Model 16-S, which scanned photos and then transmitted them using a telephone line.

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by everlost
    +20 +1

    How "oldschool" graphics worked.

    In part 1, I cover the limitations of color on older 1980's computers and game consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Commodore 64.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +2 +1

    How a Nazi rocket could have put a Briton in space

    In the summer of 1945, with the war in Europe over, Allied forces rushed to unravel the secrets of Nazi V2 rockets. These terror weapons, built by slave labourers, did little to affect the outcome of the war – but they had the potential to change the world. “There was an unseemly scramble to get hold of V2 missile technology,” says John Becklake, former head of engineering at London’s Science Museum. “The Americans, the Russians, the French and us.”

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +65 +1

    Nintendo's Forgotten Console

    If I were to bring up “a Nintendo console lost to time,” what would your first thought be? Perhaps you’d think of the infamous Virtual Boy, one of Nintendo’s few outright disasters in the console space, or maybe one of the company’s early pre-NES consoles that contained several variants on Pong. What you probably wouldn’t think of is the Satellaview, a Japan-only add-on for the Super NES/Super Famicom.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by weekendhobo
    +35 +1

    The Strange Discman That Was Smaller Than a CD

    ​In 1988, Sony endeavored to release a Discman that could actually fit in your pocket. But since a device that can fit a whole, regular-sized CD inside it is virtually always going to be too large, Sony went a different route with its D-88 and released something smaller than a normal CD. The D-88 was chiefly designed for 3-inch CD singles, which were around at the birth of the CD format but were ultimately overcome by singles put out on traditionally-sized CDs.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +32 +1

    Coleco has announced a new cartridge-based console... Seriously

    Dear Gaming World: get ready for the Coleco Chameleon. The makers of the ColecoVision have announced that they’re taking another crack at the home game console market with a brand new system. Even crazier than that, this thing is going to be cartridge based. Coleco is working alongside Retro Video Game Systems to get this done. Retro President Mike Kennedy offers that “the Coleco Chameleon is a love-letter to all the classic cartridge based gaming systems that came before it…”

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by zyery
    +50 +1

    Cord drill and Pump drill

    I made a cord drill and then upgraded it to a pump drill. A cord drill is basically a spindle with a fly wheel attached so it looks like a spinning top. the middle of a piece of cord is then put into a notch at the top of the spindle. The ends of the cord are then wrapped around the spindle and then pulled quickly outwards causing the drill to spin. The momentum of the fly wheel causes...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +27 +1

    Eminem To Re-Release "The Slim Shady LP" On Cassette

    Eminem announced today (March 4) that he is planning to re-release The Slim Shady LP in cassette format. The Detroit rapper made the announcement on Twitter and shared a link where people can sign up for more information. "#SSLP Cassette re-issue coming soon http://shady.sr/SSLP" Eminem writes for the caption of an image of a tape.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ubthejudge
    +22 +1

    Japan Will Make Its Last-Ever VCR This Month

    Most of us stopped using video cassette recorders a very, very long time ago. By 2008, DVD had officially replaced VHS as the preferred home media format, and the glory days of the 1980s—when VHS and Betamax battled it out to be the number-one choice for watching and recording movies and television at home—were very much in the rear-view mirror. So it might surprise you to learn that VCRs are still being manufactured—at least they were until this month. Funai Electric, the last remaining Japanese company to make the units...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +3 +1

    Loud and Clear - 99% Invisible

    Sub Pop Records has signed some of the most famous and influential indie bands of the last 30 years, including Nirvana, Sleater-Kinney, The Postal Service, and Beach House. Over time, the stars and hits have changed and the formats have evolved as well, from vinyl to CDs to MP3s. In recent years, however, the label has started releasing new albums on a medium few thought would ever see a comeback: the cassette.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by lostwonder
    +5 +1

    Teddy Ruxpin gets a hi-tech makeover

    One of the best-selling toys of the 1980s has been resurrected by Wicked Cool Toys, which earlier this year also launched a revamped Cabbage Patch Kid doll

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by spacepopper
    +28 +1

    Why These 'Revolutionary' '80s Gadgets Totally Failed

    Besides bad hair, pleated jeans, and 21 Jump Street, the ‘80s brought us a remarkable technological revolution. Nintendo changed the living room forever with the introduction of the NES in 1985. IBM, Apple, and the Commodore 64 ushered the personal PC into our lives. Even the internet breathed a few gasps of air with NFSNet and the rise of the teen hacker.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +13 +1

    Slovakian Collector Opens Museum of Old Mobile Phones

    Stefan Polgari, a Slovakian collector from the town of Dobsina, has over 3,500 vintage mobile phones on display at his Museum of Mobile Phones.