nostalgia

  • Finally, a GPS unit voiced by the Knight Rider guy

    Finally, a GPS unit voiced by the Knight Rider guy

    If your name is Michael and you’re into GPS systems, then have I got the unit for you. The Knight Rider GPS by Mio features voice directions by none other than William Daniels, the voice of KITT on the Knight Rider series. When you fire the gadget up, you’ll hear “Hello, Michael. Where do you want to go today?” No word on a release date, but the price will be $270 when it… Read More

  • Cool video: 'The Evolution of Mobile Phones'

    http://www.viddler.com/player/8c574347/ Here is a plethora of pinatas mobile phones from 1985 until close to the present day. I’m standing at my desk and clapping methodically. Well done, whoever you are. via BBG Read More

  • MP3 players coming up on ten year anniversary

    MP3 players coming up on ten year anniversary

    Oh wow, I guess I’m getting old. Did anyone else own this player — the Eiger Labs MPMan? This is the 64-megabyte F20 shown here but I had the 32-megabyte F10. Remember how it hooked up to your computer via Parallel port and took forever to transfer songs? Apparently the prototype for this device was shown at CeBIT back in March of 1998 before going on sale in May of the same year. My… Read More

  • Kodak, Vivitar not giving up on film; new SLR on the way

    Kodak, Vivitar not giving up on film; new SLR on the way

    Digital has almost completely replaced film in the casual set and is making inroads among professionals and artists, but that doesn’t mean film is being completely forgotten. Kodak and Vivitar have not forgotten their roots, and are creating a new film camera aimed at universities teaching “traditional photography.” They say it’ll be similar to the V3000. I’m not sure… Read More

  • Behind the original HBO movie intro

    This is part of a thread on BBG about DVNO, a new video from Justice designed to look like the TV intros from the 1980s and early 1990s. This video describes how they made the original bumper for HBO — the video that played before every movie and that signaled the start of big things back when I was 12 or 13. Whereas now you’d just CG this in a week, these guys spent weeks building a… Read More

  • Phil Torrone tours Mad Magazine, I wallow in nostalgia

    Phil Torrone tours Mad Magazine, I wallow in nostalgia

    Q: Is that a drawing by Al Jaffee? Back in the late 80s my Dad and I took the train in from my Aunt’s house in New Jersey to walk through Manhattan. There are two things I remember about that trip: touching something that looked like a booger on a movie poster in the subway and my dad telling me that it was a booger and visiting Mad magazine’s offices on MAD-ison Avenue. When we walked… Read More

  • Mario and Luigi remote controlled mini golfers

    Mario and Luigi remote controlled mini golfers

    Howsabout a little mini golf before your mid-morning accounts receivable meeting? These remote controlled Mario and Luigi figurines would be great for just that. At $25 each, they’re not exactly cheap given that "frustration may ensue when trying for the perfect putt" but can you really put a price on the nostalgia-meets-mini-golf craze that’s about to sweep the nation? The… Read More

  • Nostalgic Upgrade: A Look at Phones From My Past

    Nostalgic Upgrade: A Look at Phones From My Past

    So here we are, entering the fall of another year. This is the time, traditionally, when we prepare our brains to be assaulted by hundreds of ads for electronics (as well as less important stuff) that will be available at low, low prices in just a few months, in time for the holiday shopping season. There will be specials on iPhones, Centros, Oceans, and other high-end cellphones that will, with… Read More

  • Nostalgia Overload: Singing, Talking Robotic Elvis

    Nostalgia Overload: Singing, Talking Robotic Elvis

    Elvis may have permanently left the building, but he never left some people’s hearts. If you’re one of those people, $300 will get you a creepy animatronic Elvis that “comes to life — checking you out and talking you up.” The King also sings eight of his classics and, if the mood hits you, you can sing along using the glittering microphone/remote control that… Read More

  • Old Crap-Ass Phones That Cost Way Too Much

    Old Crap-Ass Phones That Cost Way Too Much

    If you’ve got too much money, loathe technology, and can’t stand the weird smell of your local GoodWill store, AbleCom will sell you a dumpy-ass old phone for way more than it’s worth. Remember the old, white rotary phone that your grandma had hanging in the kitchen next to her ficus plants? All it takes is $49 and a pack of Benson and Hedges Ultralight 100′s and… Read More

 
  • Don't Call It A Comeback (Actually, Go For It)

    Don't Call It A Comeback (Actually, Go For It)

    Everyone’s favorite liberal and entertaining talk station, NPR, ran a story this morning on how vinyl is making a comeback. The reason for those Talking Heads 7-inches coming back in style? NPR cites the popularity of the low-cost USB turntable and the total lack of DRM on vinyl. So far sales of new records are up 10% and seem to keep growing. Oh, and indie kids still buy a ton of the stuff. Read More

  • Iomega Still In The Game..Sort Of

    Iomega Still In The Game..Sort Of

    Sheesh, the last time I heard the word “Iomega” was when I was taking a class at an art school years ago. It was about a 100MB, Iomega Zip disk I think I used once and never again. No matter because Iomega is back in the game, albeit not for the best reason. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can find a Iomega portable hard drive that went missing from the Birmingham… Read More