old school

  • Cassette MP3 player uses finger twisting for charging and song skipping

    There are so many wonderful things about this MP3 player idea. It’s not an actual product yet, but here are the basics. First, just like old school cassettes, you’ll need to choose a tape length: 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes. The higher the number, the more songs you can fit on the flash-based player. Read More

  • Oh man, does DesktopGaming.com have some great wallpapers

    Prepare to commence nostalgiavating. DesktopGaming.com has various resolutions of breathtaking levels, backdrops, title screens, and more from a bunch of games across various systems: Arcade, Gameboy, Genesis, NES, Sega Master System, and SNES, to name a few. Read More

  • Awesome: Floppy disk album packaging


    A NY band called Science Vs. Witchcraft is releasing an EP soon, and in honor of (I’m sure) their nerdy roots, they’ve designed the packaging with a sweet 80’s diskette vibe. The CD itself is inside a 5.25″ diskette case and when you put it in your computer’s drive, it’ll pop up with a little text-based adventure game. Looks like someone did this before… Read More

  • Good Old Games porting and selling awesome old DOS games


    Oh hell yes. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. While sites like Abandonia and Home of the Underdogs have been incredibly good to my addiction to old-school DOS and Windows games, but more often than not it takes a lot of emulator tweaking, unofficial patching, and even command line magic to make those old things work. And along comes Good Old Games, my new lord and… Read More

  • 14 classic (some still-running) tech rivalries


    In case you forgot that Macs and PCs aren’t the best of pals, or that Nintendo and Sega used to send letter bombs to each other, this article should refresh your memory. I like reliving the old conflicts, like Netscape vs. IE and SNES vs. Genesis. You can vote too, so everyone knows which side your bread is buttered on. Some of their “classic” rivalries seem a little… Read More

  • A look back and the iMac: First impressions from 1998

    Yesterday we wished happy birthday to the iMac, the personal computer from ten years ago that more or less saved Apple, leading the way to change the computer industry — as well as the music industry — forever. We posted the video of Steve Jobs introducing the iMac and the nostalgia was palpable. But what were the reactions? Reader Dan showed me this clip from a MacWorld from ten… Read More

  • 100-year-old Adix calculator: elegant, beautiful, and practical


    Apologies to our friend from the Seattle meetup who hates steampunk; this was too great to pass up (and not strictly steampunk). This wonderful little machine was state-of-the-art in 1903, when it was used for adding up columns. That’s really all it can do; it has no functions other than addition because the mechanism is so simple and elegant, each paddle shifts a gear a certain… Read More

  • The Orientation: Emulators


    Part 1: Which emu is right for yu? I love old games. They’re a part of my history and there are a ton that really do hold up years later. I’m playing through X-COM and Chrono Trigger right now, and regularly test my skills at Kung Fu, Mega Man 2, and Ninja Gaiden. Friends, co-workers, and strangers, when they catch me in the act, are always seized by a strange mix of revulsion… Read More

  • Pinhole cameras created from the things they are made to shoot

    Here’s an interesting series of installation and photographic art that (as usual IMHO), when stripped of the preposterous artist’s statements, is quite beautiful and interesting. Wayne Martin Belger creates one-off pinhole cameras/objects d’art which are meant to reflect the things he is using them to photograph. The cameras are an interesting fusion of sculpture and… Read More

  • Motorola's "next-generation in-vehicle phone," Smart Rider


    Back when I was a kid, we had a carphone, and it was awesome. Great sound, great signal, and it was big as hell, with a long curly wire. Looks like Motorola has been rummaging through my childhood memories, and has come up with a new product along the same line. The stubby little thing is designed for hands-free or simple one-hand operation and has such innovations as traffic reports, a… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • Vintage Transformers Shirts: Somewhere Peter Ha's Head Just Exploded

    NerdyShirts.com has made available a limited-edition run of vintage Transformers t-shirts, including one showing off the artwork from the 1984 movie poster. There’s also a Decepticon-flavored shirt, two Optimus Prime offerings, and one featuring a Transformer wearing glasses and a fake mustache with the saying “Robots in Disguise.” Get it? The shirts range from $20 to $22 and… Read More

  • 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

  • Contra No-Death Speedrun

    This video of a guy playing all the way through Contra is a speedrun no doubt, but still, I give him props for taking the time to play it and make it through Contra all the way. I mean playing the original NES version with the Konami Code is hard enough, but trying not to lose a single life without the code? Pure madness. Either way, xxxxRothxxxx has some serious NES skills. Hit the link below… Read More

  • Sanyo MAJ-U02 Ghetto Blaster

    The MAJ-U02 is equipped with a CD player, USB port, cassette deck (sweet!), digital FM tuner and a SD/MMC slot. The speakers are also hopped up with a bass reflex system, an amplifier with bass boost (all ghetto blasters need that), and an optical digital audio out. But do I really want to spend $250 for something that can play my old mix-tapes? Probably not, but you should have heard how… Read More