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  • OSes gone and very forgotten

    OSes gone and very forgotten

    In honor of Chrome OS, here BusinessInsider has collected a nice selection of obscure old operating systems that basically died on the vine. Read More

  • Star Trek vs. Star Wars

    Old, but nerds love old. Read More

  • Old watch-like navigation gadget from 1920

    Old watch-like navigation gadget from 1920

    Way, way, way, way, way before the days of the Global Positioning System, people had to navigate using devices like the Plus Fours Routefinder, shown above. It’s from back in 1920 and consisted of a collection of small scrolling maps that you’d “load” into the watch-like device before your trip. As you progressed along your route, you’d scroll the map forward to… Read More

  • Going Green: How to get rid of your gadgety crap

    Going Green: How to get rid of your gadgety crap

    I’d be willing to bet that there are very few people out there who don’t have an old Motorola StarTac in a kitchen drawer or a pale, yellowish 14-inch CRT monitor in the basement or a sticky, dusty keyboard under the bed. I’m just like you — probably worse. I have gadgets from the Reagan administration that are serving no good purpose other than to take up space in my… Read More

  • Here's the first sound ever recorded, circa 1860

    Here's the first sound ever recorded, circa 1860

    The year was 1860. Abraham Lincoln was taking the political world by storm, South Carolina had decided it needed a break from the rest of the Union, and the first ever audio recording was made in France by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville on his latest invention; the phonautograph (left). The device worked by “scratching sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil… 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

  • 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

  • Keeping Old Cellphones Slowing Down Recycling Efforts

    Keeping Old Cellphones Slowing Down Recycling Efforts

    The battery of that Startac most of you have chilling under your bed could be put to better use. Europe’s goal for recycling 45% of all portable device batterys sold are being stunted because of the consumer habit of keeping their outdated tech. The total weight of recycled Li-ion batteries in Europe fell about 100 tons in the past year. So go recycle that cellphone from 2006. Now… Read More

  • Facebook: How Complicated Has This Site Become?

    Facebook: How Complicated Has This Site Become?

    What the hell has happened to Facebook? I logged in for the first time in a long time yesterday to respond to a message from this idiot and I’m greeted by all sorts of strange and unwanted distractions. There’s little colored icons everywhere… I’m getting “super poked” (what?) by people I’ve never heard of… the NYPD wants to hire me… How is… Read More

  • CES Knows The Old School

    CES Knows The Old School

    In the CES press area, they have a wheelbarrow full of dirt, old Sega Genesis games, and a retro Sony boombox. There is no sign, no explanation why, it’s just there. I want that Vectorman 2 cart personally… Read More