CDs and DVDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as exemplified by the “disc rot” phenomenon, is more complicated.
With PCMCIA (also known as PC Card), it was easy to upgrade our old laptops. Now, though, the tech has been relegated to a depressing bureaucratic fate.
The story of the Apple QuickTake 100, a primitive early digital camera that had Apple’s name on the front but another company’s technology buried inside.
Attempts to improve AM and FM radio technologies tend to land with a thud—a thud no harder felt than with the FMX standard, circa 1989.
This photo looks like an amazing piece of computer history. But nobody’s sure where it came from, not even the photo company that controls its rights.
Kickstarting the computer revolution involved using light to etch transistors in silicon.
In 1998, a Hong Kong telecom firm spent $1.5 billion trying to make video-on-demand happen. iTV was so ahead of its time that it beat Netflix’s DVD service.
An Atari founder came up with the Chuck E. Cheese concept to promote Atari games, and it only got weirder from there.
When it was a radio-maker, Packard Bell had a reputation for quality products. When a PC clone startup bought the name, that reputation fell apart—fast.
Bose Wave stereo systems were legitimately innovative when they launched in the 90s—as was Bose itself. The marketing might make you forget that, though.
It’s a reminder that Pixar could have been a very different company.