Ernie Smith

Tedium

Why the World May Never Truly Be Rid of Dongles

Pondering the many ways that dongles have taken over our lives, for better and for worse. One port ruling them all is a lot harder than it looks.
Ernie Smith
9.1.20
Tedium

The History of TV Colour Bars, One of the First Electronic Graphics Ever Made

You might not realise it, but every part of a colour-bar layout, the most common television test pattern out there, has a specific purpose.
Ernie Smith
7.20.20
Tedium

Smart Devices Will Eventually Die, and the Internet Is to Blame

We may have made a horrible mistake by unnecessarily making our consumer electronics devices smart – and removing generations of future use in the process.
Ernie Smith
3.10.20
Internet

Larry Tesler, the Inventor of Copy-Paste, Was More Influential Than You Realise

Tesler, who worked at Apple for decades, invented copy-paste functionality while at Xerox PARC and is responsible for a major deal that helped turn ARM into a dominant force in computers.
Ernie Smith
2.20.20
Tedium

The Many Ways Planned Obsolescence Is Sabotaging How We Preserve Internet History

We keep screwing over yesterday’s technology due to an intent focus on what we’re doing today. The problem of planned obsolescence is only getting worse.
Ernie Smith
9.7.19
Hacking

The Most Clever 'Zip Bomb' Ever Made Explodes a 46MB File to 4.5 Petabytes

Files so deeply compressed that they’re effectively malware have been around for decades – and a researcher just unveiled a brand-new Zip bomb that explodes a 46-megabyte file to 4.5 petabytes of data.
Ernie Smith
7.11.19
tech-features

Who Kept Buying the Mac Pro Everyone Hated?

As the 2013 Mac Pro ages out and its long-awaited replacement enters the frame, the trash-can-era Mac Pro will probably be remembered by most professional users as a bad memory. But it won’t disappear completely.
Ernie Smith
6.5.19