How Caller ID Predicted Our Current Privacy and Robocall Nightmare
Over the past 35 years, our views on privacy and Caller ID technology have totally flipped. The concern used to be about the caller. Now, it’s the recipient.
You Can Play Google Stadia on an E-Book Reader
Turns out that, with the right device, e-ink technology has improved enough that it can keep up with a laggy game-streaming service.
Decade of Disillusion
How the Smartphone Became Boring
They’re a lot less impressive when they’re everywhere. Here’s how the smartphone went from innovation icon to standard component.
Getting Drivers for Old Hardware Is Harder Than Ever
At least one major provider of hardware-level BIOS drivers is actively deleting old stuff it no longer supports, while old FTP sites where vintage drivers are often found are soon going to be harder to reach.
Slack's New Rich Text Editor Shows That Markdown Still Scares People
The new WYSIWYG editor makes a bloated program even more bloated.
The Internet’s First Hit File Format Wasn’t the MP3. It Was MIDI
How the professional-minded MIDI format, for an incredibly short but memorable period of time, became the primary way music was shared on the internet.
What if We Treated Websites Like Federally Protected Historic Places?
Corporate motivation isn’t enough when it comes to digital preservation. Here’s a case for creating a National Register of Historic Places for websites.
The Car Cassette Adapter Was an Unsung Hero at the Dawn of the Digital Age
The cassette deck is fading in popularity in cars, but its former ubiquity in prior decades led headphone-jack adapters to become a fact of life for people who wanted to plug in a phone or iPod. How were they able to do their thing?
This Christian Rock Record Is Hiding a Secret Commodore 64 Program
The nine-line BASIC program was hidden in the run-out groove of a Prodigal record for 35 years until a YouTuber uncovered it over the weekend.
This Portable System Plays Game Boy Games and Has a Better Screen Than Your Smartphone
The Analogue Pocket is a premium portable made for hardcore retro gamers.
Flash Is Responsible for the Internet's Most Creative Era
A new book highlighting the visual evolution of web design paints a picture of a risk-taking creative culture that hasn’t been quite the same since Steve Jobs stuck a knife into Flash.
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.