Ernie Smith

Tedium

What Happened to Gateway, the Cow Computer Company?

Thinking about the globalization of the computer industry through the story of Gateway.
Ernie Smith
8.7.19
Tedium

Mechanical Keyboards Are Thriving Because Apple and Microsoft Don't Make Them

Mechanical keyboards have become hip again, despite near-complete disinterest in the form by mainstream computer-makers. The little guy is picking up the slack.
Ernie Smith
7.30.19
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
7.10.19
tv

Microsoft's 'Stranger Things' Gag Doesn't Make Sense Because No One Used Windows 1.0

Windows may be the winner now, but it was a cultural nonentity in 1985.
Ernie Smith
7.8.19
DIY

The PC of Your Dreams Might be Hiding in a Company’s Surplus Bin

The charm of buying old workstation hardware on the cheap to support your modern computing needs. If it doesn’t work for them, it might just work for you.
Ernie Smith
6.6.19
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
6.4.19
Buyables

How to Turn a Windows Laptop Into the Touchscreen Hackintosh of Your Dreams

If you're sick of MacBooks but love MacOS, be brave and convert a new laptop into a Hackintosh with our exhaustive guide.
Ernie Smith
4.26.19
Video Games

The Famous 'NESticle' Emulator’s Stolen Source Code Has Been Preserved

The release and preservation of the stolen source code to the iconic 90s NES emulator NESticle reflects a new chapter in a controversial saga with deep roots.
Ernie Smith
3.21.19
Tedium

Is Adobe’s Creative Cloud Too Powerful for Its Own Good?

Why the creative software giant Adobe deserves a place in the broader discussion of breaking up tech giants like Facebook and Google. It’s not just Photoshop.
Ernie Smith
3.18.19
Tedium

The Joystick Artisan

From the arcades to the living room, how the controller has evolved—and why one tech historian, Benj Edwards, started building his own.
Ernie Smith
2.25.19
Tedium

Are Hackintosh Users More Passionate About the Mac Than Apple?

The Hackintosh has become a phenomenon in recent years, despite knotty ethical questions, because Apple’s neglected superfans won’t stop thinking different.
Ernie Smith
2.19.19
CC

The Creative Commons Avoid a Tragedy on Flickr

SmugMug, the current owners of the photo-sharing platform Flickr, are changing the platform’s model, but says it will maintain its support for Creative Commons. Not every company that has relied on the license in the past can say that.
Ernie Smith
11.7.18
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