Why the PDF Is Secretly the World's Most Important File Format

The story of the PDF, the file format that’s become one of the internet’s defining information tools. It’ll be with us after we’re long gone.


A Floppy You Couldn’t Copy: When the Zip Disk Ran Into the Click of Death

The hardware company Iomega pulled off a neat trick with its Zip disk: It was proprietary, but popular. But it was a bad thing when things started clicking.


What Does Your Preferred DJing Format Say About You as a Person?

Vinyl? USB? CDJs? What does it all mean?


Trevor Jackson's New Album Is 12 Tracks on 12 Different Formats

The aptly-titled 'F O R M A T' debuts February 25 as individual tracks on three types of vinyl, 8-track, VHS, reel-to-reel, and more.


My Friend GIF Just Turned 26

A retrospective, in simple, looping animated images.


Happy Twenty-GIFth Birthday

On this day when a GIF can finally rent its own car, Motherboard looks back in loving retrospect, at the early years.