Internet History

Games News

Newly Surfaced Arcade Documents from the 1970s Predicted a Wild Future for Video Games

Atari executives thought we'd replace roller coasters with arcade machines.
Mitch Bowman
5.21.19
rss

The Rise and Demise of RSS

Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
Sinclair Target
1.9.19
Internet History

These 'Ghost Characters' Don't Mean Anything But You Can Type Them Anyway

Forty years ago, a handful of fake Japanese characters ended up in Unicode by mistake.
Paul McCann
8.2.18
Apple

A 15-Year-Old Has Saved an 80GB Archive of Apple Videos From YouTube’s Censors

A massive archive of files deleted by YouTube has been saved as a huge torrent file.
Samantha Cole
8.22.17
Internet History

Amateur Porn Platform Eroshare Is Shutting Down

"Sadly, we are no longer able to offer this service."
Jason Koebler
6.10.17
Internet History

AOL Is Mysteriously Shutting Down the 19-Year-Old Community That Inspired Wikipedia

Editors of DMOZ, a human-curated web directory say the "community is understandably devastated."
Jason Koebler
3.14.17
history

Early Efforts to Bring the News Online Changed the Shape of Media Forever

Newspapers said they wanted to protect the print product, but they were raring to go when it came to experimental online news approaches in the early 80s.
Ernie Smith
11.9.16
Culture

There's a New Operating System for the 39-Year-Old Apple II Computer

A fan-made update to ProDOS is the first since 1993 and is an undeniably heartwarming story.
Jason Koebler
11.8.16
politics

The Surprising Impact the 1992 Presidential Election Had on the Modern Internet

The web wasn’t common in 1992, but presidential candidates notably took baby steps toward the internet that year—Ross Perot in a bigger way than most.
Ernie Smith
10.19.16
columns

The Story of AllMusic, the Internet’s Largest, Most Influential Music Database

When AllMusic launched 25 years ago, it wasn't an obvious big data play. But it became one. Hidden in its millions of entries is music's collective history.
Ernie Smith
9.24.16
columns

An Obscure Peter Gabriel Benefit Concert Helped Bring the Internet to the World

It took a while for the internet to turn into a major global force, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. (Peter Gabriel deserves at least some of the credit.)
Ernie Smith
9.6.16
language

Internet Filters Tried to Get Us to Stop Swearing, But Shit Finds a Way

Online swear filters have become a lot more sophisticated in recent years, but they'll never be able to stop us from truly talking dirty.
Ernie Smith
7.29.16
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