From board games to stunted game systems, the many attempts to turn VHS into a platform for games ran into a big problem: There was only one way forward.
How a court battle involving groundbreaking disk-compression software foreshadowed Microsoft's status as an antitrust darling.
Clip art gets a bad rap as an artform, in part because it's everywhere. Let's give it some grudging respect by filling in some historic gaps.
The story of the Curta Calculator, a stylish portable mechanical calculator that doesn't use electricity and has a surprisingly dramatic origin story.
In the ’80s and ’90s, advertisers got the idea to market products to kids through video games. The games aren’t half-bad (mostly), but they’re still ads.
How cheap ballpoint pens, which are easy to lose and easy to make, changed the world due to their sheer disposability. They’re really freaking cheap.
Before Instagram, the disposable camera helped pave the way for digital photography. But the basic idea was a century old by the time it went mainstream.
How the calculus of '80s television programming lives on into the present day — and why the Disney Channel always seems to cancel shows after 65 episodes.
Nearly 40 years ago, DOS reshaped computing on the IBM PC. These days, nostalgia for that era — and a dose of fresh creativity — is keeping its legacy alive.
The tale of a guy who became famous for falling down once, only to have that fall replayed every single week on a legendary American TV show.
Pondering the nature of digital connectivity in the one room nobody wants to consider internet access in, even though we use it all the time: The restroom.
If nothing else, Phil Harvey has earned his stripes as a member of Coldplay, even if he didn't necessarily play on any of the songs.
The story of Columbus, Ohio's own QUBE Interactive Television, which — beyond breaking ground for cable TV — was social media for the ’70s, for good and bad.
A long time ago in an encoding standard not so far away, an early 'net user tried to remake "Star Wars" in ASCII art form. He got further than you'd guess.
Four decades ago, the Speak & Spell came about, and the result was Texas Instruments' greatest gadget and a pop-culture icon.
The British company Codemasters, best known for the Game Genie, didn't let a pesky lack of license get in the way of creating some of the NES' best games.
The cheap alternative to vinyl records was once a marketer's dream material and an unusual Cold War workaround.
The story of ARM Holdings, one of our most important tech companies, is full of sheer luck, happy accidents and a faded British computing icon.
How Velcro became one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, despite simultaneously gaining an unfashionable reputation.
How the webring became the grassroots tool of choice for sharing content online in the '90s.