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.
Alexa's Interface is treated as revolutionary, but you might be surprised to learn of your favorite opinionated cylinder's predecessors from the mid-1980s.
When macOS was still OS X, some Windows users weren’t afraid to remake their desktops in Apple’s vision. It was the ultimate case of imitation and flattery.
How music from the 8-bit video game era has inspired an entire generation of modern musicians and created new musical genres.
Discussing the rise of organizations that fought against a very specific type of crime: The theft of horses. However, that wasn't all they were doing.
The evolution of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as seen through the sharp blades of a huge pair of ceremonial scissors. Did a bridge just open nearby?
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison sold the tech world on the Network Computer, a machine designed to kill the PC's dominance. The problem? It was 15 years too early.
The hotel minibar was an exciting and interesting new direction for hotels at first. But it's since declined. Is a lack of new minibar ideas to blame?
The story of FuncoLand, the retailer that made the used video game market a thing — and how GameStop, which bought Funco, sort of bastardized that mission.
The tale of The Clapper, a device that introduced millions of people to the idea of simple home automation. Would we have Alexa without it?
Why the first "portable" computers, produced before integrated circuits, would really stretch the term today. Some portables needed a truck to move.
The story of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, the greatest book series of all time that targets a uniquely captive audience. The series turns 30 this year.
The story of the PDF, the portable document format that's become one of the internet's defining information formats. It'll be with us after we're long gone.
The evolution of the modern cell phone ringtone — and the Ukrainian guy who wants to give Apple's default noises a refresh.