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.
From literary advocacy to union battles to communism claims, the origin story of the organization that publishes Consumer Reports kind of has it all.
In a few short years, the graphics card company 3Dfx Interactive provided a polygon-laden shock to the PC world — then fell apart, fast. What happened?
How a single novelty song capture the public imagination, influenced punk rock and became a cultural institution. Yes, bird is, in fact, the word.
As our alarms went from analog to digital, the noises they made became a lot more abrasive. Here's the story of the technology behind your alarm clock.
In the '80s, a defining online phenomenon — being able to use the internet for free — came from (of all places) Cleveland. Here's the story of the Free-Net.
How "Elf Bowling," the incredibly popular viral game from 1999, gained an unfounded, false reputation as a piece of malware and spyware.
How the rent-to-own retail model, exemplified by Rent-a-Center, evolved from a mainstream model in the UK to one widely seen as predatory in the US.
For a while, hidden tracks were everywhere, especially during the CD era. But thanks to streaming music, there’s nowhere to put them. Is that good or bad?
One of the most notable domain holdouts in internet history finally sells Purple.com to the mattress company that made its colorful name famous.
In the late 1990s, Richard Branson boldly attempted to take on Coca-Cola and Pepsi at their own game. Of course it failed, but it did so stylishly.
Why aren’t area codes laid out in a seemingly logical way, like ZIP Codes are? Part of the answer can be found in the rotary dial of early telephones.
You might think of cornhole as a lighthearted lawn game, but it actually has a professional league, a family of stars, and some budding momentum. Really.
The trackball is more than an upside-down mouse. It's the Royal Canadian Navy’s greatest gift to modern-day computing. Really.
The early graphical client Eudora was how people checked their email in the '90s. But in the end, only the power users stuck around. Here's what you missed.
How passenger airplanes started making room for freight service as the routes went global.
How corduroy, a piece of fabric with ancient ties that was built for the working-class, became really friggin’ trendy all over again.