Video: Your first computer is (kind of) like your first kiss: exciting at the time, deeply memorable later in life, and yet still potentially embarrassing when recounted in public. For those reasons, watching dozens of computer scientists recall their first (computer) in this video is oddly compelling.
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European Space History has just posted this awesome movie poster-like orange-blue launch photo of a historic space event that took place on November 26 way back in 1965.
The Phlico Predicta was a TV that, in design terms at least, was way ahead of its time. But what if it had come loaded with Netflix? Well, that's what a bunch of Netflix engineers wondered, too — so they decided to adapt one of the 1950s TV sets so that they could watch the streaming service on its ageing screen.
Some of my fondest childhood memories involve booting up my parents' Macintosh Plus to play Super Munchers or make pixelated masterpieces in MacPaint. Alas, Apple hadn't gotten into mobile devices just yet, but that didn't stop Pierre Cerveau from imagining what the tech giant's very first smartphone might have looked like if it were made in the 80s, too.
Piet Mondrian sits well in the world of science and technology, his clear geometric forms so neatly and rationally ordered. But perhaps the earliest example of technology and Mondrian intersecting is in these images, created digitally way back in 1964.
The oldest lightbulb in continuous use was installed before the Wright Brothers took flight, is 110 years old, and is still as beautiful as the day she was born. In fact, it's likely the oldest electrical device in continuous use period. Take a moment and consider just how much the world has changed around this one, singular device.
We've all received that email at least once before. A kind prince/princess/spambot in Nigeria has millions of dollars, and better yet, they want to split it with you. Just hand over your social security code and wait for them to arrive on American soil. As the above newspaper clipping shows, these types of scams were going on even before email came around — in this case, as early as 1876.
So you want to build a computer in the 18th century. Is it even possible? Probably not. Most people don't think about the actual amount of money and tools needed to produce exactly one transistor-based computer, power it and program it, to say nothing of the social challenges you'd face trying to build this high-tech machine centuries ago.
The corkscrew, like so many other inventions, was borne out of necessity. For as long as we have sold wine in glass bottles sealed with cork stoppers, consumers have struggled to easily remove those corks. As soon as the earliest glass bottles arrived in late 17th-century England, inventors began dreaming up instruments to ease the removal of corks.