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With the nation focused on World War II, Americans of the early 1940s understood that they'd have to wait until peacetime for all their shiny new futuristic gadgets to arrive — including the TVs of the future, shown above in illustrations from the Emerson Radio and Phonograph Corporation. If you can believe it, these were the big screen models.

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Winamp is dead. Everyone's first music player is finally being killed off by AOL on 20 December after a glorious 15 year run. You know the history of the company, but what about the history of Mike the Llama, Winamp's mascot, and the sound clip about "whippin' the Llama's ass" that we all remember so fondly.

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Today in Sydney, Telstra is hosting a reunion of workers who helped build the first coaxial cable connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. These days we're busy arguing over the benefits of fibre and copper for the NBN, but one thing hasn't changed: laying those cables is some seriously hard slog, as you can see in these pictures of the network being built.

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Crack out your flight sims: this arcade cabinet has to be the ultimate way to dogfight, resembling as it does the iconic MiG-23 fighter jet. Put together by Radek Michalowski, the cabinet is numbered 846 in tribute to the MiG-23 his friend’s father once flew. And it really does look like the plane it's inspired by, with metal and a rivet skin reminiscent of old aeroplanes.

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When I was in primary school there was nothing I wanted more in the entire world than to learn how to program my own computer games. So, armed with Foundations of Mac Programming, I spent weeks chugging along sporadically, doing my best to understand the concepts. Ultimately, I gave up. And I don't regret it one bit.

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In the grand scheme of history our medical devices will (hopefully) seem quite primitive to people of the future. And if we make as many advances in the future as we have since the 1920s, we'll all be cybernetic demigods in no time.

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When I was growing up, my parents would tell me about all the ancient technologies they had to use in their youth. Whether it was a car with a manual choke, a phone that required you to ask an operator to connect you, or a record player with a hand crank, mum and dad experienced a lot of tech frustrations I would never know.

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It's every generation's responsibility to grow old and talk about how growing up back then was so much more fun than growing up today. THESE KIDS KNOW NOTHING. All they do is stare at iPads and play crappy games by swiping on giant phones. At least we '90s kids stared at televisions and played crappy board games by tapping a plastic button, right?