Hardware

20 Years Ago, Microsoft Changed How We Mouse Forever

20 Years Ago, Microsoft Changed How We Mouse Forever

Twenty years ago, in April 1999, Microsoft introduced an update to its IntelliMouse line of input devices. On top it didn’t look much different than its predecessors”it still had a few buttons and a scroll wheel”but underneath it introduced a technology to the masses that brought an end to the…

Why Are There Roaches Inside My Computer?

Why Are There Roaches Inside My Computer?

There are some things that belong in a computer. Wires, chips, whirring mechanical doodads — what most of us would think of, sensibly, as “hard drive stuff.” Absent from this list — absent from most lists, except those dealing with repugnant, six-legged disease vectors — are cockroaches. A cockroach in…

How To Use Your Gadgets When They’re Broken

How To Use Your Gadgets When They’re Broken

What with everything that’s going on, it might not be all that easy for you to get your gadgets repaired at the moment—but should a keyboard fail, or a screen crack, all might not be lost. There are a number of useful tricks and hacks you can use to keep…