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…