The Last Time Apple Sold an Obscenely Overpriced Gadget

Now that the collective eye roll around Apple's $10,000 watch has turned into a blank stare, it's time for a little bit of nostalgia. Apple is not new to this game of selling seemingly everyday gadgets for ridiculous dollar amounts. The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) wrote the rules nearly 20 years ago. » 3/18/15 12:40pm 3/18/15 12:40pm

Atari arcade games inspired the original Apple mouse

It's hard to say if the Macintosh would've been so successful if it hadn't had such a revolutionary interface—namely, the mouse. While Apple didn't invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs' former employer for inspiration. » 8/18/14 5:41pm 8/18/14 5:41pm

This Weird Household Machine Was the Future of Voting in 1945

Some day a President of the United States may be elected "electronically." This sentence wouldn't look out of place in any news story from 2014, despite quotes around the word "electronically." But believe it or not, that prediction comes from a magazine article in 1945. » 6/10/14 3:42pm 6/10/14 3:42pm

The Secret Histories of Clippy, Comic Sans, and Other Legends of Early…

It’s human nature to hate things that remind us of how dumb we used to be; Like teenagers who can’t stand their baby pictures, we prefer to ignore the proof of our humble beginnings. The same goes for artifacts of computing history—for proof, just look at the rage directed at relics of those early days, like Comic… » 7/08/13 9:00am 7/08/13 9:00am