Yes, Good Old Retro 1979 Seemed Fun (But It Really Sucked!)

Writing about technology as it was thirty years ago, I realized that 1979 was perhaps the last year before a digital tsunami hit, sweeping clean the analog era that had persisted for decades. » 7/19/09 12:15pm 7/19/09 12:15pm

1979 Rumor: Leaked Docs of "Compact Disc" Audio Format Using LASERS

From 1979: A source "close to the matter" claims this document outlines a future Audio format that would utilize a tapeless design, and *snort* use lasers as some sort of record needle. Sounds like Bullshit to me. » 7/19/09 9:00am 7/19/09 9:00am

Then and Now: Microsoft

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born. » 7/19/09 7:00am 7/19/09 7:00am

The Network Before the Internet

The network started to breathe in the 70's. Above, the first ethernet cable, found in PARC's labs by Boing Boing Gadgets. Dag Spicer, numero uno Curator at the Computer History Museum, tells us more: » 7/18/09 4:00pm 7/18/09 4:00pm

Then and Now: Apple Computers

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born. » 7/18/09 11:00am 7/18/09 11:00am

Digital Cams Still Haven't Caught Up to Film's Resolution: Does it…

Lenses being equal, a large format 8x10 piece of film can capture the equivalent of 800 Megapixels. Just saying. But does it matter? Discuss! » 7/18/09 6:46am 7/18/09 6:46am

Then and Now: Sony's A/V Range

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born. » 7/17/09 5:00pm 7/17/09 5:00pm

Frog Design's Hartmut Esslinger On Design in 1979

Hartmut Esslinger's Frog Design made WEGA/Sony's electronics fetish items, and then designed the "Snow White" language the Mac used. He's a design legend and an author. Here he tells us about the challenges of designing, then and now. » 7/17/09 2:00pm 7/17/09 2:00pm

The Sinclair MTV-1 Micro TV

Sinclair's little ultra-sharp black and white TV was meant to be a pocket set. But with a 4x6-inch footprint, it was impossible to stash in most disco-tight pockets at the time, even if it was under 2 inches thick. » 7/17/09 11:00am 7/17/09 11:00am

Speak and Spell: 1979's Best Robotic Teacher

The Speak and Spell, which was first shown at CES in 1978 and sold in 1979, was one of the first gadgets with a visual display to use interchangeable game cartridges, and it taught a whole generation how to spell. » 7/17/09 9:40am 7/17/09 9:40am

Then and Now: The Hewlett-Packard Family

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born. » 7/17/09 7:00am 7/17/09 7:00am

The Original TPS-L2 Sony Walkman Was Indeed Born in 1979

We didn't forget the Walkman in Giz 1979. It's just that its birthday was two weeks ago. Question: if it's the first model, what's with the complicated name? Regift! [The Original Walkman, Crazy and Notable Walkmans and Walkman Trivia] » 7/17/09 1:00am 7/17/09 1:00am

Everything About Crazy Eddie Was Completely Insane

If you lived in the New England area during the '70s and '80s, chances are you recall those ridiculous commercials for Crazy Eddie electronics stores. Even if you don't, they are pretty damn amusing to watch. » 7/16/09 10:00pm 7/16/09 10:00pm

Then and Now: IBM Personal Computers

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born. » 7/16/09 5:40pm 7/16/09 5:40pm

Then and Now: Panasonic's Multimedia Lineup

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born. » 7/16/09 2:00pm 7/16/09 2:00pm

Phreaking the Phones: Before There Was Hacking

Before there were computer hackers, there were phreakers. And before there were Macs, Jobs and Woz kept themselves busy building their own blue boxes (above) which would emulate precise control tones to seize control of the phone system. » 7/16/09 10:25am 7/16/09 10:25am

VisiCalc: Father of the Spreadsheet

Steven Levy reminded me that in 1979, VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet program for personal computers and the app that turned the Apple II into a serious business machine. Here's a DOS copy you can run today. [Wiki, briklin] » 7/16/09 3:00am 7/16/09 3:00am

Sony's Entire 1976 Lineup in One Photo

In 1976, Sony went to the National Stadium in Tokyo and lined up every single gadget they offered to photograph them. All were analog, mostly in radio, audio and TV. This is a photo of that. » 7/16/09 12:30am 7/16/09 12:30am

Sony WEGA Concept 51K All-in-One Stereo


This table top stereo by famed Frog founder, Hartmut Esslinger, has a turntable, tape player and tuner. It was huge—speakers were separate—but gorgeous. From 1976. » 7/15/09 11:08pm 7/15/09 11:08pm