Bring Back SoundCloud's Fantastic Desktop App

With all these rich musicians making a ruckus about Jay Z’s overpriced streaming music service, I’m getting a little emotional. Not about Jay Z’s overpriced streaming music service. About the bygone golden era of streaming music’s erstwhile golden boy: SoundCloud. » 3/31/15 4:45pm Yesterday 4:45pm

This 1982 JCPenney Catalog Is a Jackpot of '80s Toys and Electronics

How do you define a hero? It's easy. It's anyone who takes the time to scan all 636 pages of the 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalog and posts those images on Flickr so that all of us who grew up in the '80s can spend a Friday morning taking a nostalgic browse through our childhood. » 3/20/15 9:26am 3/20/15 9:26am

Starbucks Is Quitting CDs, and So Am I

Nearly two years ago, I bought a CD while waiting for a bucket-sized iced coffee, sweet with a splash of whole milk. It wasn't a long wait, but it was long enough for me to spot the new Vampire Weekend album, remember I'd pirated their first two and hand my Starbucks gift card back to the barista. "I'll also take » 2/20/15 3:30pm 2/20/15 3:30pm

The 1982 Sears Wish Book Featured Some of the Best Toys From the '80s

The holidays are one of the best times to meander down memory lane. After all, many of us are probably even sleeping in our old childhood bedrooms while visiting our parents this Christmas. And because so many of you enjoyed Dinosaur Dracula's look at a 1985 JCPenney Christmas catalog yesterday, we wanted to point you… » 12/24/14 9:54am 12/24/14 9:54am

The 1985 JCPenney Christmas Catalog Is a Great Nostalgia Trip

When it comes time to decide what they want for Christmas, today's kids have it easy. A few hours on the internet can result in thousands of links to toys, electronics, and video games. But if you grew up in the '80s, your holiday hunt relied solely on department store catalogs. And over on Dinosaur Dracula they've… » 12/23/14 9:39am 12/23/14 9:39am

The Great Web 1.0 Revival

The booming size of today's mainstream social networks and the constant level of noise we have to deal with has inspired a sudden return to a time when the internet was quieter, safer, and more intimate: the Web 1.0 days. Like artisanal hipster nostalgia for a time when men were men, shoes were handmade, and everyone… » 10/28/14 1:00pm 10/28/14 1:00pm

A Visual History of the Windows Start Menu

Microsoft debuted Windows 10 today and it has a solid Start Menu. Good job, Windows! But before getting Windows 10 on point, the Start Menu went through more than one reinvention. Some went better than others. » 9/30/14 5:23pm 9/30/14 5:23pm

What It Was Like to Be Online During the 80s

Here are two first-hand accounts of internet life in the 80s, when porn was restricted to asterisks and dashes and the screeching sound of dial-up was music to young computer geeks' ears. » 9/25/14 1:30pm 9/25/14 1:30pm

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… » 9/18/14 4:16pm 9/18/14 4:16pm

What's The Earliest Trace Of Yourself You Can Still Find Online?

The internet is so deeply woven into our everyday lives, we hardly think about it anymore. We've all been posting, commenting, liking, and sharing for at least a decade. In the process, we've all left a long digital trail. What's the oldest remnant of your online life that you can still find? » 9/06/14 5:30pm 9/06/14 5:30pm

How Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Taught Me to Love Technology

You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids hit theaters and my world view… » 7/23/14 8:00pm 7/23/14 8:00pm

A Website That Warps You Back to the Hit Songs of Your Youth

Do you ever have flashbacks to that middle school dance, the one where you slow-danced to All-4-One and had your first kiss under an elm tree while Quad City DJs closed out the night. (Not that that happened to me or anything.) A dead simple but super fun website now lets you travel back to those hit songs. » 7/23/14 6:27pm 7/23/14 6:27pm

Stealing My Brother's Walkman

The Walkman turns 35 today. If you own one still, it is probably dusty, and maybe moldy, and definitely gross and old. But for a while, a Walkman was the thing. Especially in my house. » 7/01/14 11:06am 7/01/14 11:06am

Secret underground vault contains all Lego sets in history

I watched The Lego Movie once again. Like the first time, I cried like a little kid. It's a good movie, but the strong emotional reaction came from deep inside, firing the same childhood memories that The Lego Memory Lane—Leg0 HQ's underground secret vault with all their sets—did when I visited it in Billund, Denmark. » 5/31/14 7:39am 5/31/14 7:39am

This Developer Is Rebuilding Your Childhood Bedroom For Oculus Rift

What happens when you use technology from the future to rebuild the world of past? Nostalgic developer Roy Lazarovich is trying to figure that out with a new project called MemoRift. Put simply, he's building a bedroom from the 1980s that you can explore using Oculus Rift. » 5/20/14 6:00pm 5/20/14 6:00pm

The A to Z of old television series in one neat video

Watch London in 1924 & 2014 get combined into one time traveling video

London is a city with so much history that you're always curious about what happened before. Who stood on this street? Where did this come from? What happened when? And because London's architecture has remarkably stayed the same over the years, it's easy to "time travel" and compare what life was like back then to… » 4/28/14 10:30pm 4/28/14 10:30pm

All the Weird Toys From Your Childhood

I don't know you. I don't know where you're from or what you look like or how old you are. You might be a judge or a cook or a priest or a clown. I don't know. But what I'm pretty sure about is that at one point or another, you've been involved with most of the toys below. It's just one of those things that we all… » 4/23/14 2:40pm 4/23/14 2:40pm

Relive All of Your Favorite Retro Computer Reboots on One Website

Remember a time when every single software update you made to your computer's OS or applications required a complete reboot of the system? Computers are still far from perfect, but over at The Restart Page you can relive those annoying and constant operating system restarts of yesteryear, and appreciate how far things… » 4/16/14 3:00pm 4/16/14 3:00pm

This neat animation makes me miss my childhood gadgets so much

Here is some guaranteed nostalgia for you. Follow the life of a Game Boy in this wonderful animation: watch it get assembled in a factory and packaged for an excited kid and see it get played by youthful thumbs and then eventually be tossed away by a teenager. It's every toy's story. Throughout its journey you'll see… » 4/02/14 9:14pm 4/02/14 9:14pm