Obsolete Gadget Tattoos Are Seven Shades of Wrong

Living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I've seen my share of intricate, beautiful, and veehee lickable tattoos. The vintage gadget kind are not them. Tumblred by Anna Jane Grossman—démodé-gadgeteer extraordinaire and author of the highly recommended Obsolete—these are a mistake: » 10/10/09 1:00pm 10/10/09 1:00pm

Windows XP Gets Another Six Months to Live: Will Not Go Gently Into…

According to a leaked email from a PC OEM, Microsoft has officially extended the life of its now-beloved Windows XP, moving the date of planned obsolescence from January 31, 2009 all the way to July 31, 2009. In the wake of its very expensive ad campaign » 10/04/08 10:00am 10/04/08 10:00am promoting (in a roundabout way) Vista, the move is a bit…

Virtual Boy-Playing, Zune-Toting Alternate History is Kind of…

Anyone who has ever piloted a Segway or watched a Betamax knows that the tech world isn't always a meritocracy. Good products can be trampled by inferior ones, and unpredictable consumers can make frustrating choices (Blu-ray, anyone?). More likely, though, is that the product was just a stupid idea in the first… » 6/12/08 8:06pm 6/12/08 8:06pm

The Massive, Expensive Problem of Obsolete Tech

In 2005, a control room for the A and C subway lines in NYC caught fire. "No larger than a kitchen," the room held 600 relays, switches and circuits that keep track of trains and keep everything running. Officials originally thought it would take three to five years to get the lines back to normal capacity. (Thankfully… » 4/22/08 2:30pm 4/22/08 2:30pm