How they made electronic music 30 years ago

Garage Band, Pro Tools, Logic, sequencers on tablets and phones—anyone can create music these days with zero programming knowledge. But Diode Milliampere shows you how it was done with MS-DOS. Yes, that command line inputting, C-drive accessing MS-DOS from 30 years ago. It turned out pretty well! » 2/05/14 12:30am 2/05/14 12:30am

Pencils Can Be Hip and Fun Too

I spied Gizmodo's Joe Brown using these blue and red pencils, and immediately wondered where they came from. Turns out they're "Slang Pencils" from Greenwich Letterpress and they come with 90's era sayings like 'Mad Props' and 'Off the Hook'. I don't know about you but I like my writing tools to be as retro cool as… » 4/18/11 9:40pm 4/18/11 9:40pm

The Entire Internet on a Floppy Disk

It really speaks to our youthful naivety when we could imagine ourselves shrilling, "ooh, the Internet is all in this awesome, pocketable floppy disk. We have arrived"! Though I guess some of our parents and even un-techsavvy friends would still believe such a thing. [Unplggd] » 3/05/11 2:00pm 3/05/11 2:00pm

Watch People from the 90's Try to Explain the Internet

We've already seen Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel hilariously flub and stammer about the internet back in 1994 but that's just how it was! Everyone was clueless. This video shows people in the 90's trying to explain what the internet was. It's a wonder we even got here. [URLesque via Geekosystem] » 2/24/11 12:00pm 2/24/11 12:00pm

Bill Clinton Only Sent Out Two E-Mails During His Presidency

Bill Clinton, former POTUS, was so tech un-savvy during his presidency that he only sent out two e-mails when he was in office. One to the troops in the Adriatic, one to John Glenn and none to any interns. [Gawker] » 2/17/11 10:40am 2/17/11 10:40am

It's Amazing How Many Parts and Pieces Are Inside a Typewriter

I'm literally shocked at how many parts are inside a typical typewriter. I really thought it would be one of the easiest gadgets to make, I mean, who knew there were so many connectors, screws, wires, cables and a million other metal objects I can't even describe. Just take a look at the picture and think how hard it… » 2/12/11 12:00pm 2/12/11 12:00pm

Computer Icon Notebook Lets Me Jot My Notes Down

This computer icon notebook is just perfect for the guy who balances new technology with old school knowhow. It's like doing things the old fashioned way but with a wink towards technology. Buy one for $10. [Brigada Creativa via DesignMilk] » 11/27/10 3:00pm 11/27/10 3:00pm

Ash Is a 16-Bit RPG Time Machine on Your iPhone

The graphics your iPhone can pull off are mighty impressive these days—but what about you gaming purists? Rather than dust off your SNES and give a Back in my day, whippersnapper speech, check out ultra-traditional iOS RPG Ash. » 11/09/10 5:20pm 11/09/10 5:20pm

WD-40 Goes Retro

You probably have a can of it somewhere. Save the time searching, pick up one of their limited edition twin packs, and finally fix that squeaky door that's driving everyone crazy. » 7/21/10 10:20pm 7/21/10 10:20pm

Record Your Own Records With Gakken's Gramophone Kit

Sure, anybody with ears can agree that something is lost when records are compressed and converted to digital files. But if you really want to walk the walk you can't just listen to vinyl, you have to record your own. » 2/06/10 10:00am 2/06/10 10:00am

In the 90s, NES Graphics Were Best Viewed Up Close

Now, this is a story all about how…Wow, this pretty much hits the early-90s on the head. Baseball Stars, Nike Ultra Force kicks, Mariah Carey CD, those pants! But where's the SNES? I mean, he was the Fresh Prince, right? » 9/03/09 4:40pm 9/03/09 4:40pm