Tech Culture

What ever happened to AIM?

What ever happened to AIM?

America Online controlled the entire digital world in the mid-1990s, but nothing can last forever. AOL was founded in the early 1980s as Control Video Corporation and focused exclusively on...

Against All Odds: How Nintendo Made It

Against All Odds: How Nintendo Made It

Ask your oldest relative -- the one who still thinks smartphones work through witchcraft -- to name one gaming company. There's a good chance they'll answer "Nintendo." The Japanese giant's...

Silicon Graphics: Gone But Not Forgotten

Silicon Graphics: Gone But Not Forgotten

You may have heard of SiliconGraphics, later known as Silicon Graphics, Inc, and then simply SGI, but few home users outside of an enthusiastic hobbyist community ever used its computers. T...

Against all odds: Netflix

Against all odds: Netflix

Home video rental was already a $ 16 billion industry when Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph decided to get involved in the summer of 1997. Hastings, who has degrees in math and math Compute...

Explainer: What is Arduino?

Explainer: What is Arduino?

When it comes to computers, the headlines almost always go to the biggest and fastest - more GHz, more transistors, more dollars. But not every success has followed this path. Sometimes ...

Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

Biggest Rivalries in Computing History

Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Coke vs. Pepsi, Edison vs. Tesla... History is filled with famous rivalries, but few have matched the intensity and, quite often, the viciousness seen when two te...

Gone, but not forgotten: Compaq

Gone, but not forgotten: Compaq

While computers had finally made the giant leap from machines that took up most of a room to something that could fit on a desk, they were still far from being portable. In 1982 three ent...

In Hindsight… Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

In Hindsight… Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

The computing industry is fuelled by prediction and rumors. Before the patent became a carefully guarded weapon, chip engineers from competing companies would often share an astounding amo...

Vorbei, aber nicht vergessen: Sinclair Computers

Vorbei, aber nicht vergessen: Sinclair Computers

Für viele waren die 1980er Jahre die goldene Ära im Home Computing. Kostengünstige 8-Bit-Systeme brachten Arcade-Spiele in die breite Masse und boten gleichzeitig die Möglichkeit, gru...