Where Did the Term ‘Desktop Computer’ Come From?

Everybody knows that computers were huge and unwieldy in the middle of the 20th century. But a lot of the tech terminology that we take for granted today had to be invented at some point. Such is the case with the term “desktop computer,” which emerged long before “personal computers” became commonplace in American homes. Read More >>

How to Send an Email in 1984

Personal computing has changed a lot in the last 32 years, as this episode segment from 80s tech show Database will no doubt prove. For example, what the heck is the Micronet? Read More >>

The Last Time Apple Sold an Obscenely Overpriced Gadget

Now that the collective eye roll around Apple's £8k+ watches has turned into a blank stare, it's time for a little bit of nostalgia. Apple is not new to this game of selling seemingly everyday gadgets for ridiculous amounts. The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) wrote the rules nearly 20 years ago. Read More >>

Tron Inspired Disney to Make Psychedelic Movie About Computers

There was something undeniably awesome about Disney in the early 1980s. The company was expanding its theme parks in Florida with EPCOT, a shrine to technological innovation. Meanwhile, a bunch of young kids sort of got left unattended at the studio. The result? Movies like Tron. Read More >>

The Surprising Reason Computer Screens Aren’t Green-on-Black Anymore

In the early days of personal computing (think MS Dos early) text was often white or green on a black screen. That didn't last long, of course, but there's a little-known reason that those shadowy screens weren't ideal for users. And it has to do with your poor eyesight. Read More >>

Who Designed Clippy? The History Behind Four Legends of Early UI

It's human nature to hate things that remind us of how dumb we used to be; Like teenagers who can't stand their baby pictures, we prefer to ignore the proof of our humble beginnings. The same goes for artifacts of computing history—for proof, just look at the rage directed at relics of those early days, like Comic Sans and Clippy. Read More >>