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This Ancient Commodore 64 is Still Being Used to Run a Car in Poland

We need to learn a lesson about needless consumerism from this auto repair shop in Gdansk, Poland, because it still uses a Commodore 64 to run its operations. Yes, the same Commodore 64 released 34 years ago that clocked in at 1 MHz and had 64 kilobytes of RAM. It came out in 1982, was discontinued in 1994, but it’s still used to run an actual company in 2016. That’s awesome. Read More >>

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RIP: Japan is Making its Last-Ever VCR

It’s the end of an era as the last Japanese company to make VCRs says it’ll throw in the hat and stop manufacturing them by August. But also: people were still making VCRs? Things really do stick around. Read More >>

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How Much are Your Old Apple Gadgets Worth?

Could you be unwittingly sitting on a gold mine? Chances are if you’re a regular reader of Gizmodo UK, you probably have an attic stuffed with the gadgets of yesteryear. But rather than leave your old computers gathering dust… could you turn them into cold, hard cash? Read More >>

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Relive the Horrors and Thrills of Windows 98 Right in Your Browser

Most of us remember the glory days of Windows 98. Now you can relive them on a less-shitty computer, thanks to several thousand lines of brilliant Javascript. Read More >>

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Inside the Last Factory That Still Makes Audio Cassettes

Bloomberg Businessweek recently toured National Audio Company, a shop in the US state of Missouri and one of the last and definitely the largest remaining manufacturers of the classic audio cassette tape. It’s almost adorable to see all the old machines whirring to pump out tapes that you thought no longer existed. Read More >>

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A Century-Old Device May Be the Future of Electronics

There’s a new device in the works over at DARPA, the agency known for pushing the technological envelope with mind-controlled prosthetics and drone-launching submarines. This latest innovation? The vacuum tube. You might remember it from the first time humans invented it, way back in 1904. Read More >>

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Everyone’s a Winner With These Windows 3.0 Cards by Susan Kare

Practically everyone who used a computer in the '90s passed the hours playing Solitaire on Windows 3.0 at one point or another. Now, you can enjoy the game in real life with this deck of cards modelled after Susan Kare’s timeless, pixelated design. Even the box brings back memories. Read More >>

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Someone Finally Resurrected the Commodore Brand for Something Useful

For years various entrepreneurs have tried to bring back the legendary Commodore computer brand, all of them inevitably ending up bankrupt. Now a couple of Italian designers think they’ve got the silver-bullet solution to tapping into '80s nostalgia: a smartphone. It’s too bad they decided to make it look so boring. Read More >>

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Lucky Guy Finds Treasure Trove of 1970s Lego in Discarded Bag

In Switzerland, it’s apparently common for people to leave out bags of stuff they don’t want for others to take, instead of throwing it all in the rubbish. And when a writer over on Brick Fanatics found a sack of miscellaneous Lego, when he got home he was surprised to find it actually included classic sets, manuals, and catalogues dating back to the 1970s. Read More >>

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Feast Your Eyes on This Old-School Weather Model

Weather forecasting has come a long way, as the video below of a midcentury climate model illustrates. And if you’re into vintage computer graphics, it provides some pretty nice eye candy too. Read More >>

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Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017

Norway’s Minister of Culture, Thorhild Widvey, announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era. Read More >>

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This Soviet Computer Mouse Was Ridiculously Priced

There you have it: the pinnacle of modern technology (in 1989 Soviet Russia, at least). Recently, someone decided to unearth this gem and share the nostalgic find with the internet. Craziest thing about it? According to EnglishRussia, this bad boy cost the equivalent of £200 ($300). Read More >>

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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 >>

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Is This Film of Women in ‘Scandalous’ Swimsuits Really from 1898?

There's something about this film that strikes me as strange. According to the film archive company British Pathé, it shows beach bathers in England in 1898. Supposedly, people of the time were scandalised by their "wanton display of bare flesh". But I get the feeling that it's all a big joke. And a more recent one at that. Read More >>