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Tedium
Tedium

The Story of the Trackball, Canada's Earliest Gift to Computing

The evolution of the trackball, which is more than an upside-down mouse. It's the Royal Canadian Navy’s greatest contribution to modern-day computing. Really.
Ernie Smith
1.17.18
lost art
lost art

You Can Now Play the First LGBTQ Computer Game, For the First Time

‘Caper in the Castro’ was thought to be long lost.
Jordan Pearson
12.20.17
Actually
Actually

Historians Are Calling Out Trump Online Whenever He Misreads the Past

Engaging with new media is no longer a dalliance for the history profession in the misinformation age.
Daniel Crown
12.14.17
history
history

The Greatest Computer Network You’ve Never Heard Of

How the PLATO system, a pre-internet online platform that first came to life at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the 1960s, quietly fostered some of the first digital natives.
Ernie Smith
11.13.17
Skelux
Skelux

Nintendo’s Old Flash Games Are Being Rescued from the Bowels of the Internet

These web games were abandoned by Nintendo. A modder is bringing them back.
Jason Johnson
11.3.17
Collapse of Civilizations
Collapse of Civilizations

Cleopatra's Downfall Was Partly Sparked by Climate Change and Volcanoes

And ours could be too.
Becky Ferreira
10.17.17
hipstamatic
hipstamatic

Remember Hipstamatic? It's Still Alive

"It's weird—and sometimes sad—to look back and realize that we had a major role to play in the very existence of Instagram."
Claire Downs
10.9.17
hypersonic
hypersonic

Why the Piloted Flight Speed Record Hasn’t Been Broken in 50 Years

It all goes back to the history of the X-15 A-2, an unmistakable rocket-powered product of its moment.
Caroline Haskins
10.6.17
Meat and Greet
Meat and Greet

Inside the World of the 'Bitcoin Carnivores'

Why a small community of Bitcoin users is eating meat exclusively.
Jordan Pearson
9.29.17
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf

This Guy Is Digitizing the VHS History of Video Games

Some of the tapes contain never-before-seen footage for US gamers.
Samantha Cole
9.22.17
hush-a-phone
hush-a-phone

Why Is the Internet Archive Painstakingly Preserving One Man's Junk Mail?

Ted Nelson, the man who came up with the idea of hypertext, kept 18 boxes of junk mail sitting around for decades. Now the Internet Archive is bringing it back to life in digital form.
Ernie Smith
7.25.17
What Is the iPhone?
What Is the iPhone?

Apple’s Long History of Rejecting 'Objectionable Content’ From the App Store

This is the story of technology’s most important walled garden.
Louise Matsakis
7.17.17