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Robotics

Omnibot 2000: The $500 Drink Serving Robot from 1985!

Think that humanoid robots in the home are a new idea? This video is from LGR highlights a toy that I remember wanting badly. Unboxing and enjoying the Tomy Omnibot 2000! A 26-inch home robot that can speak, play music, bring you drinks, and generally felt like ‘THE FUTURE’ in the 80s. While still a […]

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Interesting Linux

The Computer Chronicles – Windows 98 (1998)

This video is from The Computer Chronicles and tracks the launch of Windows 98 as well as a new upstart Windows alternative called Linux.

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Interesting

The Computer Chronicles – The Internet (1993)

This video is from The Computer Chronicles, one of the few media outlets to cover technology in the 80s and early 90s. Looking back at this and how the internet changed things, I can’t help but wonder what looking back at AI videos and news stories three decades later will be like.

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Interesting Maker

BUILDING THE WORLD’S FIRST 100% NEW COMMODORE 64!

Retro Recipes takes new components and rebuilds the world’s first new C-64 since 1994. The Commodore 64 was discontinued in 1994 and since then it’s been impossible to find a 100% new “real” (non-emulation) replacement. Thanks to the sponsorship of http://PCBWay.com – great PCBs from $5! – let’s try to build the world’s first brand […]

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Interesting

In 1964 Arthur C Clarke Predicted the Future. How Did He Do?

“The only thing we can be sure of about the future, is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So, if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I will have failed completely.” – Arthur C Clarke. The science-fiction writer and futurist Arthur C Clarke undertakes that most impossible and unrewarding […]

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Interesting

Are YOU Ready for the INTERNET? Video clip in 1994

Watching this video reveals the optimism around the internet in the mid 90s. Who knew that we’d end up using the technology to argue with strangers and share pictures of cats. Kate Bellingham reports that an exciting new interconnected world – a world where every word ever written, every picture ever painted and ever film […]

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Design Interesting

Deconstructing the 8-bit Arcade Font

Last week, I explained to my son how 8-bit graphics worked. I can’t tell you how many sheets of graph paper I went through designing sprites back in the day. Although it was possible, I never made my own on Font on the Commodore 64. In his book Arcade Game Typography, type designer Toshi Omagari […]

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Security

How Telephone Phreaking Worked

The 8-Bit Guy spoke at the Retro Game conference in Portland to talk about how phone phreaking worked.

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