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Windows Me, 20 Years Later: Was It Really That Bad?

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Twenty years ago, the turn of the millenium saw some serious software bugs. No, we’re not talking about Y2K here: We’re talking about Windows Me. Dubbed “Windows Mistake Edition” by PCWorld, Windows Me is not remembered fondly by many.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/688861/windows-me-20-years-later-was-it-really-that-bad/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Hoffman

Why I Loved Microsoft Bob, Microsoft’s Strangest Creation

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Windows 95, and people have a lot to say about it. My favorite part of Windows 95 was an infamous program called Microsoft Bob. It was a massive failure, but I loved it anyway.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/687748/why-i-loved-microsoft-bob-microsofts-strangest-creation/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Joe Fedewa

Why DOS Was (and Is) a Thing

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In late 1980, someone at IBM had a pretty neat idea. Responding to the popularity of “personal computers” like the Apple II and the TRS-80, IBM decided to get into the game. After a fast-paced development, IBM announced the first IBM Personal Computer 5150 in August 1981. To hit the market quickly, IBM mostly used off-the-shelf parts and licensed or purchased other components from third parties. One of those was the operating system.

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Source: https://www.cloudsavvyit.com/6107/why-dos-was-and-is-a-thing/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Jim Hall

How to Wipe Your Viewing History on Any Streaming Service

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Streaming services seem to be multiplying more quickly than ever, and they all use a similar approach when it comes to tracking what you’re watching—both to make sure you can jump back in where you left off, and to power the various recommendation algorithms that will keep your eyeballs on the screen for longer than…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-to-wipe-your-viewing-history-on-any-streaming-servi-1844329449
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David Nield

1947 film about the future shows handheld TV users bumping into each other

La Télévision is a short film from 1947 that imagines what the world might be like if everyone had handheld wireless devices. It shows people using them in restaurants, on public transportation, and as they walk around in public places. At one point two men bump into each other because they are so immersed in the tiny screens.

Inspiré d’un essai de Barjavel, le documentaire propose l’évolution de la télévision en format de poche transportable, et la façon dont les humains interagiront avec l’objet.

Aujourd’hui, des parallèles sont tracés entre l’objet décrit dans le documentaire, et les smartphones.

Google Translation:

Inspired by an essay by Barjavel, the documentary proposes the evolution of television in transportable pocket format, and the way humans will interact with the object.

Today, parallels are drawn between the object described in the documentary, and smartphones.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/07/06/1947-film-about-the-future-sho.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mark Frauenfelder

Hitting the books: The ancient technology behind astronaut ice cream

8243cde0-a752-11ea-be9c-25fe1ab9163eIt’s been one week since astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley made history by successfully riding SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket up to the International Space Station. This calls for a celebration! And what orbital party would be complete without t…

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Windows 3.0 Is 30 Years Old: Here’s What Made It Special

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Thirty years ago this month, Microsoft released Windows 3.0, a graphical environment that represented a dramatic leap over its predecessors in terms of capability and popularity. Here’s what made Windows 3.0 special.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/674574/windows-3.0-is-30-years-old-heres-what-made-it-special/
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This Video Chat Prediction From 1918 Was So Much Cooler Than Zoom

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People living in the year 2020 have plenty of options for talking over video chat: Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Portal, and perhaps the most popular video app of our pandemic era, Zoom. But none of them look nearly as cool as this idea published in a tech magazine from 1918, a time when radio broadcasting was in its…

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Source: https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/this-video-chat-prediction-from-1918-was-so-much-cooler-1841260045
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Matt Novak on Paleofuture, shared by Rhett Jones to Gizmodo