WBZ: ‘Busiest We Have Been In 41 Years,’ Typewriters Make Comeback During Pandemic. “The pandemic has changed the way we live. Remote learning. Work from home. Zoom calls all day long. A lot of people are yearning for life to be more simple. That has made a low tech machine wildly popular again: the typewriter.”
The Irish News: Mobile Phone Museum launches online. “A collection of mobile phones detailing the history of the device has launched as an online museum with more than 2,000 handsets dating back to 1984. The Mobile Phone Museum, founded by industry veterans Ben Wood and Matt Chatterley, includes high-resolution photos and backstories for many of the phones in its catalogue.”
Boing Boing: Atari ST in daily use since 1985 to run campground. “Here’s an Atari ST that’s been in daily use since 1985 as a general-purpose business machine at a campground, complete with software written by its single careful owner, Frans Bos. Victor Bart interviews him about his decades of happy computing.”
Hackaday: IRC Server For MS-DOS . “The recent flurry of projects based around Internet Relay Chat (IRC) should be a fair indication that the beloved protocol is not going anywhere. Now, thanks to [Mike Chambers], you can add to the IRC ecosystem by hosting your very own MS-DOS based IRC server.” I had a PC XT that I had to use with a black and white TV because I couldn’t afford a real monitor. Sunday nostalgia: it’s real.
Gizmodo: A Determined Hacker Has Brought Google Maps to the NES. “Almost a decade before the world finally realized how tedious April Fool’s Day pranks are, Google revealed a farcical 8-bit port of Google Maps for the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System. The prank was quickly forgotten, but not by one maker, who, nine years later, has made the NES version of Google Maps a reality.”
Boing Boing: Fantastically surreal TikTok films about pay telephones. “Solopist makes wonderfully surreal short TikTok films all about pay telephones. The series reminds me of 2600 magazine’s ‘Payphones of the World’ backpage photos, only less real.” Are you a fan of BUTTERED SIDE DOWN or YOU SUCK AT COOKING? Here ya go.
Ubergizmo: Older Kindle Models Will Lose Their Internet Access In December. “The big deal here is that by no longer being able to access the internet, these Kindle devices cannot download new content wirelessly. Amazon says that your purchased content will stay where it is, and if you’ve already downloaded it you can keep reading it on your device, but future content will no longer be possible.”
The Verge: Listen to Spotify on this nostalgic iPod-style web music player. “In an era before multitouch displays, the iPod’s click wheel was the king of music playback control. Now, a new project from frontend software developer Tanner Villarete has attempted to emulate its classic controls as a web app, complete with support for your Spotify and Apple Music library.”
SUPERJUMP: An Appeal Through the Nostalgia Glasses. “Any perusal through social media will show you that gaming’s appreciation goes far beyond whatever the most recent release is. Gamers love to talk about old games, and not through a fond ‘do you remember when’ anecdotal sense, but through a ‘I just played this very real game on my very real PlayStation 2 last week’ sense. It can be expensive for companies to leave their servers live and allow gamers to buy games that are ten, fifteen, twenty years old, but maybe this finally needs to be accepted as a sacrifice for the historical curation of the medium — or, maybe, we need to figure out a better way to make virtual consoles and re-releases viable that go beyond a complete obliteration every couple of console cycles. “
Pete Warden: How screen scraping and TinyML can turn any dial into an API. “I’ve already heard from multiple teams who have legacy hardware that they need to monitor, in environments as varied as oil refineries, crop fields, office buildings, cars, and homes. Some of the devices are decades old, so until now the only option to enable remote monitoring and data gathering was to replace the system entirely with a more modern version. This is often too expensive, time-consuming, or disruptive to contemplate. Pointing a small, battery-powered camera instead offers a lot of advantages. Since there’s an air gap between the camera and the dial it’s monitoring, it’s guaranteed to not affect the rest of the system, and it’s easy to deploy as an experiment, iterating to improve it.”
ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos
On the other hand, I’m not sure this archive is as new as it’s being presented. But it’s still interesting! ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos. “2021 heralds the fiftieth anniversary of home video recording and the introduction of the consumer video cassette recorder – and this is just one of the industry breakthroughs documented by this unique site. No subscriptions or fees are required to use the site, which is a completely free, non-profit treasure trove of pictures and articles covering the history of home gadgetry before the days of Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. Tekkiepix also includes a comprehensive timeline of consumer technology landmarks starting from 1877.”
Review Geek: The Free Deskreen App Turns Your Old Tablet Into a Wireless Monitor. “How many monitors do you even need? One deciding factor can be the cost of another monitor. But what if you could use nearly any tablet or smartphone you already own? If you have $8 to spare for a dongle, the free Deskreek app promises to turn your old device into a second (or third) monitor for Windows, macOS, or Linux devices.”
Mashable: New web app lets you take Game Boy Camera-style pics and pretend it’s 1998. “On Saturday a coder, animator, and electronic musician by the name of maple ‘mavica’ syrup published a free web app that lets anyone take Game Boy Camera-style photos with just their browser and a webcam. It’s super fun.”