History

The 15 most popular phones in history: Nokia vs Apple

The website Visual Capitalist collected information about the 15 most popular phones/smartphones in history and created an infographic on the topic. As you might expect, the top 15 includes a variety of Nokia and Apple models. The first places are, of course, occupied by the bestselling Nokia 1100 (2003) and ... Read more

Apple Macintosh is 40 years old!

Exactly 40 years ago, on January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs, dressed in a black double-breasted jacket and gray bow tie, took the stage at De Anza College in Cupertino to introduce the Macintosh to the public. The first mass-produced computer with a graphical user interface and mouse, the Apple Macintosh, ... Read more

The oldest version of 86-DOS, the predecessor of MS-DOS, is found

An Internet Archive user with the nickname f15sim found and uploaded to the Web the oldest version of the 86-DOS operating system, the one that was later bought by Microsoft and turned into MS-DOS, the world’s most widely used operating system for the next 15 years. 86-DOS is a renamed ... Read more

GTA: The Beginning. BBC archive video about the development of the first Grand Theft Auto (1997)

Back in 1996, when trees were big and video games were small and mostly in 2D, the BBC filmed an interesting report from behind the scenes of the Scottish studio DMA Design Limited, which was developing a new heist game – the first Grand Theft Auto. It should be noted ... Read more

DOOM turns 30!

The great and unrivaled DOOM is 30 years old! At midnight on December 10, 1993, after 30 hours of continuous testing, the id Software team tried to upload their new game, DOOM, to the FTP server of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but was unable to connect to it due to ... Read more

The Xerox Alto in a 1979 advertisement that predicts the future

It’s amazing how accurately this 1979 Xerox Alto computer commercial predicts the future. Here you have email newsletters, the first WYSIWYG editor, a laser printer, an Ethernet network, a calendar with reminders, and even the forerunner of the modern language model. It is worth reminding that it was in the ... Read more

Microsoft Excel 4.0 in an advertisement from 1992

Once upon a time, software features that today seem quite commonplace and should be the default were a great innovation. For example, the features of Microsoft Excel 4.0, which can be seen in this 1992 advertisement. Excel 4.0 was part of Microsoft Office 2.5, 3.0, and 4.0 and worked with ... Read more

Martin Goetz, the man who received the first software patent, dies at the age of 93

Programmer Martin Goetz (1930-2023), the first person to receive a software patent and thus contribute to the birth of a new industry, died in the United States at the age of 93, writes The New York Times. The fact is that in the 1950s and 1960s, software was considered an ... Read more

The Making of Karateka – an interactive documentary about one of the most famous games of the 1980s

Jordan Mechner’s Karateka is one of the most famous games of the golden era. It influenced many other projects of the 1980s and 1990s, and of course without Karateka there would be no Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed and many other games. The Making of Karateka is a unique ... Read more

Naval strike drones: from ancient brigands to modern times

Recently, our colleagues from Defense Express published an interesting article about the predecessor of modern maritime strike drones, the remotely operated Fernlenkboot, which was developed and tested by the German Imperial Navy during World War I. Without detracting from the achievements of the German arms manufacturers, for this was indeed ... Read more

Retro Interview: Ray Music on Baldur’s Gate II, Neverwinter Nights, and other BioWare games

On August 3, 2023, the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate III, the third installment of the famous role-playing saga and the first game in the series from Belgium’s Larian Studios, was finally released for Windows PC. But to understand such a huge game, you need to spend several weeks in front of ... Read more

Noclip digitizes a unique collection of old videotapes about the gaming industry

Noclip Media Studio, which produces documentaries about video games and the entertainment industry, has begun digitizing a large number of videotapes of various video game content from the 1990s and 2000s. Company founder Danny O’Dwyer wrote about it on Twitter. “A while back, Noclipvideo saved a large collection of lost ... Read more

Vintage Apple trainers for $50,000

Sotheby’s auction house is offering a pair of rare vintage Apple trainers for $50,000. This is not an auction, but a fixed-price sale. This offer is announced by BBC. These are trainers that were made to order only for company employees in the 1990s and were a gift for attending ... Read more

The Messerschmitt Me 262 is back in the skies of Great Britain

A replica of the legendary Messerschmitt Me 262, the world’s first production jet fighter, took to the air during the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) air show held at RAF Fairford in Great Britain, reports Militarnyi. This Messerschmitt Me 262B1A is a 1993-2000 USA built replica owned by Messerschmitt Museum ... Read more

Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker, passed away at 59

Kevin Mitnick, once one of the most wanted computer hackers in the United States, has died at the age of 59. This is reported by The New York Times with reference to the press secretary of the company KnowBe4 Kathy Wattman. The cause of death was complications from pancreatic cancer. ... Read more

A rare original iPhone with 4 GB of memory was sold at auction for a record $190,000

An unopened, wrapped box with an original iPhone from 2007 was sold at auction for a record $190,373 for this device. Apple sold iPhones with 4 GB of built-in memory for a short period of time, so this version is considered one of the rarest among the first generation iPhones. ... Read more

The Ford Trimotor – Ford’s most successful aircraft

Did you know that at one time the Ford Motor Company produced airplanes?! And they were so beautiful! Meet the Ford 4-AT, aka the Ford Trimotor, also known as the Tin Goose. The Ford Trimotor is a passenger all-metal trimotor monoplane that was produced in series from 1927 to 1933 ... Read more

A $175 check from Apple Computer Company signed by Steve Jobs sold at auction for over $100,000

A check from Apple Computer Company filled out and signed by company co-founder Steve Jobs recently was sold for $106,985 at an auction organized by RR Auction. Boston-based RR Auction is known for finding and selling historic artifacts, autographs and manuscripts. A check signed by Jobs was issued in July ... Read more

The first interview with Serhii Hryhorovych (1998): about WarCraft 2000: Nuclear Epidemic and other game projects of GSC Game World

Of course, we were introduced to Serhii Hryhorovych by a person who knew everyone – Alex Ptytsia. The first office of GSC Game World was located in an ordinary apartment on Obolon in the same house where “Bearded Uncle™” lived. It was September 1998, and the first issue of “Home ... Read more

One of the world’s largest collections of old Apple hardware is up for sale

One of the most comprehensive collections of retro Apple computers and gadgets produced between 1977 and 2008 will soon be up for sale. As reported by PetaPixel, vintage Apple computers will be auctioned in California next month and the entire collection includes more than 500 items collected by the late ... Read more

Chasm: The Rift – 1997-2022

The remastered version of the classic Ukrainian shooter Chasm: The Rift has become complete disappointment for Ukrainians. As it turned out, the game was updated by a Russian studio, and published by a company created by Russians in Great Britain. In the ninth month of a full-scale war, this is ... Read more

Archaeologists are investigating signs of ancient human civilization under water

Archaeologists are trying to piece together the mystery of an underwater trail of ancient rock piles, or cairns, that stretch for miles under the shimmering waters of Lake Constance, a glacial lake that lies between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and which appear to have been made by humans who lived ... Read more

PC of the month (December 1996)

One of the readers, commenting on another article PC of the month, said, that this was a good initiative and that he hoped we would continue to collect current PC configurations in the future. To which, of course, I replied that we have been doing this for over 20 years, ... Read more

Steve Jobs’ old sandals sold at auction for over $200,000

One bidder paid $218,750 for a pair of old tattered sandals worn by Steve Jobs, reports CNN. Birkenstock Arizonas were apparently worn by Jobs back in the 1970s and 80s when he was just starting Apple. The shoes were found among Jobs’ trash by Mark Sheff, who managed his estate, ... Read more

NASA has confirmed that the wreckage found underwater belongs to the “Challenger”, which exploded in 1986

A documentary film crew searching for World War II-era plane wreckage has recently discovered historical artifacts of a more modern kind. After reviewing the footage, NASA has confirmed that the underwater debris captured off the coast of Florida belongs to the last flight of the space shuttle Challenger, in which ... Read more