Defunct 19A0s Computer Company Name Generator

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This generates names of Defunct Computer Companies That You're Sure You Can Remember From the 19A0s

Retro TV has old-school channel-changing knob

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Doshisha’s new Vintage Taste 20-inch LCD Television has HDMI, AV, USB, LAN inputs, and digital audio outputs, coated in a plastic craptastic retro veneer. It's main selling point is a clickable knob to change channels.

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History of Mechanical Keyboards

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Andrew Lekashman offers a brief pictorial a history of mechanical keyboards, from adding machines to dumb terminals to Symbolics monstrosities to modern blank-key hacker totems. There was a lot of ingenious tech left by the wayside on the way to finding the perfect click.

Pictured above is one not included in the roundup, a particularly beautiful Raytheon(!) model that can be bought on eBay for $300, then sent to me.

Lekashman's tastes are grittier:

Ultrasonic I Plus

This keyboard is acoustic and operates entirely by vibration. This makes it more like a musical instrument than a workplace device. This is something that hasn’t been replicated in the keyboard market since 1982. The specific principle that allows it to work is called Time Difference Of Arrival (TDOA). This is like a form of echo-location to measure which key hits the acoustic transfer bar. Whenever a switch is pressed, a metal “slapper” strikes the bar, and transducers measure the sound wave produced, which differs based on the distance of the slapper from the transducer. Typing on the keyboard is delightfully clicky and pleasantly tactile.

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Halloween safety video from 1977

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Centron Corp. was good enough to prepare this helpful safety video for pre-helicopter parenting days. Oh, for the days when you'd send your kids out for a night of trick-or-treating at strangers' houses with nary an adult in sight, all the time wearing sight-restricting masks and dark clothes. Read the rest

Vintage children's PSA on explosive safety

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If you grew up in certain areas of the country, you may have been subjected to a lot of education about the dangers of blasting caps, like this PSA by The Institute Of Makers Of Explosives. Read the rest

Gorgeous pulp-fiction editions of Gaiman's Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and American Gods

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Now there are three: Neil Gaiman's best-loved novels are being re-released with gorgeous pulp covers; back in August, it was American Gods, in a month you'll be able to marry it up with the stupendous Anansi Boys, to be followed in November by Neverwhere (painted by Robert E McGinnis, lettering by Todd Klein). (via Neil Gaiman)

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RetroConnector makes tiny replica vintage computers to house tiny modern miniature computers

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RetroConnector (aka Charles Mangin) makes tiny Raspberry Pi cases in the form of mininature reproductions of Apple IIs, Lisas and Atari XLs—and more besides. The pitch is simple: "Connect your old Apple computer to new computers and peripherals. Outfit your desk with nostalgic miniatures." Read the rest

The story behind Stranger Things' excellent title sequence

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ASCII weather page

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Igor Chubin's wttr.in shows the weather in non-proportional ASCII-art form. It's beautiful, clean and completely legible, unlike almost every modern weather service on the web. On my terminal (Windows, Chrome) the rendering of Lucida Sans Typewriter seems not quite perfect: a pixel too wide here and there. I think it's because of the unicode directional arrows for the wind, perhaps in combination with me browsing on Windows. Read the rest

Kickstarting new cases for old Amigas

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Philippe Lang is looking for $140,863 from fellow Amiga enthusiasts, which he'll spend producing a run of new cases for Amiga (and Amiga-alike) computers, in 12 colors of UV-resistant plastic. Read the rest

WATCH: Fantastic Four as a direct-to-VHS trailer

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The fine folks at Vulture took clips from the doomed Roger Corman Fantastic Four and made a retro-style trailer. ICYMI, here's what they're parodying: Read the rest

Run Boy Run: fabulous music video packed with scenes and sprites ripped from 8- and 16-bit classic games.

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This cover of WoodKid's song is by Victorians, and with a video by Odislaw, is the perfect antidote to "Pixels." Can you list all the games that the hero from Karateka leaps through? Read the rest

The Six Million Dollar Man, season 1

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Colonel Steve Austin nearly died in a fiery space accident. The Office of Scientific Intelligence rebuilt him better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

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25 of the most potent TV commercial earworms ever, all in one video

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Listen at your own peril.

Terrible American clothing now available

Online clothing boutique Shinesty wants you to Shine On. Their mission is "to bring you the most outlandish collection of clothing the world has ever seen", and they deliver. Read the rest

8-bit gamer duvet cover

Pixel Nostalgia ($100): also available as a rug, print, tee or tote.

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WATCH: Get stoked for work or school with Powerglove's "Batman"

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If you're having a hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays, perhaps Powerglove's retro-kitsch "Batman" video will inspire you. Read the rest

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