SerenityOS (github) is "a love letter to '90s user interfaces with a custom Unix-like core", wedding the simplicity and style of Windows 9x with all the features (and security) you'd expect from a modern distribution. It's not intended to be accessible to normals ("this project does not cater to non-technical users") and I wouldn't hold out for amenities such as more legible fonts, etc. For lovers of ａｅｓｔｈｅｔｉｃｓ something like Chicago95 or the Redmond Project might be more approchable.
Inflation and market growth hide from us the true prices of old things, and software is no exception. Rob Griffiths charts the high cost of software in the 1980s. Want to play Ultima, an open-world fantasy role-playing game? Its graphics are just as stunning as those of Missile Defense. A reviewer notes the cost, and… READ THE REST
Flash is dead, finally taken out back by Adobe after many years of increasingly insecure and obsolete service. As disliked as Flash was as a technology and advertising medium, though, it was loved as an accessible and expressive platform for game development and animation. If it was inevitable, then, that Flash aficionados would develop continuing… READ THE REST
[The following is from my newsletter, The Magnet. You can subscribe here.] Last year I started using a Windows PC after being a long-time Mac user. Originally, I planned to stop using my Mac, but a font issue with documents I deal with at Institute for the Future made that impossible, so now I alternate… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Do you hate the taste of water, or lack thereof, so much that you have to force yourself to drink it? Well, it turns out you aren't alone, and the solution to a… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. When it comes to finishing an outfit with a classic and classy touch, there's still nothing that beats a watch. Everybody has a phone with the time on it, so perhaps… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Email. We need it to function in modern society, right? So why didn't anyone teach us how to manage our inboxes in school? Now that our own kitchen appliances are sending us… READ THE REST