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[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Axiom Printer Card

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

* Feathered hair not included Ah, the good ole days when you had to pay $535 (that’s $1,744 in today’s dollars) for the privilege of merely being able to hook a printer to your home computer. What can I say — it was a useful feature. My first computer, an Apple II+, came equipped with […]

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Internet in a Box

Monday, January 20th, 2014

There was a time when you could fit the entire Internet in a box. [ From Internet World, February 1996, p.1] Discussion Topic of the Week: What ISP did you use to first connect to the Internet?

[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Gather ‘Round the Videotex

Monday, November 25th, 2013

A time when TVs were made of wood and children were not yet rabid. In honor of Thanksgiving, a holiday which tends to emphasize family, I’ve dug up this AT&T Sceptre Videotext Terminal box art that I captured years ago. Look at those gloriously generic 1980s folks gathered around the TV set. (I say “captured” […]

[ Retro Scan Special ] Buying from Epic Games in 1996

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Epic MegaGames purchase invoice in January 1996. You’re looking at a rare physical artifact from the twilight of shareware’s golden age. Way back in 1996, when Gears of War maker Epic Games still went by “Epic MegaGames,” I ordered a few registered copies of its shareware games through CompuServe. Since it was a special buy-and-download […]

[ Retro GIF of the Week ] Delicious Strawberry

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Click to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] [ 4:3 Ratio ] It’s hard to believe that an artist created this delectable representation of a strawberry using only tiny digital squares in a mere 16 different shades. Whomever made it did so in 1986 on a Commodore […]

[ Retro GIF of the Week ] Atari Jaguar Debut Photo

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Click to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] Just two days ago, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 at a press event in New York. It reminded me of the last time I eagerly awaited a new console launch. That would be way back in 1993 with the […]

[ Retro GIF of the Week ] Doom II at the Office

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Click to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] This particular image, titled “Another Day at the Office,” is one of the gems of my personal GIF collection. I believe I downloaded it from CompuServe, and I likely downloaded it on the file date, June 16, 1996. The […]

[ Retro GIF of the Week ] The Smithsonian’s Apple I

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Click to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] You’re looking at a photograph of an Apple I computer that currently resides in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. It was on display at one point, but I believe it is not being displayed at […]

[ Retro GIF of the Week ] Christmas Fireplace

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Click to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] [ 3X Zoom ] Among the few GIF files I saved in the early 1990s (outside of those uploaded to by BBS), this warm, inviting Christmas scene remains one of my favorites. In the image, we see a living […]

[ Retro GIF of the Week ] Meryl Streep Stares at You

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Click to see other views of this image: [ Original Size ] [ 2X Zoom ] Long ago, scanners were rare and expensive. Consumer digital cameras were mostly non-existent — and those that did exist were impractical to use or expensive. At the same time, many users possessed computers with (relatively speaking) high-resolution bitmapped displays […]