retro stories

 
What do you do with 5,000 floppy discs besides use them to play Star Wars music? Answer: nothing. The best you can hope for is to try and get all your data off of them before consigning them to the scrap heap, and one exceptionally creative (or desperate) hacker named Dweller has developed an autoloader to do the job for him.
 
Based on its current world domination strategy, it's hard to believe that a little over a decade ago Apple was struggling to survive. If you have nostalgia for the days when Apple was just a blip on Microsoft's radar, you can dress up your iPhone 4S to look like one of the products that eventually turned the company around.
 
A lot of the designs and technology that inspired today's gadgets are finding a new life with retro lovers. Old-school telephones, "simple" but fun computers and game consoles, record players with some modern guts in them — all this and more you can find below.
 
This series of spectacular planetary posters is the work of artist Stephen Di Donato. They're styled after artwork from the 1960s, and include all eight planets but no icy dwarfs (I'm looking at you, Pluto). The "Beyond Earth" series was funded (way over-funded, in fact) on Kickstarter, but luckily for you, you can still buy digital copies of all of these images in formats ranging from iPhone all the way up to monstrous desktop (2650x1440). You get 88 (!) different images in total, including multiple formats for each poster, for a mere $10. That may have been a bunch of money in 1960, but nowdays, it's chump change, so improve your life and buy yourself a set.
 
In 1996, I was in middle school. We had Prodigy at home, I'd just opened my first Hotmail account, and I signed up for AIM with a ludicrous username that I'm stuck with to this day. This Best Buy ad from way back then with 133 MHz computers, multiple megabytes of ram, and The Macarena on VHS (!) is a nightmarish reminder of how important tech really is.
 
If you've played Super Mario Bros. on your $85,000 HD 3DTV, you might have noticed how the game has been looking especially 8-bit as of late. We now have a computer algorithm that can automatically fix that for you, and make Mario look as smooth as a freshly-installed toilet fixture.

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