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Atari: celebrating 40 years on the dots

Atari: celebrating 40 years on the dots | All Geeks | Scoop.it

Forty years. That's a long time in the tech industry and Atari knows it. Today it celebrates four decades in the game, and quite the tale it is. Highs, lows and everything in between, Atari has been there. As one of the most influential brands both in gaming and technology, it only seems right to take a look over the company's history and chart some of the more significant twists in its less than straightforward journey. After the break we speak to the man that started it all and the one currently at the helm, as well as some of the many people whose lives were irreversibly changed by its influence. Happy birthday to you, Atari!

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Ten Classic Electronic Toys And Their Modern Equivalents

Ten Classic Electronic Toys And Their Modern Equivalents | All Geeks | Scoop.it

The ’80′s and early ’90′s were a magical decade for gadgets for kids. Computing power and display technology were evolving and cost effective enough to penetrate the toy market in a big way. Purely mechanical toys evolved into electromechanical toys and gave birth to the digital toy revolution. For example, LED games of the ’70′s were replaced by Tiger LCD games which were replaced by the Nintendo Gameboy and so on.

 

Companies also began to innovate on educational toys for kids, whether it was teaching them about electronics, programming, or offering educational games. Additionally, electronics became cheap enough to expand what toys were capable of doing, from playing music to increased interactivity. As a child of the ’80′s, I had many of these toys and played with them much longer than a kid’s attention span would dictate.

 

A year ago, one of my first posts for GeekDad was a popular article reminiscing about five of these more educational toys. I’ve taken those and added five more that I have the fondest memories of – whether they were my own or my neighbors toys which were coveted the most. And hoping to instill that same child-like wonder in my kids, I’ve also included what the modern equivalents are in the market today....

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RU A CYBERPUNK?

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Empire Strikes Backstage: Intimate pictures of cast and crew during filming of 1980 Star Wars movie

Empire Strikes Backstage: Intimate pictures of cast and crew during filming of 1980 Star Wars movie | All Geeks | Scoop.it
New photographs have emerged showing candid and relaxed shots from the making of the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy - The Empire Strikes Back.
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Pepsi Ads, 1950s

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Project Mercury, 1959

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Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States.

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Vintage Arcade Mega Poster, Gotta Play Them All

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What This Giant Chunk of Metal Is ?

What This Giant Chunk of Metal Is ? | All Geeks | Scoop.it

What's thisgent holding? A toaster? Farm equipment? Part of an engine? Wreckage from a destroyed tank?

 

Nope—that's 4KB of ol' fashioned IBM memory.

 

That's enough to hold 12% of my Facebook profile picture!Editor-in-Chief of CNET Reviews Lindsey Turrentine discovered the rugged computer antique in her grandfather's barn. Not a bad catch! Turrentine pointed out the wonderful irony that the image itself is 692 KB—meaning she'd only need to find 172 more of these memory modules and a tractor trailer to transport the pic around. [Lindsey Turrentine]

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Wonder Woman Amazon Baby Sitter, 1957

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Sci-fi Convention, Los Angeles, 1980

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Coming Never: Flying Cars

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I think if futurists from the '50s saw the way things turned out in 2012—speaking purely in terms of innovation—they wouldn't be too mad.
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The Space Invaders Called, and They Want Their Phone Back

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Reimagined 1970s movie posters

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'Inspired by the recent re-release of Apocalypse Now, film mag Little White Lies has teamed up with Kemistry Gallery for LWL70, an exhibition of...
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Sword Fighting Manual c.1500

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Alien Robot Costume Transports You Back to the 1920s

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Retro Travel Posters Feature Iconic Superheroes

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Apocalyptic Pin-Ups by Andrew Tarusov

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Apple's 1984 spoof of 'Ghostbusters' goes after IBM

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Husband-Hunting Tips from New Romance, 1950s

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German Helmets, 1500s

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80′s sports posters

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Atari 2600 iPod Speaker Dock

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The Retro USB Mouse

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There are loads of different high end mice available for your PC or Mac, but if you fancy something a little more basic then you may want to check out the Retro USB Mouse.
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5MB Hard Disk Drive, 1956

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'In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first 'SUPER' computer with a hard disk drive (HDD).
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Video Game Ads, 1980s / 1990s

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