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Fellow WU-vies--thanks to the alertness of several readers, we have been notified of a problem with posting comments. The captcha feature is glitched, working inconsistently. Our Master Hacker Alex (I think he learned all he knows from 1983's WarGames) is working on a fix now.

Thanks for your patience. Without your comments, the blog would be only half what it is.

Update from Alex: I "fixed" the problem by disabling the captcha system. Which may leave us wide open to spammers. We'll see how it goes for a few days.

Update 2: Wow! Allowing comment posting without captchas was like opening wide the floodgates of spam. So that experiment lasted only about 10 minutes. For now I've changed the admin settings so that only logged-in members can post comments. And in the meantime, I'll search for an alternative captcha system that is compatible with our very old blogging software.

Update 3: I found and installed an alternative captcha system. Let's see if it works! The neat thing is that most people won't see a captcha at all. It only shows if it thinks you might be a spammer, and it then asks you to solve a simple math problem.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Weird Universe, Alex, Reader Recommendation, Computers

1970s Electronic Games







Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri May 23, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Toys, Advertising, Computers, 1970's

No Extra Charge

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How would you like to pay between $900 and $1300 for a laptop that smells like cat urine? The Dell customers who did just that were not too happy about it. Especially the ones with cats as many of them were scolding their kitties for it. Dell says it was a manufacturing problem that has been corrected, but what manufacturing procedure caused that kind of smell??
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Nov 01, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Computers

Your Forehead Computer Interface

Want to communicate with your computer, but are too lazy to use a mouse? Stick this on your forehead, and your thoughts run your computer.

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Here's the link, where you can see the processor stuck on a baby.

http://gajitz.com/stick-on-electronics-controlling-machines-with-your-thoughts/

Ready for your thoughts to show up on your screen?

Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue Jul 16, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Computers

The Internet:  1985



Connect computers over the phone lines?!? Never gonna happen!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 24, 2013 | Comments (20)
Category: Computers, Internet, 1980's

The Sharp Memowriter

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[From Playboy for December 1981. Click to enlarge.]



Hey, maybe we could attach a little printer to every iPhone?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 14, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Computers, 1980's

Turkish iPad Commercial

1950's/1960's ipad commercial (Turkish) from Clint Lealos on Vimeo.



In honor of Mr. Jobs.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 07, 2011 | Comments (2)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Computers, Europe

Steve Jobs: 1955-2011

Steve Jobs passed away earlier today. This may not seem like the kind of thing to post on Weird Universe, but consider what kind of place this world would be without him. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the Apple II, the first home computer many would use, and thanks to this and other innovations like the graphical operating system, the internet friendly iMac, and the always connected iPhone, the world is now fully connected, allowing anyone instant access to the kinds of weird things we here at Weird Universe love. Sure, he didn't create the internet all by himself, but if it weren't for some of the innovations his company pioneered, the world might have turned out to be a much more normal (and boring) place than it is today.
Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Wed Oct 05, 2011 | Comments (30)
Category: Death, Obituaries, Technology, Computers, Internet

A Bargain

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An online inflation calculator says:

"What cost $999 in 1982 would cost $2226.84 in 2010. "

I just looked at 8 gigabyte thumb drives on Amazon for $14.00.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 13, 2011 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Computers, 1980's

Univac







I wonder what the computer pioneers of the 1950's would think of today's scene.....
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 11, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Computers, 1950's, 1960's, Yesterday's Tomorrows
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