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1970s Electronic Games

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

No Extra Charge

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.


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

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

[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


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


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

Creative 404 “File Not Found” messages

I'm giving you the internet page to get to this listing, but kudos to whoever spent the time to come up with some innovative 404 messages.

My favorites are:

Australian -- Strewth mate yer bloody page has shot through

binary -- 001101000011000000110100001000000100011001

Cockney -- No chance luv, carrnt find it neever.

Fail -- Your page already boarded the failboat.

Klingon -- De'teywI' 'agh vonlu'.

Mac User -- This wouldn't have happened if you were using a Mac.

Mid-Michigan dairy farm colloquialism -- That file is cow's-legs-up.

Obi Wan -- These are not the files you're looking for. Move along.

Pirate -- Haaarr, Lubber! I've sailed yon seas with toil and trial, and yet I cannot find ye file!

Tech Support -- Are you sure your computer is plugged in?

Zombie -- Arrgrg 404 BrAiNs aAAArrggh No ggrrgrh page brAiNz heRe BrAAAAIIINNSSSS!

There are lots of German messages I would love to have translated, and there is even a place for you to donate your own!!

If you can speak any of the languages listed, I am curious to know if they are translated correctly.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Mon Mar 07, 2011 | Comments (1)
Category: Computers
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