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Redactron Word Processor


Apparently, if you can believe the ad, this early feminist word-processor had the side-effect of liberating women.

Original ad here.

History here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 06, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Business, Computers, 1970's, Women

The Z-Man, or Brain, Toy


What was so distinctive about this toy? Early pre-silicon programability.


Original article here.

Even more pix and info at this blog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 04, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Toys, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Computers, 1950's

Geek Orgasm Day


Windows 10 is now officially released. I've been up since midnight updating PC's.
My hand is getting tired rolleyes
It's nice being off work after being in the hospital to enjoy this day.
Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Wed Jul 29, 2015 | Comments (22)
Category: Computers

Way Out

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 15, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Technology, Computers, Surrealism

Windows 10 approaching RTM


MS has released the latest build to us on the insider testing fast track (Build 10166). It is do for public release to market on July 29th. Those of us testing will get a free one use RTM PC copy.
While this is not weird news it is something we will all choose or not to upgrade to. So far this build is stable on my PC with no driver issues.
I am gonna wait though to upgrade my phone to Windows 10M. (M=Mobile)

So WUvians .. Who plans on upgrading ?

More pictures here:
Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Sat Jul 11, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Products, Computers

Windows 10


Is there anyone else here on WU doing the Windows 10 beta testing ? Whether or not post your comments about it.
Windows 8 and 8.1 (thinking of you Expat) are gonna be like ME or Vista. Today they released build 10074.

The link above includes a download URL for anyone who wants the ISO to try it out. AT YOUR OWN RISK !

Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Sat May 02, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Computers

WU Comments


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

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
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