Category:
Computers

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 - 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 - Tue Sep 13, 2011 - Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Computers, 1980s

Univac







I wonder what the computer pioneers of the 1950's would think of today's scene.....

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 11, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Computers, 1950s, 1960s, 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.

http://ibiblio.org/gutenberg

My favorites are:

Australian -- Strewth mate yer bloody page has shot through

binary -- 001101000011000000110100001000000100011001
001001010011000100010100100000
010011100100111101010100001000
000100011001001111010101010100111001000100

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 - Mon Mar 07, 2011 - Comments (1)
Category: Computers

Watson Before Jeopardy—a SlateV parody

I love it when computers are in the news, but to be included in a comedy parody by SlateV is top of the line!!



Sadly, I was familiar with every game show Watson has "appeared" on.

How many did you get?

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Feb 18, 2011 - Comments (3)
Category: Computers

The Swarmatron





If you're a musician, perhaps you'd like to play this new device called the Swarmatron. The second clip shows it being deployed by Mrs. Trent Reznor.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 01, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Technology, Computers

Snakes

Snakes from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.



Time to get trippy....

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 18, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Computers

Logic By Machine





Watch those tape drives spin!

Part 1 is the upper window.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 11, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, Computers, 1960s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Drive ‘n’ Surf!



Posted By: Paul - Fri May 21, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Humor, Computers, Cars

A Robot That Parks Cars

No, not Marvin (ref.), this one is from the Computer Science Department of Stanford University and it not only parks cars, it does so awesomely!



The only disappointment is that it doesn't come with a little row of strobing red lights on the front.

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Thu May 13, 2010 - Comments (10)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Robots, Science, Technology, Computers, Cars

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