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Friday Fun: The History Of the IBM PC

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Happy Friday! Today, we have a little tech history for you.

  • The IBM PC, which was the basis for all modern Windows PCs, has a fascinating history. Ars Technica goes into great detail on how the modern IBM-compatible PC came to be, with an in-depth two part article. 
  • And on the other side of the aisle, Macs have their own varied history. While for many years, they had proprietary innards, they now share many of the same internal components that PCs have. So how come you never see an Intel Inside sticker on a Mac like you do on most PCs with Intel processors, even though Macs have used Intel processors for years? That's a very interesting story as well.
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There was never a version of Windows called Windows 93. Which is probably a good thing (note that link only supports Firefox and Chrome – but feel free to load it up in Internet Explorer as it’s still entertaining).

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Volume Slider

There is good design, and there is bad design. The Reddit Subreddit /r/ProgrammerHumor decided to design some horrendous application volume controls. Here are the worst of the worst. For more, head straight to the source.

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Friday Fun With Wikipedia

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Wikipedia can be a such a time suck if you're easily distracted. Especially when you come across deleted articles with freaky titles. As the title says, a list of Wikipedia articles that actually existed at one point and have been deleted. Such useful classics as “An old dude who lives in Central America” and “Put that cookie down.” Not to be confused with Unusual Articles, which are oddball Wikipedia articles that actually exist, or the list of really, really, really stupid article ideas that you really, really, really should not create. Disclaimer: Since this is Wikipedia, it should be noted that some of the content there is a bit not-safe-for-work. 

Friday Fun with the Beatles

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Sgt PepperWith the newly released 50th Anniversary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band box set, you knew this was bound to happen sometime (I’m amazed it’s taken this long): A project has been created to locate the source images used on the Beatles' iconic album cover. They have mostly been found, but there are still a few that cannot be tracked down. 

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