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A Technologizer Prize Extravaganza

Say, want to win a cool prize? Here are eleven chances to do just that. We’d like members of the Technologizer community to nominate the best tech products and services of 2010. If you participate, you’ll get a shot at winning one of the following prizes. Kobo Wireless eReader. Courtesy of Kobo, a Wi-Fi enabled […]

The Greatest Computer Books of All Time

Writing about music, a famous, impossible-to-properly-attribute saying goes, is like dancing about architecture. In 2010, anyone who dares write a book about computers runs the risk of facing a variant of this conundrum. The Web is so good at conveying information about technology that it’s hard to recall an age when the default medium for […]

The Ones That Didn’t Make It: Windows’ Failed Rivals

Microsoft shipped Windows 1.0 on November 20th, 1985. Twenty-five years and two days later, it’s not just hard to remember an era in which Windows wasn’t everywhere–it’s also easy to forget that it wasn’t a given that it would catch on, period. The company had announced the software in November of 1983, before most PC […]

Silverlight: The Cup is Three-Quarters Full

Last week, I wrote about an interesting post by ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley in which Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s servers and tools business, seemed to be downplaying Silverlight, Microsoft’s Flash-like plugin for rich Internet applications. Muglia has followed up with a blog post of his own at Microsoft’s site in which he sounds more […]

I'll Celebrate When Windows 98 SE Turns Fifteen

A post by Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle reminded me of a fact I would have had memorized if I were a serious tech historian: Windows 95 shipped fifteen years ago today. I certainly have memories of the launch–including running the beta for months beforehand and working on PC World‘s Windows 95 issue.  (That magazine remains the […]

A History of AOL, as Told in Its Own Old Press Releases

Twenty-five years ago today, a company named Quantum Computer Services rose from the ashes of a failed startup called Control Video Corporation. It launched a dial-up online service for the Commodore 64 which eventually spread to Macs and PCs–one that became a lot better known after it was renamed America Online in 1989. At various […]

What’s Your Favorite Tech Product of All Time?

Over on Twitter (where I’m @harrymccracken), I asked my pals to tell me what their favorite tech product they’d ever owned was. I got scads of responses–and while this wasn’t a contest, the iPhone/iPod Touch got more mentions than any other item. Take a look at the Tweets after the jump, then chime in by […]

Technologizer’s 2009 Predictions: Hey, a Lot of This Stuff Really Did Happen!

A year ago, I asked the Technologizer community to make tech predictions for 2009. Lots of you chimed in–and with 2009 wrapping up, it’s time to revisit your forecasts and see whether they were eerily accurate, in the ballpark, or bizarrely off-base. Here we go… Digital Entertainment Prediction: “I think what’s going to be the […]

The 15 Top Technologizer Stories of 2009

Don’t look now, but it’s very nearly 2010. Which makes this a good time to recap the most popular articles we published all year long. Here they are, in case you missed any or would like to revisit them. (And congrats to computer archeologist Benj Edwards, who wrote three of the top four.) 1. 15 […]

Mouse Trouble: 20 Weird Pointing Device Patents

Build a better mousetrap, Ralph Waldo Emerson famously told us, and the world will beat a path to your door. On the other hand, computer-industry folks have been trying to build a better mouse for years–and the world has stayed away from 99 percent of them, including some fascinating works of unbridled mad genius. I’ve […]