Technology History

Aaron Swartz #article - Wikipedia. "Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS,[3] the Markdown publishing format,[4] the organization Creative Commons,[5] and the website framework web.py,[6] and was a co-founder of the social news site Reddit. He was given the title of co-founder by Y Combinator owner Paul Graham after the formation of Not a Bug, Inc. (a merger of Swartz's project Infogami and Reddit, a company run by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman)."

The Weird History of JavaScript #video - "The history of JavaScript over the last 25 years. How did a simple scripting language for Netscape evolve into the world's most widely used programming language?"

Windows 95 in your browser - "Fancy a blast from the past? Curious about the Microsoft Windows release that introduced such familiar concepts as the Desktop, Start Menu, Taskbar and Notifications Area? Well, now thanks to the wonders of Emscripten and DOSBox, and modern JavaScript runtimes, you can try it out in your browser."

Apple

Apple Pippin #article - Wikipedia. "The Apple Pippin is a defunct open multimedia technology platform,[1] designed by Apple Computer, and marketed as PiPP!N. According to Apple, Pippin was directed at the home market as "an integral part of the consumer audiovisual, stereo, and television environment."[1]"

Apple’s Secret iPhone Launch Team: The Event That Began It All #video - "As Tim Cook and Apple launch the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, the story of Steve Jobs’ original vision is told through exclusive interviews with former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell and Greg Christie. Together they made up the secret Project Purple team and created one of the best-selling products ever."

Apple's Twiggy Disks #article - "In the early '80s, Apple fell victim to a serious case of NIH Syndrome (Not Invented Here), and decided to manufacture their own disk drives. Not content to be industry compatible, instead they designed what they believed to be leading-edge drives: the Twiggy floppy drive and the Widget hard drive."

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference #article - Wikipedia. "WWDC began in 1987 in Santa Clara. After 15 years in nearby San Jose, the conference moved to San Francisco, where it eventually became Apple's primary media event of the year and regularly sold out. WWDC returned to San Jose 13 years later."

iPhone 10 Years Later: The phone that almost wasn't #video - "Arguably one of most transformative pieces of technology in the modern era, the iPhone's development was fraught with engineering problems, drama, and extreme stress. Former employees share their stories from inside Apple 10 years ago."

Macintosh clone #article - Wikipedia

Rhapsody (operating system) #article - Wikipedia. "Rhapsody was the code name given to Apple Computer's next-generation operating system during the period of its development between Apple's purchase of NeXT in late 1996 and the announcement of Mac OS X (now called "macOS") in 1998."

Microsoft

3D Pinball for Windows - Space Cadet #article - Wikipedia. "3D Pinball for Windows – Space Cadet is a version of the Space Cadet table bundled with Microsoft Windows. It was originally packaged with Microsoft Plus! 95 and later included in Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP. This version of Pinball, developed by David Plummer at Microsoft, was a port of the game using the original art and sound, developed in C for cross-platform support because Windows NT supported RISC processors and prior versions of the game contained x86 assembly language and 16-bit logic. The Windows 98 installation CD has instructions on installing Pinball 3D on this version of Windows which are partly wrong; Microsoft later issued an updated support article.[1] Windows XP was the last client release of Windows to include this game.[2]"

Hover! #article - Wikipedia. "Hover! is a video game that combines elements of the games bumper cars and capture the flag. It was included on CD-ROM versions of the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system.[1][2] It was a showcase for the advanced multimedia capabilities available on personal computers at the time. It is still available from Microsoft.[clarification needed] The game will not run on earlier versions of Windows.[3]"

SkiFree #article - Wikipedia. "SkiFree is a single-player skiing computer game created by Chris Pirih and released with Microsoft Entertainment Pack 3 for Windows and DOS in October 1991. The player controls a skier on a mountain slope, avoiding obstacles while racing against time or performing stunts for points, depending on the game mode." Fan site.

And from that day on, I wore this little 'F' key pendant everywhere I went. (xkcd.com/667)