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Homemade Computers Found Hidden in a Prison Ceiling
Some inmates went on an "illegal surfing spree."
April 12, 2017
Akihabara Electric Town
Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
Added by Sebastian Wortys
The First Pirate Bay Server
From under the bed of one of the co-founders, this server helped launch the notorious file-sharing website.
Added by Ivana Grubor
Los Altos, California
The Apple Garage
The garage at the childhood home of Steve Jobs was a hangout for the founders of Apple, even if they never built computers there.
Added by hrnick
Found: Time Crystals, a New Phase of Matter
Pretty pretty cool.
March 09, 2017
Found: Internal Apple Computer Memos From 1979, Left at a Seattle Goodwill
A local discovered them by chance.
February 24, 2017
Help This Computer Program Draw the World's Freakiest Felines
This is what happens when you tell an AI bot that everything is cats.
February 22, 2017
The Voder, the First Machine to Create Human Speech
It spoke like a creepy demon.
January 16, 2017
Grace Hopper's Bug
A computer bug so primitive it was an actual insect.
Added by Molly McBride Jacobson
Here Are the Real Boundaries of American Metropolises, Decided by an Algorithm
How is the U.S. actually split geographically?
November 30, 2016
See What People of 1967 Imagined the World Would Be Like in 1999
Spoiler: lots of egg chairs, turtlenecks, and computer servants.
November 28, 2016
Human Eyes Might Not Notice a Good Forgery, But Computers Could
Artificial intelligence might thwart art forgers once and for all.
October 05, 2016
You Can Now Listen to the First Computer-Generated Music Ever
It was created by Alan Turing.
September 27, 2016
The Strange Victorian Computer That Generated Latin Verse
Called the Eureka, it may have influenced Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace.
September 23, 2016
Why Computer Scientists In Pittsburgh Spent Last Night Differentiating Nipples from Navels
Meet the Torso Computer Club.
September 21, 2016
Found: A 2,000-Year-Old Skeleton at the Antikythera Wreck
Archaeologists made a new discovery at the site where the world's oldest computer was found.
September 20, 2016
Software company EPIC has created one of the strangest, largest, and most expensive workplaces of all time.
Added by lewblank
A Hacker From South Africa Just Rescued the First NASA Computer in Space
The 1966 Apollo Guidance Computer paved the way for the moon landing—and then sat in a scrap heap for decades.
September 02, 2016
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