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Found in the Attic: PalmPilots m100 and m515

By Tom Vernon on Apr 11, 2017 4:15:00 PM

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the Palm Pilot, the first commercially successful PDA, or Personal Digital Assistant. The event passed without much fanfare or recognition. What little there was probably got drowned out by press on the latest iPhone, Google Android or BlackBerry. But the truth is, these devices owe a lot of their conceptual identity to that landmark device that hit the streets in the mid-1990s. This Found in the Attic explores the history of PDAs, the Palm company and the PalmPilots m100 and m515. PDAs are a subset of the larger personal electronics revolution, which began in the 1970s.

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Topics: Electronics, Vintage Technology, PDAs

Catalog Collection Keeps Track of "The Shack"

By Dave Sarkies on Mar 19, 2014 2:45:00 PM

Radio ShackFans of Radio Shack were hit hard with the recent news that the electronics retailer plans to close roughly 20% of its stores. The announcement indicated the chain will close over 1,000 of its lower-performing stores, primarily in the U.S.

While electronics consumers remain hopeful for the future of Radio Shack, no matter what the future holds, they can rest assured that the glory days of Radio Shack’s past and an archive of Radio Shack catalogs will be immortalized by Mike D’Alessio on

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Topics: Electronics

Real Radios have Tubes In Them, Right?

By Tom Vernon on Oct 28, 2013 3:01:00 PM

1945 Bendix 526CDo you remember those great radio models of yesteryear?  Take a walk down radio's memory lane at TubeRadioLand!

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Topics: Radio, Electronics

Found in the Attic: Realistic 12-1875A 8-Track/Stereo Cassette Adapter

By Tom Vernon on Sep 28, 2013 3:04:00 PM

In this occasional series, our resident technical archaeologist, Tom Vernon, explores some of the vintage gear found in the recesses of his storage space. This post is from the era when 8-Track ruled.

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Topics: Vintage Audio Technology, Electronics

Celebrating 45 Years of Mousing Around

By Tom Vernon on Jul 28, 2013 3:24:00 PM

All Hail the Ur-MouseWe write in praise of the humble computer mouse – or, more accurately, the mind that invented it. Dr. Douglas Engelbart, working with ARPA at the Stanford Research Center in Palo Alto, California, was the man who first conceived of and publicly demonstrated digital - that is, hand-motion - control of computing devices, in December, 1968.

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Topics: Electronics, Technology

Love and Rockets, Cleveland style

By Tom Vernon on Jan 14, 2013 11:52:00 AM

All of us at the Telos Alliance share with our clients a fatal attraction to broadcasting, as well as a passion for making great audio. But many of us have other hobbies and interests that might surprise you. From time to time, we'll profile members of the Telos Alliance and what they do when they're not inventing the next generation of broadcast audio gear.

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Topics: Electronics


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