Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

The Technological Dark Ages

1897 photo
There was a grim warning about the future of digital media published by the Canadian Press on Sunday. Mark Federman at the University of Toronto is worried that in 50 years we won't be able to read the digital photos and movies we're shooting today. Many of us no longer print out our digital photos, preferring to email and view them online instead.  He warns that "CDs don't last forever," and suggest people transfer their data from one CD to another every five years to reduce the risk of data loss.

My thoughts? The 1950s through 1990s were the "snapshot years," when millions of photographers took billions of photos. In many cases, the original negatives were lost or tossed and people are left with fading and aging prints. Before that, relatively few photos were shot and very few were preserved properly. So this isn't a particularly new problem -- digital has just made it easier than ever to lose stuff. So back up your hard drives and make some prints, folks!

Impact of digital photography on culture not clear, one expert thinks it could mean "dark age" (Canada.com)


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