Category: Hardware

Unfixable Computers Are Leading Humanity Down a Perilous Path

By Kyle

I’ve been writing about Apple and the value of repair for the better part of the last decade. Repair is our mission at iFixit — and it always has been. Even so, I didn’t expect the scale of the public response when I argued last week that consumers should choose the hackable, fixable non-Retina MacBook Pro over its sleeker-and-shinier-but-locked-down sibling.
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Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight


Remembering Roger Boisjoly: He Tried To Stop Shuttle Challenger Launch

by Howard Berkes
NPR

Roger Boisjoly was a booster rocket engineer at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol in Utah in January, 1986, when he and four colleagues became embroiled in the fatal decision to launch the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Dec. 5, 1951: ‘Your Car Is on the 12th Floor, Lady’

wired.com
1951: The first Park-O-Mat parking garage opens in Washington, D.C.

Operated by Parking Services Inc., this unique garage had no ramps, aisles or lanes. Instead, two 16-story elevators were deployed to store up to 72 automobiles. It was simplicity itself, requiring a single attendant and taking up very little space (a 25-by-40-foot lot did the trick).
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April 7, 1964: IBM Bets Big on System/360

Wired
By Randy Alfred

IBM unveils the System/360 line of mainframe computers. It was a daring innovation that transformed business, science, government and the IT industry itself.
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