Before Westworld, Another Robot Gunslinger Walked the Cyber Streets of …

From the recently-posted Life » 11/23/08 9:00am 11/23/08 9:00am magazine archives comes photographic evidence of a pistol-packing robot that predated Michael Crichton’s and Yul Brynner’s by some 13 years. We've got more pictures after the jump. Alas, the archives don’t tell us much more than that the robot was built by Robert Wolfe and that the…

John Cleese Explains Why The Compaq II Is Better Than A Dead Fish

Let's see, to begin with, the fish weighed 22 pounds. So did the Compaq Portable II » 11/10/08 12:46pm 11/10/08 12:46pm computer (in retrospect, perhaps "luggable" is more accurate). Here, in a British commercial from 1986 or so, former Python John Cleese lays out the rest of the argument for the computer's superiority - including its big 4.2 megabytes of …

Where Would We Be Without The Miracle of Color Television?

As we get ready to bid farewell to broadcast television as we know it and prepare for our new digital overlord's arrival on February 17, let's take a peek at a past television technology when it was all shiny and new. In the early 1960s, RCA produced a promo film that, in this clip, used very simple animation, shots of … » 9/12/08 1:40pm 9/12/08 1:40pm