Category Archives: Tech History

Happy 125th Birthday, David Sarnoff (David Who?)

It is so frustrating that people even within the consumer electronics industry don’t know who David Sarnoff is. I took the opportunity of his 125th birthday (Feb. 27) to explore Sarnoff’s unparalleled impact on technology for a huge chunk of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison (Nikola Tesla Fans Exempted)

February 11 is Thomas Edison’s birthday, and in this year’s commemoration I report on the sudden surge in Edison vs. Nikola Tesla for re/code.

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The Top 12 Technologies the Year eBay Was Born

eBay was born in 1995, and their editorial folks asked me to ruminate on the technologies that were prevalent that year. You can read the interesting state of 1995 technology here.

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The History of DVD

There is a great deal of anticipation – in the industry, at least – of the next-gen video disc, Ultra HD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray is, of course, the proposed successor of Blu-ray, which itself was the HD successor to DVD. DVD … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Miracles? The History of HDTV

We are currently going through a second next-gen TV (r)evolution, from HDTV (2K) to UHD (4K) – and maybe even 8K. Much about this softer transition reminds me of the messy transition to HDTV back in the mid-1990s. In 2003, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Edison!

A couple of years ago, I wrote a birthday tribute to Thomas Edison for the late and semi-lamented Tech Goes Strong. Since that site is kaput, I present that Edison tribute here, along with some photos of my 2004 visit … Continue reading

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George Johann Carl Antheil

(1900-1959) Co-inventor, frequency hopping/spread spectrum In a ridiculous case of truth being way stranger than fiction, the origins of spread spectrum – the technology that makes it possible for millions of people to securely connect to wireless communications for voice … Continue reading

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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) Co-inventor, frequency hopping/spread spectrum How one of the world’s most beautiful women and most popular film stars of Hollywood’s golden era came to co-invent the most important wireless communications security technology – frequency hopping – is a … Continue reading

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Here Comes (Finally!) the Goddamn Tesla Museum

Last week, to commemorate Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday, the media made much of the million dollar contribution by Elon Musk (he who appropriated Tesla’s name for his electronic car company) to help transform the Serbian-born scientist’s Wardenclyffe Labs, located in Shoreham on the north … Continue reading

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Meet the Man Who Invented the Modern Age

Each time you plug an electrical anything into a wall outlet, each time you turn on your radio or even TV, you should thank the Serbian-born American engineer named Nikola Tesla. I present him to you because last Thursday, July … Continue reading

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