Microprocessors play a huge role in our everyday lives, whether we know it or not--they're in everything from cell phones to computers to calculators to digital cameras. They're the reason we have portable electronics, instead of computers that take up an entire room (and require a team to operate). This slideshow explores some of the more influential microprocessors in history, including the Intel Pentium (the first brand-name microprocessor), the RCA COSMIC CDP (the first microprocessor in space), and the Intel 4004 (the first microprocessor ever, which was used in calculators).
Apple, despite its wildly successful iProducts (iMac, iBook, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iEtc.), has had its share of "what were they thinking" products that faded quickly into obscurity. This article digs up five forgotten Apple products--things the company probably wishes would stay forgotten. Remember the QuickTake 100, Apple's foray into the digital camera market? What about the Apple adjustable keyboard, or the Apple Network Server (the only Apple computer designed never to run an Apple OS)? Since they were all (pretty much) failures, you probably don't know a lot about them. But now's your chance to learn!
When I was a freshman in college, I had something that none of my peers had: a Sony MiniDisc player. I'd owned it since middle school, and I loved it (mainly because I could record music off of streaming subscription services, such as Rhapsody). Everyone else had iPods, but I was loyal to my MD player until it fell off the top bunk one day and was never quite the same. If that hadn't happened, I would still have my trusty MD player now. And this is why old computer products never, ever die--because obsessive fans like me are loyal to the end. In this article, we take a look at 25 of the most stubborn products, all of which have managed to remain in circulation even though they're outdated and obsolete. And guess what? MiniDisc is totally on there.