"The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." -- Albert Einstein
One of the ways we envision the future is by taking clues from the past. As marketers and entertainment aficionados ourselves, the team at CBS enjoys collecting, studying, and learning from media artifacts. The conference room in our New York headquarters is regaled with all kinds of television goodies--from vintage advertisements, televisions, and radios to boxes of TV tubes to classic TV Guide magazines from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. It's a treasure trove of information and memorabilia that we lovingly … Read more
There was a time when personal computers were islands. Data lived in its RAM, and was stored on the hard drive, or floppy disk, and that was all the world there was. Getting data from one personal computer to another involved walking (sneakernetting) or mailing a disk from one system to another.
In offices and schools, networks were installed so as to allow machines to talk to each other. Connections to outside facilities or to the internet allowed the efficient transfer of data.
However, none of this would be important to the home user for some time. Slowly, home internet … Read more
I, like many people, welcomed compact discs as the video game medium to replace cartridges. They were thin, shiny, and fit the vision of utopian futurists. The benefits included high storage and low and production costs. A 750 MB compact disc could be injection-molded and stamped for about a nickel whereas the cartridges required a memory unit, bus, and housing resulting in low storage at a high cost. But unlike CDs, cartridges were durable and data loading was instant. How important was storage though? The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, released on Nintendo 64 cartridge, was one … Read more