Classics Rock

Examining IT trends from the past live to help IT managers plan for the future.

  • Will HP repeat its history by buying EDS?

    Will HP repeat its history by buying EDS?

    HP has announced a major purchase of EDS to make an impact in the field of services. Wait - didn't they run this play once before when they bought Compaq? Sure enough. Has HP learned from history or a...

    John Sheesley · May 14, 2008, 4:50 AM PST

  • Speaking of getting acquired

    Speaking of getting acquired

    CBS decides to buy CNET for $1.8 billion. Not too shabby. CNET has some experience with purchasing companies as well. Check out some of the purchases CNET has made in recent history.

    John Sheesley · May 15, 2008, 4:34 AM PST

  • New software doesn't always mean better software

    New software doesn't always mean better software

    New software releases are supposed to make things better. Often, things just get worse. Check out what to do about software bloat and take the poll to see which software has suffered the most from rel...

    John Sheesley · May 27, 2008, 6:13 AM PST

  • Play Nintendo classics on your PC

    Play Nintendo classics on your PC

    Who needs the Wii? You can play original Nintendo NES games right on your PC. All it takes is a trip to vNES.

    John Sheesley · October 24, 2008, 4:39 AM PST

  • Life in the year 1999 AD

    Life in the year 1999 AD

    Previously, I showed a clip featuring what people thought the world would be like in the future. Doing a little more digging, I found the original film: 1999 AD. Here's more information about the fil...

    John Sheesley · October 27, 2008, 5:28 AM PST

  • Using an Atari for something other than games

    Using an Atari for something other than games

    As I mentioned before, there were a plethora of word processors available for PCs in the 1980's beyond the basic Microsoft Word we've all come to know. You didn't have to just stick with a PC however ...

    John Sheesley · November 5, 2008, 6:29 AM PST

  • Surf the Web on your Commodore 64

    Surf the Web on your Commodore 64

    One of the things that usually keeps old machines from being useful in today's world is the fact that modern necessities like network and Internet connection are missing. Not with a 1980's Commodore 6...

    John Sheesley · September 26, 2008, 4:15 AM PST

  • Commodore shows its price advantage

    Commodore shows its price advantage

    One of the reasons the Commodore 64 was so successful against other computers of the day was its price advantage. This commercial shows how much power came in the C64 at a low price compared to the co...

    John Sheesley · September 29, 2008, 8:30 AM PST

  • Dot matrix printers still hammer away the days

    Dot matrix printers still hammer away the days

    Now supplanted by quiet ink jet printers and networked laser printers, the dot-matrix printer has mostly disappeared from the landscape. Occasionally you can still find them for special purpose use ho...

    John Sheesley · October 2, 2008, 7:35 AM PST

  • Relive the Apple II days

    Relive the Apple II days

    For many people, entrance into the realm of computing came via an Apple II. Although Apple abandoned the Apple II line a long time ago, you can relive those days from the comfort of your Web browser. ...

    John Sheesley · October 8, 2008, 7:38 AM PST

  • Name that Windows version

    Name that Windows version

    If you've been in IT for any time at all, it seems like many of the arguments for and against Windows Vista have all been heard before. Here's an article from TechRepublic's big brother site CBSNews.c...

    John Sheesley · October 9, 2008, 6:19 AM PST

  • Play Atari classics on your PC

    Play Atari classics on your PC

    Before the Wii, Xbox, and PS3 was the Atari 2600. It defined the home gaming console. Now you can play some of the classic Atari games right on your PC.

    John Sheesley · October 3, 2008, 6:05 AM PST

  • Can Domino or GroupWise still compete with Exchange?

    Can Domino or GroupWise still compete with Exchange?

    Today's Classic Tip comes from TechRepublic's 4/11/2000 edition of the Lotus Notes TechMail, which we no longer produce. It got me to wondering - of all of the great battles in the 80's and 90's, you ...

    John Sheesley · April 11, 2008, 5:54 AM PST

  • Counting down to TechRepublic's 10th Anniversary

    Counting down to TechRepublic's 10th Anniversary

    You can't measure the lifespan of most Web sites in Dog Years. They usually don't last that long. On the other hand, TechRepublic just passed its 9th Birthday earlier this month and is closing in on i...

    John Sheesley · April 14, 2008, 5:26 AM PST

  • The first stealth fighter retires, but the game flies on

    The first stealth fighter retires, but the game flies on

    For a long time, the F-117 was top secret technology. In 1988, Microprose Software created a game called F-19 Stealth Fighter which allowed people to get the first experience with how a stealth fighte...

    John Sheesley · April 29, 2008, 11:38 PM PST