Classics Rock

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

  • Like all myths, the OpenMac has a basis from history

    Like all myths, the OpenMac has a basis from history

    Does the company that made the $400 Mac clone exist? Maybe, maybe not. However, history shows that Mac clones have existed before. History also shows that it's possible to legally reverse engineer wha...

    John Sheesley · April 16, 2008, 1:25 AM PST

  • What Windows Vista might have been

    What Windows Vista might have been

    Check out this concept video from PDC 2003 about Longhorn. Longhorn, of course, became Vista, but there's very little in Vista that we see here. What went wrong?

    John Sheesley · May 7, 2008, 2:28 AM PST

  • Morphing a 1983 Motorola DynaTAC into an iPhone

    Morphing a 1983 Motorola DynaTAC into an iPhone

    If there's one thing that has changed as rapidly as the computer in the last 25 years, it's the cell phone. About the same time IBM introduced the first PC, Motorola introduced the first marketable ha...

    John Sheesley · May 21, 2008, 5:19 AM PST

  • Check out the almostEverest photo gallery

    Check out the almostEverest photo gallery

    Digging around the TechRepublic archives, I found a bunch of images from the almostEverest expedition. Click through and see what I found along with some personal observations from one of the climbers...

    John Sheesley · April 25, 2008, 3:50 AM PST

  • 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

  • Computers may have changed in 25 years, but salesmen haven't

    Computers may have changed in 25 years, but salesmen haven't

    Computers may get cheaper all the time, but the games that vendors play with prices to attract us never does. Case in point - check out this ad from Kaypro. Computers may have changed in 25 years, but...

    John Sheesley · May 19, 2008, 7:13 AM PST

  • Who made the worst PC software ever?

    Who made the worst PC software ever?

    Everyone loves to beat up Microsoft for making the worst PC software ever. But did they? Plenty of other companies have shipped software buggier than an anthill. Check this list and place your vote fo...

    John Sheesley · May 9, 2008, 4:51 AM PST

  • Questing before the age of WoW

    Questing before the age of WoW

    World Of Warcraft is the top online destination for questing today, but long before Kil'jaeden the Deceiver ever dreamed up the Lich King, there was another quest to be had. Almost all modern questing...

    John Sheesley · November 20, 2008, 6:58 AM PST

  • Guess the OS (Office Suite edition)

    Guess the OS (Office Suite edition)

    Usually when we play Guess The OS, we're talking about classic operating systems. This time OS refers to office suites. Here's an article from Home Office Computing. What office suite is being discuss...

    John Sheesley · November 21, 2008, 4:37 AM PST

  • Cloud computing? Been there. Done that.

    Cloud computing? Been there. Done that.

    Cloud computing is nothing new. It's just a fancy name for technology that's been around since the 1980's and before. Classics Rock Guest Columnist Michael Banks talks about computing in the clouds in...

    Michael Banks · November 24, 2008, 1:23 AM PST

  • Bring out your dead!

    Bring out your dead!

    Calling all TR Members. Do you have any old equipment laying around that you'd like to get rid of and have featured in our Cracking Open series? Now's your chance. Read on to find out how to submit yo...

    John Sheesley · December 15, 2008, 4:10 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

  • Dinosaur Sighting: The original Apple Mac Classic

    Dinosaur Sighting: The original Apple Mac Classic

    The Apple Mac Classic is one of the most famous and easily recognizable personal computers ever manufactured.

    Mark Kaelin · June 6, 2008, 6:09 AM PST

  • Steve Jobs introduces - The Macintosh

    Steve Jobs introduces - The Macintosh

    Apple and Steve Jobs made big news by introducing the 3G iPhone. Here's a look back at another Jobs introduction. Take a look at Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh in 1984.

    John Sheesley · June 9, 2008, 5:32 AM PST