Classics Rock

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

  • Administrator Staff // January 8, 2009, 9:19 AM PST

    Name that CPU

    We've played Guess The OS a few times before. This time let's see if you can figure out what CPU is being talked about in this article. Look back and see how arguments about computer performance have lingered forever.

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  • John Sheesley // January 7, 2009, 12:21 AM PST

    Classic Tip: Control how programs start with batch files

    When using batch files, you sometimes may want a program to start minimized or full screen. This classic tip from 2000 shows how you used to do it in Windows 9x and how little things have changed.

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  • John Sheesley // January 2, 2009, 7:15 AM PST

    Y2K: The New Year's disaster that never happened

    Another New Years goes by in the 21st Century and we're still using computers. If you believed all the hype from 90's, we'd be living in the Stone Age by now. Here's a set of videos that look back at the Y2K bug and raise new conspiracy theories.

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  • John Sheesley // December 29, 2008, 6:44 AM PST

    Five 2008 cutting-edge technlogies that will look quaint in the future

    Like every year, 2008 introduced to dozens of new technologies and IT products. Shiny and new now, these things will look quaint in just a few years. Here are some of the new things for 2008 that we'll reminisce about.

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  • John Sheesley // December 26, 2008, 6:37 AM PST

    Classic Tip: A Notepad trick from 1999 that works in Vista

    Even though Microsoft makes major changes to Windows through the years, some things stay the same. This Notepad trick for Windows 98 that was featured in our 1999 Windows TechMail is a prime example.

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  • John Sheesley // December 22, 2008, 3:44 AM PST

    Recapping classic Classic Rock posts for 2008

    We started Classics Rock in March 2008. Here's a recap of some of the posts that drew the most discussions for the year.

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  • Michael Banks // December 18, 2008, 12:36 AM PST

    Prodigy: The pre-Internet online service that didn’t live up to its name

    One of the early online destinations before the Internet was Prodigy. Like many child prodigies that share the name, Prodigy started off with lots of promise, only to wind up a disaster. Guest contributor Michael Banks gives a look back at Prodigy's tortured journey.

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  • John Sheesley // December 15, 2008, 4:10 AM PST

    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 your old equipment, or pictures of them, to TechRepublic to appear on the site.

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  • John Sheesley // December 10, 2008, 6:13 AM PST

    An annual holiday tradition: Computer commercials

    Christmas, Hannukah, and all of the other traditional winter holidays are around the corner. That means its the time of year for lots of commercials, including ones for computers. Here are some Holiday Classics.

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  • John Sheesley // December 3, 2008, 8:58 AM PST

    1950's IT without tailfins and leather jackets

    Usually when talking computer classics, I stick to computers from the 70's, 80's and 90's. This video from IBM shows a state of the art accounting computer from the 1950's. See how far we've come.

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  • John Sheesley // November 25, 2008, 1:02 PM PST

    What's the biggest tech turkey of all time?

    This time of year, we're supposed to give thanks for our blessings. Sometimes one of the things we're thankful for is the technology nightmares we no longer have to deal with. What's the biggest Tech Turkey of all time? Place your vote.

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  • Michael Banks // November 24, 2008, 1:23 AM PST

    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 1983 with his Tandy 100 and CompuServe.

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  • John Sheesley // November 21, 2008, 4:37 AM PST

    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 discussed? See if you can guess.

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  • John Sheesley // November 20, 2008, 6:58 AM PST

    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 games can be traced back to Sierra's King Quest. This video has a run through and here's a look back.

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  • John Sheesley // November 17, 2008, 5:40 AM PST

    Revisiting the great-grandfather to the iPhone: The Apple Newton

    Long before it produced the iPod, iPod Touch, or the iPhone, Apple introduced a revolutionary hand-held device called the Newton. It was the first commercially successful PDA. Here's a look back.

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  • John Sheesley // October 3, 2008, 6:05 AM PST

    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.

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  • John Sheesley // November 25, 2008, 1:02 PM PST

    What's the biggest tech turkey of all time?

    This time of year, we're supposed to give thanks for our blessings. Sometimes one of the things we're thankful for is the technology nightmares we no longer have to deal with. What's the biggest Tech Turkey of all time? Place your vote.

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  • John Sheesley // December 3, 2008, 8:58 AM PST

    1950's IT without tailfins and leather jackets

    Usually when talking computer classics, I stick to computers from the 70's, 80's and 90's. This video from IBM shows a state of the art accounting computer from the 1950's. See how far we've come.

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  • John Sheesley // December 10, 2008, 6:13 AM PST

    An annual holiday tradition: Computer commercials

    Christmas, Hannukah, and all of the other traditional winter holidays are around the corner. That means its the time of year for lots of commercials, including ones for computers. Here are some Holiday Classics.

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  • John Sheesley // November 12, 2008, 3:30 AM PST

    Classic Windows NT Tip: Dump Registry to text files for tracking

    Figuring out what changes occur to the Windows registry is difficult. This Classic Tip shows how you could do so in Windows NT by exporting to text files. It worked in 1999 and it works today.

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  • John Sheesley // July 16, 2008, 6:33 AM PST

    Another old Office tip, another swipe at The Ribbon

    Before Microsoft introduced The Ribbon in Office 2007, there were toolbars. This Classic Tip shows old Office toolbars worked in Word. Plus how to work around The Ribbon with Search Commands.

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  • John Sheesley // June 6, 2008, 7:02 AM PST

    This old Excel tip shows the backwardness of the Ribbon

    Here's a tip from our Excel Techmail which highlights the problems caused by the Ribbon interface in Office 2007. This tip shows how to quickly create a series in Excel 2000. See how complicated such things are now.

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  • John Sheesley // May 22, 2008, 7:41 AM PST

    Classic Tip: Get the best performance out of WINS

    Today's Classic Tip highlights a feature found in Windows NT Server that was vital to networks in the 90's, but not so much today: WINS. Even though it's an old service, it's still around. Read on to find out more about WINS and how it affects Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

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  • John Sheesley // May 12, 2008, 6:50 AM PST

    An old Exchange tip highlights feature creep and overlap

    As a software vendor revs a product, more features wind up getting added to it. Sometimes these features overlap features in another product sold by the same vendor creating confusion. This Classic Tip examines Exchange Public Folders and their overlap with SharePoint.

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  • John Sheesley // March 17, 2008, 5:17 AM PST

    Classic Tip: The Novell Client for Windows 9x (Now available in Vista flavor!)

    From the archives dated March 17, 2000:. To properly connect Windows 9x to a NetWare server, you should use the Novell IntraNetWare Client. That's good advice even today. Read on about how a tip from the past shows you how to connect Vista to a NetWare server.

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  • John Sheesley // March 7, 2008, 12:40 AM PST

    Remote Registry Editing in Windows NT 4.0

    The following Windows NT tip comes from the vast TechRepublic archives. It was featured in our Windows NT TechMail dated November 15, 1999. Will it still work today in Windows Server 2003? Yup! Check it out.

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  • John Sheesley // December 15, 2008, 4:10 AM PST

    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 your old equipment, or pictures of them, to TechRepublic to appear on the site.

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  • Mark Kaelin // June 6, 2008, 6:09 AM PST

    Dinosaur Sighting: The original Apple Mac Classic

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

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  • John Sheesley // May 21, 2008, 5:19 AM PST

    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 handheld mobile device. Take a look at where handhelds got their start.

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  • John Sheesley // May 27, 2008, 6:13 AM PST

    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 release to release.

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