What Price The Past?

I’m eternally fascinated by the nostalgia fuelled lure of the vintage and dunfunkt. This applies especially to vintage electronics which command a sometimes incredulous level of monetary worth due to their scarcity. Take Sony’s long defunct Betamax video tape recorders. A working model at auction can fetch anything up to £300. And that’s in a world where…

Failing Sony Star?

Remember when Sony were winning? They’ve just announced a financial loss for the fourth successive year. Are their best days (and their best products) well and truly behind them? Image by chrisinplymouth under this creative commons licence Related articles Sony Falls Most in Eight Months on Full-Year Loss Forecast (businessweek.com) Mounting Woes Prompt Sony to…

That Certain Obsolete Niche

There’s been a much reported view of late via Dr. Mark Dean, who had a hand in the design of the original IBM PC, that we’re moving into a post PC world where the desktop computer will join typewriters, incandescent lightbulbs and a handful of other consumer items that have passed the peak of their…

OUR FAVOURITE VOICE OF CHILDREN’S TELEVISION

Many years ago I saw the words “Brain Cant is God” painted on a wall and it gave me a wry smile assuming that they meant THE Brain Cant, voice to a clutch of quaint stop motion animated children’s programmes that were the mainstay of Brit kids who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s….