Videos uploaded by user “The Science Elf”
The Rise and Fall of Flash
Shockwave/Macromedia/Adobe Flash was at one point an integral part of the web. Why then, is it a mostly forgotten and ignored software platform? Today, I'm taking a look at what caused the Rise and Fall of Flash.
Views: 441053 The Science Elf
The Rise and Fall of Club Penguin
Millions of children around the world have played Club Penguin since its launch in 2005, however, many are unaware of its predecessors and how much they influenced the final game. With the desktop version of Club Penguin shutting down by March 29, 2017, I'm taking a look back to the very earliest versions of Club Penguin, and how it has evolved in its 17 year lifespan. For more information, I'd recommend reading Lance Priebe's (The game's original developer's) blog. http://rocketsnail.com/blog/
Views: 252971 The Science Elf
The Story of BonziBuddy (1999-2004)
A lot of people recognize the infamous purple gorilla spyware program, but few are aware that BonziBuddy was just one of the many applications created by Bonzi Software.
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The CueCat
In the early 2000s, a company called Digital Convergence pushed a computer bar code scanner with the idea of pairing physical data with online data. It's fair to say it didn't quite pan out. To learn more about CueCat and it's creator, take a look at his website and channel: http://www.cuecat.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvgjcuRbMrSVWYRN0hM5sFA
Views: 248490 The Science Elf
The Rise and Fall of Blackberry
In a world dominated by smartphones and portable touchscreen devices, it's easy to forget a time when a pocket sized email device was the must-have item.
Views: 450722 The Science Elf
A Beginner's Guide to the Fourth Dimension
Math can be weird sometimes, usually when it goes against some of our most common knowledge, yet still can make sense. This is one of those times.
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Unofficial Microsoft Mascots
Microsoft is commonly seen as a business-oriented platform, but surprisingly, behind the very formal looking programs, was a programming team with a good sense of humor and an affinity for plush animals.
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The Agony of File Converters
How difficult could it possibly be to copy files over to an Apple Newton from the internet? Particularly difficult. UNNA http://www.unna.org/view.php?
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OS "Upgrades" on the Gateway Profile
Last time, we looked at the Gateway Profile 5.5, an "ugly" yet interesting All-In-One computer. Now, we're trying out a few different operating systems to see which ones the Profile can run. Previous Video: https://youtu.be/fGUXbigsADU Music Used: Sunshine Samba - Chris Haugen (0:25) Hold on a Second - John Deley and the 41 Players (1:58) Finding Science - JR Tundra (4:22) Best of Both Worlds (Chiptune Remake) - Mr. Chippy Music (6:10, 9:26) Tiptoe Out the Back - Dan Lebowitz (6:10)
Views: 132100 The Science Elf
The Development Disaster behind macOS
While the popular macOS sees updates nearly annually now, there was a time where Apple struggled for years to get a major update out. Clips in order of appearance: Apple 1984 Ad Commercial (5:29) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIE-5hg7FoA Mac OS 8 Demos (6:43) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXfsAYUjvms Macworld San Francisco 2000 (11:09) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko4V3G4NqII WWDC 2002 Death Of Mac OS 9 (11:43) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W4CntluoBQ Music Used: You're not that Funky - Otis McDonald (0:00) Tiptoe Out the Back - Dan Lebowitz (0:38) Rank and File - Silent Partner (3:26) Handprints - John Deley and the 41 Players(5:42) Fuzzy Feeling - Everet Almond (7:17) You Had To Be - E's Jammy Jams (9:03) Cologne 1983 - Josh Kirsch (10:47) Feel The Funk - Jimmy Fontanez (12:14)
Views: 484471 The Science Elf
Format Wars: Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD
When HD video for the home was being introduced, two different disks were vying to be the standard for high density optical storage: Blu-Ray, or HD DVD. Naturally, only one was successful.
Views: 176530 The Science Elf
The Microsoft Monopoly
In the 90s, Microsoft was the undeniable ruler of PC industry, but all it took was one pesky web browser to bring it all crashing down. This is the story of how that didn't happen. Music Used: Late - Topher Mohr and Alex Elena (0:00) No Good Right - Freedom Trail Studio (2:06) Weekend in Tattoine - Unicorn Heads (5:21, 10:57) Tiptoe out the Back - Dan Lebowitz (8:14) Birds - Silent Partner (16:24) Clips in order of appearance: The Kids' Guide to the Internet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81IwlDeV6c (4:37) Windows 95 Commercial #2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kt6wVyNWos (6:03) Macworld Boston 1997 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHhHww-S-3s (10:02) Bill Gates Deposition Part 9 of 12 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odJNphz9GPg (13:33) Bill Gates on the Antitrust Case (2001) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5_fBqZrwA0 (15:47)
Views: 151107 The Science Elf
How a Teapot Revolutionized Computer Graphics
Once upon a time, the field of computer graphics was just getting started, and a simple teapot helped researchers develop rendering techniques.
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Search Before Google
It's pretty easy to take the search engine Google for granted today, but twenty years ago, there was no such thing. In fact, for well over a decade before Google, search engines were crawling, indexing and searching.
Views: 238044 The Science Elf
What was the Microsoft MiPad?
Today, in the final installment of PocketPC Month, we take a look at the Microsoft MiPad, an experimental product from the early 2000s sort of like a proto-Siri, as well as Microsoft Voice Command, the actual product to eventually release from the MiPad research.
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3d Graphics on a Calculator
Graphing calculators are pretty commonly used for things like, well, calculation, but thanks to algorithms like ray tracing, they can render incredibly realistic (for a calculator) 3d graphics. Downloads (Compatible with TI-84 C and TI-84 CE): -Files (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B03SgX41KCinVWoxcHNIQjBFMUk) -TI Connect Software( https://education.ti.com/en/products/computer-software/ti-connect-sw )
Views: 286277 The Science Elf
Making XP Secure: The Story Behind SP2
With Microsoft recently releasing the first XP update in three years in an effort to stop WannaCrypt, I thought it was appropriate to bring up the story of a previous XP update that made the OS more secure.
Views: 233491 The Science Elf
Upgrading the Ugliest Computer I Own
This week we take a look at the Gateway Profile 5.5, one of many interesting All-In-One designs of the early 2000s. Music Used: Handprints - John Deley and the 41 Players (0:00) The Messenger - Silent Partner (1:25) Windows Welcome Music - Microsoft (4:59) Four Guys - The Beatles (5:50) Games tested (in order of appearance): Bricks of Egypt - ArcadeLab (6:54) Plants vs Zombies - PopCap Games (6:56) HamsterBall - Raptisoft (6:59) Portal - Valve (7:02) Club Penguin Rewritten (7:22)
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Battle of the Browsers (Part 1)
With the creation of the World Wide Web in the 1990's many companies vied for the position of most used web browser, even to the point of some rather questionable business practices.
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The Apple Newton
Egg Freckles. UNNA: http://www.unna.org/ Newton Emulator: http://matthiasm.com/einstein.html
Views: 113220 The Science Elf
Windows ME: Worth the Hate?
Windows ME is easily one of the most derided versions of Windows, but few seem to realize just how much influence it had over versions of Windows following it. Clips in order of appearance: MICROSOFT LAUNCH WINDOWS 98 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKYj6E-L01g (6:02) Windows ME Footage - www.youtube.com/channel/UCRk2-vty3b9PYV55tW1tqcA/videos (7:12) The Kids' Guide to the Internet - www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81IwlDeV6c (7:52) Music Used: Feel The Funk - Jimmy Fontanez (0:00) Love Explosion - Silent Partner (0:43) Storage Theme - Chex Quest (2:34) Tiptoe Out the Back - Dan Lebowitz (4:04) Present Day - E's Jammy Jams (6:38) Sunshine Samba - Chris Haugen (8:32)
Views: 283728 The Science Elf
The Agony of File Converters (Part 2)
In a recent video, I managed to get an image from my camera all the way onto my Apple iiGS. I also promised I'd outline the process, so, here ya go.
Views: 51207 The Science Elf
That Time the World Almost Ended
In this New Year's episode, we take a look at the Y2K bug, a programming mistake that threatened to crash all the world's computers as they ticked over from 1999 to the year 2000. Music Used: Leoforos Alexandras - Dan Bodan (0:00) No Good Right - Freedom Trail Studio (0:51, 13:04) Tiptoe Out the Back - Dan Lebowitz (6:34) Late - Topher Mohr and Alex Elena (8:21) Weekend in Tattoine - Unicorn Heads (10:04)
Views: 445102 The Science Elf
The Bizarre World of Microsoft Ads
I've been holding onto these clips for years, and now I finally think I can make a video with them. This time, we're taking a look at some of the strangest videos to ever come out of Microsoft. Clips in order of appearance: Knowledge Navigator (1987) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb4AzF6wEoc (0:20) Windows 386 Commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noEHHB6rnMI (1:10) Silly MS-DOS 5 Promo Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxC6PytZMqc (3:30) It's the World Wide Web - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_cei19G3L4 (5:04) TechEd 2007 Keynote opening - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxMrBuluEJ8 (5:22) Office 2010: The Movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUawhjxLS2I (7:48) HORRIBLE Windows 95 Commercial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2owaKucyU1Y (8:40)
Views: 52366 The Science Elf
Installing Modern Windows on a 14 Year Old Tablet
I've received plenty of interesting recommendations for what software I should try on my TC1100 Tablet, so here's a quick run through some of the more popular suggestions, along with a few I was curious about myself.
Views: 1877965 The Science Elf
Is Wikipedia Actually Credible?
We've all been told that Wikipedia isn't a good source for research, but how can it have such high quality information and yet still be susceptible to user vandalism? Naturally, the answer involves robots. Whoopsy by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
Views: 52285 The Science Elf
Whatever Happened to Clippy?
A long time ago I made a video on Clippy, the nearly universally hated paperclip from Microsoft Office. I figured now was a good time for an update. Play the flash game here! www.gamesbob.com/xtractpaperclip And check out ClippyJS: https://www.smore.com/clippy-js Clips used in order of appearance: The Kid's Guide to the Internet (0:54) - youtube.com/watch?v=A81IwlDeV6c 12 old mac ads (1:13) - youtube.com/watch?v=VaZgtQRmunA Computer Chronicles UNIX (1:32) - youtube.com/watch?v=WKq3FoSC2oA Peedy the Parrot: Interactive Music Assistant (1:35) - kurlander.net/DJ/Videos/PeedyVideo.shtml Bill Gates' CES '95 Keynote Featuring Peedy the Parrot (2:56) - kurlander.net/DJ/Videos/PeedyCES95Video.shtml X-Tract Paperclip game (6:29) - youtube.com/watch?v=dw_bvVhMJMY Microsoft Office XP Ad 1/3 — Clippy Gets Clipped (6:33) - youtube.com/watch?v=tu_Pzuwy-JY Delta Heavy - Ghost (7:42) - youtube.com/watch?v=b4taIpALfAo Microsoft Office Assistant - SNL (7:45) - youtube.com/watch?v=EpWbTogEEhg Agent Animated Characters Showcase-Bonzi (9:16) - youtube.com/watch?v=cpOjIQppuH0 Ribbon Hero 2-Clippy's Second Chance.wmv (9:41) - youtube.com/watch?v=5zxF6XhtyJw Siri vs Cortana Groundhog Day (Commercial) (9:47) - youtube.com/watch?v=bh3Qp40zupI Microsoft Goes Back to the Future (10:05) - youtube.com/watch?v=B2G4Y_IaKTI
Views: 434242 The Science Elf
That Time Blackberry Made a Tablet
Not many people seem to know about the Blackberry Playbook released in 2011, and as someone who used to get a lot of usage out of one, I felt like sharing my thoughts on the device.
Views: 277739 The Science Elf
Battle of the Browsers (Part 2)
In Part 1, I told how through questionable marketing tactics Microsoft was able to influence the public to use their web browser Internet Explorer. That market dominance, though, was due to see some new challenge from an even stronger competitor.
Views: 142615 The Science Elf
Format Wars: ASCII vs EBCDIC
The first episode of a new series I'm introducing, Format Wars. This episode focuses on the character encoding standards ASCII and EBCDIC, a fight between backwards compatibility and common sense.
Views: 62421 The Science Elf
The Story Behind Windows Vista
We're all familiar with Windows Vista, and it's common knowledge that reception for it wasn't very positive, but how could an OS that had years of work behind it and plenty of new ideas fail?
Views: 440017 The Science Elf
The Evolution of Computer Speech
More and more products seem to come out that make use of some form of a computer text-to-speech voice, with today's voices sounding acceptably realistic. Even though speech-based products are fairly recent, the concept of electronically generating a voice has been around for nearly a century.
Views: 125755 The Science Elf
Windows Movie Maker - A Brief History
What would early YouTube be if it weren't for Windows Movie Maker? Granted, we interpret it as low quality now, but at the time of its release it was an impressive program to be included free with Windows.
Views: 163526 The Science Elf
Windows XP 15th Anniversary
15 years ago, Microsoft released a revolutionary OS, that unified the Windows product line, revamped the user interface and introduced its users to a much more enjoyable computing experience. 15 years later, it's time to celebrate the accomplishment known as, XP.
Views: 30771 The Science Elf
Apple iiGS Talking to a Newton
Just a little experiment I tried, since I was a bit too busy to make a full video this week.
Views: 5609 The Science Elf
Before iPhone, there was Newton...
I've made a video in the past about the Apple Newton, but since that video was more of a review, I decided to revisit the Newton with a more in-depth retelling of its story. Egg Freckles. Photo Credit (7:12) - Sonny Hung https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonnyhung/352420652/in/photolist-x9fo9-BPJN6-98Bj7-98Bj6-x9fo2-98zFk-x9fo7-x9fnX-wZSKd-98zFj-wZSKc-wZSKf-6fqHAs-98zFh-wZSKi-9S1LQ-9S1LR-98zFi-98zFn-98Bj8-98zFm-wZSK4-98Bj5-9XNN3-wZSKg-6fmwht-vEFda-6fmwni-6fmwh4-CbUTg-o3gh9-2gsSk-6fqHzA-prk88-6fqHyu-6fqHx5-yBMR1-6fqHz7-9S1LS-wGxRH-prk7V-vEFdr-praCM-prk87-vEFdn-vEFde-vEFdw-prk7P-prk7M-vEFdh
Views: 151018 The Science Elf
What Steve Didn't Take
Everyone knows Xerox PARC for the story of how they gave away the GUI to Apple, but not many people know of some other technologies we use all the time today that were also developed at Xerox PARC.
Views: 14333 The Science Elf
How Much does the TARDIS Weigh?
We all know the TARDIS from Doctor Who, but the whole "bigger on the inside" thing raises a few questions. The TARDIS's weight also changes all the time, but interestingly enough, it can be explained as something other than a continuity error.
Views: 5953 The Science Elf
Nature from Numbers
What do the field of computer graphics, Tron and Minecraft have in common? They all use the same algorithm in different ways.
Views: 14785 The Science Elf
The Rise and Fall of AOL
At one point, AOL was synonymous with the internet, but its origins, as well as its ultimate fate, are more surprising than you'd think. Carnivale Intrigue by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1500028 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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This Tablet Runs Windows XP
In the early 2000's HP released a tablet PC running a touch-optimized version of Windows XP. Surprisingly, 14 years later, it's still a fairly competent computer.
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Electric Dreams - Movie Review
Say it's cheesy, say it's creative, but don't say it isn't entertaining; this is Electric Dreams.
Views: 7770 The Science Elf
A Windows PC in your Pocket
Back before smartphones were ubiquitous in terms of portable computing, another device was popular. This week, we take a look at the HP iPaq h2215, a Windows Mobile PocketPC from 2003. Stay tuned for next time for a demonstration of some of the hardware peripherals this thing can use. Also check out LGR's video on the iPaq rx1955: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm5omDCENPo
Views: 235018 The Science Elf
Snapchat in the 80's
Snapchat, the popular image sharing social media platform, has only been around for a few years, but the technology to digitally take a photo and send it has existed for at least thirty years. Snapchat in the 90's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6bZxUvb7K0 Check out more videos by SquirrelMonkey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXA2lepIpHZ24iQU22WgDeA
Views: 45735 The Science Elf
Three ways to do Square Roots by Hand
Learn three methods to evaluate square roots for the random off chance when you forget your calculator, and really want to know the square root of 17... Backed Vibes Clean - Rollin at 5 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400029 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 3573 The Science Elf
The Rise and Fall of MySpace
How did MySpace get so popular, and why is it considered obsolete today? In this video, the answer is revealed.
Views: 163789 The Science Elf
Listen to Electromagnetic Fields
What goes on inside our electronics when we use them? With a special device you can build yourself, you too can listen in on your electronic devices. Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Listen-to-Electromagnetic-Fields/
Views: 8736 The Science Elf
How Computers Solve Mazes
Ever wonder how a computer can get you the fastest directions somewhere, or get NPCs in a game to walk around walls autonomously? The answer is more surprising than you'd think. Music Used: Pipe Dream - Set Construction (Animusic) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLf2nsZ9m9o
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The Rarest Computer in my Collection
Even though many of the computers in my collection are hard to find, or no longer manufactured, only one can claim the title of being the only one of its kind to be made.
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The Rise and Fall of Java
Few people know that Java, the worlds most popular programming language, the one that powers smartphone apps and Mars rovers alike, was the result of a project to build a better TV remote.
Views: 690470 The Science Elf