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Happy 25th birthday, Windows!

25 years ago today, Microsoft released the very first version of the operating system which now powers around 90% of the personal computers in the world. Even with the sweet analog clock to the word processing might of Write (and truly useful features like running multiple applications and a shared clipboard), Windows 1.0 failed to generate much excitement. It would take five more years --...

The results are in: Google's Pac-Man homage cost the world $120,483,800 in just one day

Did you know that, on average, you only spend 4 1/2 minutes on Google every day? That's how good it is: you plug in your search and, chances are, 11 seconds later you walk away with the result you need. Throw Pac-Man into the mix however and the average goes up to over 5 minutes! Thanks to Google's celebration of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, and RescueTime's juicy analytical power, we spent 36...

Google does interactive Pac-Man doodle - Time Waster

Maybe in the longer term we'll get to see Google start serving up some serious games, but for now, they give us Pac-Man! You know how Google does these "Google Doodles"? Well, this is the first fully-interactive one I've seen: To celebrate Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, Google has put up a fully playable Pac-Man level right in its image. At first it looks like a regular doodle, but if you wait for a...

Happy 15th birthday, WWW!

On August 6, 1991--15 years ago today--Tim Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web with a message to the alt.hypertext newsgroup. In the message he says," The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system," and provides the source code for his prototype line-mode browser, a GUI hypertext editor for NeXT, and a...

Turn a friend on to Firefox, be immortalized

World Firefox Day was on Saturday, July 15, and I missed it! Timed to coincide with the Mozilla Foundation's birthday, World Firefox Day is, of course, a day to celebrate the strides Firefox has made and, more importantly (or at least that's the impression the web site gives) to get more people to use it. To that end, if, between now and September 15, you get just one friend to download Firefox,...

Engadget has crazy fans who bake

I am both delighted and alarmed by the winners of Engadget's birthday cake contest. In case you hadn't heard, Engadget has been celebrating its 2nd birthday and ran a contest for the prize was a really sweet Alienware PC. The challenge was to bake the coolest gadget-themed birthday cake. I knew they'd get a lot of entries, but I had no idea the lengths Engadget's crazy readers would go to. I don't...

GIMP 10th anniversary splash screen winner announced

Open source image editing program the GIMP is celebrating its 10th birthday and to commemorate it they held a contest to design a splash screen. The winner, announced this week, is "Dialed In" by an artist called ix. The winning splash screen accompanies the GIMP's birthday release, version 2.2.10, which can be downloaded from its many mirrors. You can check out all of the entries in the...