You Won’t Miss Brookstone, But You Should

August 14, 2018

In singularly unsurprising news, Brookstone has filed for bankruptcy. The company will shutter its remaining 101 mall storefronts, officially closing out an era that began its fade years ago. Even if you won’t mourn its disappearance—even if you haven’t stepped inside a mall since the Mallrats era—it’s worth a moment of appreciation, and a full accounting of what’s been lost. Brookstone debuted in 1965, a year after the Beatles first…


An inventor built a tiny Macintosh classic with LEGO and Raspberry Pi

June 1, 2017

Image: jannis hermanns Nostalgia has been all the rage among electronics enthusiasts these days, from this Windows 98 “smartwatch” to Nokia’s revamp of the classic 3310. But here’s a nostalgic effort that goes above and beyond: Developer Janis Hermanns built a Wi-FI enabled LEGO Macintosh Classic that runs Docker on a Raspberry Pi Zero with an e-paper display. SEE ALSO: Make a LEGO Robot With a Raspberry Pi Hermanns was…


Retro tech provides a brief escape from the depressing nightmare of the present

May 30, 2017

Just admit it.Image: Vicky Leta/mashable Is sticking your head in the sand still frowned upon if you discover a buried mini Nintendo NES while you’re down there? How about a rad keyboard styled like it was yanked straight off a vintage typewriter? SEE ALSO: If Steve Jobs was still alive he’d totally be wearing this 3-decade-old watch Dig around a bit more in the growing world of retro tech and…