beschizza at October 8th, 2013 16:37 — #1
mr_smooth at October 8th, 2013 16:55 — #2
The recent items are sponsored, right? They're comparing Beats by Dre headphones to hearing aids and dialysis machines?
jimr1603 at October 8th, 2013 16:57 — #3
It's the Daily Heil, I'm suprised it's isn't all sponsored links.
dr_bombay at October 8th, 2013 17:09 — #4
it is kind of weird that the internet isn't listed. EDIT: ok, i guess the internet isn't technically a gadget. never mind.
patrace at October 8th, 2013 17:12 — #5
They list the World Wide Web.
larry at October 8th, 2013 17:40 — #6
I recognize the Educator 64 computer - it's mine! Picture was from the Vintage Computer Festival west. The Educator 64 is a Commodore 64 in a PET case with a B&W display. In that picture it was browsing the internet with the RR-Net ethernet adapter driven by the Contiki Web Browser.
philip_barrett at October 8th, 2013 17:43 — #7
Beats headphones? Stopped reading right there.
jorpho at October 8th, 2013 17:47 — #8
Curiously, the list actually refers to gadget launches rather than the gadgets themselves. But it doesn't really matter anyway, since this is the result of a survey of just 3,900 "gadget fans" as detailed by the Daily Mail.
...Seriously, why link to the Daily Mail again? I thought it was very well-established here that the Daily Mail is a terrible, terrible thing.
philip_barrett at October 8th, 2013 17:48 — #9
but of course I did...
The list starts with product categories (no argument here) like the toaster, electric drill and kettle but descends into specific makes and models as the decades move forward. The video game console is certainly a notable gadget but listing the SNES and both Playstations is redundant. By 2007 it just gets silly.
tachin1 at October 8th, 2013 18:01 — #10
You know its bunk when the playstation 4 is listed. A product that isn't even available yet!
karls at October 8th, 2013 19:23 — #11
The parenthesis in the headline is so clumsy that it could have been taken from Cracked.
anonkopimi at October 8th, 2013 20:43 — #12
I wrote some of the early demo BASIC programs for that Epson HX-20 pictured at the top, when I was a kid.
My dad started working for Epson and brought a demo model home with him. He took it back to work the next week and told Marketing that his son started writing short progs on it immediately and they went nuts.
boundegar at October 8th, 2013 21:15 — #13
Took me a little reading to discover that "zip" is British for "zipper."
danimagoo at October 9th, 2013 00:58 — #14
The internet is on the list. 1969. Also on the list is "The Ethernet", which I found amusing. I don't think I've ever seen Ethernet written with an article in front of it ... and it's even less of a "thing" than the internet.
fnordius at October 9th, 2013 07:14 — #15
It is a curious list, as it suggests that there was nothing more influential in 1983 than the Commodore 64, and somehow thus suggests the Commodore 64 is more important than the Apple II series (1977, which they thought the Mattel Electronic Football was more influential for) or the Apple Macintosh (1984, where they chose the Sony Discman).
Seriously, this is a very flawed list. "Most influential" is such a subjective criteria that there is no way you can reach a true consensus.
ministry at October 9th, 2013 07:42 — #16
Thanks for the little '[Mail]' warning, so I know I needn't follow the link.
chickied at October 9th, 2013 08:29 — #17
"Hook it up to the Ethernet port." Sure you have seen it with an article in front - you just weren't giving the The that appropriate emphasis.
anton_p_gully at October 9th, 2013 08:35 — #18
WTF are they linking to the Daily Mail? Don't get me wrong, I go there for all my bikini-related celebrity news but I'm not proud of it.
howaboutthis at October 9th, 2013 13:06 — #19
Some of the listed items were influential in a big, societal way, while others are apparently influential to the Daily Mail's coffers.
beschizza at October 13th, 2013 16:37 — #20
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