This Day in Blogging History: Video game tights; UK PM portrait made from CCTV cameras; Why were early PCs beige?


Is “This Day in Blogging History” selected by someone, or is it random? It’s kind of weird to call back ten years to pull up a question without also including the answer.

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Why were most personal computers colored beige? I seem to remember reading that some researchers (at 3M?) used focus groups to determine that beige was the most non-obtrusive color to use in an office setting, but I can’t find a reference. If you know, email me at

Interesting question, I actually would like to know what you found out, @frauenfelder!

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