Tech Trumpet: Mac25

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Welcome to Tech Trumpet, where I attempt to make vaguely musical (and festive) sounds using a variety of gadgets and computers.

This week, by way of a very understated celebration of the Apple Macintosh’s 25th birthday on Saturday (today is when the iconic “1984” SuperBowl ad was shown), I’ve composed a short piece based on Mac System 7 operating system sounds…

Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy – Family Guy creator's first AdSense episodes

A few months back when summer had just begun and we were expecting sunshine in the weeks to come – oh those heady days! – Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, announced that he'd agreed with Google to make some animated comedy for the internet steam roller to use in its AdSense campaigns, and look, that's exactly what he's done!

So, here for your enjoyment is the first of Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Comedy and this is apparently what really happens at the end of Super Mario Bros…

Creative has sold 25 million MP3 players now, according to…Creative

creative-mp3-player-pic.jpgFor a company battling the MP3 giant Apple, 25 million MP3 player sales is extremely impressive stuff. Staff in all the Creative offices across the world are popping the Cava over the news, and Waitrose has already reported profits rising by more than 40% in the last 24 hours for bubbly.

Recognised as the second-largest supplier of the gadgets, the announcement “marks a major milestone in Creative history, as our player unit volume exceeds the combined unit sales from some of the biggest names…

Break out the lambrini, it's the emoticon's 25th birthday today

scott%20fahlan.jpgEmoticons. Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny you’ve used them at least once, even if it was ironically. Can you believe they were first documented 25 years ago? I bet all the ­čÖé and even the ­čÖü are out on the town today, boozing hard and fast, falling in and out of nightclubs as they celebrate their 25th birthday. Expect to see some very hung-over emoticons online tomorrow…

Apparently in a forum discussion on September 19th, 1982 (I didn’t even think the ‘tinternet was around then for civillians, let alone had ‘forums’)…