Retro: PC Plus from 1986 now online

If, like me, you get slightly weepy-eyed thinking about computers from 1986, then have I got a link for you. PC Plus magazine has put up its first issue ever online for you to flick through at your leisure.

There’s discussion of Word Processors, printers reviewed and tested, and in the ads at the back is a computer with an 8MHz motherboard, monochrome monitor, serial port, and floppy drive for £400.

Most intriguingly of all, in the back is a review of a game called “Leather Goddesses of Phobos” that comes in three modes – “Tame”, “Suggestive” and “Lewd”, and is accompanied in the box by a pair of 3D glasses and a scratch and sniff card(!). The conclusion? “Should keep you busy for months”.

Go check it out and remind yourself of the days when a help section offered advice on creating batch files, and the handy hint: “One thing to avoid at all costs is typing “DEL ” at the command prompt”. Brilliant.

PC Plus (via @richardcobbett)

Esquire magazine thinks that the 21st century begins in September, thanks to E-Ink

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Despite what the header may imply, E-Ink is not a mind-altering narcotic (although I’ve personally never tried drinking the contents of a Sony Reader). E-Ink is in fact an amazing new-ish type of electronic paper that could revolutionise the way we think about books and magazines. You can already see its extremely impressive abilities in the aforementioned Sony device, as well as its rival, the Amazon Kindle. This does not explain the appalling time keeping at Esquire though.

Vote for your favourite tech or online god in Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential poll

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Time has put their annual top 100 Most Influential People poll online, with readers asked to vote on over 200 finalists.

As expected, the likes of Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama and…George Clooney all feature, but many tech maestros are featured predominantly too. It’s tough choosing between Microsoft lads Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, but what about Steve Jobs or Michael Dell?

Then there are the usual online characters, including Mark Zuckerberg, Matt Drudge,…