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8 Minutes of Bizarre VCR Obsession

This Finn loves green screens, bowl cuts, 'Tubular Bells' and the 'Terminator' theme. He also really, really loves VCRs. We don't know why! He may be some kind of repairman, but that only half-explains the VHS fetish. If you've got eight minutes to zone out, watch his paean to the videocassette recorder below. (He's also a YouTube uploading champ, having posted 988 videos since May 2008.) Weird....

Gaga Sets Video View Milestone, Go Daddy Joins Google's China Fight

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The Lady Gaga spectacle has evolved into a full-fledged phenomenon, as the eccentric and eclectic performer has accomplished an amazing Web milestone. According to tracking service Visible Measures, the Lady has astoundingly drawn more than 1 billion total views just for three videos, making her the "most watched franchise in...

Nick Gentry's Floppy Disk Art

Central St. Martins grad Nick Gentry appropriates obsolete tech materials -- like floppy disks and VHS tape -- as the media for his paintings. As the world moves further away from these kinds of storage devices, Gentry suggests, we lose touch with the terrestrial. His work is nostalgic for a time when objects were less disposable, before "human existence [was] governed by billions of invisible...

Technologies Your Kids May Never Know

In today's dizzying world of technological growth, a lot of hardware falls by the wayside, left to reside forever in as relics in dusty attics and landfills. To illustrate this fact, the folks at Wired have put together a list of technological ephemera that our children may never know about (and some non-techie stuff as well). Highlights range from "inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a...

Idea for Netflix the Result of $40 VHS Late Fee

We've listened to Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings talk business about his company, but how's about a little background? After announcing a momentous Q4 while practically every other outfit on the planet hung their head in shame, the understandably elated exec sat down with Fortune to explain how Netflix came to be. As the story goes, Reed lamented the $40 fee he was nailed with upon...

Crafty Crooks Get a 'Cheap' Blu-ray Player

Can't wait for Black Friday? Neither could two suspects in Virginia Beach. Reportedly, a crafty duo entered a local Wal-Mart late last week, with one placing a Samsung Blu-ray player in her cart while the other placed a DVD / VCR combo unit in his cart. Once that was complete, the two met in the pet section, swapped the unwanted DVD / VCR unit out for a Blu-ray deck and proceeded to checkout....

JVC Stops Making Standalone VCRs

We were fully prepared to start harshing on VHS as a dead-end technology that never went anywhere during its time in retail (as a joke, of course), and out of nowhere, a bona fide tear slowly ran down our left cheek. Today, friends, is a day worth remembering. Today truly marks the end of an era, and as far as we can tell, JVC really was the only company still producing standalone VCRs. Of...

Rampant Fungus Destroying Old VHS Video Tapes

Oh, gross! This story sounds like it came from The Onion, but be afraid: The UK Guardian's Observer newspaper said it, and so it must be true. Turns out a devastating virus, or "Tape Mould" as the Brits are calling it, is ravaging VHS tapes from the '80s and '90s all over the United Kingdom. ('Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'! 'Desperately Seeking Susan'! 'Degrassi Jr. High'! -- all gone!) More...