HISTORY

Review: Clipboard History keeps up to 20 clips at a time for easy copying and pasting

Clipboard History stores up to 20 text clips at a time to make copying and pasting a much quicker and more efficient process. For items that you copy and paste frequently, you can create "stickies," permanent entries that don't cycle off of your clipboard as you add new items. You can also customize shortcut keys for accessing your clipboard and pasting items.

The interface of Clipboard History is pretty minimalist, so it can be a bit confusing to use at first. But since there aren't many features, you'll get the hang of it quickly. Just … Read more

Google's peaceful Martin Luther King Jr. doodle

Google's doodles aren't universally popular.

Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion from Justin Moyer, who suggested that history's great names had become "marketing tools."

Of course, it's not just Google that has featured famous people. Apple's "Here's To The Crazy Ones" as is all about a company attaching itself to history's rebels in order to sell a computer.

Still, for Martin Luther King Jr. day, Google offers a simple, peaceful rendition of Dr. King.

Moyer in his piece wrote: "We'd be appalled if McDonald's … Read more

Code breaker casting call: Be a part of Bletchley Park history

Do you have what it takes to be cast in an upcoming digital experience for the historic Bletchley Park Trust?

Made famous by the likes of Alan Turing, Dilly Knox, Enigma machines, and the world's first electronic computer, Colossus, Bletchley Park was home to more than 10,000 employees -- more than half of whom were women -- that included code breakers, mathematicians, cryptanalysts, and linguists. Their efforts in breaking the Enigma machine codes intercepted from the Germans and other enemy forces may have shortened WWII by years. … Read more

Review: Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac provides tools to wipe away excess or invasive files

Remo Privacy Cleaner for Mac is designed to wipe away excess files from your Internet browsing history, protecting your privacy. It does this by actively scanning for files you don't need, cookies that have long since expired, and other deposits made on your computer that could be a potential privacy breach in the future. It also helps you clean up the junk from apps, browsing history, trash files, and more to keep your Mac clean.

After installation, there are a couple of additional steps before Remo Privacy Cleaner is fully ready to use. Once it is ready to use, … Read more

How to delete and disable your Google location history

I had location history enabled for Google Maps and didn't know it. I found it interesting to see which spots Google logged for me over the past week or month, and I don't plan on disabling the service. It's nice to know, however, that I can delete portions of my location history or all of it, as well as disable the feature from tracking me in the future.

To see if you have location history enabled, head to the Google Maps Location history page. Click the gear-icon button to access History settings. Here, you can choose to … Read more

How to delete and pause your YouTube watch history

It seems that with its recent Google+ update, YouTube has taken its finger off of the pause button on your watch history. YouTube tracks the videos you watch, providing a convenient list should you want to return to a video you vaguely recall watching in the past. If you had this feature paused before YouTube's update this month, your watch history is once again rolling.

Your watch history is viewable only from your account, but that doesn't mean a friend using your computer couldn't accidentally discover your LOLcats obsession. Thus, now is a good time to review … Read more

Leonardo da Vinci piano hybrid heard after 500 years

Apparently, Leonardo da Vinci loved to rock.

An unusual musical instrument that combines keyboard and cellos has seen the light of day some 500 years after the Renaissance superman conceived it.

Leonardo's viola organista has come to life through the passion of Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, who has played a lavishly designed version of it in concert. … Read more

Public at last: Apple II DOS code that launched an empire

If ever source code can be said to have helped launch an empire, the code behind the Apple II DOS would qualify. And now it's available to everyone.

Last spring, CNET was first to report on the surfacing of documents that led to Apple's commissioning the creation of a disk operating system (DOS) for the young company's new computer, the Apple II.

Without that DOS, the computer would probably never have made a mark, since the only storage option otherwise available was a tape drive. Over the Christmas holidays of 1977, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak designed a … Read more

Homebrew Computer Club reunion lights up Silicon Valley

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- In this corner, it's Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In that corner, it's phone phreaking pioneer Captain Crunch.

Over there, it's Apple employee No. 1 Bill Fernandez, and across the room, there's Lee Felsenstein, the creator of the world's first mass-produced portable computer, the Osborne.

Welcome to the Homebrew Computer Club reunion, an extremely rare gathering at the Computer History Museum tonight of dozens of the earliest home computer makers. Thirty-eight years after the first meeting of one of the most famous groups in the world of technology, nearly 100 of its … Read more

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 arrives: A look back, and ahead

Next month marks the 28th anniversary of Windows, Microsoft's iconic operating system and the backbone of what turned it into one of the most powerful companies in tech.

But before that, comes the next iteration of that software -- Windows 8.1. It goes out as a free update to existing Windows 8 users on Thursday, and puts Microsoft in a new direction of offering smaller updates more frequently, something that's now expected by consumers who are used to major releases once a year (or more) on smartphones and tablets made by rivals.

You can read more about … Read more