TiMidity++: The softsynth for everyone else

When attempting to open a MIDI file in most Unix-like operating system (such as most Linux distributions and MacOS), you will learn there is no native support for playing MIDI files. So, what do you do? Say hello to TiMidity++ – an open-source software synthesizer. Continue reading TiMidity++: The softsynth for everyone else

Regency TR-1: First Transistor Radio

The year is 1954. The economy is booming – more cars are being sold, homes are being constructed, and new inventions and technological breakthroughs are happening all the time. The middle class is rising, with suburban areas and so-called “Levvitowns” popping up all around the country. But what about technological breakthroughs? Introducing the Regency TR-1 transistor radio… Continue reading Regency TR-1: First Transistor Radio

The Bell System: More than a telephone company

If you asked anyone who the most influential company in the telephony industry was: they would almost all answer with “Bell.” But how did Bell go from being a company formed to support a new invention to a monopoly with shady business practices and a household name, to just another forgotten name? Continue reading The Bell System: More than a telephone company