Monday morning links serving: The July 20th edition

How 16 Famous Electronics Companies Got Their Names
Most of us spend a lot of time staring at a computer or TV screen, playing video games, or gabbing into our cell phones. The brand names for these products are all familiar, but where did they come from in the first place?

A Pictorial Guide to Computer Hardware
From every kind of memory to A/V input/outputs, processors, and hard drives, this guide shows in easy-to-recognize pictorial form the possible guts in your computer. It’s either a really useful quick guide, or the nerdiest poster we’ve ever seen.

Suspiciously Prescient Patent from 1979
Kane Kramer, an inventor by trade, came up with a gadget and music distribution service almost eerily similar to the iPod-iTunes relationship that predates it by three decades.

New Pirate Bay Will Become a Pay Site
After Global Gaming Factory (GGF) announced its intention to buy The Pirate Bay, the public was left wondering what the site’s future would look like. Today it was confirmed that sharing on the new site will come with a cost, as the new owners plan to charge the users of the site a monthly fee.

Microsoft: Apple wanted ‘Laptop Hunters’ ad pulled
Microsoft’s chief operating officer recounts a phone call he says he got from the Apple legal department, demanding the removal of the TV ads.

DRM is Dead, RIAA Says
For years the RIAA has defended the use of DRM, much to the dislike of millions of honest customers who actually paid for their music. Now, in a shocking turnaround, the outfit seems to have come to the realization that DRM does more harm than good and has officially declared its death.

Massive Electric Car Roundup: Which Plug-in Is For You?
Unless you’ve been living in a cave on the Moon with your eyes shut and hands over your ears, you know that electric vehicles are the future. Not a week goes by where there isn’t some announcement about the car that will break the ties of petroleum oppression. For you, dear readers, I have assembled a list of some of the more notable entrants into the EV market with the pros and cons of each.


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