This originally appeared in On Spec.
They were the size of bricks, once, and just as heavy. Cream-colored plastic, black-rubber antennas, lit-up buttons that played a rising scale of electronic tones. They were used only in blockbuster movies, and only by high-ranking government officials seeking to prevent asteroids from destroying the earth. My sister, who is a decade younger than me, does not remember the long forgotten era in which they did not exist.Read More