Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August. The venerable text-only chat system was first developed in 1988 by a Finnish computer scientist named Jarkko Oikarinen. Oikarinen couldn’t have known at the time just how his creation would affect the lives of people around the world, but it became one […]

The 10 Products That Changed the Way I Pack — and Travel

The 10 Products That Changed the Way I Pack — and Travel Advertiser Disclosure The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.com receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). This […]

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 'body language has CHANGED since the birth of Louis'

Kate Middleton, 36, gave birth to her third child Prince Louis six months ago. After a summer taking maternity leave and caring for the young Prince, Kate is back in the spotlight. The Duchess of Cambridge returned to the spotlight last week, making three appearances in quick succession. Earlier this week she joined her husband […]

The trade deal between America and South Korea has barely changed

“IT’S a horrible deal. It was a Hillary Clinton disaster, a deal that should’ve never been made,” said America’s president in April 2017. Donald Trump was threatening to scrap his country’s free-trade agreement with South Korea, known as KORUS, claiming that it had left America “destroyed”. On September 24th, after he and Moon Jae-in, his […]

Nearly 3 months later, the biggest topic around the NBA is LeBron James’ move to the Lakers and how it’s changed the league

Harry How/Getty Teams around the NBA are still talking about LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers. Teams in the Eastern Conference have acknowledged that their paths forward are easier with James out of the way, while teams in the West have accepted that the conference just got tougher. James’ Lakers will also have […]

16 unbelievable ways that life in the US has changed in the past 100 years

AP Images The world we live in moves so quickly — there are things we use today that will be obsolete by 2020 — that it’s no surprise that it was completely different a mere century ago. Take a look around your home — 100 years ago, there were no fridges, or microwaves, or hairdryers, and […]

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster) The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017. That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch […]