Tweeting Washer: What's Old Is New

Make: reports that an enterprising hacker named Ryan Rose has modified a washing machine to post to Twitter when a load is finished (read its very uninteresting tweets here.)

Sorry Ryan. It’s cool, but it’s not new. Back in 1995, MIT student Philip A. Lisiecki rigged the laundry machines at Random Hall, a small, slightly decrepit dorm on Massachusetts Ave., to report their status on Zephyr, a sort of proto-instant messaging system still in use on the MIT network. You can get a report on the status of Random’s washers and dryers from their Web site.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.