Man Connects to Internet with Ancient Modem [Video]

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K.C. has the oldest piece of computer hardware I’ve ever seen–a modem from 1964-5, complete with finely crafted wooden case. It’s got a good 20 years on me, and it still works. The story goes like this: Background: This modem was given to me ~1989 by the widow of a retired (IBM?) engineer. has […]

LEGO Folding Farm for a Good Cause


Reader Mike Schropp sent in some pics of the CPU folding farm he built, complete with custom Lego case. As cool as having a Lego case is, though, the real purpose of the build is even better: Around the time I began my planning I beginning to be involved in Grid Computing. I liked being […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: 50% Off IoSafe Solo 2 TB Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive Plus 1 Year Data Recovery Service – $199.99

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has the IoSafe Solo 2 TB fireproof and waterproof external hard drive (one year of data recovery services included) for just $199.99. That’s 50% off the drive’s usual retail price of $399.99. Like an aircraft black box for your data, the ioSafe Solo and Data Recovery […]

Techy Vintage Wedding Dress Brings the Geek [Pics]


Wellesley College student designer Wendy Chen created this circuit board and lace frock for the Davis Design Contest; the first-place winner is a vintage lace dress embellished with key caps and motherboards, a combination the artist says “weaves together the old and the new, reflecting hope for a harmonious union between humanity and technology.” [source […]

23 Years of Computer Geekery in One Place

We’ve written several pieces about computer technology of the 80s and early 90s before and clearly struck a nostalgic chord with many readers of a certain age (and those with a historical curiosity.) With that in mind, we’ve found a site that you are sure to love. The Obsolete Technology Website at includes a […]

Introducing the ChromeBook [Video]


Haven’t heard about the ChromeBook yet? Here’s a fun and informative video that will teach you everything you need to know about the new Chrome OS-powered laptops. Samsung Series 5 Wi-Fi Chromebook Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook

The future of computing… 1983 style

In my latest visit to the world’s greatest place, Bookbarn (literally a warehouse full of books, currently at £1 — approximately US$1.60 — each), I picked up a book from 1983 that I distinctly remember reading as a child: The Beginner’s Computer Handbook. Looking back brings some amusement at the technology of the time, but […]

Hard Drive Anatomy 101 [Video]


In the following video, Bill Hammock, the Engineer Guy, explains everything there is to know about a hard drive by tearing one apart to show us the role of each of its components. This is by far the best explanation I’ve heard on how hard drives work. Check it out:

Kinect Goes Hardcore… Kinda

Microsoft has announced a voice control feature for its Kinect motion control system in an apparent attempt to appeal to serious gamers. Speaking at the E3 expo in Los Angeles, the company revealed that Kinect will be supported by several upcoming games aimed more at traditional players than the casual audience targeted in the initial […]

Commercial Quantum Computers for Sale, Only $10M


The first D-Wave One, a commercially available 128-qubit quantum computer, has been sold to Lockheed Martin. The agreement between Lockheed Martin and D-Wave Systems was announced this week. If you have a spare ten million bucks in your sofa cushions, you too can own the D-Wave One. Rather than relying on transistors and classical mechanics, […]

PlayStation Network hits another glitch

It’s really not been a great few weeks for Sony. The company has been forced to suspend website log-ins to its PlayStation Network thanks to knock-on effect of the security breach. The issue only affects people trying to log in to their account through a website, rather than connecting on the PS3 itself. Of course, […]