30 Years of the PC: an Infographic Timeline


PC Mag is celebrating the PC’s third decade (and the 30th year of its own publication, too) with an illustrated history of the technology and magazine, including notable names, hardware and benchmarks along the way. Follow along with our timeline as we point out a few of the important folks, products, and waystations in this […]

The Most Expensive Laptop Stand Ever [Picture]


Fully customizable; pieces sold separately. (Not currently available in white.) [cubiclebot]

Intel Opens Fat Wallet for Thin Machines


Intel is planning to invest $300 million to create what it’s calling a new form of computer to bridge the (somewhat slender) gap between a netbook and a tablet. According to the company, the Russian doll-like sequence of laptop/notebook/netbook/tablet needs a new family member: the Ultrabook. As is usually the case with hybrid devices, the […]

Apple’s Keyless Keyboard is Impossibly Sexy


It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a significant development in keyboard design; the advent of ergonomic keyset–breaking the board down the middle to allow a more natural hand position–may have improved the lives of a few carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers, but it really didn’t alter the keyboard manufacturing landscape. It appears Apple may […]

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. Computerhistory.org 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 oldcomputers.net 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: