Remembering: The Amstrad PCW8256

After the ZX81 and BBC Micro, the last non-PC computer in my house growing up was Amstrad’s PCW8256. That’s somewhat appropriate given my recent review of Micro Men, which ended with ZX81 maker Clive Sinclair and BBC Micro maker Chris Currie bemoaning the way the market had been taken over by Amstrad’s Alan Sugar. The […]

Launching Lenovo Laptops with a Trebuchet

Ok, sending a couple of Lenovo laptops into the sky via a trebuchet may not be anywhere as cool as doing so with flaming bowling balls, but this is still a pretty interesting experiment. At Gadgetoff 2009, a team of tinkerers used their trebuchet to launch two ThinkPad laptops, with the benediction of Lenovo of […]

Remembering: The ZX81

One of the main reasons I enjoyed the recent Micro Men drama so much was that it featured all three computers (other than PCs) which I have owned in my life. And by owned I mean “had access to in my home as a child”. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be looking back […]

We Welcome our Remote-Controlled Cyborg Insect Overlords

Remote controlled bugs buzz off, followed by a picture that looked straight out of a cyberpunk novel, a beetle with a remarkable bit of tech strapped to its head. Well, it turns out that the future (for those of us who’ve ever imagined a future in which people can control cyborg beetles by using a […]

Deal of the Day: $219 HP Officejet Pro 8000 Wireless Printer – $89.98 (59% Off)

Originally priced at $219, the HP Officejet Pro 8000 wireless printer is now for sale on for only $89.98. Product features: Laser Quality Print Speed Up to 15 ppm Black/11 ppm Color, Maximum 35 ppm Black/34 ppm Color USB 2.0, Built In Ethernet, WiFi 802.11g/b Standard Connectivity 32 MB Memory and 384 MHz Processor […]

Conan O’Brien Interviews USB Co-Inventor Ajay Bhatt

Ok folks, for those who’ve been with us for a while, you surely remember that Intel Rock Star ad featuring Ajay Bhatt, the co-creator of the USB technology, we posted a while ago, right? Well, apparently, the dude featured in the ad was not Ajay, but an actor looking somewhat like him. So when Conan […]

Kindle Goes International, Launches in Over 100 Countries

I’ve yet to jump on the Kindle bandwagon, mostly because I can’t afford it. But I’m not one of those naysayers, really. Granted, if I ever do get my hands on an e-reader I’m not going to pack up my books and give them away; I actually collect old books, and would never think to […]

Reader Geeky Pics: Show Us Your Desk!

Well folks, as promised, here are the pictures that were sent to us after we asked you to send in a view from inside your geek den. Congratulation to Matthew A. Cruley, who won the prize for the coolest (and tidiest!) setup, and to Chance Gearhart, who won the messiest one (although this could be […]

Yes, You Can Have Your Mac and PC, too

I bought my first iMac ten years ago, just after graduating from high school. He was Strawberry and his name was Bob. Sadly he met his demise when he was dropped by the USPS on the way to my college dorm and was never the same again. I did manage to collect insurance, however, and […]

Mouse 2.0: Multi-Touch Meets The Mouse

The folks at Microsoft Research just released a short video demonstrating 5 novel multi-touch mice combining the standard capabilities of a regular computer mouse, but with some multi-touch features thrown in.

Bear-4 Sends HD Camera to the Edge of Space

This is the kind of thing I dreamed of doing as a kid. Okay, it’s the kind of thing I still think about doing now. I’m not sure how I missed this earlier, but thought it would be worth a post for those of you who might not have seen it yet. The flight was […]

Deal of the Day: Kingston 32 GB Flash Drive: $59.99 – Shipped

So, if you’re anything like me, you already have a flash drive, but unfortunately, it always seems to be full. Initially I had a 1GB drive, and then jumped to a 4. Now I’m using a 32GB one, which, as of now, still fulfills my needs. Not sure how long it will stay that way, […]