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The Evolution of macOS

The Evolution of macOS

Apple released its first Macintosh computer back in 1984, running one of the earliest graphical user interfaces for personal computers. The guys at Nobel Tech put together a retrospective of every version of the Macintosh operating system, from its first public release, System 0.97 to the latest version of macOS 12, Monterrey.

Medieval House Computer

Medieval House Computer

Martina and Hansi from Nerdforge needed a new computer for editing videos. Rather than go with some off-the-shelf PC, they built a completely custom system that looks like a medieval fantasy house. The structure is wood, covered with miniature bricks and foam accent pieces. This thing both runs Windows and HAS Windows.

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HP ENVY 34 All-in-One PC

HP ENVY 34 All-in-One PC
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HP’s high-end AIO desktop PC for 2021 has a 34″ ultrawide 5K display optimized for color accuracy. It tops out with an 11th-gen 8-core Intel i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and has Thunderbolt 4 support. It also has Bang & Olufsen audio, a repositionable webcam, and a wireless charger in its base. Drops October 2021.

Logitech Logi Dock

Logitech Logi Dock
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Logitech’s docking station consolidates all of your computer connections when working from home. It connects to laptops via USB-C and provides five USB ports and two display outputs. It also works as a speakerphone and has buttons for muting, volume, video on/off, and volume right on top. Coming Winter 2021.

Mega Briefcase PC

Mega Briefcase PC

The first portable computers weren’t exactly compact or lightweight. DIY Perks’ briefcase PC follows in these footsteps, but the payoff for the heft is a high-end gaming PC with a wrap-around 144Hz triple display, a 16-core AMD Ryzen 5950X CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU, 64GB of RAM, and a premium audio system with a subwoofer.

Windows 1 to 11 Installation Time-Lapse

Windows 1 to 11 Installation Time-Lapse

If there’s one thing we don’t miss about computers, it’s having to install software and operating systems from dozens of floppy disks. Nobel Tech condensed hours upon hours of footage into a 6-minute time-lapse showing the time-consuming installation process of every major version of Microsoft Windows, from 1.01 to 11.

FICIHP Keyboard + Touchscreen

FICIHP Keyboard + Touchscreen

This unique keyboard lets you extend your desktop onto its top half. It has a 12.6″ ultrawide (1920 x 515) touchscreen and connects to computers or mobile devices via USB Type-C. Compatible with Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Comes in 98-key scissor-switch and 71-key mechanical versions. It looks kind of familiar to us.

The Breathing PC

The Breathing PC

Good airflow is important for keeping electronic components cool, so most computers use fans to circulate air. But we’ve never seen a computer that cools itself by breathing. DIY Perks shows off a gigantic machine he built that quietly pumps air in and out using bellows.

MacOS Handheld

MacOS Handheld

That iPhone in your pocket is as powerful as many earlier Macintosh computers, but iOS still doesn’t have all of the capabilities of MacOS. Ike T. Sanglay Jr. built this custom Hackintosh portable that’s capable of running MacOS Big Sur. It was built using a Latte Panda Alpha single-board computer, and has 8GB RAM, and a 240GB M.2 SSD.

Gaming PC + PS5 Combo System

Gaming PC + PS5 Combo System

Modding Cafe has created the ultimate gaming system. The custom tower case combines a high-end gaming PC with a PlayStation 5 console. The PC packs a Core i9 11900K CPU and an ASUS ROG Strix 3080 GPU. Both systems are watercooled and the PS5’s Blu-ray drive allows game discs to be loaded from the side of the case.

Fire Ignition Rocket PC

Fire Ignition Rocket PC

We’ve seen some pretty rad computer cases over the years. Handy Geng might have just jumped to the top of the list with his retro rocket metal case. It looks amazing – especially the smoke machine and fire effect lighting that’s triggered with actual fire.

Picard Borg Cube PC

Picard Borg Cube PC
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PC maker CherryTree is offering this awesome computer inspired by the Borg cube in Star Trek: Picard (and TNG before it). It comes as an ATX case for your own builds, or CherryTree can build a complete system for you. The Collector’s Edition comes with blueprint art and a Romulan pixmit hoodie, packed in a wooden crate.

Typewriter Beats

Typewriter Beats

A few years back, John Lagomarsino of The Verge recorded the sounds of various keyboards and edited them together to create a catchy and rhythmic track. The dozen keyboards used include a vintage IBM PC mechanical keyboard, a classic Olympia manual typewriter, and an Apple eMate portable computer.

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MTC 2401 Storage Cabinet

MTC 2401 Storage Cabinet

Artist Love Hulten is back with another awesome retro-inspired piece. The MTC 2401 is a custom cabinet that looks just like the IBM 2401 Magnetic Tape Unit – a computer relic that dates back to the mid-1960s. It features blinking lights, spinning tape reels, and it makes vintage computer noises. Every office needs one.

Havit Retro Mechanical Keyboard

Havit Retro Mechanical Keyboard
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This compact 89-key mechanical keyboard squeezes in a full set of function keys, a numeric keypad, and directional keys in a compact footprint. We dig the tan, orange, and grey color scheme, which brings back memories of old mainframe computers. It features easy-clicking Red switches and PBT keycaps for durability.

2021 Apple 24″ iMac

2021 Apple 24″ iMac
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The new iMac comes in seven colors. It has narrower bezels and a flatter screen and offers color-matched mice, keyboards, and trackpads. It runs on Apple’s fast and efficient M1 chip with eight cores. It has a 24″ 4.5k retina screen, a 1080p FaceTime camera, a 3-microphone array, six speakers, Dolby Atmos, and more.

Byte Size Comparison

Byte Size Comparison

It’s estimated that the amount of data stored on the Internet as of 2020 was around 40 zettabytes. If you can’t count that high, MetaBallStudios is here to provide some perspective on the relative size of various data measurements, envisioning a single byte as a 1-millimeter cube, and scaling up from there.

Why Progress Bars are Inaccurate

Why Progress Bars are Inaccurate

We look forward to the day when everything on every device just happens instantly. But until then, we will continue to see progress bars and spinning beachballs. Tom Scott digs into these First World annoyances and their most irritating properties – an inconsistent rate of movement and inability to predict completion time.

Core Memory

Core Memory
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Photographer Mark Richards and author John Alderman offer a visual guide to some of the earliest examples of computing devices. The 176-page hardcover book features artistically-composed images of machines like the Eniac, Cray 1, and the original Apple 1, which call Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum home.

Pocket Computers from the 1980s

Pocket Computers from the 1980s

These days, we all carry a very capable computer in our pockets. But back in the 1980s, pocket computers looked more like glorified calculators. The 8-Bit Guy takes a look at some of these early examples of miniaturization for a look at just how far computing technology has come in the last few decades.

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NEC LaVie Mini Computer

NEC LaVie Mini Computer

Made by Lenovo’s NEC division, this mini PC features an 8″ full HD touchscreen that can fold into tablet mode, and is powered by a high-efficiency Intel Core i7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics. An add-on controller module and TV dock turn the system into a Switch-like gaming system. It’s currently just a concept but likely to go into production.

Weird Computers of the 1970s

Weird Computers of the 1970s

The personal computing revolution didn’t reach the masses until the 1980s, but back in the 1970s, a groundswell was forming among hardcore tech nerds. LGR takes a look back at a number of the unusual computer designs that emerged in the years leading up to the PC revolution.

Could You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?

Could You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?

The ability to upload one’s knowledge, experiences and even consciousness into a computer is a frequent concept in science fiction. In this Cyberpunk 2077 inspired episode, Kurzgesagt explores what would be necessary to store and simulate our minds, along with some of the ethical concerns about digitizing humanity.

MSI Creator P100X PC

MSI Creator P100X PC

Designed for artists and creators, MSI’s slimline desktop tower PC features a design you won’t want to hide. It offers up to a 10th-gen Core i9 CPU, DDR4 dual-channel RAM, Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), an NVIDIA RTX 2020 Super GPU, and easy upgrades. It looks great alongside the matching Prestige 5K2K display.

Dierya 60% RGB Keyboard

Dierya 60% RGB Keyboard
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An ultra-compact 60% keyboard that features top-end features without breaking the bank. It features 63 anti-ghosting mechanical keys with RGB backlighting, and works with either a wired USB or wireless Bluetooth connection. Available in four different key firmnesses.

The Babbage Difference Engine #2

The Babbage Difference Engine #2

Today’s computers are largely solid state devices, but some of the earliest examples of computers were mechanical. In this clip, you’ll get an up-close look at Charles Babbage’s 2.6-ton metal computer, a machine its 19th century inventor never got to see, but was eventually replicated in 1991 to prove that it works.

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