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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When computer geeks want to show off, they try to make DOOM run in unlikely places. In this case, Max Holt took the game and used Windows Task Manager’s multicore view to show off a version of the classic FPS, using a ridiculous 896 CPU cores. It also plays PONG.
This palm-sized computer measures just 2.4″ x 2.4″ x 1.7″ and weighs just 4.5 oz. It can run Windows 10 or Linux at up to 4K resolution, and has an Intel Celeron J4115 CPU, Intel UHD 600 GPU, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, USB-A, USB-C, HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm audio ports, and a MicroSD card slot. It can also be upgraded with an M.2 SSD.
If you work with computers regularly, you probably have a story about a time when you lost a bunch of work due to either a crash or a mistake. Tom Scott recounts a time that he made an irreversible rookie mistake that cost countless hours of work, and talks a bit about the importance of backups and undo/redo systems.
This pocket-sized computer runs a full version of Debian 10 w/mainline Linux, and packs a 1080p touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, expandable storage via SD card, 4x USB-C connectors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. There’s also a version with LoRaWAN tech for low-power, long range communications. Available 8.2020.
Computers are pretty capable these days. And while most problems boil down to a series of mathematical computations, Tom Scott points out that there are some kinds of abstract problems that even the smartest programmers with the most powerful supercomputers can’t figure out.
If you have a newer laptop, there’s a good chance it only has USB Type C ports. This hub adds a plethora of ports with just one connector. It’s got a gigabit Ethernet port, 2 HDMI ports, 1 VGA port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB C data port, 1 USB C charging port, and SD / microSD card slots.
Save big on computers, peripherals, and accessories in the HP Presidents’ Day Sale. They’ve got great laptops, desktops, printers, monitors, and other gear at prices up to 60% off. From the HP Spectre X360 touchscreen laptop to the HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP, there’s no better time to upgrade your office or home. (Sale ends 2/22/20)
This refurbished 2011 Mac Mini isn’t going to win any speed records, but it’s a cheap way to pick up a great little computer with lots of ports. It’s got a 2.3GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD, and measures just 7.7″ square by 1.4″ tall. Grab one today in The Awesomer Shop.
Grab a bargain on a refurbished 2015 MacBook Air that makes a great second computer. It has a 1.6GHz Core i5 CPU with 2.7GHz Turbo Boost, 128GB SSD, a 1366×768 display, and runs for up to 9 hours per charge. This refurbed model comes with a satin black case. Save an extra 20% with code 20SAVE20. (Expires 1/2 @ 12:30pm PST)
Need a spare computer, or something for the kid’s room? Grab a certified refurb 21.5″ iMac. This previous-gen machine has an Dual Core i3-2100 3.1GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, and 250GB HD. This is the thicker, 2011 model, which means easier repairs and upgrades. Save an extra 20% with coupon code GREENMONDAY20 (Expires 12/10/19)
Today’s computers and gadgets are built from molded plastics and precision-cut metals, while vintage objects had so much character because of their use materials that can be imperfect. DIY Perks decided to build himself a unique PC that looks amazing because of its use of more traditional materials.