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PC Audio Volume Slider Controller

PC Audio Volume Slider Controller
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This made-to-order controller from Return to Paradise adds five linear slider controls to your Windows or Linux PC (sorry, no Mac support). It can be used to map volume controls and faders in DJ and gaming software via a USB connection. It works right out of the box with the open-source app deej.

Wipe Fake

Wipe Fake

Designers and engineers at Japan’s IMG SRC agency were given a challenge to come up with creative uses for a transparent LCD screen. The coolest idea they came up with was a touchscreen that simulates writing on a fogged-up window, complete with drips of water running down the screen.

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Installing Microsoft Office 97 from Floppy Disk

Installing Microsoft Office 97 from Floppy Disk

We recently were reminded how painful it was to get on the Internet in the 1990s. Installing software on a computer without a CD-ROM drive was even more of a chore. Tech Tangents walks us through the slow but somewhat meditative task of installing Microsoft Office 97 from its 46 floppy disks onto a Gateway 2000 laptop.

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.

Bliss

Bliss

In 1996, photographer Charles O’Rear snapped a photo that would appear on over a billion desktops thanks to its selection as the default Windows XP wallpaper. Animator Zachary Loren Jones revisits the story of this iconic image and its impact on the zeitgeist with an imaginative and surreal retrospective.

Windows Sounds A Capella

Windows Sounds A Capella

It’s been a while since we booted up a computer running Windows XP or Vista, but the memories came flooding back as soon as we clicked play on this clip from Korean a capella group MayTree, who sang some of memorable sounds from Microsoft’s early-2000s operating systems. Their Movie Intro Medley is a hoot too.

Windows Error Remix

Windows Error Remix

Microsoft Windows has a long history of throwing annoying and cryptic error messages at us. Video artist 4096 decided to memorialize some of the operating system’s various foibles over the years with a fun-filled electronic music remix inspired by this Japanese video. MacOS even gets into the game at 1:24.

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.

Windows Task Manager DOOM

Windows Task Manager DOOM

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.

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

Windows Sounds Piano Medley

We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.

Humble Software Bundle 3

Humble Software Bundle 3
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Humble has teamed up with software maker Ashampoo to deliver an outstanding “pay what you want” deal on Windows productivity and utility software like Backup Pro, PhotoCommander, PDF Pro, WinOptimizer, and more. A portion of every purchase goes to American Cancer Society, Child’s Play, and a charity of your choice.

GPD WIN Max Handheld Gaming PC

GPD WIN Max Handheld Gaming PC

This ultracompact gaming PC is designed to play the latest AAA games. It runs Windows 10, and packs a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, an Intel Iris Plus G7 GPU, a 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM into a mag-aluminum chassis. It has an 8″ 1280×800 display (189ppi), dual analog gamesticks, a D-pad, ABXY, and shoulder buttons.

Audials One 2020

Take your audio and video streams anywhere – with or without a wireless signal. Audials One 2020 is a Windows application that can record and save high quality streams from a variety of streaming music, video, and online radio stations, so you can keep and play them back any time. Save 66% in The Awesomer Shop.

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The Evolution of Windows Sounds

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

It’s a key sequence PC users dread having to use, but the old “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” is still in use today. Nostalgia Nerd looks back at the origin of this key combo which dates back to the 1980s. We’re sure that Apple will profess that their “Command-Option-Esc” key combo is far superior.

Asus Zenbook Pro Duo

Asus Zenbook Pro Duo

Asus turned up at Computex 2019 with a droolworthy laptop design. It packs a 15″ 4K OLED main display, a 14″ ultra-wide touchscreen, and a trackpad with a digital screen that doubles as a numeric keypad. It can be equipped with an Intel Core i9 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller

SteelSeries’ Stratus Duo is a multi-platform wireless controller. It can connect to Android devices as well as standalone virtual reality headsets via Bluetooth. It also connects to Windows PCs via 2.4 Ghz wireless and a USB dongle. It lasts up to 20h per charge.

Microsoft Windows 95 Sweater

Microsoft Windows 95 Sweater

Who would’ve thought that the coolest ugly sweater would come from Microsoft? Over the holidays, the software giant gave away Windows 95 sweaters to folks who tweeted messages love for their OS. We hope they bring it back so more of us can have one.

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

Microsoft improves its premium all-in-one PC. It’s faster, and the Surface Studio 2’s 28″, 4500 x 3000 resolution touchscreen display is now brighter and has more contrast. Its storage maxes out with a 2TB SSD, while its GPU can be either a GTX 1060 or a GTX 1070.

Building a New Old PC

Building a New Old PC

AkBKukU wanted to celebrate Windows 98’s 20th birthday in style. So he dug up unopened computer components and peripherals from 20 years ago and put them together to make a brand new yet instantly obsolete gaming PC.

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QuickLook for Windows 10

QuickLook for Windows 10

Quick Look is one of the most useful features on Macs, letting you preview a file’s content just by pressing the spacebar while you’re on a Finder window. Paddy Xu’s QuickLook imports the exact same feature to Windows 10. It works with both documents and media files.

Windows 95 Mobile

Windows 95 Mobile

Microsoft might have hung up its mobile OS ambitions for now, but that didn’t stop 4096 from envisioning what things might have been like if they decided to port one of their most popular operating systems ever directly to smartphone screens.

Reflector 3 Mirroring App

Reflector 3 Mirroring App
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Reflector 3 wirelessly mirrors your iOS or Android device’s screen to a Mac or Windows computer as well as to an Android device, such as Amazon Fire TV or Android-enabled smart TVs. You can take screenshots, record screens and even have audio-only streams.

Windows Story Remix

Windows Story Remix

The successor to Windows Movie Maker. Story Remix analyzes the location, subject and more about your photos and videos so you can create a short film with just a few clicks. It also has lots of easily customizable audio and visual effects. Coming to Windows 10 this fall.

MSI Trident 3 Arctic Gaming PC

MSI Trident 3 Arctic Gaming PC
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A limited edition of MSI’s small form-factor gaming PC, decked out in snowy white, packing an Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700 3.6 GHz CPU, and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, making it powerful enough to run VR games. Front USB 3.1 and HDMI ports make VR setup a breeze.

Windows XP All Star

Windows XP All Star

We’re not sure why, but the Smash Mouth song All Star seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance. Here, we get James Nielssen’s interpretation of the pop hit played entirely with system sounds from Windows XP, and Clippy on lead vocals.

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