I recently discovered Christopher Barnatt's YouTube channel, ExplainingComputers, and I highly recommend it. Barnatt is the author of 13 books about computers and has taught for 25 years at the University of Nottingham. He explains digital technology very clearly, and many of his videos contain tests and demonstrations. In his latest video, he presents the evolution of computer motherboards since 1990, starting with the Intel 386 that ran at 20Mhz (no fan or heat sink needed!). It's amazing to see how things have changed in a few decades.
Atari's original prototype for the video game system Home Pong sold for $270,910, according to Boston-based RR Auction. It's from the collection of Allan Alcorn, who created Pong, the first video arcade game to become popular in the 1970s. The system mockup features two potentiometer paddle control knobs, a red 'start game' pushbutton, and a… READ THE REST
Best Electronics offers a unique and startlingly extensive range of genuine Atari parts, the result of proprietor Bradley Koda's canny purchases of warehouses full of then-worthless gear during the company's decline and demise. But for the enthusiastic buyer, Vice reports, he is a "temperamental dragon" guarding a hoard, happy to have it all and in… READ THE REST
My father was an electrical engineer at IBM in the 1960s and developed tape drive technology there, so when I saw designer Love Hulten's storage cabinet inspired by the IBM 2401 tape drive, I felt nostalgic. Hulten also designs cool retro video game consoles and synthesizers. I recommend his Instagram. READ THE REST
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Remember the last time you juiced up your iPhone using that short little charging cable it came with? The phone probably rang mid-charge, and it was a call you absolutely had to take. Of course, if you were at full charge, you could've taken the call from the comfort of your armchair. But if that… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Let's face it. Getting what you need from a store shouldn't be insanely inconvenient. But, often, that can be precisely the case, and sometimes prices can make the experience even worse. So, with no… READ THE REST