I got my first PC in 1996 and it came with Windows 95. It was hinky infested junkware, but also much more impressive than Windows 3.1 (and indeed MacOS) and of course would eventually give us the ａｅｓｔｈｅｔｉｃ. Today is Windows 95's 25th birthday, counting from the day of its media-extravaganza launch.
On Monday I wrote about switching from a $3k MacBook Pro to an $800 Gateway PC laptop. Here's someone who switched from a MacBook to Linux on a Thinkpad. On this middle-of-the-road Thinkpad, I have an SD card reader, HDMI, scads of USB ports, RJ-45 — I'm never going to need a dongle, or say the word dongle, ever again now that… READ THE REST
[This ran on Sunday in my weekly newsletter, The Magnet] I bought my first computer, an Apple ][e, in early 1985. I think the total price (including the monitor and external 5 ¼" floppy disk drive) was about $3,000. I had to get an Apple credit card since I had no savings. I still have… READ THE REST
HofmanDujardin makes Bloomframe windows that work like a Murphy bed, opening up into a balcony. The only disconcerting part might be the pane of glass that doubles as a floor. That might trigger guests' vertigo, and walking around on it seeks it might scuff or scratch it. I would cut a piece of carpet for… READ THE REST
The Patriot mask is 100% made in the USA — and right now, it's up to 60% off. The world has changed. And while the ravages of a global pandemic may be slowly subsiding, some of the aftereffects promise to linger for years to come. Masks are now a part of our daily lives, with… READ THE REST
Maybe you're just like Meghan Trainor. Maybe you're really just all about that bass. If you can't imagine listening to your favorite music without some low-end register all but guaranteed to rattle your gut and shake loose a few internal organs, it's worth giving the Skullcandy Crusher Evo Sensory Bass Wireless Headphones a healthy listen. And… READ THE REST
There are area rugs that tie together a space. There are area rugs that offer a unique aesthetic to give a room a different look or feel. Then there are area rugs that do both of those things while also filling in the Venn diagram of supremely messing with your mind. And you better be ready.… READ THE REST