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.
The Verge's Tom Warren covers the leak of Windows 11, which looks cleaner and simpler than the current version — see out the perspective-less new logo — but remains the same labyrinth of backwards-compatibility and technical debt under the hood: READ THE REST
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
Staying home for birthdays, date nights, or just a regular Thursday used to be boring, but by tweaking your surroundings, just a little bit, you'd be surprised at how different your space can feel, even if it's just your good old living room. If you want to create an ambiance that you'll always remember, these… READ THE REST
Whether you work from home, are a gamer, or simply own a smart gadget or two, finding enough outlets to plug everything into feels a lot like hunting for the world's hottest toy at Christmas time. In other words, it's a little chaotic, to say the least. And while traditional power strips are an obvious… READ THE REST
iPhones, AirPods, Apple Watches, oh my! Okay, that may not be what Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, but if she lived in today's world, she very well may. While all these Apple gadgets have become a part of our daily lives, necessary for many of our routines and tasks, caring for them and… READ THE REST