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
Who doesn't want fun things to play with on their desk? The problem is that too many fun toys make it look like you're not doing any work. So, the trick is to find functional, seemingly innocent-looking items that can satisfy all your fidgety idle hand needs. If you need more useful, yet fun entertainment… READ THE REST
If you want to engage in some joy this holiday season, we have the perfect gift for your fun-loving family member, or even for yourself…you can now effectively turn paper airplanes into drones. For those who have spent countless hours meticulously folding aerodynamically pure paper planes that can slice through the air like a real… READ THE REST
For years, you've heard experts talk about having a solid VPN service to safeguard everything you do online. It's sound advice, especially when you consider what can happen if someone gains access to sensitive information, like your bank access details or online account logins. Yet, too often, we overlook the fragile state of our own… READ THE REST