Back in the dark days of Apple, the almost forgotten mid-1990s, there was a booming business of Mac Clones, licensed, Apple-ish systems running iOS 7 on RISC-based Power PC chips. The quality and designs were decidedly un-Mac-like, but the license business served as a lifesaving revenue bridge between Apple’s stumbling mid-1990s and the return of Steve Jobs.
Jobs killed the licensing business in 1997 and remade the Mac as a translucent and desirable objet d’digital art.
Since then, Apple’s maintained a vicelike grip on the tech and design specs for all Macintosh computers, repositioning them as bespoke, high-end, aspirational computers…
You might feel lonely if you’ve been working from home this past year with only your partner, your roommates, or your own damn self as company. But you’re not as alone as you may feel. In fact, you have millions of co-workers — and they’re currently milling around the watercooler that is your desk. They are chatting, catching up, and most importantly, breeding.
These co-workers, of course, are bacteria, fungi, and the occasional virus, and they’re mostly harmless. …
I hate throwing things away — especially if they still work. There are ways to dispose of old technology in an environmentally friendly way, but giving it a new lease on life is more fun.
Chances are that you have at least one old laptop or PC lying around, unused, in a cupboard or drawer. Maybe they used to run Windows Vista or even XP, and they don’t have the oomph for a modern operating system like Windows 10 or Unbuntu. They probably even struggle with running the original software they came packaged with.
So why don’t we fix them…
Sometime around mid-December, parts of my family abandoned their game consoles and went very, very PC.
It’s not that we don’t love our game consoles: I’m finally getting around to building out island homes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch with my daughters. My brother Pablo scored a PlayStation 5 against all odds before the holidays were in full swing. Mario Kart Live was on some of our wishlists.
But several nights…
Anyone who truly loves technology can likely trace their passion back to one key piece of hardware, one defining gadget that sparked their curiosity, excitement, and the motivation to learn more. Hands down, for me, that inspirational machine was the Commodore 64 personal computer. As a lucky fifth grader, I spent as much of my spare time as my parents allowed programming in basic, hand coding Machine Language programs from Compute! Magazine, downloading and playing games from Bulletin Board Systems, and ultimately getting into a considerable amount of hot water (for a seventh grader) complete with a visit from the…
Since the introduction of the Raspberry Pi 4, a lot more people have been trying to use this microcomputer as their desktop PC. More recently, the Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer has been released, the name of which directly indicates its “main” purpose. I have long been interested in the possibility of using a portable and silent PC for simple tasks like creating this text, where the full-size desktop is redundant and the tablet is inconvenient. Finally, I bought a top-of-the-line Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of memory. It’s time to see how it works.
This week, Apple updated its Mac Mini line, featuring the company’s new in-house silicon. It even knocked $100 off the previous Mac Mini’s price, making it the cheapest way to try out the new M1 processor. At least, in the short run.
However, Apple has also removed the ability to upgrade the RAM in the Mac Mini, capping it at 16GB. That decision could severely hamper the lifespan of the Mac Mini, necessitating that users upgrade to a new device sooner than they might have with the option to add more RAM.
If you’ve been in the market for a laptop at any point in the last few years, you might have noticed that new ones aren’t all that different from what you’re already used to. The speed leaps that used to come with upgrading to a new device just aren’t there anymore.
That just changed with a big announcement from Apple on Tuesday: It’s designed its own processor for Macs called the M1 chip — just like it makes them for the iPhone and iPad — and you can buy laptops with these new processors today. …
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, makers of tiny computers for tinkerers, have released a new product: the Raspberry Pi 400.
It’s a Raspberry Pi 4 crammed into a keyboard.
The keyboard retains nearly all of the Raspberry Pi’s functionality, including the GPIO header pins, SD card slot, and a litany of ports. However, it’s missing a full-sized HDMI output — meaning you might need an adapter to hook this up to a monitor.