The ZX81

In 1981 : The ZX81 was launched. It was produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation… tweeted here.

Many memories of wondering what this product was at the time. I was 11 and it took a while before I got my ZX Spectrum and then spent many hours playing Match Point in my room.

What about you? What kicked off your computing?

Samsung’s Space Monitor

When not in use, The space monitor pushes back to sit flat against a back wall to leave your entire work surface clear. When it’s time for use, simply pull the space monitor towards you and adjust to your preferred viewing position.
Lets you use more of your work space. In a side-by-side comparison on a 47.2 inches x 19.7 inches (120cm X 50cm) desk, The space monitor provides 40 percent more usable surface area than a conventional monitor of equivalent size (Samsung SD850).
Neatly conceals its power/HDMI y–cable in recessed chases TO prevent tangling and keep your work space clear and free from clutter… More here.

Such a good idea.



It’s 1982 and a new home computer graces the scene. Out goes the silent black and white experience and in with 64KB of RAM, colour graphics, and synthesizer sound.

Roll forward 35 years and kick nostalgia into overdrive with the release of THEC64 MINI. A tiny but perfectly formed 50% scale replica of this much loved machine.

Featuring high-definition output via HDMI, a classic style joystick and 64 built-in games including classics like Uridium, Paradroid, Hawkeye, Nebulus and Monty Mole… More here.

I like this. Never owned a Commodore 64, but instead had a Spectrum 48k. Ooh those rubber keys…

3TB RAM and 48TB Storage


These monstrous desktop computers run Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and are geared towards creatives, visual effects artists, and anyone who needs an enormous amount of computing power at their fingertips… More at PetaPixel.

Just in case you wondered why some people say that the Macs are not powerful enough.

The Complete History of the IBM PC

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I can’t remember if you’ve posted this or whether you’ve seen it. This is a 2-part Ars Technica UK article. I don’t know how complete it is, but certainly all the important bits are here. It’s interesting certainly from the point of view of computer history but also how far we’ve come in some 35 years.

Link 1 / Link 2


The Asus ROG GX800VH


Buying a GX800VH requires a commitment from both your credit card and your ego. Not only is the laptop itself physically large and covered in orange highlights, but it comes with both a backpack and a suitcase to carry the accompanying liquid cooling unit around—and the graphics on the suitcase are hardly what you’d call subtle. Still, the suitcase—which is filled a pre-cut foam insert for the liquid cooling unit and extra power supply—and bag do make carrying the whole setup around that much easier, should you want to lug it around to a friend’s house or, if you’re seriously committed to gaming, on holiday… More at ars technica.

£6,600. Liquid-cooled. It runs Windows. Go figure…

The best retro screensavers


Today, a screensaver may seem like a novelty, but it once served as a way to prevent “screen burn” in cathode ray tube monitors. While screensavers are no longer necessary for that purpose, the nostalgia element will forever tie the programs into the fabric of a quondam age. In the era of bottomless add-ons and a regular rabbit hole of Easter eggs — we’re looking at you, Google — it’s difficult to conceptualize the rustic days of home computing and the dusty wild wild web. Thankfully, the best screensavers from the ’90s make it a little easier to do so… More at Digital Trends.

Some major memories here.

The credit card computer

Bruce Patterson, Intel marketing manager for the Intel NUC and Intel Compute Card, describes the benefits of the Intel Compute Card. An entire computer at about the size of a credit card, the Intel Compute Card redefines computing.

I guess there is big potential for such devices, but how big is that potential compared to phones that become as powerful.

iOS is the reason I use an iPhone and macOS is the reason I use an iMac


The 2017 update to the Razer Blade Stealth (to give the ultrabook its full name) offers consumers the seventh generation of Intel system on chip designs, bringing this machine smack up to date with others using Kaby Lake architecture. Razer has also taken the opportunity to offer more configuration options and it is possible to have up to 16GB of memory alongside 1 TB of SSD storage. The battery has increased by fifteen percent over the previous model to offer 53.6WH… More at Forbes.

It looks good, very good in fact, but for me the operating system is everything.

Then again, I was looking at MacBooks a few days ago and the price of them was way too high for me and I really did feel that the gap between Windows and Mac in terms of cost has reached a difficult level. And in a time when the gap in hardware capability is closer than ever before.

iOS is the reason I use an iPhone and macOS is the reason I use an iMac, but when I consider how people make new purchases, there has to come a point where the cost of Apple’s products is simply too high to be sustainable.

However, people have written that phrase for many years and still Apple sells expensive products in the million every single year.

If it just me or do you believe that a time will come soon when Apple needs to look at the prices it is charging, particularly in the Mac area, for its products?