Raspberry Pi 400: the $70 desktop PC

Raspberry Pi has always been a PC company. Inspired by the home computers of the 1980s, our mission is to put affordable, high-performance, programmable computers into the hands of people all over the world. And inspired by these classic PCs, here is Raspberry Pi 400: a complete personal computer, built into a compact keyboard… More here. Thanks to Stephen and Kirk.

The memories this kind of setup will bring for many people is obvious immediately. Brilliant idea.

ZX Spectrum Next – Issue 2

The ZX Spectrum Next is the evolution of the original Spectrum, the computer Sinclair would perhaps have made if given the chance at the time. Designed by Rick Dickinson (1957 – 2018) and Phil Candy, the Next embodies the very same principles that made the original computer a success: a beautiful look, ease of use right out of the box, endless hacking possibilities and power that punches way above its weight… More here. Thanks to Simon.

If they can improve the graphics this could be worth a punt. The design is timeless.

The Surface Duo

Surface innovation comes to a mobile device. Impossibly thin and with two high-resolution touchscreens, Surface Duo features the best of Microsoft 365 and every Android app in the Google Play store. It’s a new way to get things done with a revolutionary 360° hinge, multiple modes and new dual-screen enhanced apps that let you view two apps at once or span one across both touchscreens, drag and drop between screens, make phone calls, and more… More here.

This is the first piece of tech in a long time that has made me feel more than just admiration for what it can do. Android is probably the best choice, but it is the form that does it for me. I am highly intrigued.

Toshiba shuts the lid on laptops after 35 years

The Japanese giant Toshiba has sold its final stake in the personal computer maker Dynabook.

It means the firm no longer has a connection with making PCs or laptops.

Sharp bought 80% of Toshiba’s personal computing arm in 2018 for $36m (£27m), and has now bought the remaining shares, Toshiba said in a statement… More here.

I don’t think Toshiba ever made a laptop I liked.

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

After a bit of a learning curve, I was converted. Apple’s Mac OS X was so well thought-out, and my new machine was fast and powerful. When it came time to upgrade in 2012, I got another MacBook Pro without even thinking about it. That second machine served me well for most of the next six years. But in 2018, I needed to upgrade again. I was a tech reporter by then, reviewing cameras that shoot video in 4K and even 360-degree 5.2K. My old laptop just didn’t have the horsepower to keep up… More here.

A decent article and food for thought if you are thinking of doing the same. By the way, don’t do it.

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.

THEC64 MINI

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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…