Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Apr 2008 16:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Every now and then, a computer comes along that makes a mark, that sets a trend, or that simply stuns you - but not because of its internals, its processor or its software, but because of its appearance. Through the history of computing, there have been a number of computers that were actually designed to appeal not just because of raw technology alone, but also because of stunning looks. Read on for a countdown of my ten most beautiful computers.
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"My" beautiful computers
by Sabon on Mon 14th Apr 2008 16:49 UTC
Sabon
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I agree with people. Leaving off the Cray series is the biggest one left off the list.

I didn't see anyone talk about the Compaq Luggable http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/compaq/ Maybe not the prettiest computer in the world is stacks very well against some of Thom's using what I think is the same criteria. And talk about a pain to upgrade or work on. I think it took 4 torx different wrenches just to get to anything.

What about the IBM laptop with the "butterfly" keyboard? How did this miss everyone's list? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_keyboard

Keyboard's wise. The bank I worked for (Seattle, WA area) bought 286 Olivetti computers (actually decent looking marble look) http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/linux/kbd/m24.jpg . They were decent for 286 computers, nothing's perfect. The KEYboard I would rate 2nd to IBM's best. I used those keyboards until I moved to Macs in 2000.

I haven't seen an Apple iMac that I haven't liked. I current have the White 24" Core2Duo, a iMac Lamp (G4) and a G3 OS 9.2 Bondi blue (I think that's what it is, I'm shade challenged/color blind). All three are still used. The last by my wife's parents to check their e-mail.

I stopped getting wood building my own computers after doing so for 19 years (I started building my own in 1981 when I couldn't afford the Atari 400 and I the blood loss to prove it. Pins in circuit boards used to stick up off the boards and like needles they could go deep into your fingers and hands.

Building your own is no challenge now days. There is so little you have to worry about (other than Windows itself). You don't have to worry about soldering anything, changing jumpers, changing DIP switches, making sure the cards you put into the computer are in the only order they will work for that specific combination of accessory cards ... I could go on and on.

The only people that need any skill anymore are people upgrading Mac hard drives (iMacs and Mac Minis) and memory in general in Mac Minis.

Edited 2008-04-14 16:55 UTC

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