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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Nice article
by rhyder on Sun 13th Apr 2008 19:11 UTC
rhyder
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2005-09-28

Not all of the standards that IBM attempted to introduce with the PS/2 architecture were enduring. The PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors had quite a long life, but the PS/2 also tried to introduce a non standard case and the MCA expansion architecture. They also introduced a unique display standard that was a superset of VGA. I seem to remember that some of the line even had ESDI hard drives.

For the laptop, I would have thought you'd have gone for the iBook.

It might seem like heressy to say this on OSNEWS, but I've never really liked the look of the BeBox. Probably because it looks like most of my computers in that it's mis-matched.

Another nice looking and forward thinking design was that of the Acorn RISC PC. It was a fanless and screwless plastic case. It was also extensible, through the addition of extra "slices". You could have up to four slices in order to build a cube, if you needed to.

It also came with a set of clips so that you could stand it on its side as a tower.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Acorn_Risc_PC_600.jpg

Also, how could have missed off the one-box classic macs? ;-)

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RE: Nice article
by DigitalAxis on Mon 14th Apr 2008 22:11 in reply to "Nice article"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Seconding that RiscPC (or the Amiga "Walker" design), with the expandable case. THAT is sheer genius. Get enough of those together and yeah, you've got a tower... but you can because they all slot on top of each other.

I dunno, I'm also a fan of those old all-in-keyboard design computers, particularly the ones with more than just a keyboard on the top (disk drive, as in the C65, some SORD computers with two built-in 5 1/4"...)

If I had the money, time and know-how I'd love to put together (or gut and make) a modern system like those, except now the floppy would be a DVD-RW DL, and the cartridge slots would be Compactflash or SD...

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RE: Nice article
by AmigaRobbo on Tue 15th Apr 2008 21:12 in reply to "Nice article"
AmigaRobbo Member since:
2005-11-15

Acorn A600 had fans, and quite noisy they are too..

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