Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2017 15:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

There really is no rational reason to restore a late 90s NEC-manufactured Packard Bell computer. Which is exactly why I'm doing it. Join me in getting this unloved machine back to factory fresh condition!

LGR is one of the best and most entertaining technology channels on YouTube, and his latest video from today hits home particularly hard, since these kinds of crappy, low-budget late '90s PCs defined my early teens. Nobody in my family, town, or school had Macs or other types of computers - it was all PC, as cheap as possible, fully embracing the race to the bottom which for many people still defines the PC today.

It's good to see that there are people willing to preserve these otherwise forgettable machines for posterity. They may objectively suck, but they did make computing accessible to an incredibly wide audience, and they served an important role in the history of computing.

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Umm...
by henderson101 on Mon 6th Nov 2017 16:51 UTC
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

Thom, we watch too many of the same channels on Youtube. LGR is pretty damn amazing. Also worth looking at:

* EEVBlog
* CuriousMarc
* Computerphile
* The 8-bit guy
* N-O-D-E
* OldTech81
* Patrick Hood-Daniel
* GreatScott!
* Nostalgia Nerd
* Techmoan
* Garage Geek Guy (used go by his name, Lonnie Something-or-another)

There are more, but they are all pretty awesome for various reasons.

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RE: Umm...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2017 19:14 in reply to "Umm..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah I watch videos from most of those channels, and a bunch more, of course. I've so much inspiration to make similar videos under the OSNews moniker about all the cool and old stuff I've collected over the years, but I need to get over the hump of accepting that the first few videos will be utter garbage, because making good videos takes time and learning.

I've a ton of ideas, and a plan to set it in motion that's being held up by things beyond my control, but assuming that gets solved - expect cool videos about OSNews-y topics like Psion devices and Palm and old UNIX workstations in the future.

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RE[2]: Umm...
by Morgan on Tue 7th Nov 2017 00:59 in reply to "RE: Umm..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I remember when you used to post gameplay videos on Google+, they weren't half bad. I think you could do it.

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RE: Umm...
by judgen on Mon 6th Nov 2017 23:12 in reply to "Umm..."
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

And if you like SGI stuff, make sure to check out "dodoid" he has videos on history and demos the machines in his collection.

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RE: Umm...
by The123king on Tue 7th Nov 2017 09:48 in reply to "Umm..."
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

The only 3 on that list i'm not subscribed to is N-O-D-E, Patrick Hood-Daniel and Garage Geek Guy.

You also Missed Larry Bundy Jr.

Other honourable mentions:

Druaga1
Pat the NES Punk
The Obsolete Geek
Shango066 (does vintage TV restorations)

Probably mopre but i can't remember...

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