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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My first PC
by Munchkinguy on Tue 7th Nov 2017 04:50 UTC
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Packard Bell was my first PC in 1996! I was able to watch cable TV on my PC long before any of my friends. I also had it connected by MIDI to my electric piano so I could write music and then play around with changing the notes. I could place landline phone calls and send faxes directly from the PC! Great memories.

Edited 2017-11-07 05:00 UTC

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