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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RE: 386sx
by Morgan on Thu 9th Nov 2017 12:12 UTC in reply to "386sx"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Some people blow $800 a night at a casino with literally nothing to show for it, but they feel like they had fun.

You blew $800 on a fun project and probably learned enough along the way to judge when to (or not to) take on a project like that again; maybe something with easier to source or cheaper parts, maybe a starting point that doesn't require as much money. Don't beat yourself up about it.

Hell, over the past year I dropped nearly $3000 into restoring my dad's old 4x4 truck because my mom gave it to me after he died. The truck is running and I can drive it daily, but it's only worth maybe half of what I put into it. Still, I can get behind the wheel and fondly remember his joy when he would drive it on the local trails.

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