computers

10,000 Falling Dominoes That Actually Work As A Simple Computer

YouTube is chock full of falling domino videos, but Numberphile’s Matt Parker may have trumped them all with a complicated 10,000 domino setup that just so happens to function as a very crude computer. How is such a thing even possible? This primer explains the basics.


Maybe Living Forever Inside A Computer Is Not Such A Good Idea

Some people dream with the idea of their consciousness living inside a computer after they die. Free of any physical ties, they will forever to roam the world and eventually the cosmos, learning, seeing faraway stars through camera eyes, and playing Titanfall. As Poor Drawn Lines — one of my favourite internet cartoons — shows, it may not be as cool as it sounds.


Seagate's Backup Plus FAST Packs Two Hard Disks in a USB 3.0-Powered Drive

It’s a great time to be a travelling photographer or video editor — portable hard drives are the fastest and most capacious they have ever been, and will only continue to get faster. Seagate’s new Backup Plus FAST, just released in Australia, squeezes two thin laptop hard drives into a compact aluminium case, hooks them up with high-speed RAID 0, and runs the whole deal off the power of a single USB port.


First Pictures Surface Of The Reversible USB Plug Of The Future

At the Intel Developers’ Forum currently running in Shenzen, China, the first official pictures of the future of USB for smartphones and tablets have been released. USB 3.1 Type C, as its official title goes, is reversible like Apple’s Lightning connector, eliminating the pain of fiddling a miniature plug into the socket on your smartphone.


IBM Sponsored A Major Hollywood Movie About Computers In 1957

In the sixth chapter of his 2010 book The Computer Boys Take Over, Nathan L. Ensmer looks back at the 1957 movie Desk Set within the context of 1950s computing and the fear that one day we’d all be replaced by machines.


Razer's Righteous New Blade Might Be The Best Windows Laptop Yet

The 2013 Razer Blade was fantastic. A finally great execution on a concept that’s been appealing as hell from the very start, a Windows gaming laptop with the premium feel of a MacBook. Now it’s back again, and it’s even better.


What Counts As A Computer These Days?

There was a time when computers were easy to spot: they filled rooms, blinked lights and whirred with fans. But these days computers are becoming harder and harder to see. In fact, you’ve got at least one in your pocket right now.


Happy 30th Birthday Macintosh, The Controversial World-Changer

Today is a very special day for a very special computer. This is the computer that started it all, the device that changed everything, the very thing that kicked off the era of the personal computer. Happy 30th birthday, Macintosh. It’s been quite a trip.


A Beginner's Introduction To Overclocking Your Intel Processor

If you want to squeeze every last ounce of processing power out of your new computer or ageing system, overclocking is a great — if slightly nerve-racking — option. Here are some simple guidelines for safely overclocking your processor.


What Computers See When They Watch Movies

When we watch movies, we pay attention to specific parts of the scene and focus on different actors and look at certain things on the screen. Most of what we see is influenced by what the directors want us to see, our attentions are easy to grab after all. So what if you showed the same movie to computers? What would they see? How would the movies look to them?