Category: Computer History

The Windows 10 wallpaper and other operating system special effects

Over the holiday weekend, I visited the Blogging Windows site and watched the Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image | Behind the Scenes video that chronicles the making of the amazing new Windows desktop wallpaper that appears in Build 10162, which is the most recent build of the Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview. To create this distinctive piece of art for their new operating system, Microsoft contracted with Bradley G. Munkowitz, a Design Director for the motion graphics industry, who is known for his work with Adobe Logo Remix, the title sequence for the Flash On The Beach conference, and creating holographic content for the feature film TRON: Legacy; just to name a few of his endeavors. Seeing how the Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image was created makes for a very interesting experience, and I encourage everyone interested in Windows 10 to take a look at it.

And, some other articles about Windows 10

The Complete Article

How to choose just the right all-in-one computer for you

Windows-based all-in-one PCs once earned little respect. While most of today’s AIOs still lack the graphics horsepower for hard-core gaming (we’ll show you one exception), the best models are far removed from the 98-pound weaklings of yore.
Many AIOs use laptop parts, which minimize heat, power consumption, and the need for noisy cooling fans. If you crave more performance, pick a model that uses desktop components (the ones we’ve tested are still relatively quiet). Either way, everything—the CPU, memory, storage, and optical drive—is housed in the same unit as the display, so the computer’s footprint equals that of a monitor. And since most all-in-ones ship with a Wi-Fi adapter as well as a wireless mouse and keyboard, the only cable they require is a power cord.
All-in-one specifications are a blend of what you’ll find in conventional desktop systems and laptop PCs. The thinnest and most compact systems are almost completely built around the same power-efficient technology as laptops.
Here’s our checklist of specs to look for when you go shopping for your all-in-one, followed by some tips and recommendations:

Photo memories of 18 first computers

Franklin Ace 2000 series

We asked TechRepublic members (via our Forums and our Facebook page) if they remembered their first computers. Many do, and quite fondly. Here is a photo walk down memory lane, featuring comments from members about their first computers. (All photos are from

TechRepublic member Tink! shares this memory about the Franklin Ace 2000: “I was 5 years old and it was the family computer. My dad taught me how to do simple math calculations on it and I learned how to type using a 5” floppy disk game called MasterType. (When I say “type” I mean real “touch typing”. I was typing 60-90 wpm by the time I was in grade school.)”

Here they are

Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from the 1970s

This is a great visual display of the photos of old computers.  You’ve got to go to the link (at the bottom of this post) and look through them all…

Also visit:

MSAI 8080

During the disco days of the 1970s, personal computers moved out of the electronic hobbyist’s garage or basement and into the office, classroom, and family den. This gallery showcases several 1970-era machines from Steven Stengel’s vintage computer collection. Steven has graciously allowed us to republish his photos and descriptions. You can find a much more detailed description of each machine and additional photos of Steven’s collection on his Web site

MSAI 8080

Built by IMS Associates, Inc. of San Leandro, California, the IMSAI 8080 is one of the first consumer computers available.