Category Archives: Better Living Through Cheap Electronics

An Idea Who's Time Has Come…

I’m speaking, of course, of the Apple II. Students at MIT are taking the old Apple II architecture and developing Internet capable computers that could be sold for about $12. A $12 computer of sorts – a cheap keyboard and Nintendo-like console – already exists in India, where people hook the devices to home TVs […]

Handy and Timely

I just started untangling wires yesterday in preparation for retangling them under the same desk in a new house come Sunday. How perfect that LifeHacker should choose this week to present the Top 10 Ways to Get Cables Under Control. Via GeekPress.

Future Encapsulated

This Reuters article: Centennial time capsule car found ruined | Oddly Enough | Reuters Got me thinking about a couple of things. First, how might the time capsule have been done better (please confine speculation to approximately mid-century technology), and second, what would constitute “an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of […]

The Disposable Cell Phone

In a way, this post is a sequel to my recent “Closing the Digital Divide” post… Think of this series as Better Living Through Cheap Electronics. I’m rough on cell phones. Any cell phone I carry will be folded, spindled and mutilated before being dropped from a height onto concrete (2005′s phone), or fumbled into […]