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Those of you who were too broke to buy an Apple got one of these $595 jobbies instead. Boulder Dash FTW!
Is there any sound so gratifying as the deafening whirr/grind of a dot-matrix printer? Epson’s MX-80 made cheap printing available to the masses, who didn’t seem to mind its low-grade quality or the noise as long as they could keep churning out rad Print Shop banners.
Portable computing was a decidedly unpleasant affair for a decade, with obese, underpowered laptops ruling a small market. That changed with IBM’s entry into the business: the groundbreaking ThinkPad, which finally proved that powerful computers need not be the size of a server room.
Steve Jobs’s real breakthrough was the watershed Apple II, which got enthusiasts into home computing with an affordable, expandable machine.
We could read optical discs (see #26), why not write to them as well? CD-R rapidly made optical the medium of choice for backups, sneakernet file swapping, and every other storage need.
Once upon a time, all CPUs worked with the same motherboard: That time was 1994, when Socket 7 allowed you to plug in not just Intel CPUs, but also AMD’s, Cyrix’s, and other vendors’ chips.
The PC had been saddled with the pokey ISA bus for more than a decade before a successor arose in the form of PCI. This 32-bit slot proved perfectly capable of handling all manner of peripherals and was the standard for graphics connectors for most of the ’90s.
Early LCDs looked pretty on your desk but were too slow for gaming. This 20-inch LCD from Dell was the first to approach CRTs in response time.
These mods for Quake (see #6) showed how far graphics could be taken, even in this era of early 3D. GL Quake’s tweaks changed the game in unpredictable ways, while QuakeWorld launched serious, lag-free multiplayer twitch gaming.
Two of anything is better than one, particularly when it comes to displays: The G400 handily launched the multihead craze with its dual VGA outputs.