While our Data as Art gallery went down mighty fine for many Maximum PC readers, we weren’t fooling ourselves: this is Maximum PC, the magazine that shows you how to build computers, not Maximum Software. You folks want hardware - and hey, who are we to disappoint?
We cast our net far and wide to dredge up 25 of the flat-out coolest examples of people repurposing components from PCs, VCRs, CDs or whatever and prove that, yes Virginia, hardware can be art, too. Where else can you find terrifying robots made out of mice and hard drives?
While it’s a fact that some lame-o ideas flat-out just won’t die, no matter how long in the tooth they are – VHS tapes, dial-up Internet and DRM, anyone? – the inverse is also true. Sometimes, truly groundbreaking ideas pop onto the scene long before the mainstream is ready to embrace it. Rather than praising the success stories, this article takes a look at the lesser known forefathers that made best sellers like the iPad and Hulu Plus possible. Grab a seat and raise a toast to these technologies born before their time; without them, modern life wouldn’t be as comfy and convenient as we know it.
The most concise definition of a prosthetic is any device that replaces a missing body part, and whether you know it or not, prosthetics are a part of our daily lives. From banal applications such as dental crown, to complicated devices which compensate for a life altering injury sustained in an accident or enable an individual who lacks a fully functional body part due to an accident of birth, prosthetics are an awesome technology that the majority of us are fortunate enough to be able to take for granted.
Smart phones perform many roles in modern life, but political tool wasn’t at the top of our list. Fourth of July week is a great time to feature a politically driven app such as Congress by Sunlight Labs.
If by some chance you are unfamiliar with Evernote, you should sell that rock you’ve been living under and visit our Evernote Cheat Sheet. Evernote is a must-have app for every smart phone platform on the market, but if you are a Windows Phone user you’ve probably been making do with OneNote and Windows Live Skydrive up to this point as Evernote has only released their Windows Phone app in the last week or so.
Google engineers are known for doing whatever it takes to shave precious milliseconds off of page loads, but it’s pretty rare to see them steal a page from the past in pursuit of their goal. Upcoming releases of Chrome however will do just that, adding link pre-fetching/pre-rendering to the latest editions of the company’s flagship browser.
A month or two back, we posted our list of 30 amazing apps under 2MB. We thought it was a pretty fun concept, and apparently you guys agreed, because we got some great feedback, and some excellent suggestions. Our first list was far from complete, of course, so we decided to do some more investigating, and found 20 more great apps. They're all free, all easy to download, and all great at what they do. Read on, and hit the comments if we've still missed any of your favorites.
When last we met, I informed you of the existence of the official Maximum PC forums and exhorted you to a) visit and b) report back. If you have done so, thank you. If you have not, there is still time to escape the coming wrath.
Hold on. I've just been notified that we're out of wrath, so you can safely disregard the previous threat. However, if you don't check out today's featured Forum thread, you're missing out on something amazing.
I am going to bet that you know what the application “Outlook on the Desktop” does without me even having to describe a single byte of it. Congratulations; You win. Good day sir, ma’am.
You might be able to guess the app’s overall purpose, but I think you’ll be even more interested once you actually get the nitty-gritty of what it does. Let’s hit the big question first, though. Why would you even want to slap a widget-like implementation of Microsoft Outlook on your desktop to begin with?
Here’s my answer. I love Outlook on the Desktop for two main reasons: I like staring at my desktop as much as possible (especially during that half-hour in the morning when coffee is beginning to work its magical effects on my tired brain), and I like being able to quickly glance at my calendar while I’m in the process of doing other things.
A few weeks ago, we took a not-so-fond look at the console portion of the grotesque, unruly mass (in some circles known as a “family”) that is the gaming world. As we often do with those with whom we share any sort of relation, we proceeded to list off all the ways they've wronged us. We find it to be a good ice-breaker. Now, though, we've been struck with some strange and debiltating malady that top scientists are calling “civility,” and we've realized there's plenty of good mixed in with the bad. No, seriously. Consoles, we may not always get along, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give you due praise for having our backs every once in a while. Now go! Jump past the break before we change our minds.