In: science, technology.
A computer is a machine that uses electronics to input, process, and then output data. Input of data means to read information from a keyboard, a storage device like a hard drive, or a sensor.
The computer processes or changes the data by following the instructions in software programs. A program is a list the steps for doing arithmetic, comparing data, and re-arranging data.
The data is then saved in a storage device, shown on a display, or sent to another computer.
Computers can be connected together to form a network such as the internet, allowing the computers to communicate with each other.
We spend a lot of our lives in our computers. We live in our computers, and we do little things to make ourselves feel more at home in them - a little more cozy.
We change the wallpaper, install some new apps, buy a pretty case and some stickers for the back. We personalize what we can, what we’re permitted.
Linux… With each improvement, I feel more at home, and there is no limit to what I can do… By Andrey Petrov:
Exploring what sort of computing can be done on paper:
Pen & Paper Games
Cheap mini computers
All of them have accessible prices.
https://adafruit.com/product/3762 – DYI pi-top inventor’s kit laptop for Raspberry Pi
https://clockworkpi.com/product-page/devterm-kit-rpi-cm3 – DevTerm RPI-CM3 series, A5 notebook size PC
https://crowdsupply.com/eoma68/micro-desktop – open-hardware modular DYI 15.6" laptop
https://kobol.io/helios4 – Open source & Open hardware Network Attached Storage (NAS)
https://olimex.com/Products/DIY-Laptop/KITS/TERES-A64-BLACK/open-source-hardware – DYI 11.6" laptop, Quad Core Allwinner A64, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC
https://pine64.com/product-category/pinebook-pro – 14" PineBook Pro laptop, Quad-Core ARM 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC
https://pyra-handheld.com/boards/pages/pyra – open-hardware modular ultra portable mini computer
https://shop.kobol.io/product/helios64-full-bundle – Helios64 full bundle
https://shop.popcorncomputer.com/products/pocket-pc-w-lora – Pocket PC w/ LoRa, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core ARM, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC
https://solid-run.com/fanless-computers/cubox – CuBox-i & CuBox-M 50 x 50 x 50mm computers
https://sparkfun.com/products/15175 – DYI pi-top inventor’s kit laptop for Raspberry Pi
NanoPi NEO/NEO2 all-Aluminum heat-dissipating kit with OLED screen (harder to find)
Not-cheap mini computers
https://gpd.hk/gpdmicropc – GPD MicroPC productivity tool
https://gpd.hk/gpdpocket2 – GPD Pocket 2 mini laptop
https://crowdsupply.com/mnt/reform – MNT Reform open-source DIY 12.5" laptop
https://crowdsupply.com/sutajio-kosagi/novena – Novena open-hardware modular DYI 13.3" laptop
https://frame.work/products/laptop – Framework laptop - modular & upgradeable, easy to repair, thin & light
https://puri.sm/products/librem-14 – 14" ultra-portable laptop designed to respect your rights to privacy, security, and freedom
https://puri.sm/products/librem-mini – Librem Mini mini-PC
Portable gaming consoles
Alternatives to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita.
open-source, miniature game system the size of a credit card
educational DIY Game Console
GameShell hackable modular, portable gaming console
tiny, open-hardware, ESP32-powered retro-gaming console
Mudita Pure fair trade and ethical phone
tiny handheld game system; has a crank;
pocket operators are small, ultra portable music devices, with studio quality sound
PO-20 arcade synthesizer and sequencer
robotics & electronics
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