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The Framedeck is a DIY cyberdeck powered by a Famework Mainboard

Folks in the Cyberdeck community have been taking advantage of modern-day tech to build retro-futuristic portable computers for the past few years by taking advantage of advances in 3D printing, the ability to source electronic components from around the world, and the availability of versatile single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi line of devices. The […]

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Penk’s Mainboard Terminal is an all-in-one PC that stuffs a Framework Mainboard into a retro-inspired body

Many of today’s laptops are more powerful than yesterday’s desktop PCs (well maybe not yesterday’s, but desktops from more than a few years ago). And while it’s certainly possible to use a laptop as a desktop replacement, hardware hacker Penk went a little further with the Mainboard Terminal. It’s a compact all-in-one computer with a custom, retro-inspired […]

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Chonky Palmtop is a DIY portable Linux computer with a split keyboard and 7 inch display

There’s no shortage of DIY portable computers made by cramming a Raspberry Pi together with a small display, keyboard, and battery. But the Chonky Palmtop is one of the most unusual I’ve seen to date, thanks to its split keyboard which folds up inside the case when you’re not using it and unfolds for comfortable touch-typing […]

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Joopyter Personal Terminal: DIY retro-inspired portable computer with a thermal printer built in

The Joopyter Personal Terminal is a homemade portable computer that combines modern tech with 1980s design. Designed and built by a hardware hacker that goes by the name of Gian, the system was inspired by the discovery of a mini thermal receipt printer, but evolved to include a custom keyboard, hinge, and display placed alongside […]

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Mac mini and iPad mini join forces to become a DIY laptop (sort of)

Apple’s Mac mini uses the same M1 processor the company’s MacBook Pro 13″ laptop, and offers similar performance at a lower price point. But it’s not mobile: there’s no keyboard, display, or battery, which means the Mac mini is meant to stay put. YouTuber Scott Yu-Jan changed that… kind of. With the help of a […]

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Mac mini(er): transplanting Apple Silicon into a smaller chassis

When Apple started its move from Intel to Apple Silicon a few years ago, the company promised to deliver higher performance and reduced power consumption and so far Apple has largely delivered on that promise. But the company’s first desktop computer with an M1 chip? It didn’t really take full advantage of the processor’s low […]

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Lilbits: Google’s Privacy Sandbox for Android, Valve brings more Windows games to Linux, and a triple-screen PC powered by Raspberry Pi computers

Google is announcing a vague plan to provide Android users with more privacy from ad tracking technology… but unlike Apple, which has basically made tracking an opt-in experience on iOS, Google is trying to find a way to offer more privacy without completely gutting the advertising model that accounts for most of the company’s profits. We’ll […]

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Penkesu Computer is a DIY mini laptop powered by a Rasberry Pi Zero 2 W

The developer behind the open source CutiePi tablet is taking aim at the laptop space with a new DIY mini-laptop. The Penkesu Computer is features a 7.9 inch widescreen display, a 48-key ortholinear mechanical keyboard and it uses a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W as its brains. You can’t buy one yet, but you can […]

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Lilbits: Modular laptops, Google’s foldable “Pixel Notepad,” and open-spec single-board computers

The Framework Laptop is a thin and light notebook with a 13.5 inch, 256 x 1504 pixel display, an Intel Tiger Lake processor, and a modular design that makes the computer not only versatile and repairable, but also hackable — because folks have been designing their own custom expansion modules that do more than just […]

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Lilbits: Build an Alder Lake Hackintosh, repair a Surface Laptop SE, and type on a (really) tiny keyboard

Ever wanted a 59-key keyboard small enough for wearables? A developer has created one that’s roughly the size of a Raspberry Pi Pico board, and it’s designed to work with one. Meanwhile Microsoft is following through on its promise to make Surface hardware more repairable… at least for one device. Google is now offering release […]