EXPLORING AND CELEBRATING DESIGN

ABOUT THE CHANNEL

Ever since I was little I’ve taken things apart. I didn’t always know how to put them back together, but I wanted to understand how they worked. Between this and a passion for technology, I am on a journey to understand our technology, computers and specifically laptops are changing and evolving.

Laptop Retrospective was a personal project that started in 2017 to explore these questions through the creation of a YouTube channel. Since starting the channel, I’ve had the opportunity to disassemble and examine nearly one hundred laptops and other technology, reviewing several other technology-related products. I’ve also had the chance to interview many key figures in the mobile computing and design industry. The journey continues!

 

 

WHAT I DO

Laptop Retrospective exists to:


DISCUSS

Discuss specific machines, devices and systems that I have had the opportunity to use.

EXPLORE

Explore past, present and future trends in the laptop, computer and tech industry.

SUGGEST

Provide suggestions and recommendations where possible.

CELEBRATE

Celebrate, critique and review technology.

SHARE

Interview the movers and shakers of the mobile computing world, past and present.

HOW TO HELP

Laptop Retrospective wasn’t created to make a profit. However, funds that are collected through commissions and ad revenue on YouTube go back into the channel. They help me upkeep filming equipment and occasionally buy items that I would like to use and share with you, the audience.

The best ways currently to support the channel are subscribing, liking and sharing the videos with people that will find them helpful. Certain donations are also helpful as I cannot purchase everything I’d like to or viewers would like me to film. I’m always exploring new ideas on how to grow the channel and if you have an idea you’d like to share, you can always contact me via Twitter, the Contact Form, or of course, the YouTube comments on a video.

Lastly, if you have stories to share, I’d love to hear more so do not be afraid to reach out using the above methods.

RECENT ARTICLES

Jul
28

The Strange History of LG and ThinkPad (The Story of LG-IBM)

A Sticker If you are like me, you have spent some time looking through Hardware Maintenance Manuals for ThinkPads. It was actually while looking at the HMM for the T41 to disassemble and remove the WLAN card that I noted some interesting references to LG-IBM branding. Specifically, stickers were to be placed over any replacement […]

Jul
20

Wirth’s Law and the story of ‘Fatware’

While many people have heard of Moore’s Law, which I’ve discussed in a previous article, fewer might know about the potentially even more important Wirth’s Law. Wirth’s Law states that software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware is becoming faster. A real-world example of this is illustrated below: In a 2008 article in InfoWorld, […]

Jul
13

Why the new X1 Fold might be exciting

Lenovo has been promoting this short trailer over the last few days and many believe it points to the teasing of a new X1 Fold. After taking a look at the trailer a few times and snooping around, here are some possible reasons to look forward to the new X1 Fold and some of the […]

Jul
01

Computers, Consumers, Moore’s Law and the Rise of the Used Computer

For those unfamiliar, Moore’s Law is an observation that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. In 2005, Moore stated that this projection cannot be sustained indefinitely and in 2016 the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors moved away from this style of road mapping. Moore further said that the […]

May
28

The Balance of Laptop Design and Price

Laptop design and manufacturing are incredibly complex, that goes without saying. In the last few years, there has been a renewed, more mainstream interest in repairability and laptops have become a topic of interest. This has led to the success of companies like Framework and existing companies highlighting the serviceability of their machines. This has […]

Mar
31

Hardened ThinkPad Concept

This post is a short accompanying piece to the recent video I released on the channel In that video, David Hill shared with me the design concept that Richard Sapper put together to create a rugged or hardened ThinkPad. ThinkPads were already known for being more durable than the competition, but what if that was […]

Feb
21

Market Share and Repairables (Guest Writer)

Chris Harjadi is a sophomore student studying cognitive science. The focus of his studies includes how computer science and psychology connect via virtual reality/”metaverse” applications, as well as learning about the philosophy and linguistics of computer systems. In the article below, Chris shares his thoughts on the relationship between making computers intuitive to use, thinness […]

Jan
08

The Pentaform Abacus Basic: The C64/ZX Spectrum of the next Age

With the Commodore 64 turning 40 years old this year, this company couldn’t have announced their product at a more appropriate time or venue as the C64 was also announced at CES. I’m talking about the Pentaform Abacus Basic, which is their answer to the question of how to give even more people access to […]