Siemens-Nixdorf PCD-4ND is a 486-based laptop from 1993-1995. It was quite popular in Germany and you could have seen a few of them still in use even ten years ago (mostly connected to expensive industrial devices using a serial port).
I like how easy it was to upgrade the CPU in this particular laptop. It took about 20 seconds to remove a small plastic cover and replace the CPU board. There were probably four options during the lifecycle of the machine – 25-MHz 486SX, 50-MHz 486DX2 and 75-MHz/100-MHz 486DX4 (Intel called it ‘Intel DX4’).
Note the WDC graphics chip below the CPU board slot. It shared the bus with the CPU as it was connected using VLB (= VESA Local Bus) instead of the older ISA/AT bus. This allowed to use fast 32-bit transfers on a frequency equal to the CPU external clock (25/33-MHz) without a sophisticated bus controller (EISA, PCI). This chip was used in many laptops of this era and it was surprisingly powerful. It allowed up to 1024x768 with 256 colors and 640x480 with 65k colors and it could accelerate bit-block transfers as well as graphics primitives.
Summer is here (hooray!), which means it’s time to wear one of our favorite warm-weather essentials, the denim short. They’re easy, casual, classic, and come in so many styles and colors that we’re spoiled for choice.
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A Review of Modern Artist Hardware -or- Don’t buy a Wacom Cintiq
Warning: Long Post
Ok, so let me explain first: The art industry/hobby is diverse and no one piece of hardware or software will work for everyone. This is meant for middle market artist who want to level up their digital art experience, or even break into digital art. I want to give my thoughts on a few devices out there, their pros and cons, and why I choose the device I did after a long journey. Plus I don’t see a lot of people talking about the device I use and I think it’s a shame not many people know of this option.
Recipe of the Day: Seriously Good Queso Dip A melty, amazing queso dip is one recipe that every cook should have in his or her back pocket. This one reaches ooey-gooey goodness in the slow cooker — and it doesn’t even call for processed cheese. It’s ultra-simple, and easy to upgrade with toppings.