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It's taken a couple of years but Lenovo is planning to release a retro-styled ThinkPad that brings back the style of the 1990s with 21st century computing power. If it's really like the ThinkPads of old, it will be a very robust computer with the best keyboard on the market and be able to withstand some heavy duty action - those computers were built to last.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Before the web and the widespread use of the Internet, computer users shared programs, news and other information over Bulletin Board Services. Those of us with a few grey hairs will remember connecting to remote computers using point-to-point connections using modems - I started with a 9600 baud modem before moving eventually getting a 56K screamer that let me download a 4MB program before my 60 minute time limit for guests ended. Well, the BBS is back.


The NES Classic Edition is a miniature version of the original 1986 video game console officially produced by Nintendo. It comes equipped with a HDMI port, a wireless controller and 30 inbuilt games. We recently put it to the test and fell in love with all over again. Here is our verdict.


I shot my first film on you. A bunch of awkward high school kids, an abandoned warehouse and a badly written horror script called Reigning Terror. I cast from my local church; we caught the train in to the city on a Sunday. I carried you in that dark grey plastic case; a more well defined briefcase that made me look interesting. I had purpose: hell, I was making a movie! I felt mature.

I stayed late after school editing you all together. You captured my vision, you finished my vision – you were my master... tape. You were solid, real and fun to carry and put in the machine. I understood you. I made other movies with you too before I graduated and moved on to more mature models, like Super VHS and Betacam. But I never forgot you. You were my first.


Around a week ago, an Instagram photo of a single-serve Viennetta on a stick sent Australian dessert lovers into a frenzy. The buzz on social media was quickly picked up by media outlets and more photos of the miniature ice cream were uncovered. Sadly, this adorably retro concoction turned out to only be available in China. Well, it turns out Facebook and Twitter are good for something after all: Streets Ice Cream has confirmed it is looking to bring the Viennetta on a stick to Australia. There's going to be party in our mouths and it's 1980s themed. Huzzah!


Whether you have vinyl records handed down to you, you're a chart-topping DJ or you're getting into vinyl for the first time, you're going to need a decent record player. One that's reliable, durable and easy to maintain. Here are five of the best.


Dear Lifehacker, I have a collection of chips belonging to old Atari game carts. (Photo attached.) My dad's friend used to work for Atari as a developer of Atari games and he gave these chips to us. Do you know if it is worth anything? I have 11 games.


The problem with being a gaming enthusiast is all the bloody consoles. Even if you're a past-rejecting Millennial who refuses to play retro games, you still need to make room for around five or six machines; plus cables and controllers. Most home entertainment units simply aren't up to the task. This is why you need to invest in a miniature bookcase or shelving unit instead.


Attention retro gamers: The Internet Archive has released 2400 old MS-DOS video games into an online repository, including timeless classics like Dune 2, Bubble Bobble, Street Fighter II, Prince Of Persia, Sim City, Golden Axe, Doom, Lemmings, Speedball 2, The Hobbit and Eye Of The Beholder. The best part is that every game can be played for free in your browser. (That's my entire life cancelled for the rest of the year.)


Most cinema buffs have a list of classic movies that they can’t wait to introduce to their kids. Likewise, any self-respecting muso plans to give their child a crash-course in songs that changed the world. However, when it comes to gamers, things are a little different. With the exception of hardcore collectors, we’re not particularly big on preserving our hobby’s history – particularly on legacy hardware. Which begs the question: just what do you plan to pass on to your kids? Or will it all be given the boot for the latest augmented-reality smell-o-vision console?