I must be the last person on Earth who likes his computer to be encased in a full-sized tower. I have desk space to spare, so why not bulk it up with a gigantic, spacious tower and a variety of connected bells and whistles? Of course, most people don’t have a desk the size of a small car, so the trend in electronics is smaller. Microtowers, mini-towers, tiny accessories, wireless keyboards and mice, flat panel monitors… small is the new big when it comes to consumer electronics.
Since small is the new big, meet the biggest new computer on the market. That little cube above is the Space Cube, the world’s smallest, fully-functional computer. Within that 2-inch cube is a 300mhz processor, a Flash card reader (which holds the version of Red Hat Linux that powers the machine), 16MBs of internal storage, 64MB of RAM, a VGA port, a USB port, a three-pin serial port, LAN connection, and even a pair of headphone/speaker audio jacks. They also include the reason why the Space Cube was designed, a proprietary NASA connector called the Space Slot, that connects the Cube to the important space-flight stuff it was designed to power.
It’s funny; my first computer had a 300MHz processor, and it was roughly 7000 times the size of the Space Cube and about 1/3rd as useful. How far things have come in such a short time!