A Wish List for the Modern PC

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My goal one evening this weekend was to find out how to open the directory where Windows store apps are installed, so I could write a script to backup some files. Never figured that one out, but I did end up spending a couple hours reading through old PC Mag issues from 40 years ago. How'd I get there? The magic of the Internet.

If you have some time to kill, they're kinda interesting to check out, in that "look how far we've come" sorta way. There's an interview with a 27 year old Bill Gates, an introduction to a new peripheral called a mouse, and a classifieds-esque section for software programs in each edition.

Marketing was a huge part of the magazine, including corny ads like the guys who apparently shake hands everywhere they go. I can't figure out if they're locked in a passive-aggressive struggle to see who gives in first, or if their hands are just superglued together. And others are a bit.. cringeworthy.

One of the quainter parts was, for the first year, their illustrations of their readers "wish list" items. They stopped doing it after the first year unfortunately. It's interesting to see what the sore points were for the first users of the PC - often things we just take for granted now. ๐Ÿ

And who couldn't identify with them? All these years later, we still have our wish list items! Here's mine...

  1. A USB adapter that can be inserted no matter how it's flipped. ๐Ÿ”Œ
  2. An air-gap platform under laptops, so it doesn't toast your legs or block vents.
  3. Security features like 2FA and bitlocker at the hardware level by default.
  4. Software TOS that are shorter and easier to understand. ๐Ÿ“œ

What about you? What are your top wish list items?

Although they stopped printing paper issues 10 years ago, you can still catch them online at pcmag.com.


Grant Winney

I write when I've got something to share - a personal project, a solution to a difficult problem, or just an idea. We learn by doing and sharing. We've all got something to contribute.

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