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Maximum PC January 2021

Maximum PC is the magazine that every computer geek, PC gamer, or content creator should read every month. Get Maximum PC digital magazine subscription today for punishing product reviews, thorough how-to articles, and the illuminating technical news and information that PC power users crave. Maximum PC covers every single topic that requires a lightning-fast PC, from video editing and music creation to PC gaming; we write about it all with unbounded enthusiasm for our collective hobby.

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7 min
machine of the month: apple ii (1977)

THIS MONTH WE EXPLORE the brainchild of Apple’s other Steve, the genius that is Steve Wozniak. The Apple II (stylized as the Apple][) was one of the original mass-market home computers, but would become synonymous with color computing, distinguishing itself from rivals made by Commodore and Tandy. Unhappy with the state of personal computing, Wozniak wanted to create something “small, reliable, convenient to use, and inexpensive.” Following the stylistically crude but technologically promising Apple 1, Wozniak wanted to create a machine that was faster and more practical, with color graphics. While Steve Jobs concerned himself with selling the machine and making it pretty, Wozniak would create a piece of engineering beauty still admired today. Widely regarded as a primary influence on the IBM PC, the Apple II created the first real…

7 min
i’m a windows user get me out of here!

IT’S HARD TO KNOW just how much we’re handled with kid gloves these days as computer users—and this journalist says that from a Linux user’s perspective. It’s likely that many Maximum PC readers will remember children’s electronic kits from the 1970s, like Radio Shack’s Science Fair Microcomputer Trainer. You had to handwire components to create a suitable circuit, then program the CPU by inputting single commands and variables in hexadecimal. Horrifying, but fun! It’s the sort of barebones introduction to computing electronics that will suitably traumatize a young child into wanting to learn to program. It’s also about as far away from how current children are introduced to the subject via sanitized iPads and touchscreen devices. Where’s all the fun if there’s no screaming “What do you mean I have to…

7 min
make security cameras with motioneyeos

GIVE A PERSON A CAMERA, and they’ll find a way to point it at other people. Most of the single-board computers that are popular at the moment have camera attachments, or can use a webcam through a USB port. MotionEyeOS is an operating system that does nothing but operate cameras, and it can be installed on a great many of these boards—we’re using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, but Banana Pi, NanoPi, ODROID, and Pine boards are all compatible. MotionEyeOS is a lightweight way to run motionEye, the web interface that gathers together the feeds from connected cameras and displays them, running motion-detection routines and triggering recordings or stills when motion is detected. It can take feeds from connected cameras or network cameras, and multiple boards can work together as individual…

4 min
nvidia geforce rtx 3070 founders edition

THE GEFORCE RTX 3070 is round three of Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. All of the core features are present, and yet Nvidia dials things back quite a bit from the earlier outings. We weren’t expecting RTX 3090 levels of performance for $500. Still, having seen what the RTX 3080 and 3090 bring to the table, this is definitely a big step down. In a vacuum, the 3070 basically delivers RTX 2080 Ti performance at half the price, which sounds like a bargain. But the 3080 has 70 percent more memory bandwidth and 45 percent more theoretical computational power, and ends up beating the 3070 by about 35 percent overall. It also costs 40 percent more, but nearly linear scaling of performance with price is far better than the usual diminishing returns we…

1 min
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1 min
the weird alt os world

Haha, fit a graphical OS on a floppy disk, crazy talk, right? It is until you go and look at which is a graphical OS that fits on a floppy disk. Like many of these alternative tiny operating systems, it’s entirely written in assembly and yet supports 64-bit CPUs, 32GB of RAM, USB 2.0 devices, a full TCP/IP stack, full GUI toolkit and 1080p in 24-bit color. But can it play Crysis? No, no it can’t. There is a small but active world of alternative operating systems. Some like are education-based projects spun out of an older operating system, an API-compatible implementation of AmigaOS but entirely open source and for modern hardware. Others like MikeOS ( are created by highly intelligent people that fancy the challenge of creating an…