Raspberry PiThis is really quite astonishing.
In 1956, this is what a 5MB hard drive looked like (thanks Engadget):
No, not the plane, smart guy.
Combined with the computer, which was even larger than that hard drive in 1956, and you had quite a computing beast.
That was 55 years ago. Yesterday, I saw an article about a computer called the Raspberry. It looks like this (thanks Venture Beat):
That motherboard is the size of "two credit cards laid side by side." Here's a description of the computer:
The Raspberry Pi, the little $25 computer that can run Quake 3 Arena and play HD videos, is scheduled to go into volume production in January. If you want to splurge, you can also pay a $10 premium for the fancy Model B that comes with an ethernet port and 256 – instead of 128 – MByte RAM.
There's more here, and it's absolutely incredible functionality that they've managed to pack into such a tiny board.