10 Extremely Valuable Computers That Could Be Hiding in Your Attic

This Apple-1 computer is worth a hefty chunk of cash.
This Apple-1 computer is worth a hefty chunk of cash.
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Vintage isn't a quality most people look for when buying computers. Technology progresses quickly, and a laptop that may have felt cutting-edge when it debuted becomes dated after just a few years. While you wouldn't want to use them for work or school, the decades-old computers in your attic could hold value for someone else. The list below shows which models in particular are worth digging out of storage.

This round-up, compiled by sellmymobile.com, features the retro computers and gaming consoles that are most prized by collectors. While many old devices are worthless beyond the value of their parts, others have historical significance that makes them highly sought-after. Landmark computers like the Apple-1, for example, are extremely rare today, and worth hundreds or thousands times more than their original selling prices.

To determine the value of the vintage consoles and PCs on this list, sellmymobile.com analyzed data from oldcomputers.net, PriceCharting, and auctions from the last 10 years and ranked them based on their return on investment (ROI). Check out the full list below before looking through your junk boxes at home.

  1. Apple-1 // $458,711 (ROI: 68,707 percent)
  1. Kenbak-1 // $41,946 (ROI: 5493 percent)
  1. Scelbi-SH // $13,000 (ROI: 2500 percent)
  1. Altair 8800 // $8125 (ROI: 1751 percent)
  1. Elf II // $340 (ROI: 240 percent)
  1. Jupiter Ace // $455 (ROI: 230 percent)
  1. Imsai 8080 // $1782 (ROI: 197 percent)
  1. Acorn Atom // $403 (ROI: 167 percent)
  1. Heathkit HS // $668 (ROI: 76 percent)
  1. ZX-80 // $348 (ROI: 74 percent)

[h/t sellmymobile.com]

Friday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Digital Projectors, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and Speakers

As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 4. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

Google Is Tracking Everything You Do With Its ‘Smart’ Features—Here’s How to Make That Stop

Maybe you don't want Google seeing how many exclamation points you use in your emails.
Maybe you don't want Google seeing how many exclamation points you use in your emails.
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Since we don’t all have personal assistants to draft emails and update our calendars, Google has tried to fill the void with ‘smart’ features across Gmail, Google Chat, and Google Meet. These automatic processes cover everything from email filtering and predictive text to notifications about upcoming bills and travel itineraries. But such personalized assistance requires a certain amount of personal data.

For example, to suggest email replies that match what you’d choose to write on your own—or remind you about important emails you’ve yet to reply to—Google needs to know quite a bit about how you write and what you consider important. And that involves tracking your actions when using Google services.

For some people, Google’s helpful hints might save enough time and energy to justify giving up full privacy. If you’re not one of them, here’s how to disable the ‘smart’ features.

As Simplemost explains, first open Gmail and click the gear icon (settings) in the upper right corner of the page. Select ‘See all settings,’ which should default to the ‘General’ tab. Next to ‘Smart Compose,’ ‘Smart Compose personalization,’ and ‘Smart Reply,’ choose the ‘Off’ options. Next to ‘Nudges,’ uncheck both boxes (which will stop suggestions about what emails you should answer or follow up on). Then, switch from the ‘General’ tab to ‘Inbox’ and scroll down to ‘Importance markers.’ Choose ‘No markers’ and ‘Don’t use my past actions to predict which messages are important.’

Seeing these settings might make you wonder what other information you’ve unwittingly given Google access to. Fortunately, there’s a pretty easy way to customize it. If you open the ‘Accounts’ tab (beside ‘Inbox’) and choose ‘Google Account settings,’ there’s an option to ‘Take the Privacy Checkup.’ That service will walk you through all the privacy settings, including activity tracking on Google sites, ad personalization, and more.

[h/t Simplemost]