It took James Newman 13 years to build his own computer. He started with a simple 8-bit microprocessor and slowly added more and more components, until he had a fully functioning, custom-built computer.
Newman’s computer is unique, not just because of the time it took to build, but also because of the way it was built. Most computers are built by large companies in factories, with each component being mass-produced. Newman, on the other hand, built each component himself, from scratch.
This meant that he had to source all the materials and components himself, and then learn how to assemble them. It was a long and difficult process, but Newman says it was worth it.
“I wanted to see if I could actually do it,” he says. “And I wanted to see if I could build something that was better than what you could buy.”
Newman’s computer is now a fully functioning machine, capable of running any standard software. He uses it for everything from email and web browsing, to more intensive tasks like video editing and 3D rendering.
“It’s been a great experience,” he says. “I’m really proud of what I’ve built.”