The TeenyPC is a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B version 2 board running Raspberry Pi OS. Nothing too exciting right off the bat, but it all started with a random Google search, a promoted eBay listing, and an idea that I had sitting in the back of my mind for years.
I’ve wanted to tap into some of my Windows 95/98 nostalgia for years, and I’ve debated getting some of the retro hardware itself – problematic because space – or getting Windows 98 to run on a Pi or such. That latter solution worked, but I found all too soon it was a nice novelty, but that I wasn’t going to get much real use out of it. I made a mental note to just dress up Raspberry Pi OS to look like Windows 98, but the project fizzled out, because I didn’t have a case.
See, for me, it’s not just nostalgia for the look of the OS, it’s that beige-box aesthetic in general. But there weren’t a ton of Pi cases that cater to that, and fewer still – none in fact – that jazzed me,. I discussed with a friend who does 3D printing about maybe doing it as a project sometime, but even finding a 3D model proved a bit messy, and in truth, I wasn’t sure how much worth it would be. And then, one day, Googling old CRTs, there it was.
I haven’t been able to dig up much on Genity, nor have I seen other images of this thing elsewhere. It’s a floppy disk holder and desk tidy. There are little push points behind the ‘screen’ that I imagine you could put a mock screen made of card or the like onto, and two drawers below, as well as a pocket on the back for pens and stationary. It even has a teeny tiny keyboard that lifts to secure a little paperclip tray.
And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
There is a little plastic divider inside the pocket. As you can see here, it’s trhe ideal size to hold the cables when bound up. That other space fits the mouse in a nice snug way.