The idea behind The Hardware Project is simple. We aim to offer up as much original computer hardware documentation as we can get our dirty little hands on. All of this documentation started out free and available, and we hope to keep it that way.
The reason is simple. Unlike the hardware itself, lots of documentation falls off the edge of the world when manufacturers stop offering said hardware for sale. The result leaves much of this information difficult to find. In addition, the sheer decentralization of hardware information can be daunting when trying to find even simple data. Here at The Hardware Project, we strive to collect the detritus of the computer industry and organize it for your viewing pleasure.
Is THP just another manuals website?
Maybe we're crazy, but we like to think THP is different for the following reasons:
- Everything here is free and (mostly?) open. No sign-ups, accounts, personal info, credit cards, or paypal required. It will stay this way (at least until we sell out to the man).
- Only first party and official documentation. There is some great user generated stuff out there (especially for older hardware), but we decided to keep the scope limited to official documentation.
- Hand sorted, labeled, and consolidated. This adds consistency across the site and makes the documents more portable. You can download individual items from 20 manufacturers, jumble them all together, and not lose any differentiating information.
- Insignificant documents removed. No standalone warranty information, government/regulatory certifications, customer surveys, or other non-"meat-and-potatoes" documents.
- THP is run by a actual nerds.
Who's crazy idea is THP?
- Lowtekk = THP creator, document collector, content generator
- Toast = THP website host, keeper of the servers, stink-eye giver
- Gehsekky = THP site designer/coder
We can be reached via the "Contact Us" link on the main menu. If you want to hear back from us, please include your email address.
All of these documents are property of their respective manufacturers. The Hardware Project offers this documentation for enthusiast and historical purposes only. The Hardware Project is not for profit.