Computers

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When Gene Roddenberry originally began scripting for the now famous Star Trek television series, he did so on what is today a relatively defunct piece of hardware: the typewriter. He eventually switched over to a pair of custom-built computers to record story ideas, scripts and notes. From there he moved to even newer technology, but retained the custom pieces.

Sometime after his death in 1991, his estate discovered nearly 200 5.25-inch floppies from the custom hardware. However, getting the data out was not as simple as plugging it into a disk reader since the OS and word processing software were also custom.

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There are many cool custom PC cases out there, but very few can even hope to compete with this Venator Class Star Destroyer. Lovingly named, YAZI, this masterpiece comes to us from creator asphiax as part of a modding contest by MSI.

Now, you may be thinking he just built a model kit Destroyer and shoved his computer parts inside, but no—he built this entire thing from scratch.

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This is definitely the case I’ve been looking for. Ed Zarick, known for transforming gaming consoles into laptop form, fabricated this awesome R2-D2 PS4 laptop. Enlisting the help from the guys at Astromech, he used 3D printed replicas of Artoo’s parts. And it beeps and boops just like our favorite droid using sound effects he loaded onto an Adafruit WaveShield.

Check out more pics and a video of the laptop-console-droid-hybrid in action after the break…

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Tired of the boring keyboard that you peck away at all day? Swap out some of the keys with these fabulous metal variants and you’ll be a much happier nerd. GeekKeys offers keys with themes that include Avengers, Star Wars, Big Hero 6, Pokemon and more. There’s even one that’s a 3D version of Iron Man’s helmet. I think that would make the perfect Esc key replacement.

See more pictures after the break.

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When you sit upon the IT Throne, you’ll have to deal with bothersome phone calls from people who don’t understand that computers won’t run when they’re not plugged in. They need power, people! They don’t run on magic!

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Routers aren’t the most exciting gadgets in the world, but this one is an exception. Made by Christoph Kauch and Rol Schwarz, it looks just like the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. The pair hacked a Revell 1:600 model and fitted the router inside. There are even lights on the bridge!

Check out the video after the break along with a gallery of images that illustrate how it was done.

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Are you a book nerd in need of a USB drive? Look no further than this adorable card catalog version with 8GB of storage.

It’s functional, unique, and it’s a great place to store your ebooks. On that note, you can get the drive loaded with 11 books from Unshelved when you buy the drive.

Product Page $20 (drive only) $35 (with Unshelved collection)

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Serenity is used to haul cargo in Firefly – legal and otherwise. You can use her to store your virtual cargo with this snazzy 8GB flash drive from ThinkGeek. A Serenity USB drive was first proposed by incubot last year, but despite having an official license, Fox told them they couldn’t use Kickstarter to raise funds. They still made the product available for purchase, but fulfilling orders has been a slow process. However, ThinkGeek seems to swooped in with a similar product (which may or may not be incubot’s design). Either way, it’s significantly cheaper and in-stock now.

See a couple more photos of the information smuggling Serenity after the break.

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Watching people fall down without receiving serious injuries is funny stuff. It’s as timeless as fart jokes. It turns out the action is just as amusing when it happens to CGI people. Visual effects artist Dave Fothergill recently tested the crowd dynamics function with Miarmy for Maya, and it shows people running into a rotating object – they all fall and none of them can get up. It’s way funnier than it should be.

Watch the silliness after the break.

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