Computers

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Microsoft has a new mascot for Internet Explorer.

Say hello to Inori Aizawa, the anime-themed version of IE, which is based on the uniquely Japanese trend, OS-Tan. Inori has been revealed ahead of a debut event that Microsoft is hosting at the Animé Festival Asia 2013, which will take place this weekend in Singapore. Inori greeted the world for the first time on her new Facebook page, and here’s what she had to say:

Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer.

When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow and awkward girl.

However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I’m eager to show you what I can do.

Why don’t you get to know me a little better?

Check out the video after the break…

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The Raspberry Pi board has changed the DIY landscape. It made certain projects easier and more accessible upon its release, and it definitely serves multiple purposes. John has used one to create a completely functional 1/3 scale mini Mac computer. Just look at how portable and cute it is!

He fashioned it from Sintra (a sheet of PVC), a small monitor, a Raspberry Pi board, a USB port, and other odds and ends. He lists all the components on his blog and if you’ve got the patience and know how, you can replicate what he did to create a tiny Mac of your very own. You can be all hipster and take it to coffee shops with a big keyboard; the jokers with iPads and netbooks will be jealous!

See some more shots of this tiny wonder and a video after the break.

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Entertainment Earth has started revealing their SDCC Exclusives and one of them is this Doctor Who / Star Trek The Next Generation Monitor Mates in Tin Tote.

It features a tin tote with J.K. Woodward’s artwork from IDW’s sci-fi crossover Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2 limited series comic books.

The metal tin tote box measures about 8 5/8-inches wide x 6 3/4-inches tall x 4-inches deep. It includes 2 miniature bobble heads, a Star Trek: The Next Generation U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D Monitor Mate™ with clear base (shipped later via online registration) and a Doctor Who TARDIS Monitor Mate™ with clear base.

Clear bases for these “ships” are exclusive to this set only.

Per the EE Note: This item will first be sold at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. If supplies remain, your order will be filled and shipped to you after the event, during the last week of July 2013.

Product Page $39

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Most of us spend untold hours planning out the details of our weddings, including searching for the perfect invitations to express our soon-to-be matrimonial bliss. We’re giving all the computer nerds out there a little help with these Nerd Wedding Code invitations. If they didn’t know you were a nerd before, they will the second they open these invites.

Product Page ($4 and up via Geeks are Sexy)

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Now you can turn your iPad into the Grays Sports Almanac that Old Biff gave to Young Biff in Back to the Future II. Sadly, it holds no futuristic results that will help you bet well and get rich, but it will look fantastic protecting your iPad. Preorder now and this limited edition case will be shipped as soon as it becomes available.

See more pictures after the break…

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Raise your hand if you cringe when one of your parents calls to ask for computer help.

We feel your pain. Sometimes getting parents to understand the simple points of restarting a computer can be tricky, and if the laptop hard drive needs replaced? Forget about it. Heck, even I can’t do that. This daughter can though. She helped her dad with some the issues and created this hilarious invoice requesting payment in pizza and parmesan twists at Round Table. I’d say she’s undercharging.

(Reddit via Happy Place)

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In one of the most well-known scenes from the series The IT Crowd, Roy and Moss convince their clueless boss that the entirety of the internet is in a little black box with a red light. She then takes it to a special presentation and instead of being laughed out of the room, it turns out her co-workers are just as clueless.

Now you too can have the internet in a box. It’s got the little red light and an on/off switch, but turn it off at your own peril. You won’t like what happens when you turn off the internet.

See video of the scene from The IT Crowd after the break…

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If you’ve ever spent an afternoon trying to teach your mother how to use Facebook or a word processing program, this comic will strike a chord with you. A mother doesn’t see a full keyboard, they see a few magic buttons that do specific tasks. The “publishes credit card info” one cracks me up because I’ve had to convince a parental type that such a button didn’t exist.

Be sure to click the image to enlarge.

(A Zillion Dollar Comics via Design Taxi)

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These days, most of my work is done on tablets and smartphones, but I still get a lot of use out of an old 13-inch MacBook I purchased in 2010. The problem was the hard drive was dying—which had me thinking it might be time to upgrade to a faster, slimmer model.

Fortunately, I was approached to review the new 512GB Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD before I could pull the trigger on that purchase. Now I’m thinking that a new MacBook can wait because my old one has been completely transformed.

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I bet most of you don’t know that GIF actually stands for Graphics Interchange Format and even more of you don’t know you’ve been saying it wrong. Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF, received a Lifetime Achievement Webby Award on Tuesday and gave an acceptance speech in GIF format. The rules say awards speeches can be just five words, so the GIF read “It’s pronounced “JIF” not “GIF.” And with that, the internet blew up into a battle of computer nerds and grammar Nazis the likes of which the world has never before experienced. So, how are you going to say it now that you know?

See video of his acceptance “speech” after the break…

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