Computers

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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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every mom's keyboard

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)

samsung ssd top

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.

Read more after the break…

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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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trek

Bones could diagnose anything with that handy medical tricorder, and now we are one step closer to having our own version of his handy gadget. The Scout is a small diagnostic tool that can tell you your vitals, temperature, oximetry, ECG, heart rate and stress levels after holding it to your forehead for just ten seconds. The results from the Scout are then synced to your smartphone so you can track your health on a daily basis, not just when you’re sick.

The idea for the Scout came from company founder and CEO Walter de Brouwer after his son was hospitalized following an accident. He spent a lot of time staring at constant readouts of his son’s health and once they were gone, realized there should be a way for all of us to access that information anytime.

Scanadu, a company based at the NASA Ames Research Center, released a prototype about 6 months ago and has just now gotten to the point where they are launching it as an IndieGoGo campaign. The first 1000 people to back the device for $149 will get theirs ahead of the general public with additional backers being able to grab theirs for $199.

Devices are expected to ship in 2014.

See the video after the break…

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klingon

You never know when you’re going to need to know how to say “Today is a good day to die!” in Klingon, so Bing has got you covered. They’ve added it as an official language to their translator. You can even have an entire website translated into Klingon. This wasn’t just a two-second effort on the part of the people at Bing, but involved working with linguistics Ph.D. Marc Okrand who was the one who originally developed the language for the series. Just think how handy this will be at the movie premiere!

(Bing via Mashable)

atari

Really, this is dangerous because I just spent twenty minutes playing Atari Breakout instead of writing the post you’re reading right now. I blame Google, who has put this little Easter Egg in its Google Image Search to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the game. All you have to do is search “atari breakout” and your screen transforms automatically, killing any chance of a productive day. It’s as addictive as you’d expect so consider yourself warned.

(Google via Gizmodo)

doctor

This Doctor Who K-9 4-Port USB Hub is coming soon to our Nerd Approved Shop!

Doctor Who’s loyal canine companion is now a 4-port USB hub that will keep your devices connected. K-9 measures 5″ tall and will look absolutely perfect on your desk. You can preorder him now for delivery this July.

Doctor Who K-9 4-Port USB Hub ($39.99)

iron man mouse

We all know Iron Man can do pretty much anything. Now you can have him help control your computer. Kinda like Jarvis. Granted, it’s pretty much a regular mouse and it does cost a pretty penny. But if you have the money (and you live in Japan), you can unleash your inner Tony Stark.

Product Page (approx $113 via Engadget)

Comic Book Keyboard

comic book keyboard

(via Boing Boing)