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If you’re at work looking to pass a little time, you might want to check out Build With Chrome. It’s a partnership between Google and Lego that lets you build with virtual Lego bricks on your computer. The program has just launched so reports are that it’s still glitchy, but if it catches on then hopefully they’ll smooth out the bugs.

A word of caution. Apparently, the program wants to use your location so you can build on your actual address, but there’s concern that sharing might accidentally be giving out a user’s home address. This is particularly worrisome if a child is using the program, so be sure to either deny location or adjust your Google+ settings accordingly.

See the video after the break…

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Here’s your friendly remind to always, always, always backup your hard drive. British IT professional James Howells mined 7,500 Bitcoin back in 2009 then completely forgot about the stuff. He later threw away the hard drive where he had it all stored sometime last summer. That Bitcoin is now worth about $7.5 million and is sitting somewhere in a landfill the size of a soccer field buried under about 4 feet of trash. Howells is taking it all in stride saying,

“I’m at the point where it’s either laugh about it or cry about it. Why aren’t I out there with a shovel now? I think I’m just resigned to never being able to find it.”

He did create a new Bitcoin wallet asking for help in staging a possible recovery effort and tweeted it out for those looking to help.

Don’t let this happen to you. Backup that hard drive, people!

(The Guardian via Mashable)

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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)