Something that’s part of the fun of assembling and/or upgrading your own desktop or laptop PC is the allure of the money you’ll be saving versus outright purchasing a pre-built machine. You can further extend saving MORE money by focusing on buying refurbished parts, but that’s territory where you’ll want to pay more attention and tread more lightly. This is because while some refurbished PC parts are of good quality and can be bought for less, others parts may not be. Thankfully, for additional insight, Michael Crider of How-To-Geek put together a great guide on the best and least recommended PC parts to buy refurbished, based on the type/component of parts that you’re looking for (i.e., hard drives, power supplies, motherboards, etc.). Continue reading “‘How-To-Geek’s’ Awesome Guide on Buying Refurbished PC Parts”
Japan’s King Jim has found a clever way to make its Portabook XMC10 laptop even smaller than the smallest Macbook available. The ultra-compact laptop—powered by Windows 10 with a 2.4GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage and an 8-inch display— but the most interesting feature is the 12-inch folding keyboard. Yes, a 12-inch keyboard THAT FOLD so it can be stored with it’s computer with ONLY an 8-inch display. Like, WHOA! Continue reading “Here’s a 12″ Keyboard inside an 8″ Laptop. YAY MATH!”
It appears that YouTuber Tom Scott will no longer have any issues reacting to any comment or post delivered on social media with his brand, spanking new emoji keyboard. This keyboard is actually not A keyboard, but FOURTEEN (14) individual keyboards synced together with well over 1,000 keys bound to emojis. Scott further explains: This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve built in a long while: a full-size, … Continue reading YouTuber Tom Scott Builds Crazy 1,000-Key Emoji Keyboard BECAUSE REASONS!!
It’s time for Episode 92 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the 99% Invisible podcast, a working LEGO computer keyboard, a theoretical look at a remastered Rescue Rangers game, and UFC Champ Ronda Rousey possibly eyeing WrestleMania 31? Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “99% Invisi-LEGO Keys Rescue Ranges Rousey-Mania – WIRed #92”
Really? Yeah, I know; ANOTHER LEGO-related story on The PractitioNERD. But hey, I only post the LEGO-related stories that I consider nerdy and awesome, right? So, on that note, here we have a device that looks like a real keyboard, operates as a true-to-life working keyboard, and has a “Home” button in the shape of a little house (as shown above). Builder Jason Allemann’s keyboard is built entirely of the current and existing LEGO pieces, meaning that while most of the letter keys are essentially basic, many of the keys that serve as special functions are hilariously ad-libbed in their representation. Be sure to check out that “Caps Lock” button; it is AWESOME! Continue reading “LEGO Keyboard Works As Real Keyboard. FOR REALS!”
It’s time for Episode 84 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses what that keyboard-looking facade is on that apartment building, how $600 can get you a 3D printed fetus replica, teaching the ethics of The Walking Dead to high schoolers, and LONG LIVE SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Key-Facades/3D Babies/Walking Dead-Ethics/Smoky Mountain – WIRed #84”
Some years ago, Chad Ruble’s mother suffered a stroke and now has aphasia. She hasn’t been able to use a keyboard for years because it is extremely difficult for her to recognize text, due to the stroke. Earning his candidacy for “Son of the Year,” Chad hacked and built a Kinect-enabled interface that allows his mother to move her hand around a series of emoticons (happy, sad, upset, etc.) and other icons to help her compose and send e-mails. Check out the video after the break. Continue reading “Son Hacks Kinect To Help Mother Email After Suffering Stroke”
Most of the kids of the 1980s (and before) will remember the good old days when computers had built-in keyboards, such as the Apple II (which I remember my elementary school having a full supply of, and for playing Oregon Trail), or the Commodore 64 (which my daycare had one). That’ type of form factor has been duplicated by computer case modders many times over the years, but [Preamp]‘s project is the first one that uses the popular Raspberry Pi budget computer. The Raspberry Pi is still popular and picking up momentum with a variety of DIY projects due to how open the hardware is to different operating systems. So if you’re looking for a way to build your own budget, old-school-style, computer-in-a-keyboard with a Raspberry Pi, the German blog [Preamp] shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step. Continue reading “Go Old-School w/ a DIY Keyboard Computer w/ a Raspberry Pi Computer”