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Gotye Old-School Computer Remix

Gotye Old-School Computer Remix

bd594 breaks out his old computer bits and pieces to crank out yet one more of the numerous remakes of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know. That HP Scanjet 3C can really sing!

Commodore Amiga Mini

Commodore Amiga Mini
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The new owners of the Commodore brand already revamped the C64, and now they’ve revived the Amiga – in name only – with this configurable Windows PC in a Mac Mini-like aluminum case.

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ASUS Zenbook Ultrabook

ASUS Zenbook Ultrabook
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Looking for a machine that’s as svelte as a MacBook Air, but need Windows? Look no further than these svelte, lightweight aluminum machines, with speedy Core i5 or i7 CPUs and SSD storage.

Aerodyne PC

Aerodyne PC

Jeffrey Stephenson’s latest custom computer is made of mahogany and aluminum. It has an Intel Core i3 CPU, a 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM. He’ll only make 5-10 units. Build process here.

Commodore C64x Extreme

Commodore C64x Extreme
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This Commodore 64 has enough power for modern needs. It has a 2.2GHz Core i7 CPU, Intel HD GPU, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, DVD R/W drive, USB ports, multi-card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

If Computer Problems Were Real

If Computer Problems Were Real

Ever wonder what would happen if you really kept getting dropped off the network? This skit from Awkward Spaceship puts a literal twist on all the things that happen to us in front of the computer.

Tiny PC

Tiny PC

A desktop PC that literally fits in the palm of your hands. The inexplicable reflection of fingers on the monitor while it’s “booting up” gives away that it’s fake, but it’s still a curious sight.

Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook

Acer Iconia 6120 Touchbook
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Blurring the lines between laptop and tablet, the Iconia has a pair of 14-inch multi-touch LED/LCD panels covered with durable Gorilla Glass. Powered by a Core i5-480 CPU and runs Windows 7.

Hammerhead HMR989 PC

Hammerhead HMR989 PC
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Matthew Kim’s gutsy Hammerhead HMR989 PC flips conventional computer design inside out, offering bright blue LEDs and open-air cooling assisted by a dramatic Thermaltake “SpinQ” CPU cooler.

Jeopardy: AI vs Humans

Jeopardy: AI vs Humans

Jeopardy is elementary for IBM’s Watson. The computer bested former Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a 3 minute practice match. The full match will be aired Feb. 14-16.

BendDesk

BendDesk

The Media Computing Group’s BendDesk concept integrates the physical and virtual desktop into one massive curved surface. Combine this with the Document Extractor and you’ve got a winner.

Document Extractor

Document Extractor

From the “why didn’t we think of this?” file comes a touchscreen display that doubles as a wide-format printer and a scanner. Byeong Min Choe’s design is only a concept, but it should be real.

The Four-Inch PC

The Four-Inch PC

Created by Xi3 Corporation, this 4-inch aluminum cube contains a fully-upgradeable modular PC. Runs an Athlon 64 X2 CPU, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and offers plentiful ports.

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2010 MacBook Air

2010 MacBook Air
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Apple’s svelte unibody notebook gets 100% solid-state storage (64-128GB in the 11-inch, 128-256GB in the 13-inch), instant-on computing, a multi-touch trackpad, and battery life up to 7 hrs.

Panasonic Toughbook S9

Panasonic Toughbook S9

If you need a laptop that you can beat the crap out of, check out Panasonic’s S9, with its magnesium alloy case, it can handle 220 pounds of pressure on its lid, dirt, dust and drops. And it weighs just 3 lbs.

Access Main Computer File

Access Main Computer File

A blog with nothing but screenshots of computer interfaces in movies. Some of them are amusing, some make no sense and some feature large fonts so the audience knows what’s on the computer.

Zotac Zbox Mini PC

Zotac Zbox Mini PC

The sleek and sexy HD-ID33 and HD-ID34 compact PCs measure just about 7.4″ x 11″ x 1.5″, run an efficient 1.8GHz Atom D525 CPU, nVidia Ion graphics chipset, Blu-ray and an HDMI output.

Origin Big O PC

Origin Big O PC
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This beastly gaming system maxes out with dual 6-core Intel Xeon x5860 CPUs, OC’d to 4.3GHz, quad SLI video cards and 24GB of RAM. Oh yeah, there’s a built-in water-cooled Xbox 360 Slim too.

Commodore PC64

Commodore PC64

The guys with the rights to the original Commodore name are releasing a new PC that looks just like an old C64. The PC64 will run on an Atom 525 CPU, and come with 4GB or RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

Pac-Man Voting Booth

Pac-Man Voting Booth

Since this particular electronic voting machine is easily hackable, security researchers from the University of Michigan decided to turn this one into something more productive – a Pac-Man machine.

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Key Hero

Key Hero

While not as awesome as The Typing of the Dead, Key Hero does a good job of making typing tests fun. It uses interesting quotes, gives concrete feedback of mistakes and even has rankings.

Mac Pro 12 Core

Mac Pro 12 Core
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Apple’s new Mac Pro desktop is a beast. The updated aluminum “cheese-grater” case makes for easy upgrades, and handles up to 12 CPU cores, thanks to a pair of 6-core Intel Xeons. Full system specs here.

AI Technology for Jeopardy

AI Technology for Jeopardy

Using advanced computing and emerging technology, IBM is building a natural language processing computer code named Watson to compete on the Jeopardy! show. (Thanks Hector!)

Suunto Core Wristop Computer

Suunto Core Wristop Computer
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The Suunto Core Wristop Computer Watch has built-in temperature gauges, altimeter, barometer and compass; it’ll also let you know when it’s time to watch the sunset after a long day of activity.

The Art of Analog Computing

The Art of Analog Computing

This clever short film by the guys at meltmedia envisions what life might be like if everything we relied on computers for had to be dealt with manually, by human hands in the real world.

Sony VAIO J Series AIO PC

Sony VAIO J Series AIO PC
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Sony’s latest all-in-one desktop PC tops out with a stellar Core i7-620M CPU, running at 2.66GHz, a 21.5″ 1080p touchscreen display, a 500GB HD, (7200rpm), NVIDIA 310M GPU, and Blu-ray.

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