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Wine Cooled PC

You can file this under the folder of “why?”, but someone decided to make a liquid cooled PC, which instead of using water, or coolant, they used wine.  Yes, they now can serve warm mulled wine to guests 60°C in a few hours.  I don’t drink Mulled Wine, but according to them, that’s the perfect drinking temperature, who knew?!

Wine PC-1

wine-pc 2

It’s odd, but hey it’s not like something crazy like this hasn’t been done before.  People used oil to cool their computers.

Check out some more of the photos on Imgur.

 

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Server Issues

I thought that I had everything worked out, but it seems like there are still issues with the new server.  There was a power blip this morning.  For realz, half a second of no power to restart everything (apparently the server is not plugged into the UPS, I should fix that).  The server started up perfectly fine, but the shared folders within the VMs didn’t mount properly.  I thought it was something I could remote into and fix but there was something else wrong and I needed to wait until I got home from work to fix it.

Ugh, never a dull moment here.

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This House is Ace

Nice Simple House

Look at this nice unassuming cardboard house.  It looks like something a middle schooler would build for an art project doesn’t it?  Well, hopefully it is, because when you turn it around, you’ll notice that the inside of this house is actually a fully functional PC.

inside PC

It’s neat, but it looks like a pretty crappy mod.  With alittle extra effort, the owner can spice this up and turn it into something neat and unique, and not a fire hazed.

{r/DIWhy}

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Alternate History Thursday: Now What Indeed?

Yes, what to do now?  Panic had not ensued yet, though as the day wore on, people were loosing their patience.  A storm was on the horizon for January 03, and people didn’t know if it was still coming, or if it had been blown out to sea.  By 1pm, the Governor of New York declared a State of Emergency, though no one knew it.  The tunnels connecting Manhattan had to be closed and evacuated as the big computer controlled fans had stopped working hours before and deadly exhaust fumes were collecting in them.

Of the surrounding states, only Vermont and Pennsylvania had enacted the proper protections against the bugs.  That didn’t matter much however, as both states were in their own state of emergencies battling the borders.  This wasn’t the dark ages, and this is America after all.  Both states allowed their neighbors to come in for assistance, however, rations needed to be set up, and priority had to be established.

That winter storm that was on the horizon, it came with a vengeance. Twenty-seven inches of snow fell on New York City over the course of 17 hours.   In reality, this was a good thing because it kept most of the populace inside.  With NYC being an old city, much of the heat was powered by older steam boilers with not a computer in sight.  The gas lines to many of them came from private pipe-lines controlled by companies that hardened their systems from attack, and NY being the kind place it is, those without heat were welcome where it was plentiful.

By the end of the week, new equipment was finally distributed to enough people for accurate information to start to be spread.  The President of the United States of America had addressed the nation, and the world confirming the Y2K bug.  This was lucky confirmation to many, though some still felt that the government was hiding the real truth.

What could that real truth be?  Anything really.  However, I’ll let you know a spoiler, Y2K was a man-made bug, nothing alien, or divine, or ancient.  A modern, man-made catastrophe.  Now, was it an act of cyber-war that many were claiming?  That conveniently was not answered in any official capacity.  Even without the internet to fuel the flames, this admission was nothing more than a distraction claimed many.  They took it upon themselves to start a revolution.

I bet you can guess where this is going now…

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JavaScript Code City

These might not appeal to everyone of my readers, they are more of a computer programmer’s domain, I think they are pretty dang ace though.  Using a code analysis tool, they pushed though the entire code base of a bunch of JavaScript libraries to see how the code is structured visually.  Each set of functions is called within other functions and classes, and things, giving you a pretty good hierarchy of the order, then using that structure, a 3-D library is used to build a cityscape representation of the code base.

Here’s one of the more famous libraries, it’s pretty much in use everywhere on the internet right now.

jQuery

jQuery city

When you go to the rendered page, you can move around and play with the city.  You can zoom in and see each individual building, and what they’re mostly made up of.  Spoiler, most of them are all anonymous function, many levels deep.

This longer, lower city block is react.js

react city

Things are much more spread out in this city, not as dense, but still it does quite a lot of stuff.  React.js powers my photo/vacation site – steve.deadlycomputer.com.  Take a look at the fully interactive version, it’s quite fun.

In total, there are 60 different JavaScript libraries or frameworks represented in the city format.  For those of you that are front end developers, you’ll probably recognize most of them.  It’s really neat to see the make up of those libraries, how concentrated some are, how big and bloated some are, and how tall some are.  I thought it was neat, I hope you do too.

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DIY CNC

 

Technically this is a computer numerical controlled machine, though it’s not the same thing that most people think of when they hear CNC Machine.  It looks pretty easy to build.  There’s not much to it.  Anyone remotely interested in computers has a plethora of old unused optical drives that they can re-purpose.  I’m not so sure how powerful the motors are in these drives though, they probably wouldn’t be able to handle actually cutting something.  That’s unfortunate.

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JPEG -> Animated GIF

Using the magic of technology, the folks over at Plotagraph Pro has come up with a way to turn basic flat JPEG images into animated GIFs.  Sort of like a cinemagraph, instead of needing to take a video though, or use layers in Photoshop, the software will use algorithms to animate the existing data in the image to create movement.  The interface looks straightforward, but it allows you to do some complicated things by adding swirls, and curves, really, you’re limited by your imagination.

I think this is pretty cool, but it’s not cheap, and it’s not available to the general public yet.

{Peta Pixel}

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This wont run Crysis

LEGO Video Card

Unfortunately, this LEGO Ideas project doesn’t look like it’ll gather enough votes to become a reality.  It’s just too geeky I think.  300 pieces seems like quite alot for the simplicity of the design, although, I guess most of those pieces are the small 1×1 circles and connector pieces for the Technic beams.  That being said, it doesn’t look all too complicated, you could probably build one yourself if you wanted.

LEGO Video Card Bottom

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Wooden Aluminum Keyboard

keyboard

reddit user doublecloverleaf has machined and milled his own beautiful computer keyboard from aluminum and fresh (freshly dried anyway), walnut wood.  The walnut came from a tree that his neighbors had cut down last year.  He had it milled and then dried for a year so don’t worry, it shouldn’t warp or check or crack.

milling keys

He milled each of the 91 keys on the keyboard out of blocks of aluminum.  It took him a total of 12 hours for all of them, at least in a perfect world, he messed up a few sets of keys though, so he had to re-do them.  I’m not sure how he messed them up though, no photos of the mess ups.

I like the whole thing, but I am not a fan of the flat topped keys.  I like a little bevel to them, it makes it feel more natural.  I also don’t see any of the raised marks to let you know what keys your fingers are on.  But I guess that’s not necessary for everyone.  There’s not too much of the wood visible unfortunately, but it still looks good.  I’m glad he used warm white LEDs, people don’t use those enough anymore.

Check out the Imgur Album he put together of the whole process

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Windows 95 on Nintendo DS

For some reason, GBA Temp user shutterbug2000 decided to try and get Windows 95 up and running on a Nintendo DS.  He succeed.  But I’m not entirely sure what the purpose of it is.

Windows 95 on a DS

It doesn’t really do much yet, and the whole setup seems awkward.  There’s no real way to control the thing yet from what I gathered.  But hey, they tried, and succeeded, so good on them.  Maybe in a few months they will be able to play Minesweeper on that thing.  That’ll be cool.

{Engadget|NeoGaf}