This Futuristic-Looking Cyberdeck Features a Stretched LCD

Redditor Midknight8008 built this awesome cyberdeck prototype that features a stretched bar-style LCD.

The origin of the cyberdeck community is in replicating the fictional computers from William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy. But these days, the community is less concerned with that specific aesthetic and more interested in building unique computers. The only rules that tie the community together are that the builds need to be portable and completely custom. Members of the community get to show off the computers that would otherwise exist only in their imagination. Redditor Midknight8008 must have a great imagination, because they designed and built this futuristic-looking cyberdeck that features a stretched LCD.

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Maz_Baz’s RaspberryPi-Powered, 3D-Printed Cyberdeck Gives the Rebel Alliance Pathfinders a New Tool

3D-printed chassis, inspired by Star Wars aesthetics, houses an off-the-shelf Raspberry Pi touchscreen, Bluetooth keyboard, and USB battery.

Redditor Maz_Baz has built a Raspberry Pi-powered cyberdeck that any Star Wars fan would love to lug around, inspired by the aesthetics of the Rebel Alliance Pathfinders and near-completely 3D-printed.

“Pathfinders are the special forces troops of the Rebel Alliance,” Baz explains of the inspiration behind the design, “and I wanted to create something that one of their techs might lug into battle — Field Terminal — for quick hacks into Imperial systems or airstrike coordination. Or in my case, a tactical way to go from my desk to my couch.”

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Boeing Still Used Floppy Disks to Update the Software in Its 747s

Those of us who’ve been around and using technology for a while remember the era of floppy disks. You know, they look like “save” icons, but they were real pieces of plastic with magnetic media inside that stored a trivially small amount of data. You might not use floppies anymore, but some industries are stuck with the technology of yesteryear—for example, airlines. British Airways recently retired its fleet of 747s, giving us a chance to see how its floppy-based software update system works. It’s a real blast from the past. 

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Paper Pi is an Ergonomic Cyberdeck Meant for Thumbs

What’s the fastest way to master console stuff like screen or emacs? Force yourself to use it exclusively, of course. But maybe you’d be tempted to cheat with a desktop. We know we would be. In that case, you ought to build a console-only cyberdeck like this sweet little thing by [a8skh4].

This cyberdeck serves another purpose as well — the keyboard layout is Miryoku, so [a8ksh4] can get more practice with that at the same time. Fortunately, the layout is built for emacs.

Inside is a Raspberry Pi 4 and what looks to be an Arduino handling the keyboard input. The Paper Pi spotlights a 4.2″ e-ink screen between a split thumb keyboard that’s made of soft, silent, tactile switches.

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GameCube Sleeper Gaming / Emulation PC Build!

I Turned a GameCube into an awesome small form factor Sleeper gaming PC and it was way easier than I thought it would be! This thing turned out great, Powered by an 11th gen i5 Tiger Lake 1135G7 backed by 16Gb of DDR4 ram and built-in Intel Iris Xe graphics plus we have the option to add an external Video Card “eGPU” because this Gamecube now have Thunderbolt! It’s Perfect for Emulation and can handle Dreamcast, Gamecube, and Wii using the Dolphin emulator up to 4K, PS3 using RPCS3, and even CEMU for Wii U

Hackboard 2 Is a $140 Windows 10 Pro Single-Board Computer

Powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of RAM, there’s also an Ubuntu version for $99.

The Raspberry Pi continues to be the most-popular choice for single-board computers, especially considering the very low price point. But what if you want a single-board computer capable of running Windows 10? The Hackboard 2 offers just that for a surprisingly low price.

Hackboard 2 was created by a team spread across Austin, London, and Shezhen. As The Hackboard website explains, the idea was formed very early in the coronavirus pandemic when Quantum Engineering CEO Mike Callow came up with the idea of “creating a small, low-cost, Windows-powered and Intel-based computer for children, parents, and educators who wouldn’t normally be able to afford one.”

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Jakobnator’s Old Dell XP13 Laptop Gets a USB Power Delivery Upgrade Thanks to a New Type-C Port

Looking to drop the proprietary power supply, jakobnator’s upgrade means the laptop now charges from a common Type-C adapter.

Pseudonymous YouTuber “jakobnator” has published a video showing how he upgraded an older Dell laptop to charge using a USB Type-C port, via USB Power Delivery (PD) — doing away with its proprietary power brick in the process.

“So I’ve had this laptop for about six years now,” jakobnator explains. “[It] got me through college, and I really like this line-up of XPS13s. It’s a good size MacBook alternative, but as I’ve been travelling more I’ve been trying to shrink down things so that I’m only carrying one charger.”

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Build a Cheap Mouse Jiggler to Keep a Computer From Falling Asleep

This guide will walk you through how to build a cheap mouse jiggler using a Digispark board.

There is a reason that your computer automatically goes to sleep and locks itself when you don’t use it for a little while, and it isn’t just to save power. It is a simple and effective way to improve security, since so few people care enough to manually lock their computer when they take their lunch breaks or leave for the night. A really easy way to circumvent that security is to keep the computer from going to sleep by tricking it into thinking the user is still there. One device that can be used to achieve that is a mouse jiggler, and this guide will walk you through how to build a cheap one using a Digispark board.

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Back to the BBS – The return to being online (Part One)

Bulletin Board Systems (BBS’s) were what people went online with before the web. This multi-part documentary shows you what BBS’s do, why they are still relevant and fun to use today. The documentary interviews some users and system operators, both young and old.
Crazy as it may sound, BBS’s are actually still around today and can be accessed via the net. BBS’s offer information and provide mail systems that are away from the prying eyes of Facebook and Google. They’re a very sociable place to be, with messaging & chat.
They have art unlike any you’ve ever seen and some really cool games and mods. Think of the best bits of E-mail, usenet, Reddit, Facebook Groups, filesharing and a few more besides. Package it all in one area, with a really cool retro aesthetic and you have a BBS.
People run BBS’s today because they are passionate about engaging in a community of people with similar ideals, something they won’t get anywhere else.