but then I saw her case …

… and now I’m a believer    It may have started a lot earlier, but the immediately preceding events, which led up to the present condition, started with ↵that keyboard. My enthusiasm never broke, and then TK reminded me, that, as university staff, I get a heavy discount at Apple. The dam broke in the middle of the night between Sunday and Monday last week—I ordered a MacBook online. On Tuesday it was here. After having carried it home I switched it on and everything worked like a charm. Except that I could not connect the machine to my wireless … Continue reading

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laid back

Hardware is important for cybercultural lifestyles. Modifying, combining, arranging, and rearranging hardware even more so. The ↑coolest workspace contest at lifehacker is ample testimony of that. The above pictured prototype of an “evolutionary workstation” by ↑ErgoMotions is an attempt to cyberpunkify ergonomic solutions. But all of that is nothing against ↑Tim the Lion with his ↑DataHands—he has created the most laid back, cool, and ↑ergonomically correct computer workplace:  … Continue reading

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split and contoured

  There was a time when split keyboards were the metaphor for futuristic desktop computer hardware—at least for movies and television series, where they appeared. When I first saw a split keyboard I fell for it—↵because of ↵the æsthetics, ↵as always. Besides the looks there is a rationale behind exotic artefacts like the above pictured ↑L89P [↵Jake, I’d like to see a steampunk version of that beast] by ↑Maltron Keyboards, which is not only split, but heavily contoured as well. It has been ergonomically designed “to relieve the symptoms of RSI (↑Repetitive Strain Injury)”. Besides Maltron, to my knowledge only … Continue reading

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steampunk flat panel

  Because his ↵steampunk keyboard mod “looked terribly anachronistic” in front of his flat panel display, Jake von Slatt, proprietor of ↑The Steampunk Workshop voided the warranty of his ↑monitor and modified it, too, because “art must be served.” … Continue reading

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computer choppers

  ↑Computer Choppers of West Linn, Oregon, builds custom computers, laptops, and electronics on request. Additionally they manufacture “limited-run specialty items,” of which the above pictured, 24karat goldplated MacBook Pro with diamonds is an example. Besides the fictional Auric Goldfinger, another ↵potential customer for items like those meanwhile is deceased … … Continue reading

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hooked

  A matching sneaker, I even bought a matching sneaker—it’s that serious. But allow me to start at the beginning. The things I am dealing with more or less dictate that I am working on a PC and not on a Mac. Computer games—’nough said, I guess. Accordingly all my three laptops, which I collected over the years, are PCs, too. The best laptop I ever had was an absolutely no-name thing. I bought a chassis from a company called Nature and had some geeks, who appeared when the iron curtain fell, pry in the components I wanted. Besides its … Continue reading

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retro phonery

  Whenever I show “↑Blade Runner“ to people who neither know the movie nor were ever touched by cyberpunk æsthetics, they are somewhat puzzled by the technology to be seen. The eerie feeling seems to stem from the futuristic but at the same time decayed and ‘backward’ looks of all apparatus—Jim Burns, Syd Mead and the other ‘visual futurists’ under the guidance of Ridley Scott have done the perfect job.  Over at ↑cyberpunkreview.com there is a category called ↑cyberpunked living, dealing with ‘real-life’ things and happenings reminiscent of ‘the movement’s’ visions. It is my conviction, too, that meanwhile we are … Continue reading

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