GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Card Keycap Has a Spinnable Fan

Designed by Etsy seller Keycapper to replicate the look of NVIDIA’s high-performance GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, this is a metal keycap designed to fit the right shift key of keyboards with Cherry MX switches. It costs $50 and includes a fan you can spin with a finger, making it an integrated keyboard fidget spinner!

You’ll have to be quite a fan of the GeForce RTX 3080 to actually spend $50 on a keycap that looks just like it. Of course, if you’re spending $800+ on a graphics card (if you can even find one), what’s another $50 for a matching keycap? Besides, that’s a small price to pay to be the envy of everybody who even knows what an RTX 3080 is (I thought it was a new Acura SUV).

My right shift key doesn’t even have a keycap, I just know where it is because it’s the button that’s missing a keycap right below the return key that’s also missing its keycap. None of the number keys work at all, so I have to copy and paste them from Notepad whenever I need to use them, which I avoid. Is it time for a new keyboard? Not yet, but I feel like I am getting close.

[via ThisIsWhyImBroke]

These Colorful Keyboards Add Pizzazz to Your Desktop

When it comes to computer keyboards, they usually come in boring colors like black, white, or grey. And their keys are almost always square. If you’re looking for something a little more vibrant, then you might want to grab one of these colorful keyboards I spotted on Amazon (affiliate link).

UBOTIE’s wireless keyboards sell for about $60, and come in various shades of purple, blue, green, pink, and red. With their circular keys, they kind of remind me of those lipstick displays you see at department stores. You know, the ones that are always missing that one color you’re looking for? Or that’s been worn down to a nub?

If these keyboards aren’t colorful enough for you, each one comes with a color-matched wireless mouse too. The keyboards and mice run on a 2.4Ghz wireless connection and work with Windows or Mac OS computers. While they do make a blue keyboard, they don’t support Bluetooth, so don’t expect to use one of these with your mobile devices.

I suppose if you’re really into fashion and makeup, you could buy all five of these and color-coordinate your keyboard and mouse with your outfit each day. Though for me, that would mean my basic black keyboard is already perfect.

 

Voltron Castle of Lions PC Case Mod: Activate Interlock!

There are good ideas, and then there are great ideas. And modder Robdp82 building a gaming PC (mostly emulation with some light e-gaming) into a 1984 Voltron Castle of Lions playset transcends even a great idea, and we can only hope when aliens finally visit earth this is the first thing they see so they don’t just immediately death-ray us all.

Photos by Robd82

The computer is powered on by opening the jaws of the Black Lion emerging from the front of the castle to access the power button. The entire PC is built into the middle of the castle, with a wing that opens on each side. The wing on the left opens to expose the Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red Lion M.2 SSD cards and Yeston RX550 GPU, and the right side opens to reveal the Gigabyte H370N motherboard (with onboard Black Lion M.2 SDD) and two Corsair Dominator 8GB RAM sticks. The Dominator RAM was chosen specifically “for the ability to individually address the lights for the colors of Voltron (RGBY) and went with pink for the 5th color to represent Princess Allura.” Now that’s dedication to a build!

What a glorious computer. And to think I still use the same Dell Dimension desktop I got in college back in 2006. Granted I only use it as a footrest, but still. The wired mouse also makes a great doorstop. Reduce, reuse, recycle – that’s my motto. Captain Planet even sent me an ‘Honorary Planeteer’ sticker last Earth Day.

[Robd82’s Voltron PC Project via Kotaku]

The Lavie Mini is a modern netbook that doubles as a game console

With tablets and full-size laptops as pervasive as they are, it can be easy to forget that — for a few years there, at least — netbooks were all the rage. And why wouldn’t they be? What they lacked in pure power, they made up for with portability and...

Microsoft Releasing Line of Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Microsoft, probably known for always being at the forefront of fashion, is releasing another small series of ugly holiday sweaters to commemorate some of its products of yesteryear. Obviously, these will be my go-to tops for Zoom meetings this winter. My go-to bottoms? Haha – bottoms. What is this, a physical workplace?

Available in MS Paint, Windows 95, and Windows XP varieties, the sweaters are pre-orderable in sizes small – XXXL for $70, with a portion of each sale being donated to Girls Who Code, a non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech. Unfortunately, the sweaters won’t ship until January 29th, 2021 – just in time to lose your family’s annual ugly holiday sweater contest by over a full month.

Obviously, if Microsoft wanted to make the ugliest holiday sweater they should have made a blue screen of death version. I get light-headed just thinking about a particular blue screen of death I experienced back in 2004. All that work I just did… gone. You know that may have actually been the first time I ever threw a computer tower down the stairs.

[via BoingBoing]

Modder Upgrades Vintage Macintosh with iPad Mini Brains

Do you have an old Macintosh lying around gathering dust? While you might want to turn it into an aquarium, you could also update it to run a much more modern operating system. Modder Travis DeRose of Curiosityness shows us how he cracked open a Macintosh Plus and converted it into a permanent home for an iPad Mini.

The computer is completely functional, though it uses the iPad Mini’s touchscreen instead of a mouse and keyboard. I think if I built one of these, I’d want to mod an original ADB keyboard and mouse to connect to the iPad Mini via Bluetooth. The system also has a button on the back which can turn on and off the Lightning charging cable, which is important since all of the buttons on the iPad Mini end up hidden behind the black acrylic frame that’s necessary to make the iPad Mini fit into the monitor cutout from the Macintosh. One downside of the home button being concealed is that you have to use gestures in its place.

Check out the full build video below, then head over to Instructables for the step-by-step instructions and parts list.

It takes a bit of work to strip the guts out of the old Macintosh, though you can also find some empty Mac cases up on eBay if you want to get a headstart on the build. You could also buy a right-angle Lightning cable and USB switch (affiliate links) on Amazon if you want to save time on that part of the project.

[via Instructables]

The “Smorgasboard” Is a Keyboard with Only Food Keycaps

Because I write thousands and thousands of words every week, I got myself a fancy $200 mechanical keyboard with good clicky switches and schmancy RGB backlighting just for fun. I’ve thought about getting some custom keycaps too, but I don’t think I’d be able to type very fast if all of my keys were made to look like food.

Artist Tiny loves to create custom keys for mechanical keyboards and has been spending months creating a series of keys that look like miniature foods. She recently completed the collection, and now has an entire keyboard filled with food. And no, I’m not talking about the Cheetos and Doritos dust that some of us might find between our keys.

Among the food keys are a cheeseburger, a cinnamon roll, a pink donut with sprinkles, french fries, and more yummy treats. I especially love how she made the longer keys like the submarine sandwich space bar and the watermelon and hot dog shift keys. Tiny walks through all of the keys and how they relate to their letter position on the keyboard then performs a typing speed test in the video below:

You can check out more of Tiny’s amazing custom keys over on her Instagram feed, where you can find everything from a Spongebob Squarepants keycap to keycaps that look like butts.

[via Nag on the Lake]