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NES Cartridge Hard Drive Mod

Photo credit: Cheesey24 / Imgur

Repurposing an old game cartridge isn't something new, but this is one of the first projects we've seen with a custom label. Imgur user "cheesey24" started with an old hard drive and a Championship Bowling cartridge, but gutting the latter wasn't the easiest of tasks. Since Nintendo uses custom screws, he had to make his own tool - using an old runner from a model kit and a lighter to mold it - before cracking open the case. After some dremeling, a custom label from UnconventionalHacker and securing the hard drive, the rest is history. Continue reading to see the project from start to finish.

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Old Hard Drive 1950s IBM

Hard drives with massive storage capacities are getting smaller, but back in 1956, it was an entirely different story. Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Assembled with covers, the 350 was 60 inches long, 68 inches high and 29 inches deep. It was configured with 50 magnetic disks containing 50,000 sectors, each of which held 100 alphanumeric characters, for a capacity of 5 million characters. Disks rotated at 1,200 rpm, tracks (20 to the inch) were recorded at up to 100 bits per inch, and typical head-to-disk spacing was 800 micro-inches. Continue reading for more interesting photos.

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Logitech Z506

Logitech's Z506 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System can be picked up for just $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. Everything is plug-and-play, simply connect your entertainment gear and you can immerse yourself in big 5.1 surround sound - ven from your 2-channel stereo music, movie and game tracks. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Remix Mini Android PC

It fits in your pocket, costs $40, but at the flick of a switch, Remix Mini becomes a functional Android PC. Touted as "the world's first true Android PC," it runs Remix OS, which is compatible with all Android apps while still offering PC features such as a taskbar, multiple windows, mouse / keyboard support, and lots more. The power button requires users to simply touch the top of the capacitive surface to have everything up and running within seconds. It's powered by the latest 64-bit chipset, and offers Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as USB connectivity. The small device uses just 10 watts, which is significantly less than the average desktop PC that consumes 60 to 240w. Continue reading for a video and a link to the Kickstarter page.

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Multi-Display Computer Setups

Photo credit: Reddit

When a single monitor just isn't good enough, you could always pick up an Eyefinity graphics card and link up five displays, like these computer modders have. Whether it be for gaming, video editing, watching movies, or just random web browsing, you'll be able to do it all at once and then some. As you can see in the images above, first person games look incredible, but hook up a racing seat, and you'll be ready to take on some of the world's most beautiful tracks in a hypercar. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a preview of the all new 3Doodler 2.0 pen.

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WD My Book 3TB

WD's My Book 3TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive is optimized for the fastest possible data transfer rates and provides a complete backup solution to protect your precious memories and your critical system files, all for $86.99 shipped, originally $169.99. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption. Product page.

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Steampunk Monitors

When is a display, not just something used to play games, surf the web, work, etc.? When they're transformed into things that look to be straight from the Victorian-era. This computer geek transformed not one, but two, of his displays, and they look classy to say the least. Now if only there were a matching keyboard and mouse...Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery Continue reading for a viral video of Petr Spatina being played in a glass harp.

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NES Turned Computer

Photo credit: Ungreedy

This started as an NES console from 1985, but after Imgur user "ungreedy" got his hands on it, the box was transformed into a functional computer after 7-months of work. Featuring a 4.0-GHz Intel Core i5-4670K CPU, ASRock Mini ITX motherboard, MSI GeForce GTX 750 video card and 1TB hard drive. While it may not boast a functional Blu-ray disc drive, its streaming abilities make the device a great HTPC (Home Theater PC). Continue reading for more pictures of the build.

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Floppy Drive Songs

YouTube user "MrSolidSnake745" is known for his floppy drive renditions of popular songs, and for July 4th, he decided to upload a special version of "The Star Spangled Banner". For those who have no idea what floppy drives are, in the early 1980s, a number of manufacturers introduced smaller floppy drives and media in various formats. A consortium of 21 companies eventually settled on a 3.5-inch floppy disk (actually 90 mm wide) a.k.a. Micro diskette, Micro disk, or Micro floppy, similar to a Sony design, but improved to support both single-sided and double-sided media, with formatted capacities generally of 360 KB and 720 KB respectively. Single-sided drives shipped in 1983, and double sided in 1984. What became the most common format, the double-sided, high-density (HD) 1.44 MB disk drive, shipped in 1986. Continue reading for more.

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10-Port USB Charger

Sabrent's 60W 10-port USB rapid charger ensures that you'll never run out of gadget charging ports again, all for $25.01, originally $44.99. Simply connect any USB mobile device, such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Tablet PC, Smartphone, a Wireless Hotspot etc. and quickly charge all your devices from one place. It's durable, lightweight and works great at home or at the office - a must-have travel companion to charge all your power-hungry devices. Get one here today. Continue reading for two video previews and more information.

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