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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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NES Computer

Photo credit: AtriusVH / Imgur

At first glance, this appears to be just another NES, but press the power button, and you'll see it's so much more. Simply put, "AtriusVH" gutted the console, replaced the hardware with computer components (Blu-ray drive included) and installed NESBMC, a skinned version of the Xbox Media Center software for the Ubuntu operating system. Best of all, the console still plays all of the classic NES games, along with titles from SNES, Genesis, etc. In addition to the NES controller, users can also choose to use an SNES gamepad as well. 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 one showing why you should never mess with the Queen's guard.

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Multi-Display Computer Setups

Photo credit: Battlestations / Reddit

When one display just won't do, there's always the option of adding a few more, and these awesome computer setups should provide all the inspiration you need. They could be used for everything from stock trading to gaming, or just watching internet videos. However, if you're a person who always changes things around, make sure you get a tilting monitor, like the Dell UltraSharp U2715H, for maximum flexibility. 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 one of an explorer who traveled inside a volcano.

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Computer Battlestations

Photo credit: Battlestations / Reddit

Some prefer a simple laptop, while others like to go all out with their computer setup, even going as far as calling it a "battlestation". Even though the modding scene has cooled quite a bit, there are still plenty of options for those who want to go this route, and they include, adding multiple curved 4K monitors, a host of LED lights, custom-fabricating a case, stuffing hardware components inside a desk and more. 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 one of an insane water bottle RPG.

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Functional Steampunk Computer

Photo credit: Steampunk Artwork

If modern computers existed in the 1800s, this is probably what they'd look like. Though it may look like a vintage typewriter, this functional computer actually is comprised of iron, steel, wood, brass, glass and leather. According to its creators, this computer is "perfect for time-travelers' office. It [has] a 150 years old base frame, a keyboard, a monitor, a mouse, together with a separate, free-standing mouse pad, webcam, plasma tubes, lighting, a Nixie clock and various gadgets. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse

Logitech's G602 not only has a 250-battery life on a single charge, but it redefines the laws of wireless gaming with pinpoint accuracy of the exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology to the extra high durability primary switches, all for $39.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Master your favorite games with 11 customizable controls, and easily assign any keyboard keystroke or multi-command macro to any button with the included Logitech Gaming Software. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and overview.

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SanDisk Ultra Fit Drive

SanDisk's Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Drives may only be slightly larger than a dime, but they pack a big punch, up to 128GB of storage space. Get the 64GB now for just $27.99. This ultra-low-profile, high-performance drive, measuring just 19mm, fits snugly into your host devices and safely stays there-nothing to stick out or break off. You can transfer a full-length movie in less than 40 seconds. Play your music collection from your car audio system for that long road trip, or carry your family vacation photos with you. Product page.

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Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD

Kingston's HyperX 3K 120GB SSD is the perfect upgrade for any computer user looking to speed up their system, and best of all, it's being offered at $64.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $234. This SSD combines premium 3000 program-erase cycle synchronous NAND with the second-generation SandForce controller. Its lower price means more users can experience ultra-responsive gaming, multitasking and multimedia computing power. Get it here now. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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CHIP $9 Computer

Next Thing Co. unveils CHIP, a credit card-sized $9 computer that runs Linux and is completely open source, meaning you can do just about anything you want to, including playing retro games. The board comes equipped with a 1-GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional ports for VGA as well as HDMI monitors. Users can also plug the board into PocketCHIP to add touchscreen and keyboard. Continue reading for another video and the Kickstarter page.

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