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Overhead Computer Control Panel

You could either opt for a programmable keyboard / mouse combo, or build one of these TRON-inspired overhead control panels, like Imgur user "Knillis". Every single one of the buttons and switches is programmable. "The green section turns on the different programs I run most often. The top row triggers Chrome, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and iTunes," said Knillis. Continue reading to see the build process from start to finish.

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Samsung Portable SSD T1

The Samsung T1 may be smaller than a credit card, but this SSD (Solid State Drive) packs a powerful punch, with capacities ranging from 250GB - 1TB. Weighing in at just 1 ounce, it's about as heavy as the included 5-inch USB cable, but on the inside, you'll find 3D-vertical NAND flash memory, which are memory cells stacked in up to 32 layers, greatly increasing the density and storage space for less cost. It also supports Samsung's Turbo Write (450 MB/s) technology, in which during write operations, data is first written to this zone at high speeds, then, during idle periods, moved from the buffer to the primary storage region, resulting in much faster performance from the user's perspective. Get a 250GB for under $100 now. Click here to vie wthe first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how the International Space Station works.

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Chip $9 Computer

At $99, CHIP was designed for light web users out, and is a single board system equipped with a 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM as well as 4GB of built-in storage. It's powered by an open source operating system, and is equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technology. You can connect it to any HDMI or VGA, and for gamers, there's a Game Boy inspired case that houses CHIP, letting you use it as a portable game console. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Samsung 64GB MicroSDXC

Samsung's 64GB EVO Class 10 MicroSDXC Card w/ Adapter is great for a variety of mobile devices, and can be picked up for $20.94, this weekend only, originally $59.99. This high-performance memory card features read speeds of up to 48 MB/s for transferring music, photos, and videos and is UHS-1 enabled to capture Full HD video. Waterproof, temperature proof, magnet proof, and X-ray proof, this reliable memory card ensures your files remain safe during life's little mishaps. Product page. Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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Keychain USB 3.0 Drive

Silicon Power's 32GB Jewel J80 Drive is nearly indestructible, fits on a keychain, and can be picked up for $12.99. The J80 stands out thanks to its exquisite zinc alloy metal casing and elegant titanium color, complete with an ergonomic circular shape design for comfortable usage. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card

The SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card is perfect for mobile devices, and can be picked up for just $59.99 shipped today (newest version ships on Aug. 20), originally $149.99. It features a Class 10 speed rating for capturing Full HD video and read speeds of up to 80MB/s for extremely fast file transfer. The card is waterproof, temperature-proof, shockproof, x-ray-proof, magnet-proof, and comes with an SD adapter. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB

SanDisk's Ultra Fit 128GB is not only coin-sized and the world's smallest, highest-capacity USB 3.0 flash drive, but it can be picked up for just $29.99, today only, originally $79.99. This ultra-small, low-profile drive stays put for extra storage or moves media super-fast between devices. Keep private files private with included SanDisk Secure Access software. Product page. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Multi-Display Computer Setups

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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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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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