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Submission + - Ye Olde Worlde Charm (

The Solitaire writes: "Despite the rather fast paced, technological world most Slashdotters live in, some of us still yearn for the good old days; the days when clocks still ran on clockwork, cooking didn't mean microwaving last night's pizza, and we started our laptops with a turnkey instead of pushing a button... wait, what?

The folks over at have come up with a rather spiffy little hardware mod; they've converted a HP ZT1000 laptop into something resembling a piece of old-English clockwork — and it still functions. From the site:

This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.

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Ye Olde Worlde Charm

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If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?