I Purchased a Pinebook Pro

I recently pre-purchased a Pinebook Pro; An ARM based, 14" laptop being sold by Pine64 (Pine Microsystems, Inc.) for the low price of $199 USD. This is the second such device released in this form factor by Pine64 who originally became known for their single-board computers which compete with the likes of the Raspberry Pi. The first laptop they produced was the Pinebook which came out in 2017 for only $89 USD in its original form and $99 USD in its current, upgraded form. The original Pinebooks were more of a tinkerer’s laptop and never meant to be a daily driver, but the upgraded specs of this incarnation put it squarely in the ring with mainstream chromebooks and the ilk.

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LEGO on my Laptop: A Neat Way to Organize Peripherals

I was recently inspired by a reddit post where they used LEGO on the back of a Surface Pro 3 to help organize their peripherals while on the go. Since my primary machine is now a laptop and I am near a LEGO store I figured I would give it a shot. I used a green baseplate and whatever flat brick material I could find and created this monster:

Loaded Backplate of LEGO-ized Laptop | © Winston R. Milling 2016

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A New Look for My Poker II

In the past six or so months I have been getting more into Mechanical Keyboards and high-quality peripherals. I figure since I am using a keyboard all day I might as well put a little money into one of the biggest tools for my livelyhood. That was when I purchased the Vortex (or KBC, iKBC, and many other brand names) Poker II. It is a 60% keyboard, lacking dedicated function keys, numpad, and arrow key opting for those options being under a function layer. This provides a lot of functionality in a very small package. Along with functionality, the mechanical keyboard world offers a lot of customization if you are willing to do the work or pay the prices. Recently I paid such a price to put a little flair and upgrade on my keyboard. Withough further adeu:

iKBC Poker II with PBT Keycaps

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