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Top 5 Halloween Costumes for a Geek or Nerd

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When I was a kid, I always dressed as Han Solo. I wasn’t very imaginative back then, I suppose. I decided to try and come up with a list of excellent Geek Halloween costumes.

  • Steve Jobs
  • an iPhone or iPod
  • Chris Crocker
  • A Blue Screen of Death
  • the FreeBSD Demon… or even the Linux Penguin

What other cool geeky/nerdy costume ideas do you have? Leave me a comment, or send me an email to let us know!

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Top 5 Halloween Decorations Made from Old PC Hardware

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I have a lot of old hardware and components lying around my house. I was wondering what to do with it all, when it hit me. Why not recycle them as Halloween decorations?! Here are our recommendations for turning those old PC parts into decorations!

  • Tie old cables/cords into Nooses or spider webs
  • Carve an old, empty system case like a pumpkin, and put a light inside
  • Make your own homemade Ouija board using keys from an old keyboard
  • Tape floppy discs to the sides of a mouse and make bats out of them
  • Plant old motherboards, video cards, etc as “gravestones” in your yard

There you have it. What other ideas do you have for turning components into holiday decorations?

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Scary Halloween Movies for Geeks

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There just aren’t many scary movies for Geeks. Sad… but true. Our community members came up with some titles for scary movies. Here are some of the suggestions everyone came up with:

  • I Know What you Installed Last Summer
  • The Exorcism of Emily’s Comcast Connection
  • The Texas Chainsaw Macintosh
  • Macula
  • Final UNinstall 3
  • The Hills Have Vista
  • 28 Updates Later
  • Nightmare After XP
  • Bride of Macinstein

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How to Get Vista for Free?

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This is so excellent! A friend sent me this tip on how to possibly upgrade to Vista for free! Check out the video to see how you, too, can benefit from this offer. The upgrade path seems easy enough, but check out what LifeJustIs2007 sent to me last night:

I managed to get a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate. I’ve been using it for quite a while, went back to XP for a little bit and now I’m back to Vista Ultimate again to give it one last chance and see if maybe I’m not seeing something that I should be, which chances are I’m seeing everything there is to see about Vista….which you know is not much. I do have to say the visual effects are impressive and pretty however I agree with you 100% that this is not the most important thing to the consumer and is just a marketing scheme to get people to buy the product based on looks and not functionality. I would highly recommend that anyone considering buying Windows Vista not waste their money on Windows Vista Ultimate as the features that are included do not differ so much as the much less expensive Home Premium and Home Basic for those who don’t need Aero or the Media Center functionality.

Has Microsoft come a long way? I believe they have but I will say that your statement about Vista not being what the consumer wants and or needs is 100% true. The average consumer just wants to know that they can turn on their machine and it will just work and not have to worry about tasks just to keep Windows barely running. For the most I see no reason to upgrade to Windows Vista. Drivers haven’t seemed to be a problem for me much but I will say I have found a few glitches, luckily no BSODs. Windows Vista needs a lot of work and hopefully they have realized that. All my programs that I normally use seem to be functioning but I can see what everyone talks about with it not being worth the money to upgrade other than to impress your friends.

The next version of Windows really needs to be fresh code and they need to stop copying Apple. You can’t make the Windows world an Apple world, it just doesn’t happen! Sure you can slap on a skin with Windows Blinds or a similar product but Windows will never be Mac and Mac will never be Windows, end of story. As for my overall opinion of Vista….it’s not ready for the public, it’s really not, I think they should have worked faster and harder and not have slacked off for 6 years. The operating system is a mess and it needs to be fixed.

Now onto the next subject….Mac. I believe that Mac is doing extremely well, I’ve never owned a Mac but have had the pleasure of playing with one in one of the Apple Stores at a local mall. I think they are sleek and exactly what the average person needs. Yes they cost a lot of money but for what I see, you’re getting a damn good machine for your hard earned cash. If I had a job right now that was bringing in the dough, I’d be buying a Mac. I watched the whole demo on Apples website and I must tell you, it blows Windows Vista out of the water and I am impressed beyond belief. The simplest way I can put it, you buy a Mac and you will prevent a lot of headaches, now of course I can only base this on the hours spent in an Apple store using the Macs and testing them out but I figured I’d share what I thought. Thanks for taking the time to read this and let me know what you think. See you around in chat.

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Pet Halloween Costumes

Two years ago, Halloween was tons of fun. My wife and I were finally in a Seattle neighborhood filled with friendly families. There were plenty of kids ringing our doorbell that night, but I quickly discovered the “trick or treat” custom in the Pacific Northwest is different than the one I grew up with.

When I was a kid in Iowa, you had to tell a joke to the host before you could get candy from them. Not so in other places, apparently. What are your local Halloween traditions?

The last time Ponzi and I dressed up for Halloween, Wicket and Pixie were forced to play along:


Earlier this week, Ponzi purchaseed Halloween costumes for the four of us. She’ll be Cleopatra, I’ll be Marc Antony. As for the two dogs, well…

Princess Pixie and Wicket Vader (02)

They stood perfectly still for this photo, and if you don’t believe me – just watch this video. Minutes after this was filmed, Pixie wet herself and Wicket bit my left hand: