is a "teaser page" for a work-in-progress that will
be available for purchase very soon. It is a full PC suite
including keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, PC, LCD, speakers, table,
and even a matching chair. While I understand that the title, "The
be most amusing to my British and Australian fans (Google it),
the name is actually a reference to the novel "The Difference
Engine", by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, a novel
which influenced me heavily in my early days as a tinkerer
and cemented my love of the pseudo-Victorian "steampunk" aesthetic.
The PC features a powered, spinning brass mechanical display
reminiscent of Charles Babbage's "Analytical Engine" and "Difference
Engine", which were giant brass mechanical calculators
invented in the early 1900s whose functions influenced the
design of modern computers. One of my "Marquis" keyboards will eventually
accompany this PC, to better match the acanthus engraving on
the LCD. Pictured on either side are vintage Atwater-Kent speakers
which have been modernized with PC speakers, including volume
and power control knobs built into the base. The LCD also features
an antique video projector built into the back which is powered
and spins custom brass film reels while LED lighting flickers
in a custom projection box, to give the impression that the
image is being projected onto the LCD through the back (pictures
to come later). The projector and light box are visible through
bevelled glass in the side of the LCD housing.
you are interested in this project, please feel free
to join my mailing list at www.Datamancer.net/List/ or
keep an eye on my blog at www.Datamancer.net/Blog/ where
I will occasionally post progress reports.
P.S. the cool airship image is the work of one very talented
visit his site and buy some stuff!