Steampunk inspired art prints to benefit EFF

Heather sez, "A new painting & print from the fabulous Suzanne R Forbes is on Etsy. $10 of each print purchase goes to the EFF. "
Miss Eva G posed for me in her SOMA loft, dressed in her own fabulous steampunk finery, with an antique crossbow she brought back from China. The painting took several sittings with Miss E and then many hours of work painting in the detailed background. She is defending early implements of the computer revolution, Jacquard punch cards and IBM cards, a CDV of Ada Byron, and Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2. An apple core represents Turing, eaten up by the intolerance of his era. Also prominently displayed are so

me wonderful modern creations- The Steampunk Laptop by Datamancer and the Steampunk Flatpanel and Keyboard by Jake Von Slatt- who were kind enough to allow me use their work in the painting. The packet-sniffing rat under the desk is a nod to the EFF’s most recent victory; the EFF logo appears among the luggage stickers on the trunk. I added the bullet shells at the last minute when I learned that Miss E. is a crack shot.

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Datamancer's steampunk laptop

I've written before about Datamancer, a master steampunk maker whose creations are some of the finest-wrought examples of the form. Now he's posted his latest creation, an elaborate steampunk fancy of a laptop, along with build-notes. It's really something.
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.
Link (Thanks, Datamancer!)

The steampunk, as it has been noted in this compendium

Update: Jake von Slatt sez, "Doc (Datamancer) exceeded his bandwidth but he sent me the files for the laptop page and I set up a mirror for him here." Read the rest

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Steampunk maker Datamancer video

Master steampunk maker Richard "Datamancer" Nagy is the subject of this three-minute short video from the Wall Street Journal. Nagy talks eloquently about his steampunk urges, but what really stands out are the moving images of his superb creations, which have often been featured here. Link (Thanks, JCD!)

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Steampunk computing

The designer of this hand-built steampunk PC explains his motives: "Due to both the lack of creativity in most of the technically inclined and refinements in plastic forming and mass production, the home computer was denied what I feel to be the proudest time in the life of any technological device. It was robbed of the fleeting, wonderful period right after invention, where it is celebrated and honored by the finest craftsman and creative minds, and given a structure befitting its potential and greatness. It was essentially denied a 'novelty period'."

That's quite a maker manifesto -- and besides the PC, the same person made a h4wt flatbed scanner a la steampunk, that he plans to offer as a commercial product. Link (Thanks, Alexander!) Read the rest