It's cold outside, your local grocery store is stocked with eggnog, and the mall is a madhouse. It can mean only one thing -- the holidays are coming! That also means you're running out time to finish buying gifts for family and friends, but what do you do if you're stuck on what to get that special geek in your life? What if you ARE that special geek? Don't sweat it, whether you're looking for gnarly gift ideas for someone else or want to treat yourself to something nice before embarking on a new year, we have you covered with a robust selection of gadgets, games, and toys guaranteed to delight whoever receives them in our Geek's Holiday Gift Guide 2012. From Google Play gift cards to a severed Wampa arm fashioned into an ice scraper mitt, we have suggestions for all levels of geek!
To make things easier for you, we're separating our gift suggestions into handy categories, though we highly recommend browsing each of the galleries. You never know what you'll find until you click through! Hit the jump to get started.
Every year, Maximum PC does outreach at the annual nerdathon known as Comic-Con. For the 2011 convention, we wanted to make a big splash by combining two subjects dear to our hearts: Star Trek and PCs.
But just how do you do that? We decided to enlist the aid of MaximumPC.com columnist and former Star Trek writer David Gerrold, creator of the beloved episode "The Trouble with Tribbles." Gerrold's vision of the ultimate PC served as the foundation for our Comic-Con creation.
Crafting such a PC wasn't something we could do entirely in-house, though, so we tasked legendary Star Trek designer Michael Okuda with creating a blueprint for the custom case, and we had MNPCTech.com fabricate a machine worthy of representing the best TV series of all time. Read on to learn how it all came together.
Attention Maximum PC fans and/or other people who are mistakenly on this website: It has come to our attention that we have not posted a podcast in quite some time. Luckily for everyone involved, all that time was not wasted--it was spent building the 2011 Dream Machine, the fastest PC we've ever put together. Today, we've got a brand new podcast, with Gordon, Nathan and Alex discussing the Dream Machine, the Star Trek PC, Google Plus, and more.
Do you have a tech question? A comment? A tale of technological triumph? Just need to get something off your chest? A secret to share? Email us at email@example.com or call our 24-hour No BS Podcast hotline at 877.404.1337 x1337--operators are not standing by.
This week's Forum Feature gives pride of place to Bill Owen's amazing Star Trek PC, which is finally finished, packed up, shipped out, and now living in our offices for a few weeks while we cram it full of beautiful top-notch hardware. Then we're gonna bring it to Comic-Con and GIVE IT AWAY. Because we love you. David Gerrold—Maximum PC columnist, science fiction legend, Tribble inventor, commissioner of the case and recipient of its twin—will be at our booth at Comic-Con this year to sign autographs next to his aluminum child.
Bill Owen of MNPCTech fame is building us two Star Trek-themed PCs, one of which we will give away at Comic-Con. With design help from Mike Okuda and our own David Gerrold (who will take home the other PC), both Top Men in the Star Trek world, it's going to be amazing. Follow Bill's build log in the forums!
Check out more great forum threads after the jump!
CBS has been notable in the last few years for their almost complete lack of streaming content deals. But today Netflix and CBS have announced that they have entered into a two-year deal that will bring a large swath of CBS content to Netflix Instant Streaming. Hulu users will still be left out in the cold by CBS however.
Feeling all nostalgiac and teary-eyed (this is the tenth Photo Awesome after all), we decided we'd try something a little different this week. Friday is the best day of any given week, so Gordon and I decided to try one of the best toys we received this week: a constitution class, Enterprise pizza cutter!
We figured photos alone wouldn't do this awesome device justice, so we ordered a pizza, cleared some space in the lab, mounted a video camera, and got to slicing. Check out the results below.
Here's hoping this makes your Friday as great as ours.
The dudes over on CNet's Crave blog posted an unboxing of the totally rad U.S.S. Enterprise Star Trek pizza cutter, just one of many novelty items available on ThinkGeek.
When you think about it, the Enterprise's shape and design is perfectly suited for slicing up one of our favorite food groups, and from what we can tell from the pics, the makers did a fantastic job, at least with the aesthetics. It looks sharp (pun possibly intended) and up to the job, though we have to wonder if we'd have the nerve to jam the sexy gadget into an actual pizza and gunk up its good looks.
Not the least bit surprising, ThinkGeek sells a whole bunch of Enterprise-y products, including a $20 bottle opener (the pizza cutter runs $25). Full unboxing here, product page here.
Editor's Note: We're very pleased to welcome David Gerrold, an acclaimed and prolific science fiction writer, to Maximum PC as a regular columnist. David, best known for his numerous contributions to Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, will share his thoughts on topics including the influence of science fiction on technology, the develop of tech trends, and notable technologists.
I try not to tell people I write science fiction. Too often, that turns into a conversation I don’t want to have: “Dude, it’s already ten past 2000. Where’s my flying car? Where’s my jetpack? Where’s my Lunar colony?”
This is "The Y2K Meme," the idea that the future was supposed to start in the year 2000 and we forgot to build it. And of course, because science fiction writers (allegedly) predicted all these glorious futures, it’s our responsibility to explain why it didn’t happen.
This meme began at least a century ago. The father of modern science fiction, Hugo Gernsback, made specific predictions about the future, everything from motorized roller skates to night baseball. Within a short time, many science fiction writers were functioning as futurists, telling tales of fabulous technologies to come.