One tech nerd is bringing the ‘80s back, this time in wearables.

The Apple II Watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the Apple Watch, which was released Friday, and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. The design is bulky and retro, with a tan body and the rainbow Apple logo evocative of the '70s and '80s.

Harrigan works for Instructables, a do-it-yourself site where people can upload instructions on how to make various projects. It’s no coincidence the watch appeared on the DIY site just before the debut of the Apple Watch.

“I’m a huge computer history nerd fan,” he said. “And I wanted to make something that sort of celebrated that, but also made fun of it a little bit since wearables are still kind of this new awkward thing. I just really wanted to imagine what an equivalent would be in the 1980s because it’s such an iconic computer for a lot of people.”

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Photo: Jon Brown/Instructables


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I heart nerds

You can have an extensive vocabulary with impeccable grammar, explain to me theories of computing, or just share your dream of what you hope to accomplish when you’re in the lab working to make your first discovery. These things may not sound romantic, but talk to me nerdy and you’ll wake up in my arms.

ryanlrussell asked:

So you sound like a sysadmin-in-denial. How would you describe your level of computer experience?

(grin) I don’t know about the denial. I do still sysadmin for a small select circle of other people, and that’s more than enough.

My hands-on experience began long ago when Osborne went bankrupt and I suddenly found myself with a computer that no one could service. I therefore started to learn to service it myself. Soon enough handling hardware issues led to handling software issues. This I discovered I kind of enjoyed… within reason.

When PCs got modular enough, I started building my own. By the time Peter and I had been married a while, I was building all the household’s computers.  I’ve only recently given this up, as finding the spare time for this kind of thing is becoming an issue (though I have no problem tearing a machine apart and putting it back together again when it starts to misbehave). Our desktop computers are now built for us by the excellent Scan in the UK, whom I recommend unreservedly: the build on their machines is beautifully tight and clean, and their customer service is terrific. (And I figure, if they’re good enough to have acquired Her UK Majesty’s royal warrant, they’re good enough for me.) Laptops and such we buy “off the rack” as required, from places like Dynamism when we can afford it and/or the spirit moves.

In terms of coding and affiliated arts: I’ve long mastered plain-vanilla HTML, though HTML 5 I haven’t had time to dig into too deeply. I am very good with CSS. Expertise with Bootstrap and the like I’m content to buy in as necessary. I can theme in Drupal (though have pretty much given this up too: time considerations, as above.) I have enough PHP to be a danger to myself and others, and can deal with MySQL well enough when I must, though I dislike having to do so. And I am quite expert with image manipulation in various modes. (Corel PhotoPaint is my preferred tool: I dislike PhotoShop but will use it when I must.)

So there you have it, pretty much. …But at the end of the day, computers are primarily a writing tool for me, and any computer-based business that takes me away from the writing end will to a greater or lesser extent always annoy me. 

And oh yeah: I really dislike Windows 8. Hate hate hate hate. 7 works fine for me. 

(A Girl and her Osborne)