Engineer builds Apollo Guidance Computer in his basement

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Sure, you can build an elaborate-but-bogus box like The Big Red Button (of Doom) and get some props from your crew. But for real hardcore cred, try building a fully functional replica of NASA's 1964 prototype for the Apollo Guidance Computer. John Pultorak, a Lockheed Martin software engineer, did it, and it took him four years. Now he's sharing his project files and guaranteeing that anyone willing to make the effort can do it in less time, and come up with a better version as well. We're tempted, but what we really want is the rocket that goes with it (but all kidding aside, you rock, John).

[Via BoingBoing]