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Geek's remains stored in computer casket

The family of a computer geek have stored his remains inside a converted PC - and invited friends to attach post-it note tributes.

By Matthew Moore

Published: 11:18AM BST 01 Oct 2009

The dead man's brother decided that a workstation casket would be the most fitting memorial after he "left for that great data bank in the sky" following a smoking-related illness.

The classic computer - a type of SPARCstation that was discontinued in the 1990s - now carries a plastic plaque bearing his name, Alan, and the dates of his birth and death.

The epitaph is an apt Star Trek quotation that he repeated shortly before his death: "Beam me up Scotty, I'm done here".

Details of the unusual urn alternative and bizarre memorial party were revealed by the man's brother Sam in an email to the Slashdot technology website.

"Yes, he's really in there," he wrote. "I kept the floppy drive cover but for space reasons removed the floppy drive, hard drive, and most of the power supply."

"The case worked quite well at his memorial party. His friends and family were able to leave their final good-byes on post-notes. Anyone who wanted to keep their words private could just slip their note into the case through the floppy slot."

Photos posted on Flickr show the modified SPARCstation covered with stickers at the centre of a shrine of family photos and personal effects.

The original plan was for the computer casket containing Alan's ashes to be buried, but his daughters are said to be so fond of the computer casket that they are considering keeping it on display.



I've still got a Commodore Plus/4 in the roof!

Any request?

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Guest Dizzy Rash Call

Brings a whole new meaning to the blue screen of death.

Very good on so many levels.

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