Yes! It's the USB Toaster!
Tasty tech treat?
Register Hardware’s hacks are always tied to their keyboards, so going into the kitchen to prepare the morning toast is a right royal pain in the bum. So imagine our collective glee when we discovered this little number.
The USB Toaster. What an idea!
The techie toaster may only toast one slice of bread at a time and take between seven and nine minutes to do so, but we’d wait twice as long if it meant we didn’t have to step away from gadget-land in order to spread out some Marmite.
In terms of toasting tech, the Toaster will apparently connect to your PC using a spare USB 2.0 port. But it also supports FireWire 400 and 800 connections for all your marmalade lovin' Mac owners.
Depending on how brown you like your bread, you’ll even be able to use the bundled software - runs on PCs, runs on Macs - to remotely set the toaster’s toasting level.
Although the toaster only popped up (pun intended) a short while ago, it’s already been named as the Best Cooking Peripheral in the gadget industry’s most prestigious cookery awards: the Golden Floppies.
Still keen? Sadly, we’ve got to admit that the USB Toaster isn’t real. We’re sorry to have made your stomach rumble, but it’s actually a cunning ploy from US comedy site The Onion.
It's all about helping you trick tech-obsessed friends, because you can buy the empty box online for $8 (£5/€6) and watch with glee as they unwrap the USB toaster, only to discover that, actually, all they've received is the usual pair of socks.
This is soooo old
I first heard of the "eject /dev/toaster" joke at least 8 or 9 years ago - and I'm afraid the geeky sniggering is now getting to me to the point where I'm actually considering making a damn toaster that I can connect to my computer just to shut everyone up! If it had been real I wouldn't have been complaining, but come on, this is hardly original!
re: exploding whale
Ah, yes, the Day It Rained Meat.
g00t00b vid here -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZhn28_Z9wc
Mine's the rainslick with the large 'brella, please.
Just buy a Laptop with a certain make of battery in it and there you go, put the bread between the screen and keyboard and violá, toast. It's only a one time use though and you will need a fire extinguisher to hand to put the laptop out.
Mac laptop users...
can just turn their laptops upside down and put the toast at the MagSafe corner
Bit like the VAT 'reduction'
not much more to add really.