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MacBook Modded With Second Monitor Inside Logo

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the heart-on-your-sleeve dept.

Hardware Hacking 153

An anonymous reader from the Macmod forum wrote in with this appealing hack: "This is one of the coolest mods I've seen all year. Mac Moder EdsJunk submitted this mod to our forums late Thursday night. By cracking open a MacBook he was able to put a second monitor inside of the screen. The end result is sweet. The second monitor can make the Apple logo have any kind of background, like the clown fish, or the flurry screen saver."

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153 comments

Sup dawg... (3, Funny)

juanfgs (922455) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179673)

we herd you like screens so we put a screen on your screen so you can watch while you watch..

Re:Sup dawg... (0, Flamebait)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179697)

As idiotic as it is, your inane first post sounds more insightful than whatever pushed the modder to mod that fucking book.
Of course, you might not have expected it for your fat ass inadvertently slid upon your Vic-20's keyboard, Junis...

Re:Sup dawg... (0, Offtopic)

juanfgs (922455) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179773)

As idiotic as it is, your inane first post sounds more insightful than whatever pushed the modder to mod that fucking book.

indeed...

Re:Sup dawg... (5, Insightful)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179727)

Wonder if you can you play battleship with it...

Re:Sup dawg... (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181215)

Perhaps, if he embedded a touch panel in there too.

Re:Sup dawg... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180665)

Hello! So, this is my first post on Slashdot (I love the name! It's so clever. When I tried to tell somebody the address, h - t - t - p, colon, slash, slash, slashdot dot org they got soooo confused! I laughed at the sheer cleverness of the founders!)

Anyway, I'm just glad to finally be posting here on ole Slashdot. It's a pretty neat website, and looks so modern and clean! I wish I knew how to design websites as well as this one, I'd be a hit at the next office party after I redesign our internal bbs. It'll be super :)

So, how's everybody doing this morning:) I'm great! Hope to hear back from you guys soon! Until then, ~Jason.

Re:Sup dawg... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27181849)

Ahh... we are all good over here. It's wonderful to have a new member in the Family.

And best of all on this, most special day, ~Freddy.

Re:Sup dawg... (3, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181403)

There should be a moderation for "+1, Use of Meme" - I think that applies much better than "Funny" in this case... Then there could also be a matching "-1, Use of Meme"...

Re:Sup dawg... (1)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182171)

Then there could also be a matching "-1, Misuse of Meme"...

Fixed

Re:Sup dawg... (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182453)

Not needed. When a Meme is used at the appropriate time, it received a +1 Funny. When it's not, then it is over looked or receives a -1 over rated.

I am the WINNAR (-1, Offtopic)

Yr0 (224662) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179675)

well, when you're hot, you're not!

oled (1, Interesting)

jlebrech (810586) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179679)

i'm it must be an oled screen! they should be hired by mac (i'm sure that's what the stunt is for)

Re:oled (3, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180661)

The Mac cannot hire anyone, it's a brand of computers.

Maybe you meant Apple?

Wow (3, Interesting)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179681)

I wa amazed that they could get one screen into such a thin lid!

Time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27179705)

This really has to take the cake as far as too much time on one's hands. A "who cares" mod that only a mac fanboy would love.

Re:Time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27179901)

A "who cares" mod that only a mac fanboy would love.

Only because they can now have two screens on the same MacBook with a wallpaper of them sucking Steve Jobs' schlong!

argh (3, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179707)

"From the MacMod forums..." ... "Sorry but the board is temporarily unavailable, please try again in a few minutes."

Seems like a relatively trivial hack, if you can get the video-out from the DisplayPort connector to work inside the machine somehow. Since the panel backlight is already exposed at the rear to light the Apple logo, the hardest part ought to be getting the backlight off of the LCD you want to cram in there.

Re:argh (3, Insightful)

mstromb (869949) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179759)

Relatively trivial?

If this is something you consider commonplace or ordinary, I'd like to know what you'd actually consider impressive or of merit.

Re:argh (4, Funny)

hesiod (111176) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179809)

A life-size, fully operational Death Star. This is installing a very small monitor into a tight place. Kind of neat, but utterly useless.

Re:argh (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180219)

A life-size, fully operational Death Star.

Pha, Saddam Hussain did even better than that, he made weapons of ms destruction that were totally invisible.

Re:argh (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180601)

>Pha, Saddam Hussain did even better than that, he made weapons of ms destruction that were totally invisible.

Even so, as if they'd do anything, his weapons only lasted for a ms.

Re:argh (1)

siriuskase (679431) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182265)

That's the best kind. The masses have been destroyed and we still haven't found the weapons.

Re:argh (1)

garaged (579941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182721)

yeah, the kind of weapon that relies on "persuasion" over a stupid president on a powerful country to make a war based on null evidence of anything

Re:argh (0, Flamebait)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182863)

Pha, Saddam Hussain did even better than that, he made weapons of ms destruction that were totally invisible.

That's funny, I was pretty sure that those weapons were invented by the Bush administration.

Re:argh (4, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180753)

Do not underestimate the power of the reverse side of the laptop screen.

Re:argh (4, Informative)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179825)

Compared to some of the mods that people are doing, this one is pretty easy. The backlight usually isn't even physically attached to the lcd, and the LCD itself is about 0.5-1mm thick (depending on brand/type). Buy an off-the-shelf 2" LCD, remove the backlight, and connect it to the motherboard through the appropriate connector. There's probably a little bowing just because of the space considerations, but other than that it's not a difficult mod at all. As GP said, the backlight from the main LCD is already exposed, and I'd think the hardest part of the mod would be putting some kind of polyvinyl or acrylate coating on the back LCD to prevent it from scratching.

Laptop LCD's are remarkably easy to open up and work with. You just need the right kind of screwdriver.

Re:argh (1, Funny)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181517)

Laptop LCD's are remarkably easy to open up and work with. You just need the right kind of screwdriver ^W hammer.

Fixed

Re:argh (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179827)

If this is something you consider commonplace or ordinary, I'd like to know what you'd actually consider impressive or of merit.

Don't get me wrong, I think this is a fantastically sexy mod. I don't think it was especially difficult, but then, I haven't cracked one open to check, have I? My point was that the nature of the machine in question makes this mod easier. The kind of thing which actually impresses me, however, is more like the full-custom super-art cases (like the classic HL2 case that was posted and then later duped here, IIRC) which are mighty works of creativity, or modifications which substantially increase functionality. This is just eye-candy, and you don't even get to look at it; in order to make it do anything interesting you have to piss away CPU time. Show me a complete PDA stuck into the case (a cellphone might be easier and would be more useful - is there an expresscard slot in there? you could use that space) which can do this stuff independently and I'll probably be as excited as you want me to be about this.

Someone else said in this thread that this was a 100% jerkoff waste of time that only a Mac fanboy could love. I would put another qualifier on it; it's a 100% jerkoff waste of CPU time that only a Mac fanboy could love. NeXTStep was peppy on MC68040-based computers with like 32MB memory. OSX is a dog on a Dual G5 with 2 GB memory. The major difference I can see between the two operating systems (aside from compatibility changes and some new libraries) is that OSX has a lot more eye candy, emphasis on "candy", while NeXTStep had a professional look which is now dated.

Overrated mod is for Cowards (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180311)

Why do we still have this particular rating? Do comments moderated "Overrated" still skip metamoderation, and if so, why is it still there? If a comment is overrated, isn't it overrated for a reason? I usually get modded down as "Troll" when someone disagrees with me, I guess iFanboys are slightly smarter than the average troll.

Talking to myself... (1, Offtopic)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180569)

I usually get modded down as "Troll" when someone disagrees with me, I guess iFanboys are slightly smarter than the average troll.

Whooops! I guess I spoke too soon. Hey kids, if you believe what you're saying, you're not trolling. To suggest otherwise is to abuse the moderation system. Too bad the powers-that-be don't actually care - they took the suggestion to report abuse of moderation out of the FAQ. Slashdot is a video game (why else do you need a scoring system?) populated primarily by griefers. Too bad they seem to get a disproportionate share of those mod points that guarantee that the people most qualified to comment and vote on a particular story will only be permitted to do one or the other.

Re:Talking to myself... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27182241)

Someone get grandpa his oatmeal.

Re:argh (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182773)

I run OS X on a single-processor 1.25GHz G4 with 2GB of RAM and it runs just fine, assuming I keep the number of application I have open at any given time to a small number. Does your video card support CoreImage and CoreVideo? If not, that might be why it's dogging a bit. But really, OS X is a very responsive OS on old hardware. Hell, I had 10.3 loaded on a 266MHz G3 and it ran OK.

Re:argh (2, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27183095)

I run OS X on a single-processor 1.25GHz G4 with 2GB of RAM and it runs just fine, assuming I keep the number of application I have open at any given time to a small number.

Is that because you're running out of memory, or some other reason?

Does your video card support CoreImage and CoreVideo?

Yes, it did. I don't work there any more. When I quit I left with the Core Duo T2600-based laptop running Windows XP, which was much more responsive.

But really, OS X is a very responsive OS on old hardware. Hell, I had 10.3 loaded on a 266MHz G3 and it ran OK.

I ran 10.1 through 10.3 on a 266 MHz G3, and it did not run OK. I'm quite serious that if you put that next to a NeXTStep-installed Turbo Slab, and run through some basic tasks (author an email, browse some network shares, for example) then you will see that OSX is a dog. Its ancestor is about the same speed at some tasks and faster at most (until you get into big CPU crunching of course) and is running on a system that probably has less than half as much raw processing power as the average video card installed into a G3. The whole thing is subjective, I guess; if you learned (as my mother did) to be happy with Quadras while the PC users were getting processors with at first twice, then ten times the performance (literally) for the same amount of money or less, and running a cooperatively-multitasking operating system that would crash at the drop of a hat (any hat) then I guess OSX seemed fast to you.

I mostly gave up on Apple when they were telling us that we should be happy with 68040-based machines when they could at least have given us an '060 while we waited for PowerPC. I gave up on them completely when PowerPC came out and it was fast for all of about a second and then got dogged by the PC again, and hard - and Apple told us we should pay more for the privilege. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and tried the G3. They fucked up the IDE chip and created UDMA errors with most hard drives. Their solution? Buy an IDE card, or disable UDMA through the use of a third-party commercial on-disk driver (e.g. FWB toolbox.) I then had to use the dual G5 at work, and was completely disappointed.

I've been there with Apple since elementary school. I had an Apple ][+, which I followed with an Amiga 500. During that time I also used a IIci (as a teenager living at home, I had access to my mother's computer which she used to do graphic arts work like typesetting, mostly in pagemaker) a great deal, maintained it, tweaked it, et cetera. Eventually my Ami died and I got an IBM PC-1 with 448kB memory... anyway, the long sad story continues through a couple of Quadras and a Performa-badged Quadra (I forget which model(s) it was) and then a PPC601-based mac. Finally I got a 386DX25, put Linux on it, and said goodbye to all that nonsense. I've installed MacOS5 on a Lisa and all kinds of other useless Mac-related stuff and I sincerely wish I could get all of that time back and spend it on something useful, like studying programming. The amount of time I spent fucking with INITs and CDEVs alone would have been enough for a solid grounding.

Re:argh (4, Informative)

Teilo (91279) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180465)

Seems like a relatively trivial hack

Take it from someone who has actually replaced LCD panels in a MacBook Pro. This is NOT a relatively trivial hack.

And you cannot just "get the backlight off the LCD". The back portion of the panel proper is a reflective surface. Take that off, and your panel goes dark, except for two of the edges where the CCFL tubes or LED arrays are located.

On the MacBook Pro what this guy is doing would be nearly impossible. There is just no room between the panel and the shell. There's a bit more room in the regular MacBook.

Re:argh (1)

Teilo (91279) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180485)

And, of course, I can't read. Sorry. My bad.

Cool... but limited (4, Informative)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179709)

I could see the use of it being an extra interface for quickly showing you the date and time, and perhaps even if you have unread mail or IM's waiting for you, but if its just to display images its just a toy

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (5, Interesting)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179813)

You could do virtually anything with this mod - as one poster put it, put the image from the camera on it, or you could scroll RSS feeds, put other logos inside the Apple cutout just to screw with people, an animated eye looking around and winking, etc.

Maybe just a toy, but a very cool toy that could easily be very useful.

I really like the idea of an eye looking around and blinking. You could even have it follow your cursor on the screen that you see so you could have it look at people and follow them around the room. Wink on a click.

Very fun! The guy is clever!

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27179859)

Maybe just a toy, but a very cool toy that could easily be very useful.

I really like the idea of an eye looking around and blinking.

You and I have very different definitions for the word "useful".

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

slyn (1111419) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182203)

Who cares, its a personal computer. If you installed a webcam on a server or are dual screening on your print server its stupid. If its your own personal laptop you can, you know, have fun with it. That's why people have things like games, or music, or movies, or spinning 3d cube desktops, etc... on their computers.

The comment a little further down [slashdot.org] has a youtube link, and the cool factor on this is through the roof (IMnsHO). I can't wait till OLED screens get commercially viable so manufacturers can throw in nice touches like this for people that want it on the cheap.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (3, Informative)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180231)

A toy if your case is open. Closed it could give you information in the form of icons. Or you could rent it out as ad space. Or a clock or ...

And anyway indeed way cool. Makes me want one.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (2, Informative)

acidrainx (806006) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180291)

Unfortunately you can't close a Macbook without it going into standby. Not without a hack anyway.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180435)

If you just installed a second screen in a laptop lid, I doubt that's going to phase you...

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180611)

Not true. If another display is attached, they can go into clamshell mode. Or you can just install InsomniaX [versiontracker.com]

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

sukotto (122876) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180639)

If only there was some kind of forum to discuss and learn how to do that... :-)

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180923)

What idiot thought that was a good idea?
What if i was just going to the loo and just wanted to hide the screen?
Now it goes into standby, possibly killing sessions, etc.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180293)

The back light is off when the case is closed, so you can't see this. This is just a "toy" as you said, or more accurately a way of showing off (which is what the glowing Apple logo has always been). The sell an amazing number of machines because of that logo. It's easy to look around a room and see who's cool and who isn't.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

iocat (572367) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181127)

Yes, it's very easy to spot the wanna-bes with their glowing apples. Then if you see a featureless, flat black laptop back among them, you know you're seeing someone truly cool, with a ThinkPad!

(ftr, I am typing this on a MacBook, as my ThinkPad charges next to me).

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27182661)

So what are you then, a wannabe with a Thinkpad?

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

crunch_ca (972937) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180315)

What would be extra cool would be to put a touch screen there. Then you can have a user interface to a music player, ability to check mail, etc. without opening your laptop.

It might save on battery life when you don't have to look at the full screen. That's assuming that the smaller screen draws less power.

Much harder mod though.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27181153)

Yes, this would instantly be 100x better with a touch screen, makes it infinitely more useful because now you don't even need to open the thing to see those e-mails or RSS or control music.

The only awkward part would be the edges of the apple interfering with rectangular windows.
The part at the top could be used to scroll through things, top-right to scroll up, bottom-left to scroll down.
I guess they could easily just write a simple interface for other programs, plugins, etc.

If i were Apple, i'd so be stealing his idea right now.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180429)

that's what xeyes is for...

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

SilverJets (131916) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180545)

If by useful you mean useless, then yes I agree.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

Archimonde (668883) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180595)

I always wanted to have laptop's back lid logo something like alienware's alien head. But this one would be slightly bigger and with eyes connected to the inverse HDD activity. Just imagine how distracting that would that be.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (2, Interesting)

firmamentalfalcon (1187583) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180745)

an animated eye looking around and winking, etc.

That begs the question, can you wink with one eye?

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

srussia (884021) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182189)

There really should be some sort of licensing procedure for using the phrase "beg the question"... but yeah, agree with the winking/blinking distinction.

Re:Cool... but limited... only by your imagination (1)

Richy_T (111409) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182641)

I would say so. Blinking mostly involves the eyelids where a wink also includes movement of the face below the eye and optionally head movement.

Re:Cool... but limited (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27179821)

It can display anything. It is a small area, of course, but you can use it to display notifications of emails, date, time, IMs, anything really. Just a suitable Growl theme that uses the area effectively and you're ready to go. I'd love to do that in my Macbook, I wonder how he did it and if its possible to do in one of the older models (without losing the external output). Cool.

Re:Cool... but limited (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180037)

Pffft. You "far too serious for your own good" folks piss me off sometimes.

I'd run xeyes on it...

I'm surprised. (2, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179749)

If somebody managed to put a screen behind the logo, that means that there was some extra space in the original design. That seems very un-maclike. Apple has, repeatedly, shown a willingness to make considerable design sacrifices in order to shave off a few millimeters.

Re:I'm surprised. (5, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179947)

If somebody managed to put a screen behind the logo, that means that there was some extra space in the original design. That seems very un-maclike. Apple has, repeatedly, shown a willingness to make considerable design sacrifices in order to shave off a few millimeters.

That is not "extra" space. That space is there to allow you to push on the case without breaking your LCD. This guy has just squandered that and the first time he sets something heavy on his laptop by accident he's going to break his panel, because he's now going to push directly in the center of it. If Apple meant for there to be zero clearance there, they would have made it so. I've had (and expressed) lots of problems with Apple hardware in the past, but case design isn't one of them - albeit, Apple has gone substantially backwards in many regards. Ever take apart, say, a Mac IIci? It's actually kind of a joyful experience. Now, ever try to disassemble a classic iMac to make some upgrades? Egads! Even fucking around with the blue-handled Xcelite MacCaseCracker on a classic doorstop Mac is pleasant by comparison. I haven't taken apart a Mini, but the instruction photos leave me shaking my head.

Re:I'm surprised. (3, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180013)

I'm quite fond of the G4 towers, and I hear similarly good, or better, things about the G5 and Xeon ones; but their all-in-one designs, laptop and desktop, seem to have escaped from a utopian universe where HDDs never have to be replaced.

Re:I'm surprised. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180341)

You're absolutely correct in most points, but I disagree with the assessment that "Apple has gone substantially backwards in many regards."

Service-friendliness has not been a priority at Apple since even the very first Macintosh built.

The original Macintosh cases were NOT fun to disassemble, requiring a special extra-long driver. PitA.

Of the iMacs, only the original G5 iMac was really fun to work on.

The unibody MacBooks/MacBook Pros are the cleanest, most service-friendly laptops Apple has ever built. Except for replacing the keyboard.

But that's why god made electric screwdrivers.

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180523)

Service-friendliness has not been a priority at Apple since even the very first Macintosh built.

I've been into two different doorstop macintoshes, the ONLY special tool you need for ANY maintenance inside of one (other than perhaps adjusting CRT with a fiberglass screwdriver) is the case cracker. Getting in there only requires removing a few screws and once you're in there, it's quite easy to work on. The idea was to stop your kids from taking apart your computer, not to prevent the user from ever opening the case. If that was the goal they'd have put a lock on it, and kept the keys.

The unibody MacBooks/MacBook Pros are the cleanest, most service-friendly laptops Apple has ever built. Except for replacing the keyboard.

There's always an exception. Too bad it's one of the most disposable parts of the laptop.

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

Darth (29071) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180441)

I have taken a Mini apart (a couple of times actually). Opening the case can be a little tricky the first time, but it isn't that big a deal. Once the case is off, the rest is laid out nicely and comes apart very easily.

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

Teilo (91279) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180579)

Actually, I do have a problem with the case design of the old-style Aluminum Macbook Pros. The cases are weak. They dent or bend WAY too easily. I have stripped more than one of them down just to pound out the dents and bend the case back into shape.

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182811)

I used to be a Mac Genius, and the iMacs we sold at the time were the "half volley ball" based ones with the screen on a metal arm. Taking one of those apart to get to the monitor arm made me want to kill myself. Huge pain.

I misread the summary.... (1)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179835)

...as "An anonymous reader from the Macmod forum wrote in with this appalling hack"

Given the amount of effort required just to install a tiny screen that faces away from you while you use the MacBook, I think my interpretation might be more accurate!

Legos! (1)

HiggsBison (678319) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179839)

Anyone else think that said "MacBook Modded With Second Monitor Inside Lego" at first?

Re:Legos! (1)

cshcrgo (1454975) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179891)

Anyone else think that said "MacBook Modded With Second Monitor Inside Lego" at first?

Sure did! I'm glad you pointed it out to me so I can stop waiting for macmod.com to load, logos aren't as impressive.

Youtube Vid of this (5, Informative)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179911)

For those who may be having difficulty accessing TF(slashdotted)A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is5GZNHPfo0 [youtube.com]

Re:Youtube Vid of this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180727)

OMG Ponies!

Re:Youtube Vid of this (1)

muffen (321442) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181031)

If you are using Firefox you can get the slashdotter [mozilla.org] addon, amongst other things it gives you cache links in case the page gets slashdotted.

If you aren't using Firefox, you can get it here [getfirefox.com]

If you aren't using Firefox and don't want to get it, you should go here [shibumi.org]

Re:Youtube Vid of this (1)

pmarini (989354) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181677)

I'm always baffled by how easily sites gets overloaded by a simple post on slashdot... how many users have actually tried to open that page in order to make the site timeout so quickly and for so long ?
this was an article specific to Apple Mac and although I understand that the /. crowd is rather technically inclined (meaning most Windows aficionados would have probably skipped on it), how on earth can a few thousand (almost) simultaneous accesses bring the site to its knees ?!

cool hack (2, Interesting)

MoreDruid (584251) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179917)

I read the article before the site went down, and the video is very impressive, the screen is recognized as a secondary screen, so you can basically display anything you want on it. In the video it shows playing some videos, an iTunes visualization and the output of the built in webcam (iSight).

Not quite perfect (1)

stokessd (89903) | more than 5 years ago | (#27179945)

You can see the screen glowing through the black plastic slightly. He should have painted the inside of the lid in that area to prevent the bleed-through.

Not sure how useful or if it's even an improvement, but based on the bleed-through, he's not quite finished yet.

Sheldon

Re:Not quite perfect (1)

gabebear (251933) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180039)

This could be fixed in-software. The bleed-through only happens when there is a bright pixel behind it... just make those pixels black.

You might even be able to create some neat effects with it(i.e. ring the logo with light shining through the body).

Re:Not quite perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180237)

judging from the youtube video, that might just be video artefacts or something from the compression.

Sounds perfect for... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180129)

Windows sideshow!

Slow news year, eh? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180143)

""This is one of the coolest mods I've seen all year."

Must be a slow year.

Uhh... (1)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180179)

Wouldn't it have made more sense to cut out a portion of the lid and make the whole screen usable? I'm thinking presentations in environments that have no beamer handy. Say a meeting consisting of four people or so...

Re:Uhh... (1)

OctaviusIII (969957) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180283)

It would make sense if you wanted to cut out the cool and add utility in its place.

Re:Uhh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180413)

It would be cooler to have the entire screen usable. If you ever want your Apple advertising back, then just throw up an image of their logo.

Get a room.... (2, Funny)

epdp14 (1318641) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180253)

While the visuals are absolutely stunning... I think this takes MacLoving to an all new level. I mean come on, a flaming apple? Whats next? The two Steves doing the tango?

Slashdot front page? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180279)

Really?!

If only... (2, Funny)

Pravetz-82 (1259458) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180343)

... they could put a server in their server to withstand a /. tsunami!

nobody's posted this yet? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27180487)

put a goatse image there?

Cool. So now... (0, Flamebait)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180679)

You can have a laptop with a screen on the outside like Asus etc have done for Windows machines for the last couple of years. You know, that feature that Vista introduced.

slashdotted! (1)

sanguisdex (1453707) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180699)

at 10:58 est

Let's see if I'm psychic. (1)

Phasma Felis (582975) | more than 5 years ago | (#27180875)

I haven't read any other comments yet, but I'm using my psychic powers to predict that they will be full of people who cheer when someone spends months on a Windows or Linux casemod, calling this stupid because it's on a Mac.

Let's go check, shall we?

And the survey says... (1)

Phasma Felis (582975) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181021)

Hm, not quite as many trolls as I expected. Pleasantly surprised. I guess I'm...sort of psychic?

So how long until Apple does this themselves? (1)

Phrogman (80473) | more than 5 years ago | (#27181223)

Its a silly (but very impressive) hack, but its a lot of fun. It strikes me that Apple ought to consider building a tiny screen into the logo themselves in the next generation.

It catches the attention of anyone looking at the laptop, its a way to show off or distinguish your laptop from any others nearby, and the entire time you are looking at whats happening *you are looking at an Apple logo*, surely thats got to be a marketing dweeb's wetdream. All they need to do is include it in the system without it using up the 2nd monitor slot. :P

Re:So how long until Apple does this themselves? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27182099)

All they need to do is include it in the system without it using up the 2nd monitor slot. :P

Or they can get rid of the DisplayPort and call it a feature!

Re:So how long until Apple does this themselves? (1)

daw1234 (585433) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182301)

Haven't the new Macbooks got 2 gfx cards?

Second monitor in the screen? (0, Offtopic)

The Gaytriot (1254048) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182019)

Yo dawg I herd u liek monitors so i put a monitor in yo monitor so you can display while you display!

Oblig. Rocko's Modern Life quote (1)

elmedico27 (931070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182659)

My living room, it's a bathroom. My kitchen is a bathroom. My closet is a bathroom. My basement is a bathroom. My ballroom is a bathroom. Even my bathroom is a bathroom!

To people who tagged it as ''why'' (3, Informative)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 5 years ago | (#27182809)

Cray did even a more weird thing, on a multi million supercomputer which at most 4-5 super security cleared technicians would see in physical form.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cray_T3D [wikipedia.org]

(from Wiki)
'The Cray T3D MC cabinet had an Apple Macintosh PowerBook laptop built into its front. Its only purpose was to display animated Cray Research and T3D logos on its color LCD screen.'

And it was 5th on Top 500 back in 1998.

Extra server? (2, Funny)

canonymous (1445409) | more than 5 years ago | (#27183057)

If only they had added a second server inside it too...
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