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MacBook Mod Gives Base Station Chassis New Purpose

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the hyper-extension dept.

Hardware Hacking 129

odysseus31173 writes "A little over a year ago, I began developing for the iPhone and needed a working mac (not a Hackintosh), so I decided to purchase a MacBook logic board to save on cost. I modded a Linksys case to accept the logic board (along with all of the other hardware) and made it function again. The Mac currently runs Leopard and has a working iSight and mic along with fully functional WiFi and bluetooth. The RAM is the standard 1 gig, but the hard drive has been upgraded to 160 gigs. The iSight/mic holes in the front panel are hard to see and this could be used as a nanny cam of sorts."

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Nanny cam of sorts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283698)

"The iSight/mic holes in the front panel are hard to see and this could be used as a nanny cam of sorts."

Make sure you load it with porn that "happens" to appear when you touch any button at all, and send me the tapes.

Re:Nanny cam of sorts (5, Funny)

azior (1302509) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283938)

"The iSight/mic holes in the front panel are hard to see and this could be used as a nanny cam of sorts."

Make sure you load it with porn that "happens" to appear when you touch any button at all, and send me the tapes.

There's An App For That

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283716)

Congrats on having the ugliest mac ever. Clever though. :)

Re:Wow (1)

isama (1537121) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284224)

I beg to differ, This is the prettyest mac i've ever seen, i'd like one on my desk disguised amongst my routers and AP's :)
I do have a spare 19" 1u switch wich I could use :D a cheap(er) Xserve :D

Re:Wow (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30285026)

Because we all know a pretty box adds around 42% in performance, the same all pop stars are better "artist" because they are pretty... Dumbass

Down already? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283728)

Slashdotted already?!? Damn you people!

Um (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283736)

I think hacking together your own "Mac" out of a mac logic board and non-mac hardware still counts as being a "Hackintosh".

Re:Um (2, Insightful)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283794)

Still counts? I think this is the quintessential definition of "hackintosh."

Re:Um (2, Insightful)

putch (469506) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284120)

not quite. the "quintessential" definition of a hackintosh is intalling OSX on retail PC (as opposed to mac) hardware. this guy used a real mac mobo. so, basically he just modded a mac into a linksys case. not quite a hackintosh. also, not quite news.

Re:Um (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284366)

True. It's more like the quintessential definition of hack. Closer than your average hackintosh ever gets.

Re:Um (2, Insightful)

MooUK (905450) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284380)

What he did is what "Hackintosh" should mean. A lesser term should be given to using OSX on non-apple hardware.

Re:Um (2, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284816)

What he did is what "Hackintosh" should mean. A lesser term should be given to using OSX on non-apple hardware.

Slappedontosh

Re:Um (5, Funny)

nhytefall (1415959) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284896)

"Waste of Time and Money" - my suggestion

Re:Um (1)

orgelspieler (865795) | more than 4 years ago | (#30286492)

So, a WOMBATintosh?

Re:Um (1)

kantos (1314519) | more than 3 years ago | (#30288586)

Agreed this is in the best traditions of the Apple 1

Re:Um (5, Interesting)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284052)

With the important distinction that as far as the OS cares it's a real Mac. Thus OS updates work with no problem.

Re:Um (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284382)

That's exactly how my hackintosh works. I've been installing updates with no problems at all. The world's changed a lot in the last year.

Re:Um (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284834)

No, the world changed a lot when Apple went to Intel chips.

Re:Um (1)

indi0144 (1264518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285112)

indeed, It was the fucking second coming! If we can make apple to change to POWER it can stop 2012 and eat any black holes created by the LHC.. oh wait

Re:Um (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285158)

Sure. But you have no guarantee it will continue to work. As the Atom hackintosh owners found out.

It might be a small risk, but it's a risk nevertheless.

Re:Um (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285188)

You have that same risk on real mac hardware. It's not just Hack users that had trouble with Snow Leopard.

Re:Um (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285308)

Generally most OS updates are either a) people who fail to read the documentation describing things that will not work or b) people who are running shady software hacks.

Either way, if you're running Apple hardware you have support, warranties, etc. If you're running a hackintosh you don't. From what he said in the summary, that's an important factor to this guy.

Re:Um (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285492)

Generally most OS updates are either

a) people who fail to read the documentation describing things that will not work

This is Apple we're talking about. The only documentation you get is "You need to install this. Don't ask any more questions."

b) or people who are running shady software hacks.

I have to use Photoshop, you insensitive clod!

Re:Um (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285640)

This is Apple we're talking about. The only documentation you get is "You need to install this. Don't ask any more questions."

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3258 [apple.com]
Besides which, you're talking about apps. I'm talking about the OS not working.

I have to use Photoshop, you insensitive clod!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-10319435-264.html [cnet.com]

Everything back to CS1 apparently runs just fine. What's the problem?

Re:Um (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30285614)

And you get full Apple support, warranties, etc. for running a laptop mobo in a completely different case with non-Apple-approved cooling, peripherals, etc.? Yeah, I'm aware that the law doesn't let them void the warranty because you changed components, unless your changes caused the problem, but building a system from parts seems a grey area to begin with, and I think it's way too easy for them to blame any problems on "overheating due to stuffing it in an unapproved housing".

Re:Um (1)

jim_v2000 (818799) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285084)

What do you mean "non-mac hardware"? The mainboard is the only "mac" hardware in the machine. The rest is Intel, Nvidia, ATI, and Western Digitital, LG, etc.

Re:Um (3, Informative)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 3 years ago | (#30289766)

Just in case anyone thinks building a Hackintosh is clearly bad...

Installing OS X can be an easy process IF the hardware which it's being installed on plays nice with it. I believe a lot of people, myself included, got turned off to getting OS X working on their machines because of the *MANY* issues people faced while trying to get Tiger to work. Now that the entire OS is written for the x86 platform, many machines with Core 2 Duo processors or higher can at least install OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard using the retail disc, which was never possible previously. The only thing that's needed to get the disc to boot is a bootloader that can recognize it.

Choosing the right hardware makes a huge difference in getting OS X running just right. Lots of people run into issues with sound, graphics and wireless, but they also fail to consider that these fail because OS X lacks the native support to make them work. Furthermore, many of those experiencing growing pains fail to look at the HUGE wiki of compatible devices that have been tried and proven working.

I was able to get OS X Snow Leopard installed on my Dell Latitude E-series laptop with minimal pitfalls. The only trip-ups are in areas that don't bother me, but might bother others. I can't sleep the machine if I want to keep my webcam and USB 2.0 at the moment, and everyone's having problems shutting down and restarting their machines using ACPI. Considering the minimal amount of time I needed to get it up and urnning, I consider these side effects negligible. The fact that I can use OS X in my daily workflow and virtualize Windows 7 within it is more than enough to keep me happy.

In the end, though, I wouldn't recommend that people build rigs expressly for getting OS X installed on it unless it differs significantly from Apple's offerings and is significantly less expensive. Their prices are coming down quite nicely, so I don't think they are as unreasonable as they used to be. Plus, their Mac Pro is pretty nice...

So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (5, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283738)

... and put it in a case.

And it worked.

Umm yeah , and?

Must be a REALLY slow news day today.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283852)

I wasn't sure if I was missing the rest of the story or not.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283884)

no shit. hey, i bought a PC with a beige case and painted it orange. do i get my own slashdot story now too? we can talk about the technical differences between latex and enamel paints, glossy versus flat, and other really fascinating pieces of technicality! it'll be great ... for a slow news day

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (3, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283948)

no shit. hey, i bought a PC with a beige case and painted it orange. do i get my own slashdot story now too? we can talk about the technical differences between latex and enamel paints, glossy versus flat, and other really fascinating pieces of technicality! it'll be great ... for a slow news day

There have been a few slashdot stories about people painting laptops, and a few on restoring old cases... So, yes.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284862)

There have been a few slashdot stories about people painting laptops, and a few on restoring old cases... So, yes.

That chemical that reverses the UV yellowing of plastics was totally worthy of it's /. article.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (5, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284168)

no shit. hey, i bought a PC with a beige case and painted it orange. do i get my own slashdot story now too? we can talk about the technical differences between latex and enamel paints, glossy versus flat, and other really fascinating pieces of technicality! it'll be great ... for a slow news day

Don't be absurd, that's not news at all.

Now if you were to make a stencil of the Apple logo and paint it on the side of your machine, you could write a howto on that and make the front page of Slashdot for sure.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30284540)

no shit. hey, i bought a PC with a beige case and painted it orange. do i get my own slashdot story now too? we can talk about the technical differences between latex and enamel paints, glossy versus flat, and other really fascinating pieces of technicality! it'll be great ... for a slow news day

Don't be absurd, that's not news at all.

Now if you were to make a stencil of the Apple logo and paint it on the side of your machine, you could write a howto on that and make the front page of Slashdot for sure.

wat is this story about ?
the link dont even work ?
bloody idiot
get a job buy a mac

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (4, Funny)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283924)

... and put it in a case.

And it worked.

Worked, past tense.

He hosted TFArticle on the abomination, and it apparently decided to put itself out of its misery.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (3, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283994)

Not to mention it's another "my time is of no value" story. Why not buy a used Mac and start developing?

Well, I need some breakfast. Excuse me while I go raise a pig and a chicken and sow some wheat.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (0)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284406)

A ham and chicken sandwich? You're not getting any eggs without a second chicken.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284654)

My brother keeps chickens. You can get eggs without a rooster. In fact you can get eggs with just one chicken living in your back yard. Not very many, but you can.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (2, Informative)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284664)

Who labeled this informative? A single chicken will lay eggs just fine; if you want them fertilized you need 2.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284934)

A ham and chicken sandwich? You're not getting any eggs without a second chicken.

Uh, how about ham and eggs, with some bread/cereal?

Though GP is an idiot - if he grows his own wheat he can feed his own chickens on the cheap and easy.

If he has his own chickens, he can get fresh, clean, delicious eggs daily.

If he has his own pig, he can just feed it scraps and leftovers, saving valuable time on cleanup.

If he has his own pig, he can have it slaughtered and cut by a local butcher for nothing more than some of the meat (he couldn't eat it all himself anyway).

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285008)

GP said one chicken.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30288060)

Exactly.
One chicken + one pig = ham and eggs.
Ham in the freezer for months, fresh eggs daily.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30287514)

Though GP is an idiot

Why, because if I was going to target a platform for development, I'd just invest in an adequate machine and be done with it? Blow me.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30288030)

Because you don't see the obvious benefits in raising your own chickens and pigs and growing your own grains for a delicious breakfast.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30288144)

OK, how'd I wind up in Wonderland? Get me out of this thread! Halp!

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30285030)

And how are you going to get your grilled mushrooms & tomatoes, baked beans, and fried potatos out of that lot?

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284128)

So you bolted together a Mac from parts and put it in a case.

And it worked.

Umm yeah , and?

And now it's a nice puddle of Slashdottedness.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30284564)

This is the kind of story I only have to see when I read Slashdot via RSS. Because when I actually surf to the site, I'm logged in and have stories posted by Timothy blocked. It's funny how consistently he picks stuff that's totally irrelevant or outdated or common-knowledge or in some other way completely un-"nerdy".

And even funnier how after nearly ten years of sifting through the newsbin he hasn't improved one bit.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (3, Insightful)

Sandbags (964742) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285456)

if he did it for less than the cost of buying the same model Mac (used, and out of waranty), then it's a win. If a used/refurb Mac of the same or better model WITH a waranty costs less, then it;s a big lose... In fact, I'd say, to be a viable system and worth the effort, it would have to cost 70% or less than a used Mac with a waranty, including all the parts needed to make this what it is.

Re:So you bolted together a Mac from parts ... (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 4 years ago | (#30287708)

It's a somewhat unusual case mod. /. gets the occasional case mod story and this one is no different.

Who the hell cares? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283760)

I've built plenty of computers in my day, and never submitted a story about it. Now get the hell off of my lawn.

Re:Who the hell cares? (3, Funny)

cbreaker (561297) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283896)

Apple + Macintosh + iPhone = Front Page of Slashdot

Re:Who the hell cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30284258)

um, you do...? You clicked on the article, read some of it then felt the need to comment. That's a lot more effort then saying "Meh" outloud and checking your horoscope er something else, ain't it?

Besides, as long as there are comments then you can tell someone cares... I for one am not overly enthusiastic over these articles but i don't hate them either. Too much effort.
=]

Re:Who the hell cares? (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284952)

Apple + Macintosh + iPhone = Front Page of Slashdot

It's a veritable pretentious douche bag trifecta!

Looks like a Hackintosh to Me (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283764)

Ok, I know it isn't OSX installed on a PC but, when you've done that much work to make a computer that runs OSX, I think it qualifies as a Hackintosh.

And that's not a bad thing - I use a Mac every day and recently got myself an MSI Wind and set it up to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX so I'm all for a little Hackintosh love so don't take my above comment as a knock. If anything, I respect the work you did. But, let's call it what it is - you've hacked together some hardware to get a computer running OSX. It be a Hackintosh.

Re:Looks like a Hackintosh to Me (2, Informative)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283932)

when you've done that much work to make a computer that runs OSX, I think it qualifies as a Hackintosh.

Unless 'that much work' amounts to putting a Mac in a different case. He made a non-portable MacBook, but of course OS X installed on it, it is an Apple computer.

No, it's a Mac case mod. (4, Insightful)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284438)

Hackintosh = bog standard PC running Mac OS X.
Case mod = hardware stuffed into a case that is wildly different or decorative or super-functional.
Mac case mod = Mac logic board stuffed into a case that is wildly different from standard Macs.

I still want to do a Classic Mac modded with a Mac mini inside and an LCD replacing the old CRT.

Re:No, it's a Mac case mod. (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284538)

I still want to do a Classic Mac modded with a Mac mini inside and an LCD replacing the old CRT.

If I knew more about hardware mods, I'd do that! That would RULE!

Re:No, it's a Mac case mod. (1)

Predius (560344) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284844)

I never could find an appropriate LCD for this, but that was pre netbook era so maybe things have improved. My hang up was wanting better than 800x600 in that size. I almost went with a CRT instead as you can still find old high res VGA displays from sales terminals in 8" but never pulled the trigger.

Re:No, it's a Mac case mod. (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285100)

What would you do with all the rest of the empty space inside?

Re:No, it's a Mac case mod. (1)

Again (1351325) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285594)

You could drill a hole in the case, pipe some water in and then have a water fountain coming out of the top of your computer. I'll bet you would be the first person to do that hack!

Re:No, it's a Mac case mod. (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285656)

HDD array! Use the thing as a server.

Ooh, you installed OS X on a non-Apple-branded... (3, Funny)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283780)

...er, box. I'm tellin' Apple!

Re:Ooh, you installed OS X on a non-Apple-branded. (0, Redundant)

maccodemonkey (1438585) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285000)

It was Apple branded, that was the point. He used entirely genuine Apple parts, except for the case...

Re:Ooh, you installed OS X on a non-Apple-branded. (0, Redundant)

Sandbags (964742) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285518)

and that's the problem. The board itself does not carry an OEM license, so upgrade copies still do not apply.

Granted, it works flawlessly and installs Apple updates automatically, and I don't think Apple would give a crap since they clearly don't have to support it, and likely profited off the OS license, iLife license, and the spare parts too...

Apple doesn't want COMPANIES making systems, or facilitating hacks, but they have made it know they actualyl appreciate the general hacking community and have no intention of persuing people who use LEGAL copies of the software paid for in a store on home-built components.

Re:Ooh, you installed OS X on a non-Apple-branded. (0, Redundant)

maccodemonkey (1438585) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285582)

"and that's the problem. The board itself does not carry an OEM license, so upgrade copies still do not apply."

And why not? Plenty of companies sell Apple products in different cases, and they're blessed by Apple.

Hell, I'm pretty sure I remember Steve Jobs playing with a 3rd party Apple tablet that was on display at MacWorld a few years ago. Pretty sure it was the ModBook, which not only was on display at MacWorld, but is commercially available, and considered by Apple to be licensed for OS X.

"Apple doesn't want COMPANIES making systems, or facilitating hacks, but they have made it know they actualyl appreciate the general hacking community and have no intention of persuing people who use LEGAL copies of the software paid for in a store on home-built components."

As noted above, the ModBook is a 3rd party system built with Apple parts sold commercially, and condoned by Apple.

Re:Ooh, you installed OS X on a non-Apple-branded. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30285832)

Yeah, except for the box.

Woosh!

Not a bad little hack (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283790)

Not the greatest mod ever, but he probably saved a ton of cash by buying the logic board and doing it this way. Gives me some ideas actually. Using the linksys box is kind of an interesting choice, but hey, whatever works. Kinda amazed he was able to get the isight thinger working too. I wonder how airflow will be? May wanna mount in a fan or two for exhaust and intake...

Re:Not a bad little hack (1)

Darth Sdlavrot (1614139) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283992)

Not the greatest mod ever, but he probably saved a ton of cash

Unlikely.

Logic board http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/product.php?productid=17001 [powerbookmedic.com] : $250.

+ drive, memory.

Or he could have spent a bit more and bought a (new) Mac Mini and had something nice.

Gee, case, PS, MB, memory, disk, graphics card. Et voila, look ma, I built a computer. Get your hands on a Mac Pro MB and the rest of the parts are the same as for any other PC.

Color me unimpressed.

Re:Not a bad little hack (2, Informative)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284514)

drive and memory is cheap. 500GB 2.5" is $70. So we can safely say that new you can get them for under $100.

I think it is reasonable to say that a $350 is significantly less than $600.

And if you go on ebay(ewww) and buy a semi-broken macbook and take its logic board, or buy a used working logic board they are significantly less than $250. Most of the buy-it-now prices are more than $250, but you can usually get one for under $200 with a little effort.

Re:Not a bad little hack (1)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284714)

How much is your time worth?

my time is worth (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285178)

$250.

Re:Not a bad little hack (2, Insightful)

th1nk (575552) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285202)

The worth of his time is only relevant if he was trying to sell these for profit.

See, people have these things called hobbies that keep them entertained.

I, for instance, enjoy working on my car. Sometimes it takes me 3 or 4 times longer than it would take a shop. Is it worth my time? Absolutely--it's fun.

Re:Not a bad little hack (1)

samwichse (1056268) | more than 4 years ago | (#30286762)

Well, since I'm a nerd...

I often PAY money for entertainment. This "work" would then be worth a negative value to me... ie, getting to do the mod is a value on top of saving the money of not just buying a replacement case.

Now if I was just buying a replacement case, then I would think "how much is it costing me to do this" because then it wouldn't be FUN.

Come on, this is slashdot. How much is your time worth indeed.

Sam

Re:Not a bad little hack (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284822)

You can get second-hand logic boards on eBay for well under half that price, although there aren't usually many available. It's probably possible to do it cheaper than buying a new Mac (especially if you have some parts salvaged from other machines lying around). Not particularly noteworthy though.

Link already dead (1)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283806)

The link to the article on the mod is already dead and showing a "database error".

Re:Link already dead (1)

benjymous (69893) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283856)

He slashdotted himself...

OT: your sig (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285320)

How may I assist you in futhering your laudable goal to become a grapefruit?
Probably best to indicate your preferred variety (from http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/grapefruit.html#Varieties [purdue.edu] )
'Duncan'
'Foster' ('Foster Pink Flesh')
'Marsh' ('Marsh Seedless')
'Oroblanco'
'Paradise Navel'
'Redblush' (including 'Ruby', 'Ruby Red', 'Shary Red', 'Curry Red', 'Fawcett Red', 'Red Radiance', and 'Webb'
'Star Ruby'
'Sweetie'
'Thompson' (Pink Marsh')

I find your idea intriguing and would like to subscribe to your news letter.
Also, your peel makes your future in aromatherapy appear to be quite promising.

Re:Link already dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283918)

heres a link to the google cache
http://tinyurl.com/ykht44h

Re:Link already dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30284278)

what? not goatee?!

Re:Link already dead (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30283974)

RSS feed on feedburner still works http://feeds.feedburner.com/phantomdev/lHhb

I deem this f'ing stupid (0, Flamebait)

TyroneShoe (912878) | more than 4 years ago | (#30283862)

nuff said

Mandatory mirroring for all fing articles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30284074)

Seriously, feed the articles one time through coral so slashdot borks less of the internet, or at least more than the first 400 people that click on a link can see the fing article.

Another guy did this on a Xbox Dev Kit (0, Flamebait)

netchaos (1579593) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284118)

He wanted an ultimate home made machine running OSX to do his video editing in Final Cut Pro. Cool Worklog video [youtube.com] and his project page [willudesign.com]

Re:Another guy did this on a Xbox Dev Kit (1)

josath (460165) | more than 4 years ago | (#30286526)

You're wrong in several ways: 1) It's not an xbox dev kit...it's standard PC parts stuffed in an xbox shell 2) It's not mac hardware like in TFA, it's a 'hackintosh', with standard PC parts

iSight? (0, Troll)

Drenaran (1073150) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284478)

... Really? iSight? They really came up with a special Apple-only name for a camera?

Okay, I give up, excuse me while I find a truck to stand in front of (... knowing my luck it will be an iTruck).

Sincerely,
iSuck.

Re:iSight? (1)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284730)

Yes, because no other manufacturer brands their peripherals and features.

Re:iSight? (2, Insightful)

GizmoToy (450886) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284810)

Yea, what were they thinking? No one ever names their products! Apple's iSight, Microsoft's LifeCam, and Logitech's QuickCam should all just be renamed "camera"

Re:iSight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30286252)

HP, Dell and Lenovo call cameras built into their laptops "webcam" or "camera". Is there a pc maker that slaps their own brand on a webcam built into a laptop? Stand alone products are a whole different thing.

The real question... When will Apple introduce the iKeyboard?

Re:iSight? (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 4 years ago | (#30287896)

The iSight used to be a standalone product; Apple just happened to integrate it with their computers. They then kept the name because, hey, brand recognition also works for individual products.

Re:iSight? (1)

Drenaran (1073150) | more than 3 years ago | (#30290688)

I understand your point, but the other two examples at least have "cam" somewhere in there. That way you can go "oh, they mean a camera". iSight? I thought at first it was some sort of special addon for blind people. That's the only reason I griped, and my bad for coming off as a Troll.

The name still sucks though. (iCam would of made more sense)

Fugly (1)

gregthebunny (1502041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30284866)

That double-wide Linksys case looks stupid. I'm just sayin'.

More of Case Mod... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30285144)

This is more of a "case mod" type hack than a hardware or software hack. Style points gained for actually putting it together. No points awarded for doing anything new.

It all evens out (4, Funny)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285216)

He just used a logic board? Well, I just ordered a new case for my 13-inch MacBook. The universe is in harmony again.

Or... (2, Funny)

jours (663228) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285430)

Huh. I see the top case with the keyboard in one of your pictures. So for less than $200 shipped (and a lot less work) you could've bought the bottom case [ebay.com] and a replacement screen [ebay.com] and built a laptop.

Of course then you wouldn't be on slashdot.

Prior art: iBox (1)

illogic (52099) | more than 4 years ago | (#30285920)

This was a big thing a few years back, when everyone seemed to want a small Mac desktop in a "pizza box" form factor. I guess this was pre-Mac Mini. You would get a PowerMac G4 logic board and power supply, and add your own case and accessories. Someone even came up with a concept for a ready made kit called the iBox which was a bring-your-own-logic-board PowerMac system. Not sure if that ever really saw the light of day. I really wanted one.

http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/news/2003/04/58310 [wired.com]

Misleading title (0, Offtopic)

dontmakemethink (1186169) | more than 4 years ago | (#30287416)

Was I the only one expecting a lava lamp?

The first comment on the linked article: (1)

mr_lizard13 (882373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30288064)

"You should post this on a modding website – you would get a bunch of traffic I bet!"

I'm sure that now this is on /. he's getting a bunch of traffic just fine without needing to post it on a modding website.
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