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A Few Baaaaaad Apples

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the sorry-for-that dept.

Apple 321

SONET writes: "Why aren't all laptops made like this? I'm always putting my lappie in my otherwise empty briefcase. Even if it's just Photoshop/GIMP vapor, I really like the idea of a more rugged shell ... and the design is exceptionally clean. I know there are ruggedized laptops for the military and the like, but they really aren't for the average consumer as I envision something like this could be. The page is in Japanese, but the images really speak for themselves." I'm assuming it's just a mockup, the nicer to be proved wrong about ;) For the Exacto knife-and-firesale crowd though, an anonymous reader whispers that "Some guy modded his G4 Cube to have a Propaganda tile mapped inside the case. Looks excellent. That it does.

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321 comments

Cool... (1)

Opusnbill7 (442087) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194344)

Sweet design....but I think he invalidated his warranty... ;) Still would like one for myself, tho...as long as it was running OS X and not 9. :-D

Re:Cool... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194352)

Dude, you got in the 2,194,344th post!

Good Job!

Re:Cool... (-1, Offtopic)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194590)

Asshole.

I love Jon Katz (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194595)

Jon's so sexy [slashdot.org] . I can't get over the way he writes.

Re:Cool... (1)

JediTrainer (314273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194624)

I think it'd make a great accessory to the Jeep TJ [carsbynet.com] I'm planning to buy soon :)

Uhh (0, Troll)

well_jung (462688) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194345)

[butthead]That is the coolest thing I have ever seen [/butthead]

Better than cool... (1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194519)

...it's efficient! One piece for case and box. I'd get one, just to have when I travel.

I wonder if any computer manufacturers, including Apple will see this site and get ideas. The designer could be richly rewarded for it.

FISH! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194351)

I AM A FISH!

Old IBM Laptop (2)

NewbieSpaz (172080) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194353)

A friend of mine once had an IBM 386 that was huge, and rugged as well. That thing was a monster, in that it was barely comparable to today's "laptop." This beast had a keyboard that pulled out and it weighed a ton. It seems to me that most laptop makers are going for smaller, not bigger/more rugged. Getting a bigger laptop seems to be going the wrong direction in their eyes...

Re:Old IBM Laptop (1, Insightful)

jetgirl25 (261741) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194395)

It seems to me that most laptop makers are going for smaller, not bigger/more rugged.

And in complete opposition to recent trends in car manufacturing. Huge-assed gas guzzling SUVs anyone?


Feel free to moderate me off-topic :-)


Re:Old IBM Laptop (1)

dadragon (177695) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194450)

SUVs bother me. Why would you buy anything like that? Gas just shot up almost 10c a litre here, and this is where gas is "cheap"!

Re:Old IBM Laptop (1)

spunkypimp (17324) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194535)

I'm probably in the minority, but try driving around 3 friends and their ice hockey equipment for 6 months of the year and you'll quickly see the need for an SUV.

Pickup truck? No way. You can't leave your stuff in it cause it'll get stolen, and it will probably get snowed on anyways. Station wagon? Not enough height in the cargo area to fit everything. An SUV is about my only option.

Re:Old IBM Laptop (2, Insightful)

steemonk (469922) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194554)

A one word solution to your problem that guzzles less gas and is safer and more suitable to on-road conditions:

Minivan

Re:Old IBM Laptop (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194641)

you should come to Europe. You're looking at closer to a dollar a litre... Thankfully, because of this, SUVs haven't caught on over here.

That, and there's something shamefully tacky about them in the first place... They scream "I've got a tiny penis" to the european eye...

Re:Old IBM Laptop (1)

homebru (57152) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194630)

Huge-assed gas guzzling SUVs

And thus starts another villification based on what? A label that has no meaning.

Does SUV mean a Ford Expedition or a Sazuki Samurai? What do these two vehicles have in common other than the label SUV?

Need we lump all SUVs into the class gas-guzzling? How about lumping all programmers into a single class of pimply-faced white teenage male linux-addicts?

Geez; someone mod the parent of this as flamebait.

Re:Old IBM Laptop (1)

alpinist (96637) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194653)

Actually... The fastest growing/selling segement of the auto industry is the so-called 'compact SUV', i.e. Nissan XTerra, Ford Escape, et al. See? common sense sinks in eventually. Or it's just the cost of gas for the last year that's done it. :P

But to be on topic, I don't see the big deal about a 4 pound laptop vs. a 7 pound laptop. Mine weighs in at around 7, and unless I'm taking it up Everest or riding it on my back in the Tour de France, those 3 extra pounds don't mean much.

Re:Old IBM Laptop (1)

reverius (471142) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194413)

Well, I have to agree with the manufacturers in this case.

My "rugged" three year old laptop has lasted me that long, and nothing ever broke in it... but it's barely portable. It's almost 10 pounds, and about 1.5 inches thick.

My new laptop, a Sony Vaio SR33, is 2.9 pounds and about half as thick as its own external cd-rom drive. It's completely portable, and doesn't seem too flimsy.

I'm a bad mutha fuckin apple (-1, Offtopic)

Kike Meister (443880) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194357)

look out bitches

2234823849723th post mutha fucka's

Panasonic Toughbook (5, Funny)

gUmbi (95629) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194359)

Bah, you call that rugged? Where's the waterproof keyboard and G-force ratings? Besides, a case doesn't protect hard-drives if they're not shock mounted.

Check out the Panasonic Toughbook. [panasonic-toughbook.com]

Re:Panasonic Toughbook (1)

dfenstrate (202098) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194479)

They're in Japanese.

Re:Panasonic Toughbook (3, Funny)

gig (78408) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194536)

Apple shock mounts the hard drives in its portable computers. They are really tough, especially the iBook which is made for schools.

This guy just used a PowerBook G4 for the look and because he's a Mac user. It's not that the PowerBook wasn't rugged to begin with. Of course, now it looks like it's indestructable.

It's been done before (2, Interesting)

Lucky Kevin (305138) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194360)

Does anyone remember the Osbourne?

Re:It's been done before (4, Funny)

norton_I (64015) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194375)

Yep. You can tell O1 owners because their right arm is slightly longer than their left.

I still have mine around, somewhere.

Re:It's been done before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194515)

Im left handed :D

Very cool (2)

YIAAL (129110) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194361)

Extremely cool. But if they ramp it up to mass production, they'll probably ruin it. Kind of the way they do with those very cool show cars that become lame by the time they hit the market.

why? (2)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194366)

Let's see, you just bought an Apple, where you are admittedly paying a premium for their high quality enclosure (desktop and laptop).

So the first thing you do is rip it out of it's case into something you built? If you're going to risk destroying a computer, why not start with cheapo x86 hardware instead? You don't even have to buy a case!

Re:why? (5, Funny)

piecewise (169377) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194429)

Why does everyone say you pay a premium with Apple computers? My bro's iBook was $1299 and it's *great*. My own PowerBook Titanium G4 was $2,599. I couldn't find a single laptop for less money that could beat the Ti that I bought. A $599 15" LCD that is the BEST in the industry (even the biased CNET says that).

I'm not trying to sell Apples here, I'm just saying, I work with them every day, and they're not overpriced, especially considering the greater number of features you get. Come on, even the Sony laptop doesn't have a standard CDRW (or even CD-ROM), you have to add that on.

DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE POSTING MORON (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194451)

"The" Sony laptop?? Last time I checked, Sony had about a dozen different models they were selling. They have an 800MHz Athlon laptop with 14' LCD + DVD-ROM + NIC + Modem with $50 mail in rebate AND a free second battery by mail AND a $29 upgrade to Windows XP for $1299. Which is what you paid for your slow ass tangerine iBook.

And if you couldn't find an x86 laptop better than the Titanium G4 for $2600 then you obviously don't know how to navigate to "http://www.dell.com" or "http://www.sony.com" or "http://www.sony.com". For that much cash you could get a loaded 1GHz P3 you moron.

And that line about "The" Sony laptop not having a CD-ROM is FUD. Most Sony laptops DO come with CD-ROMS, and the high-end ones come with DVD-ROMs or CDRWs. So shut the fuck up you paid Apple hypester.

Re:why? (2, Flamebait)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194458)

I agree with you, Apple's are great. The iBook in particular is a good value, except for two things:

1. No PC card slots.

2. Can't drive an external monitor at high resolution (1024x768). Apple has intentionally crippled this computer and it's a shame.

As to the TiBook, sorry, it is overpriced. I'll even agree that the G4 is twice as fast as an equivalent x86. That makes it equal to the 800-1ghz range. A Dell with 1600x1200 screen, FireWire, ethernet, and wireless networking can be had in that range for $600 less than the Ti.

Re:why? (1)

Super_Frosty (82232) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194614)

No PC card slots.

Why does the iBook need those? Unlike the Windows laptops, it has built in 56k and 10/100 ethernet, so you don't need cards for those. And, those are the only cards that I ever use in my Windows laptops.

Apple has intentionally crippled this computer and it's a shame.

Absolutely correct. This is not a good way to sell computers. The slowed down bus just kills me, though.

Re:why? (1)

reverius (471142) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194473)

I was considering buying an iBook, but reconsidered after I saw the Sony Vaio SR33. It has a 600 mhz Celeron (a bit slower, but oh well...) 128 MB RAM, etc. etc.

But it's best features are the fact that it's 2.9 lbs. and extremely thin. :)

That, and its a few hundred dollars cheaper than the iBook... about $1063 after tax and shipping.

Re:why? (1)

mz001b (122709) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194511)

My own PowerBook Titanium G4 was $2,599. I couldn't find a single laptop for less money that could beat the Ti that I bought.

There are a lot of nice options in the x86 world that compare favorably to the Ti powerbook. The Ti power book is absolutely enormous compared to the IBM x20 that I use. Light weight is important to me. Someone else would have other priorities, and will choose a laptop to suit them.

Mockup? Nah. (3, Informative)

BitchAss (146906) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194370)

I'm assuming it's just a mockup, the nicer to be proved wrong about ;)

It seems to be a working model. There's a picture of it working here [geocities.co.jp]

I don't think it looks so great. (1)

nemesisj (305482) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194380)

Why would anyone want a laptop that is more than half a foot thick and probably weighs 10-15 pounds? I want a laptop that is slim and durable and light. This thing looks like it fails miserable on two out of those requirements.

Re:I don't think it looks so great. (1)

vs (21446) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194388)

What, you mean I should get a *plain* PowerBook?

Oh, wait, Ive already got one :-)

That little rat (-1, Troll)

Bowie J. Paog (229002) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194381)

My Copyright specificly prevents people doing stuff like this with my artwork.
This guy is in violation of the DMCA.

Thanks
Bowie J. Paog

How can you be sure? (-1, Offtopic)

Carrion (2315) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194384)

Maybe it's the big corporations that are posting this to make us waste our time with trying to glue propaganda over our boxes instead of freeing Dimitry and battling the DMCA!

Oh and by the way, first post?

how (-1, Troll)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194385)

does shit like this get on the front page?

Re:how (-1, Offtopic)

Bowie J. Paog (229002) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194392)

Because I am your god.
Bow to me.

Thanks
Bowie J. Poag

Re:how (1)

vs (21446) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194402)

Are you envious because you coulnt pry the 1x1" badge out of your Wintel case?

Re:how (1)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194425)

Actually, it was a sticker that said 'Best with Windows 98/NT' or some such. It came off of it's own volition, leaving behind a laptop that probably puts that piece of shite Apple to shame for ruggedness, speed, and portability. You can only wish you had a Thinkpad 240x.

Re:how (1)

core10k (196263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194443)

I forgot to mention, that you need to add a protective case - but hey, it's still a third the cost, and you can drop it onto concrete from 6 feet and nothing will break.

Mockup? (1)

7608 (515533) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194389)

I wouldn't call that a mockup, I'd call it a mockery.

Where to order the cases (4, Informative)

Anml4ixoye (264762) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194393)

The company I used to work for, Root International [rootintl.com] , sells these cases. I have one very similar to the one this gentlemen used for my laptop (thought it's just a case). They can build them to do just about anything, custom foam inserts, etc. They even sell cases just like that one for Palm Pilots, etc.

Ahh, that's nothing... (1, Troll)

sticks_us (150624) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194397)

This is old news. For those with a historical bent, there have been rugged, nasty, heavy portable computers for a long time.

Kaypro [ucdavis.edu] comes to mind, and you didn't have to worry about "sad mac" errors, StuffIT files, or all that jibber-jabber.

Plus, it weighed so much, if you dropped it on anything or anyone, it was destroyed, period. Try doing that with your neat little Photoshop laptop!

Re:Ahh, that's nothing... (1)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194539)

They made fun of those on King of the Hill.

Re:Ahh, that's nothing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194634)

test

Re:Ahh, that's nothing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194644)

n. You can login now using the convenient form b

Rugged? Try Titanium (1)

Mac Nazgul (196332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194400)

The Apple Powerbook G4 [apple.com] is made out of Titanium. I have heard of stories of people running it over with their car and it still working, resulting only in screen damage. One guy did that, took it home and plugged an external monitor in and it was fully functional!

Re:Rugged? Try Titanium (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194407)

people running it over with their car and it still working, resulting only in screen damage.

I don't know about you, but to me that sounds pretty stupid...

Titanium? Tough? Hah. (2, Insightful)

metalhed77 (250273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194409)

Go to a frys find a titanium and gently press on the back of the monitor while it is on. You'll see the screen deform, the titanium is so thin that just light pressure bends it, that can't be good, and definitely isn't rugged. 1/16" of titanium isn't that strong

Re:Rugged? Try Titanium (5, Insightful)

Jeffrey Baker (6191) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194463)

Don't be a moron. The PowerBook G4 is very fragile. I own one. I've had it since February 2001 and I always treat it with kid gloves. So far, I've smashed the screen latch by simply picking it up with one hand instead of two, I've ripped off all four rubber feet by dragging it a little ways across a tabletop, and I've nearly ruined the screen by grabbing it too hard. The PowerBook G4 is so flimsy that you can cause a short on the motherboard by lifting the machine in a particular way, and if you pinch the right side of the machine while a CD or DVD is spinning, you'll scratch the disc.

Re:Rugged? Try Titanium (3, Interesting)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194476)

Titanium in such minimal thicknesses is actually very flexible. (and also very lightweight). I'm no engineer, but look at the tubes of titanium bike frames. They are always oversized in diameter compared to steel, otherwise the bike would flex like a noodle.

Check out the cool Ti bike stuff at Litespeed [litespeed.com]

Ti is nice, but there is nothing necessarily indestructable about it.

P.S. If you really ran a TiBook over with a car, it would be completely destroyed. You can flex the screen a scary amount by hand. (not that x86 laptops are any different).

how protective is the titanium (1)

metalhed77 (250273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194505)

since it isnt' shock mounted or anything, and the titanium isn't that great of a vibration dampener, all that would happen is you'd have some intact titanium encasing your crushed computer components

not as perfect, not as clean, but... (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194405)

i modded my 1000mhz athlon tbird into this case: (case = $35, dremel = priceless)

Actually it is not a mockup but a real computer (1)

techathead (201626) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194408)

I read on one of the mac news sites a while ago about this and it is actually an ibook in there, no mock up about it.

It's all about the benjamins! (3, Flamebait)

jht (5006) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194416)

They don't make 'em like that because very few people want one that ruggedized - therefore you can't sell enough to make the assembly line worth running. It costs a pretty penny to make a machine that tough - and laptops already cost more than desktops to begin with. Panasonic pretty much owns the rugged nighe right now with the ToughBooks, and Dolch (are they still around?) used to make some awesomely tough luggables that could be folded away easily but weren't really laptops (they mainly ran off AC, though I think they did a laptop or two).

Most consumers want a small, light portable computer which pretty much eliminates ruggedness from the design (the current iBook and a few others being partial exceptions to the rule). You make up the difference with padding - ie, a really nice tote that provides the extra protection. It's a good enough compromise for most.

That is the ugliest thing (0, Flamebait)

maunleon (172815) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194418)

What, are we going back to the old 1980s Compaq portables? That is ugly and nerdy. My laptop is half an inch thick, so I can carry it around by itself.

Besides, I use my laptop at home a lot (almost exclusively, since I got my wireless setup). Why would I want that ugly thing on my coffee table??

Re:That is the ugliest thing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194534)

> Why would I want that ugly thing on my coffee table??

You don't. It's not for you. Might it have occurred to you that others in the world might have differing computing needs?

I suggest you take your .sig to heart and Shut The Hell Up.

here's why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194421)

Apple's computers are slow so they have to add extra perks or else no one would buy them. I can buy an 800MHz Celeron or Duron laptop for about a grand, so why would I spend $2K on a 500MHz box??

Oh, and keep talking about the "MHz myth", whatever that is. I wrote assembly code for a G4 and and an x86 Duron, and the duron did a store/load in four clock cycles but it took the G4 five clock cycles!! Not only do x86 chips run at a faster speed, but they get more bang per cycle too!

Re:here's why (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194434)

you have been taken by the "megahertz myth"

Re:here's why (2)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194487)

Really? For the longest time, Apple has been saying that the G3/G4 is twice as fast as an x86 chip at the equivalent clockspeed. I'll agree with that, my own experience with macs seems to bear it out.

However, the price/performance ratio is still horrible. Let's say a G4 tower really is twice as fast as a Pentium IV 1.4ghz. The Pentium IV is half the price! So it still has double the cost-effectiveness. Athlon is even better.

Apple would have to market the G4 as "four times as fast" to make them price competitive.

Re:here's why (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194564)

theyre competitive because they're not x86. Hondas are not necessarily a superior car to say a GM, but they are in a few ways, and they're different, not a real strong analogy, but I think you get my point. I'll pay the money to be different, thanks, i strive to be unique.

Re:here's why (2)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194578)

not a real strong analogy

You're right. Thank you for completely ignoring the topic at hand and validating my statement.

The price difference is awfully huge if your only reason for buying one is to be "unique". If that's all you care about buy a $30 PC case and paint it.

Re:here's why (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194639)

a painted case running windows. Sounds great.

Damn! Trolled twice in one day! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194422)

First they post the OpenGL troll as a complete story, now they accept an "anonymous" submission that is obviously Blowie J. Poag blatantly whoring his Propaganda [goatse.cx] bullshit. Now all we need is an Ask Slashdot "Is BSD really dying?", and we'll know the trolls really own Slashdot.

Propaganda (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194423)

Please remove the link to the Propaganda site.

The owner of that site has criticised the Open Source movement to the extent that I don't believe it's appropriate to support his site on Slashdot.

iBook Clamshells are quite durable as well. (4, Insightful)

jungwirr (249169) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194428)

I kicked myself when I bought my iBook SE (lime green - 340MB RAM, 10 gig HD, OSX) because Apple came out with the next generation iBook soon after. I would have really liked to have the bigger screen and external display support. But after working with it for several months I was consoled. This thing is rugged and convenient! Rubberized case and a reinforced handle make it quite close to what this fellow has mocked up.
I stand firm behind my assertion that Apple makes the most durable and usable consumer grade notebooks available. OS X is still a little rough around the edges, but to have Mac classic and BSD running at the same time without major hakkij you can't beat it.

Re:iBook Clamshells are quite durable as well. (2, Flamebait)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194501)

I would have really liked to have the bigger screen and external display support.

Don't worry, you aren't missing much. The new iBook can only drive an external display at 1024x768, and no higher, even though the ATI video chip supports much higher resolutions.

Why? Because Apple intentionally crippled it to make you buy the TiBook. Unlike Dell, Apple can't justify the cost of the higher end with faster chips (they don't exist), so they have to cripple the low end to make the top end look good. Shameful. Makes me sad to be a shareholder.

Re:iBook Clamshells are quite durable as well. (2, Interesting)

Super_Frosty (82232) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194603)

Unlike Dell, Apple can't justify the cost of the higher end with faster chips (they don't exist)

The TiBook has a G4 chip. The iBook has a G3 chip. Even though they are both 500 MHz, the different architectures = a sizable speed difference. Also, Apple makes up to a 800? MHz G4 chip.

Of course, this makes it all the more pathetic to dumb down the iBook in other ways. Not only is the display an issue, but also the slow bus. Apple is not a friendly company.

Re:iBook Clamshells are quite durable as well. (2)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194557)

FYI, here is the link that lists the display resolutions: Apple support page. [apple.com]

Selling a Book (1)

Shook (75517) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194433)

As far as I can tell, this looks like it's a working mod. It also appears, that the guy (or gal) might not have a lot of details on how he did this mod, becuase he is selling a book [geocities.co.jp] . (look near the bottom).

Also, the Japanese version of Mac Wire has an article [zdnet.co.jp] about it. (But I have no idea what it says)

I did a search for "Halli Mac" on google. Apparently, the Japanese Mac-enthusiast sites are all over this. But I have no idea what they say either.

Probably just another neat case mod.

Yes, it's real. (3, Insightful)

sakusha (441986) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194435)

Yes, it does function, and yes, I can read Japanese.

But seriously, WFT is that "Bad Apples" story title? Seems to me this is a GOOD Apple, or is /. incapable of doing anything but bashing Apple?

Re:Yes, it's real. (1)

thetzar (30126) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194448)

Come on, didn't you live through the 80s? Bad is good!

Re:Yes, it's real. (1, Offtopic)

Fred Ferrigno (122319) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194460)

You can read Japanese, but can you read American?

"He's a bad mother--"
"Watch your mouth!"
"I'm just talkin' 'bout Shaft."
"And we can dig it!"

Dig a Shaft, get it.. wooboy.

Do your best moderators! I'm woefully off-topic and I don't care!

Re:Yes, it's real. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194484)

LOL!

Re:Yes, it's real. (2, Insightful)

agdv (457752) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194470)

WFT is that "Bad Apples" story title? Seems to me this is a GOOD Apple

For some reason the word "bad" has started being used to mean "very good". As is "bad-ass". Ah, kids today...

Re:Yes, it's real. (3, Funny)

tswinzig (210999) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194549)

But seriously, WFT is that "Bad Apples" story title? Seems to me this is a GOOD Apple, or is /. incapable of doing anything but bashing Apple?

Well you're probably Japanese, so I'll cut you some slack. Go rent Pulp Fiction or Shaft, and picture Samuel L. Jackson saying, "Those are some Baaaaaaaaaaad apples!"

Actually, he'd probably say, "Those are some baaaaaaaaaaaad motherfuckers!" But they can't print that on Slashdot.

Re:Yes, it's real. (1)

VRisaMetaphor (87720) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194589)

If it's real, then why (under the "details" link) does the AirPort Base Station have a mushroom stem?

So you can read Japanese? (1)

schepers (462428) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194657)

I can read English. And I read the story about the potato-powered server, too. ;-)

Tupperware (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194437)

I think computer cases, laptops especially, should be made of Tupperware, it's extremely durable. My mom has Tupperware bowels dating back to the 70's and the stuff still looks brand new.

Re:Tupperware (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194445)

I meant Tupperware bowls not bowels... hehehe...

Re:Tupperware (4, Funny)

bellers (254327) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194640)

Man. What I wouldn't give for Tupperware bowels.

It would sure make those 3am Taco Bell cravings much easier to deal with the next morning.

I don't care what you say, its still a macintosh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194442)

Let's be reasonable here. Its still a fsckin' macintosh, which means they could make it out of depleted uranium and give it a 1-gig wireless access directly to the backbone, a 300G drive, and sell it with ten complimentary dancing girls, and NO ONE WOULD WANT IT.

IT IS A DAMN MACINTOSH. I REPEAT: A DAMN MACINTOSH.

IT IS NOT A COMPUTER.

Thank you.

Commercially available here (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194461)

You can buy commercially available PC architecture machines like this from Dolch.
http://www.dolch.com [dolch.com]

The metal briefcase style fall under their "rugged laptops" category. I haven't used the laptop, but I've used the "rugged portable with slots" style case, and can vouch that it is very high quality (filtered fans, shock mounted everything, etc.).
-- Chris Caudle

Re:Commercially available here (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194582)

This is what comes up on Dolch.com:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e57'

[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]String or binary data would be truncated.

/home.asp, line 26

Figures....

Well, they do exist... (3, Interesting)

SlowCoder (99587) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194462)

Panasonics "ToughBook" series is a _tough_ notebook, made for outdoor and industrial use..
Doesn't look too bad either..

Some features:
* Shock-restistance
* Spill-resistance
* Vibration-resistance
* Dust-restistance
* Magnesium casing

http://www.panasonic.com/computer/notebook/Default .asp [panasonic.com]

Just wait to type... (1)

kevlar (13509) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194491)


Sure, neat, pretty. Practical? Not really... that'd be a complete bitch to type on unless you used an external device.

Looks pretty old (1)

Jeffrey Baker (6191) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194494)

In the picture showing the guts of this machine, it looks like the airport cage is autographed and dated 2001-01-12, so I would think this mod is over 18 months old.

I will be impressed when... (1)

jeremy f (48588) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194495)

Someone mods their case with the Drempels [geisswerks.com] look. :)

Ruggedize this (1)

gnudutch (235983) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194502)

I keep my laptop in an aluminum gun/camera case. Custom carved foam. Very rugged, easy, cheap.

Oh come on. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194537)

There's many, many examples of this type of thing. Just do a quick search on google [google.com] .

Shouldn't be too hard (1)

MBCook (132727) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194577)

It looks like this shouldn't be too hard to do for anyone who is an EXPIRIANCED case modder.

Now if only I was an expirianced case modder...

Re:Shouldn't be too hard (1, Offtopic)

catch23 (97972) | more than 12 years ago | (#2194623)

maybe you should try being an experienced speller first...

See this discussion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194583)

I think this comment [slashdot.jp] discusses it.

Dance monkey boy. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194610)

Dance monkey boy. Dance! [ibiblio.org]

test You can (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2194662)

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