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Wood PCs For A Nepalese School

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the small-for-suitcases dept.


An Anonymous Coward writes: "The BBC runs a story about a Nepalese teacher who collects old computer parts to set up the first computer-equipped school in Nepal. They assemble the parts into wooden boxes! If you have old parts left, maybe you can donate something, too."

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I made a wooden pc once. (5, Funny)

MrFredBloggs (529276) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459671)

Wooden keyboard, wooden ram... looked nice. The only problem wooden work!

Bad boy! (-1)

puhtime2go (516969) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459677)

You didn't claim fp! So, I claim it. Nyahh, nyahh! St00pid b00b.

Perfect for pr0n surfing! (1, Funny)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459730)

Wooden keyboard, wooden ram... looked nice.

...and a wooden thing in my briefs...

Donation... (2, Funny)

Asic Eng (193332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459789)

Well, I got a few cases I could spare. :)

unequally yolked (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459833)

Nietzsche believed that modern democracy represented not the self-mastery of former slaves, but the unconditional victory of the slave and a kind of slavish morality. The typical citizen of a liberal democracy was a "last man" who, schooled by the founders of modern liberalism, gave up prideful belief in his or her own superior worth in favor of comfortable self-preservation. Liberal democracy produced "men without chests", composed of desire and reason but lacking
thymos [Plato's "spiritedness"], clever at finding new ways to satisfy a host of petty wants through the calculation of long-term self-interest. The last man had no desire to be recognized as greater than others, and without such desire no excellence or achievement was possible. Content with his happiness and unable to feel any sense of shame for being unable to rise above those wants, the last man ceased to be human.

Re:unequally yolked (-1, Offtopic)

Roto-Rooter Man (520267) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459889)

Too true. Now pull down those pants and let's see what's doin'.

Re:I made a wooden pc once. (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459922)

...and the most damaging bugs aren't in the software or OS, but...termites.

NFP (-1)

Dead Fart Warrior (525970) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459674)

Not first post, cause I had to log in, damnit.

Re:NFP (-1)

LinuxIsForAssholes (527253) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459749)

Nice try though. I was on a 2 damn minute delay...

Wooden boxes (5, Funny)

morie (227571) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459676)

They assemble the parts into wooden boxes! If you have old parts left, maybe you can donate something, too."

I don't. However, I may have some wooden boxes.

Re:Wooden boxes (2)

Quizme2000 (323961) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459731)

If you have old parts left, maybe you can donate something, too.
Come on, thats a terriable idea. If your going to donate something donate a working computer. I know half of you could build one for about 100 bucks from all the spare crap thats been accumlating in your grave yard at work for the last 10 years. If your really serious about this (which your not) You expect me to believe you'll spend 200$ to send a NIC to Nepal.

I wonder if the wood is rainforest safe? Though nice teak boxen would sure spruce up the office.

Re:Wooden boxes (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459785)

Eh, the US Army is over in that area anyway, just airdrop a few crates of goods to them.

Re:Wooden boxes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459944)

I personally wouldn't drop my junk on Napal.. But I might be willing to send a few big ol' vax's to be dropped on Afganistan.. We could call them "bunker busters".

Re:Wooden boxes (3, Interesting)

DeepHootie (314068) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459782)

Historical note the prototype for the Apple had a wood case.

Re:Wooden boxes (1)

MrFredBloggs (529276) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459838)

Actually, i think the Amiga cd-32 prototypes were a circuit board nailed to a piece of wood.

Stop Sniggering (1) (410908) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459848)

This is one of the best PC mods I've seen since Cdr Taco Arcade Machine 8)

2459675th (-1)

LinuxIsForAssholes (527253) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459679)

2459675th post!!!

I had a wooden computer.. (1, Funny)

KingKire64 (321470) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459686)

Then i wished upon a star... And when i woke up it was a REAL LIVE COMPUTER I called him Tuxicio! Alas though he was eaten by the great white whale M$ But that is a different story.

Re:I had a wooden computer.. (1, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459697)

If a Boolean operator gave a FALSE output, did the case grow longer?

i love you tons (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459688)

i love you quite a lot sir

sneakernet (1)

millerjl (126046) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459690)

At the moment, we have to walk down for a full day to the nearest city where an internet service is available to communicate with people from around the world

and people though that sneakernet was dead in the world today...

Re:walking a full day for net access (1)

KosovoYankee (310988) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459708)

sounds like a lot of rural areas in the midwest...

What is it with the box stories??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459699)

It seems like not a day goes by without a story about a new case or box or whatever... This story's other merits aside, what is the obsession in this community with the trappings that house your computer? I just don't get it...


Re:What is it with the box stories??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459720)

you need to take a psych class on repressed homosexuality, then some of this obsession might start to make sense, it certainly cleared things up for me.

Knock on wood... (0)

10100101 (524621) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459702)

Maybe we'll have less wood computer jokes from now on. And maybe M$ will use Linux as its kernel for future versions of windows. Come to think of it, we should make a distor reproducing Windoze's GUI, to attract long-time windoze users...

good thing they're using old parts (2, Funny)

superflex (318432) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459706)

if they were using new stuff, their cases would catch on fire.

"Wow, those P-IV's are really smokin!"

Re:good thing they're using old parts (0)

10100101 (524621) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459719)

"Wow, those P-IV's are really smokin!"

Forget P-IV's try Athlons...

Wooden Cases and Heat Problems (2)

Bonker (243350) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459794)

I've often wanted a wooden case for my PC, and even drew up plans once. Then I remembered exactly how much heat my Athlon and 3dfx video card put out.

(I cooked a nic in my first PCI slot until it wouldn't work any more, not realizing how hot the 3dfx's heatsink really was.)

Wood is not known for its heat conductance. In fact, one of the reasons people started building homes out of wood was that wood is a better insulator than stone or metal.

wood pc (1, Interesting)

donabal (116308) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459710)

sounds like a fad.

betcha those paper conservationists will be all over this saying that this will become too popular and we will lose the rainforest.

and god help us all if one of these caught fire.

think Wooden Athlon. "Warm in the winter"


Re:wood pc (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459839)

It is more likely that they use wooden boxes because PC cases are relatively bulky, heavy and generally not worth shipping out to nepal.

The computer *is* the motherboard, ram etc. Why bother to waste energy carting the cases up into the mountains when perfectly good wooden boxes are available locally?

Coffin Computing (2, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459711)

If you die while surfing the net in Nepal, you can be buried in your own case. How cool is that?

We will all tell our grandkids... (3, Redundant)

Navius Eurisko (322438) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459716)

we had wooden computers back when we were young. We will also say we only had 128 MB of RAM at the time (and we liked it! We loved it!), had to look at pr0n on a 15" monitor (CRT no less, not those fancy smancy plasma LCDs!!!), and had to walk 15 miles to download the latest version of Linux (uphill, both ways!!!).

Re:We will all tell our grandkids... (-1)

LinuxIsForAssholes (527253) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459728)

and had to walk 15 miles to download the latest version of Linux (uphill, both ways!!!).... just to find out that it sucks a big turd.

Awesome! (2, Interesting)

BoarderPhreak (234086) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459717)

This is great to see...

Is there a site online where you can see various places like this that could benefit from the donation of old parts and computers?

I'm sure we all have 486's and RAM and old drives and God knows what else laying around that's more or less "worthless" to us, but would make all the difference to students in need!

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459735)

Why would people in Nepal need computers? It will end up corrupting them and destroying their culture.

Re:Awesome! (2)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459748)

Man, send some of that stuff to me! I wish I could get some "worthless" 486's

Re:Awesome! (2)

garcia (6573) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459863)

really? You think? Old 486s and RAM would be useful to other people and not us? I haven't heard that before on a post like this.

I keep all my old hardware for no reason just as many others do. It sits in my closet and people marvel at the size of the collection. I think people see it and feel the need to donate to me.

Just send the people over there money. They don't need us building the damn computers for them. If they have money, they got what they need. Hell, they may even be able to afford some nice computers.

Just my worthless .02

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459903)

Exactly. I think that assuming that everyone in the world wants to have a "comptuer lifestyle" just like us is as bad as the Taliban thinking that the whole world should do things their way.

Just as the world needs some natural areas unspoiled by Burger King and McDonalds and strip malls, perhaps the world needs an area where people can develop intellectually and spiritually "outside the box". Not everyone needs to be "surfing the net".

Missing the point... (2)

BoarderPhreak (234086) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459921)

These people obviously HAVE an interest in computers, or the gentleman running that program wouldn't have bothered. I'm not saying we should send computers and parts to people that don't have them who might not want them, as you speculate. But programs such as this obviously came about because someone had an interest...

Same thing with the schools in Africa that are trying this same approach - gathering up anything and everything they can that us spoiled folks take for granted and consider "junk."

I know that I'd rather see a student in an under-developed use my old gear than have it sit in my closet to impress my friends with how much old crap I've got laying around.

Dammit! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459718)

I was gonna get first post, but then I got high.
Now I'm posting late in the thread, and I know why...

Because I got high, because I got high, because I got high!

Line of Sight (1)

Dr. Smeegee (41653) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459721)

I wonder if they have line of sight between the ISP-equipped village and their village. Hmmm....

Seems like a good candidate for a wireless link.

Re:Line of Sight (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459806)

That would -

The typical income of a working person in Nepal (if they get paid in money) is about 50 US a month.

Re:Line of Sight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459818)

good idea, two question tough:

1. Do they have electricity up there in the hills?
2. If yes, why don't they use powerline services?

Old Computer Parts (5, Informative)

DrDeaf (108321) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459726)

I'd suggest:
(1) Gathering your stuff to send
(2) Packing carefully
(3) Finding out how much shipping will cost
(4) Send that amount of money

Re:Old Computer Parts (0)

Lucky (12407) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459885)

Good point. The shipping for that stuff halfway around the world will be prohibative. However, I bet your local school district could use about the same level of hardware, if you could get it to them.

I had a tough time finding where to bring stuff in San Francisco, so I ended up dumping a working 486 in a dumpster.

Re:Old Computer Parts (2)

Bishop (4500) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459905)

I believe there was a story on ./ many moons ago about someone who wanted to ship an HD to Russian. His conclusion was the same. After all the hassle of shipping, insurance, duty fees and such, an old used HD ended up costing quite a bit more then a new and much larger HD.

Re:Old Computer Parts (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459949)

I'd suggest:

(1) Gathering your stuff to send
(2) Packing carefully
(3) Finding out how much shipping will cost
(4) Send that amount of money

Better yet, sell your stuff on ebay and donate the proceeds! Make sure you tell bidders where the proceeds will be going in case they feel generous.

Quick, call the license police!! (1, Flamebait)

seanmeister (156224) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459729)

Most of them were 486 DX2 models and some Pentium I models, with Window 95 and Microsoft Office 97.

Let's see if they get letters from the "BSA"..

Re:Quick, call the license police!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459801)

Don't M$ have some kind of policy that lets educational institutions use their OS for free?

Re:Quick, call the license police!! (2)

pubjames (468013) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459841)

No. In fact, they regularly threaten schools and charities with legal action for licence infringement.

Spare parts eh? (2, Funny)

dbolger (161340) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459732)

If you have old parts left, maybe you can donate something, too."
What, you mean old tables and chairs? ;)

Damn you people (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459744)

So I just read the article, I come back and saw a few comments had been posted at they were all a bunch of wise-ass remarks about the wooden cases. WTF!?!

Ok, check it out people, this guy deserves props of the highest magnitude. He's out in the middle of no where. His home is poorer than the poorest part of the US, hell, they didn't even get a phone until a few years ago, now they have one.
Did he let that stop him? No!
HE went out, got a bunch of old computers and began building working units.
He hit a roadblock, namely the fact his village didn't have any power, so you know what. This TEACHER went out and set up his OWN POWER generators in a nearby stream.

This guy's improving his home. He's single-handly turning in into something from our 1700's into something from the early 1990's. That a big freakin' technological jump and something he should be commended for. All you assholes need to show a little admirination (and respect) for what this gentleman and his village have done.

If I had the cash (read: not a poor student) I'd buy this guy a GSM hook-up myself.

Students For Change (3, Informative)

Green Aardvark House (523269) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459788)

The oeganization, Students For Change [] have been working on this problem.

Not only are they working on their computer skill,s but small-business skills as well. Although I'm not sure what they'd use SB skills for, being a tiny, isolated rural communtiy, but it might be a good idea.

Re:Damn you people (2)

morie (227571) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459847)

Yes, you're right. one of them was mine (actually to of them were mine, go and mod them down if it makes you feel happy)

Off course this guy deserves a statue (or an ice sculpture), but hey, I could use a laugh once in a while as well, and so do others. The fact that the first few post were intended funny only shows that a funny comment is something that hits you, not a reaction that needs contemplation. To make fun at a situation does not always mean disrespect. In this case it sure doesn't.

I got one myself ... (1)

ananke (8417) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459939)

This may be a bit off subject from your post, but I figured I'd mention that I have a wooden case myself. It's not pretty, but it works: log [] . Maybe when I can get a job I'll be able to add front/back panels and use some wood polish on it.

Regarding your post, you're right. I give a lot of credit to that guy. Thanks to those kind of teachers, kids around the world may be inspired to do something to improve their life.

THANKS, ROB! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459747)

"One guy wrote that we should take all these Legos and build giant robots with which to attack Afghanastan." -- Rob Malda, Founder of Slashdot, a "News for Nerds" website, in a NPR report on post WTC gen-X, 10/22/2001

I, for one, would like to take a moment to thank Rob for setting us "Nerds" back where we belong. Way to make us look like a bunch of childish tech-heads with no conception of the real world! (That was sarcasm, you nincompoop!)

Nepal needs our help. (2, Offtopic)

Futurepower(tm) (228467) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459755)

Nepal could use our help. It is a very poor country. The ruling family was so abusive that their own son, the crown prince, killed them.

CNN: NEPAL. Report paints picture of prince's drunken rampage, June 4, 2001 []

Nepal's 48-hour king dies after royal massacre, June 3, 2001 []

"The former Crown Prince Dipendra was admitted to hospital late on Friday with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after reportedly slaughtering most of his family with an assault rifle as they sat around a dinner table."

Nepal's King orders massacre probe amid riots. []

"Analysts say Gyanendra now faces a struggle to restore the role of the monarchy as a pillar of stability in the country of 22 million people where Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has faced violent street protests against his rule.

What should be the Response to Violence? []

Re:Nepal needs our help. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459825)

You know, cause Americans never flip out and kill anyone...

Re:Nepal needs our help. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459853)

WARNING To those extremists that perpetrated this crime against our nation, I have a warning for you. There are those of us who look at your actions as irrational, twisted, and completely inhuman. By all measures, what you have done can only be seen as insane. I have news for you. We're more nuts than you, and it should scare you to death. You may think that when you die for your cause, you go to Paradise with 72 virgins, can leave reservations for 70 members of your family, all your sins are forgiven, and you sit at the side of Allah. Big deal ~ We had 39 guys who rented a Beverly Hills mansion, built a web site, and proceeded to poison themselves to death to hitch a ride with aliens out on the Hale-Bopp comet. You shoot guns into the sky to celebrate victories over enemies, and people are killed by the bullets raining down on them. We not only do this for New Year's Eve in some cities, we burn houses down, tear up streets, loot and sack our stores, and beat ourselves senseless when our sports teams win championships. We made a sequel to Police Academy 5. We gave an award for singing to two guys who never even sang. We put little sweaters on dogs. We shot John Lennon six times and didn't even aim for Yoko Ono. We think Elvis is still alive. We put Braille on drive-up automatic teller machines. We sell hot dogs in packages of ten and the buns in packages of eight. We've managed to keep the formulas for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken secret for decades, yet we've given away our most important nuclear secrets to the Chinese and Russians at the drop of a hat. Freedom's kind of a crazy, kooky, nutty thing when you look really close at it and all the bizarre and loony things that can result from it, but it's better than any other ideas anybody else has come up with. It's been that way since 1776, and built to last no matter how insanely we try to screw it up on a daily basis. Picking a fight with the most insane nation on Earth with the hope that your message and influence will spread throughout the world, well, that's just downright stupid.

Re:Nepal needs our help. (2, Offtopic)

Troed (102527) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459872)

Nepal could use our help. It is a very poor country

Like .. umm .. Afghanistan. And we all know how the US helping them ...

Re:Nepal needs our help. (1)

chemstar (457943) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459956)

If you took time to read more from the aggregated accounts, noone's really sure who killed whom. Some see it as a framed massacre by the uncle. Most Nepalese see the crown prince as innocent, and there has been much furrowing since. But, what to do, as the country is, as you say, remarkably poor. But please, take time to look a little further, perhaps a bit past the news ticker on CNN.

Obligatory Linux note (2)

morie (227571) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459756)

They use M$. We have to go in and rescue them!

Hey, wait a sec! If they do not run Linux, how did this end up on /. in the first place?

No, I am not serious. In fact, I am probably joking...

Re:Obligatory Linux note (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459908)

actually, with the cost of windows licences linux would be perfect in 3rd world countries. Perfect, that is, if it were as easy to install with all hardware, including software modems (who has dsl in Nepal? Or Mexico?)

Thankfully someone was thinking over at the BBC (3, Funny)

fobbman (131816) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459758)

Luckily no links were put up in the BBC article to the schools web server. Otherwise the /. effect could have literally burnt the server up.

Re:Thankfully someone was thinking over at the BBC (-1)

Count (107594) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459876)

der... it is listed

the next BBC story is about a poor wooden server in Nepal that caught a city block on fire after being /.'ed.

Insolation (1)

diadem (464192) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459764)

Its nice to know the little gnomes inside the computer will be able to keep nice and warm. Wouldn't want any large metal surface area to cool off their home. I guess if it gets TOO hot they could always use the moisture that gathers around the case on a damp day.

Could you imagine (-1)

LinuxIsForAssholes (527253) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459770)

a Beowulf cluster of these?

The excitement of new ground. (1)

Lethyos (408045) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459775)

I would venture to say that these people are very fortunate in a number of ways, aside from actually getting their hands on technology. They are delving into the computer experience for the first time, and many are possibly enjoying the experience felt by some of our older members. There was a time in this country where computers were an ethereal thing. Very little access, not to many around, time sharing, etc. But it's very interesting to explore their workings for the first time!

How cold does it get in Nepal? (2, Interesting)

Accipiter (8228) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459777)

Really cold?

Those wooden boxes are going to be some serious heat insulators. (This is why PC Cases are metal - they can disperse the heat away from the components rather well.)

I don't know how well a wooden box is going to work...and if it does work, how long will it be before some components fail because of overheating? Then will they blame the hardware?

I carried the parts in two suitcases. Most of them were 486 DX2 models and some Pentium I models, with Window [sic] 95 and Microsoft Office 97.

Are they legit? I seriously doubt the people who donated this hardware also donated the licenses to Office and Windows. What happens if a few of these things need a reinstall? Are they just plunking these computers on to a network "As-Is"? Is that a smart idea?

I mean, don't get me wrong. It's fantastic what this dude is doing. Problem is, he needs to make sure he does it the right way so he doesn't get screwed over later on. (Be it a license issue, a hardware issue, or some rogue virus/worm on one of the boxen that is found "the hard way".)

Re:How cold does it get in Nepal? (1)

Green Aardvark House (523269) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459830)

Probably quite cold - it's mountainous.

From UConn's website:

The village of Nangi lies at about 2,300 meters above sea level, in the Himalayas of central Nepal.

Since it's also at roughly 28 degrees latitude (same latitude as Orlando, Florida), the climate is probably seansally rather stable

Re:How cold does it get in Nepal? (2, Insightful)

tdye (308813) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459892)

Right... talk about a PR nightmare!

Microsoft Lawyers Shut Down Rural Nepalese Computer Lab Due to Alleged Licence Violations

I'd love to see MS go after this guy... they'd get massacred in the press, and end up having to give the guy a truckload of brand new PC's and software just to save face.

Hey, you BSA boy ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459900)

Do you really think MS will sent up a $2000/hour layer some 5400 m high FOR 2*95 $ ?

+ I seem to remember Nepalese laws is even laxer than the chinese one on copyright (something like "first we get to feed everyone, andn in 2400 years, when finished, we'll see into the DMCA thing")

Then, wouldn't a laser relay be the right solution for his net access ?

Re:How cold does it get in Nepal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459902)

I though the reason PC cases were metal was because of FCC codes and RF interference, and the heat dissipation was just a bonus.

Re:How cold does it get in Nepal? (1)

fortunatus (445210) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459904)

let's write letters to MSoft so that they will donate software, which will avoid the license issue. too bad the Napalese are interested in small business skills on the PC's, since that dictates MSoft.

if they want to teach comp. sci., then they
should be pointed towards UNIXen, which avoids
the license issue.

Glue and PCB's don't mix.. (2, Funny)

saqmaster (522261) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459778)

Talking about building your own computers..

I remember reading an article in a computer magazine back in about 1981.. Around this time the Acorn Atom was the computer to have - and fortunately for the ubergeek of the 80's, you were able to purchase this wonderful machine in a Kit form (basically a pile of components, case and a pcb)..

Whilst sifting through the readers letters section I had found, quite amusingly, that someone had complained to the BBC (who I believe where manufacturing these computers at the time) that his newly built Acorn Atom kit did not work -

Turns out he'd glued the components onto the PCB using epoxy.

Maybe they forgot the instructions in the box? I have no idea, but I truly cannot imagine anyone even contemplating to build a computer from a kit if they had no clue whatsoever what the general electronics involvement would have been..

Next Month: "Build your own raid cabinet using balsa wood!"

The Nepalese (3, Insightful)

Knunov (158076) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459790)

This may be off-topic, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

While I was working throughout the Mediterranean, I met several Nepalese security officers. Those familiar with British military history may recall that Nepalese soldiers, b.k.a. Gurkhas, have been used by the Brits for several wartime, policing and security activities.

Unfortunately, the Gurkhas got a huge black eye courtesy of the Brits when they were used to kill peaceful, unarmed Indian protestors, including children, during Gandhi's early days. Aside from that unfortunate incident, the Nepalese have been great friends of the Brits and have worked and fought side-by-side with them for nearly 200 years.

The Nepalese I met were, as a whole, some of the most courteous, respectful, hard-working and fun-loving people I've ever met. In short, I've never met a Nepalese that I didn't like.

I want to add that I don't hold any grudge against the Nepalese nor the Britons for past indiscretions. There is not a race, religion or nationality on the planet that hasn't committed an atrocity at some point in history. But by today's standards, the Nepalese are really good people.

If anyone on that side of the world deserves our help, even if it's just old computer parts, it's them.

Gurkhas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459923)

The Gurkhas have a pretty good rep in the British army - along with the paras they were the first regiment sent into Serbia during the Balkans war. And everyone knows how hard the paras are.

What? No Quake logo dremeled in to the side? (2)

JohnTheFisherman (225485) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459802)

Those will never make the Cool Case [] gallery....

neat (1)

Atilla (64444) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459813)

How about a Rosewood iMac? or maybe OakPC? This could potentially be a new trend in computer aesthetics...
Of course, the drawback is that hardware 'bugs' will take on a completely new (or, should i say, completely old) definition as termites and other pests befriend their new warm, wooden homes.

But seriously, how neat would it be to have a PC that looks like a 30's UHF radio?

Wooden boxes are great (2, Interesting)

BenjyD (316700) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459815)

Wooden boxes run fine - I built myself a black cube box(celeron-600) from chipboard for $15. It runs cooler and quieter than my old metal tower, plus it looks better.

Heat Issues (1)

sheriff_p (138609) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459816)

I thought a major reason for not using wooden cases was heat dissipation (sp?) issues... Am I wrong?

neat (2)

British (51765) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459824)

I'd get a wooden PC if they can make it look like a video game cabinet from the early 1980s. A little wood here, some black rubber striping there, and maybe make a fake marquee up, and boom, the perfect retro computer for MAME!

Slashdot finally upgrades! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459832)

I just heard some good news from a manager friend of mine at VA linux.

Rumor has it, they finally realize what a mess slashcode is, and instead of
spending an infinite number of mythical man-hours trying to fix it, they've
purchased closed-source web-log software and a real database system to go
along with it. They're also switching to new servers. Either RS6000/AIX or
Sun/Solaris. There was even brief talk of using NT Advanced server with
clustering, but nidma pretty much squelched that.

The slashcode development team is getting laid off, as well as most of the
"sysadmins" (who didn't do anything besides reboot the servers twice a day).
The database and weblog vendor will be providing uptime and load performance
guarantees. the CmdrTaco, Hemos, etc. will still be around, but VA Linux has
the right to prevent certain slashdot items from being posted, so you won't
see this on the frontpage anytime soon.

Migration is currently ongoing, and there should be a "power outtage" before
next year when the new system is used.

Even thought this repudiates Open Source software, maybe it's best. We've
all seen formkeys problems, static pages, and the lameness filter that
prevents good comments but lets in ascii art. The new system
should hold up better under heavy loads, and include more intelligent troll

Posting anonymously for obvious reasons

My first computer had a wood case ..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459837)

My first computer had a wood case, it was(is I still have it) an OSI challenger I , I bought it as a kit, board, and components, had to build a power supply, and a case, yes wood, I even stained it, it looked reaaly cool in 79' next to my wood framed waterbed :)

fire!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459842)

good thing they only use 486 and P1 chips...i'd hate top think of my athlon in a wooden box:)

FAJKP (-1)

LinuxIsForAssholes (527253) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459854)

First Anti-JonKatz Post!!!

He's a homosexual, isn't he?

Re:FAJKP (-1)

Dead Fart Warrior (525970) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459886)

yep, and check this [] out!

Hey, don't knock the wood... (2)

denzo (113290) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459856)

My roommate from college put together a really nice oak computer case [] . Sure, it doesn't have the best thermal transfer, but who cares. It's not an overclocker box. Oh yeah, and it'll give you wood, heh-heh. It r0x0rz your world.

Thieving b*stards! (2)

pubjames (468013) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459891)

Quick, someone call Bill Gates. These people need to be threatened with legal action as soon as possible. They are obviously not using properly licensed software from Microsoft, and as such are obviously thieving b*stards.

My God, when will people ever learn? I hope Microsoft doesn't let these scum get away easily, like they did [] with the PCs for Kids project in East Timor.

Alternative Cases (1)

BluePenguin (521713) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459914)

I've seen some truly interesting cases in my time... (The most interesting being a computer named "Bagle Dogs" that ran out of a Bagle Dogs box), but this is pretty cool.

Wood makes a lot of sense for the Napalese. Think about it. It's abundant, it's cheap, and if they really got into the student educating bit, they could have students build their cases (anyone ever take wood shop?).

As far as heat goes, it's actually an easy problem to aleviate... open the case. If it ran semi-exposed they could dump a lot of heat. Also remember that the 486 was still able to run without a fan (fans and passive heat sinks were optional) so they won't be suffering quite as badly as, say, an athlon would.


People are stupid (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459919)

I was really surprised: a lot of stupid jokes in comments. Probably you -- people who enjoy self-made wooden jokes about wooden cases -- do not unserstand what is really poor country. I'm Russian (thanks God I live in Finland now working for Nokia) and -- believe me -- 95% of people in Russia think that $100/month (one hundred dollars per month) is very good salary. Most of these people cannot hope to get even half of this. And I guess: Nepal isn't as rich as Russia :-) :-(

I like the 'natural look' of these cases. (1)

Anton Anatopopov (529711) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459920)

They give the PC a much more 'human' feel. I really hate those boring beige boxen. I wonder if we could get some kind of 'case swapping' going on here. I'll swap my $15 generic case for one of those cool and funky wooden ones.

I would be a bit concerned about the effects of overheating on the wood though, with a Pentium system drawing around 40W, there needs to be plenty of ventilation or that wood could go up in smoke!

Wood is beter then cardboard (0)

Maxthemax2000 (318606) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459929)

Once I had all the parts for a computer, I had no cases. I made a computer out of 3 carboard boxes (power suply, bays, systemboards) The problem is that i could not move it. it was a 386 so no big loss when i took it apart. It was so cool

Wood PC's (2, Interesting)

ldopa1 (465624) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459936)

This guy [] did it as a project. And This guy [] apparently felt his effort was worth a web-photo album about his computer "Woody".

I also remember reading an article in Wired [] a couple of years ago about a company that was doing high end PC's what were encased in mahogany and teak and other stuff like that, but I can't find the company now. I gues it's for the executive who has everything and doesn't actually need anything.

Honestly, I think making a computer case out of clay, adobe or ceramics might be better and cheaper. Additionally, there would be a reduced fire hazard and the materials are available onsite. I also think Paper Mache might be good for laptops (weight, you know). Of course, you'd have to have a KILLER fan to keep it from bursting into flames and you'd most certainly have to keep it out of the rain, but there you go.

WTF??? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459945)

Arn't Napales moslim or someshit, foreigners? fuck them, don't donate anything to them. Instead donate to the relif funds! Now counting 1 billion +

Reminds me ... (1)

Dudio (529949) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459946)

... of a guy I once knew who built a PC in a briefcase because he couldn't afford a laptop. It seemed to work fine, even if he did need a monitor/kybd/mouse to plug in to it.

Let me get this straight... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2459948)

The worst terrorist attack in recorded history occurred last month, and now we're involved in a WAR and you people have the gall to be discussing the first computer-equipped school in Nepal???? My *god*, people, GET SOME PRIORITIES!

The bodies of the thousands of innocent civilians who died (and will die) in these unprecedented events could give a good god damn about the first computer-equipped school in Nepal, your childish Lego models, your nerf toy guns and whining about the lack of a "fun" workplace, your Everquest/Diablo/D&D fixation, the latest Cowboy Bebop rerun, or any of the other ways you are "getting on with your life" (here's a hint: watching Cowboy Bebop in your jammies and eating a bowl of Shreddies is *not* "getting on with your life"). The souls of the victims are watching in horror as you people squander your finite, precious time on this earth playing video games!

You people disgust me!

Net access is the issue (2)

Troodon (213660) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459962)

"...Since then I have been trying to find ways and means to get a telephone line good enough to get the internet in the village..."

If you take the time to read the item you'll note that he has the computers set up (though no doub t more for other schools etc would be greatly apprecaited) what hes after (and the bbc has a comment box to submit suggestions) are suggestions on how to get net access for the school. /. has covered similar topics a couple of times, but if you've actual experience of setting up such a network and the pros and cons of various methods please comment on the orriginal story where it may get back to Mahabir Pun rather than preaching to the choir here on /.

If you BSOD you come back as a Z80/CPM (2)

gelfling (6534) | more than 12 years ago | (#2459964)

It is the manifold way of Dharma. You crash you come back of something less worthy.
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