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Hey timothy.. (-1)

returnofthe_spork (552824) | about 12 years ago | (#3246680)

I don't like you. That is all.

Re:Hey timothy.. (-1, Offtopic)

NinjaGaidenIIIcuts (568607) | about 12 years ago | (#3246734)

Idiot. Timothy can moderate you. Oh, you're a troll. Sorry.

The material used in that mod is light, shaping that thing would result in marvellous things, and your friends couldn't resist their curiosity if you're walking around with such modded box. Nice.

Re:Hey timothy.. (-1, Offtopic)

madenosine (199677) | about 12 years ago | (#3246811)

Idiot. Timothy can moderate you.

Oh my god! I can loose karma, the most important measure of worth ever

Re:Hey timothy.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246821)

If you have an account here, you have no worth anyway.

wonder if it over heats? (0, Offtopic)

mixmasta (36673) | about 12 years ago | (#3246685)

whatttya think?

fp?

Re:wonder if it over heats? (2)

Pathwalker (103) | about 12 years ago | (#3246696)

Probably not - he only has a pentium (I) 200 in there.
If you were going to try this with anything faster, water cooling would be a good idea, just remember to hook up the ends of tubing sticking out of the foam to a water source before you turn it on.

Not water... (5, Interesting)

Chasing Amy (450778) | about 12 years ago | (#3246798)

The heavy equipment needed for water cooling would defeat the purpose of having a light foam case, so I was thinking a series of ducts.

Picture a thin plastic duct leading from one end, to the CPU, to the GPU, and to anywhere else on a given modern system that would get particularly hot--northbridge on some systems, perhaps. *Then* with the ducts in place, one could encase the whole thing in foam and have an intake on one side and an out-take on the other, with a high-capacity fan on each side to keep the air moving and pump the heat out quck.

Then of course one could power on the PC and hope the thing doesn't overheat anyway. :-) The duct idea is one I think would be most reasonable, if someone were crazy enough to relly want to try this with a modern PC. The foam idea is kind of neat, though, in a weird way--you could probably sculpt it into just about any shape. Just imagine, you could show up at a big LAN party with a PC-sculpture of the Q3 logo... ;-)

Re:Not water... (5, Insightful)

JabberWokky (19442) | about 12 years ago | (#3246812)

so I was thinking a series of ducts.

So was he. Only he used cardboard to set up the duct system instead of plastic. Why are there so many "bet it overheats, he-yuck!" comments here when he very clearly states that he considered that and took steps to prevent it.

--
Evan

Re:wonder if it over heats? (2, Funny)

h4x0r-3l337 (219532) | about 12 years ago | (#3246752)

Can we have a "user was in too much of a hurry to get first post to actually read the article"-rating? This guy needs it...

Don't Quite Know What to Think (1)

Daveman692 (558544) | about 12 years ago | (#3246687)

I say cool cause it is different, I say dumb cause it is different, I say weird cause it is different but still don't know what to think. I guess it sorta looks like a brain. It is an interesting idea but wouldn't it overheat?

I would have had first post... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246689)

but the EMF from that guy's case is wreaking havoc with my electronics. Doesn't he recognize the importance of shielding?

Insulation (1, Redundant)

CmdrTaco (editor) (564483) | about 12 years ago | (#3246694)

I'd hope it would be obvious to most people, but I wouldn't want to use this for any mission critical computers. I imagine the reliablility issues are just horrible. There are so many reasons aluminum cases have been the norm. Flaky manufacuturer hardware and softwar eare enough without having to worry about EM shielding, air circulation, and dirt.

In case it gets /.'ed, I've made a mirrot at this site [20m.com].

Re:Insulation (1)

H310iSe (249662) | about 12 years ago | (#3246735)

...wouldn't want to use this for any mission-critical computers...

Yea, but what about for home insulation? I mean, imagine a beowulf cluster of these keeping your house cool in summer, warm in winter (reverse the vent fans of course), and solving cancer-buster problems [intel.com]the whole year round.

inflammable (5, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | about 12 years ago | (#3246699)

It's heat resistant up to 100C and more or less inflammable.

This is such an unfortunate word [dictionary.com]...

Re:inflammable (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246712)

haha mod up funny :)

Re:inflammable (0, Offtopic)

Torgo's Pizza (547926) | about 12 years ago | (#3246718)

Inflammable means flammable? What a country! -- Dr. Nick

Re:inflammable (1, Offtopic)

AnimeFreak (223792) | about 12 years ago | (#3246731)

Unloosen is the same as loosen.

Got to love the English language.

Re:inflammable (1)

seanadams.com (463190) | about 12 years ago | (#3246740)

Unloosen is the same as loosen.

Debone == bone, etc.

There are tons of words like these, but "inflammable" is a little different. It's the '-able' suffix with "inflame". The "in-" doesn't mean "not", or "un-". Inflammable basically means "able to go up in flames." I'll give these guys a break though, for the .ch domain.

Re:inflammable (0)

linca (314351) | about 12 years ago | (#3246788)

Depends on where from the .ch domain. A good part of it speaks French, where that word comes from. And even the switzertotsch speakers should know enough French to avoid that kind of mistakes.

Re:inflammable (0)

ipinkus (238283) | about 12 years ago | (#3246817)

Give the guy a break, judging from the sad state of his room/desk he's either:
  1. a child
  2. an adult who had a depraved childhood and thus has no account for taste, or
  3. is suffering from dangerous chemical inhalation due to all the aerosol spray foam in a closed environment and should be given some a cookie since he's still able to type at all
But yes, I laughed as soon as I saw the unfortunate use of the word inflammable :)

Re:inflammable (0, Insightful)

quintessent (197518) | about 12 years ago | (#3246790)

Unfortunately, the chips inside the foam may not be so heat resistant. Can anyone say "zero ventilation in a non-heat-conducting medium"? Can anyone say "toast"?

Heat-Conducting Carbon Foam from last Friday (3, Informative)

t0qer (230538) | about 12 years ago | (#3246802)

Would work nicely if they used the foam from this [slashdot.org]
article.


Re:inflammable (2, Insightful)

JabberWokky (19442) | about 12 years ago | (#3246805)

Can anyone say "read the article"? Can anyone say "he built in a ventilation system for the heat sensitive components"? Can anyone say "sarcasm ill-suits the ignorant"?

--
Evan "Sheesh"

Don't see the finished weight listed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246700)

I doubt the thing is really that lite either.

What a fucking mess (-1, Troll)

Profane Motherfucker (564659) | about 12 years ago | (#3246701)

Disregard the fact that I am fucking trashed like a sally cuntfaced slut now.

I looked at that cocksucking mess. What a fucking ass job. That is no more a mod than shitting on a sidewalk is a 'toilet mod'. Fucks man. Is anything a motherfucking case mod these days? That shit is not only fucking trashy looking, but a sorry fucking excuse for 'neat'. End of fucking story.

Re:What a fucking mess (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246717)

LOL - but only cuz I also have 8+ beers in me.

another one (5, Funny)

selderrr (523988) | about 12 years ago | (#3246702)

me and the family just dissimilated my PC and started crapping all over it. By the end of the month i'll be covered completely and we'll put it in the fridge to solidify.

One hell of a case for LAN parties
Occasional refreezing will be needed though..

Oh man. (1)

SynKKnyS (534257) | about 12 years ago | (#3246703)

That's scary. I'm gonna need to make a case mod out of things I find in my kitchen.

lol (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246721)

hahaha i cant wait to see that on /.

if its fireproof....im in! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246705)

Besides the HD being mounted outside of it all, I call it a winner in portability, recycling and shock proof value.

I would also have cast vents for the cpu and video card and used perhaps a different colour foam..

...but is it fireproof foam?

HSH

Leinie's (5, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | about 12 years ago | (#3246707)

Back in college, I had a case I made out of a case of Leinie's (Leinenkugal's, regional beer out of Chippewa Falls, WI).

It was great -- everything fit in nicely and it was easy to move around. I was constantly a bit worried that it'd catch fire, but it didn't. The thing lived for about a month until I put together enough money to order my current case (a bit-ass SuperMicro with a mess of drive bays and fans).

Oh, and I got to drink the beer, too. That was the best part.

Robotroll BANNED. (-1, Offtopic)

Tubcat (561572) | about 12 years ago | (#3246710)

I just heard the sad news on CBC radio. Web Entrepreneur/ C#.NET Script Robotroll [tubcat.com] was found banned in its home this morning. Even if you never liked its work, you can appreciate what it did for script kiddies. Truly a Canadian icon.
Trolly will be missed :(

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Don't waste another minute on your crying.
We're nowhere near the end.
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As long as we got each other [slashdot.org]
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Reminds me (1)

AlaskanUnderachiever (561294) | about 12 years ago | (#3246714)

Of Compaq computers that were impossible to expand. I have a feeling that comp will not be getting any upgrades anytime soon. While this may be odd, I think the weirdest thing I ever saw was an "aquarium" mod in which the motherboard (flex atx) sat in the bottom of a decorated tank (pirate theme) full of mineral oil. Anyone have a link to anything like that?

Re:Reminds me (2)

Skyshadow (508) | about 12 years ago | (#3246723)

MINERAL OIL!!!

Way back when I interned at Cray, I had an idea to build an aquarium case filled with Florinert, complete with some fake goldfish and one of those little bubbling pirate's chests at the bottom.

The problem is that Florinert is pretty expensive; one of the techs estimated $200 a gallon.

I'll bet mineral oil would work dandy, though, assuming you could keep and condensation out of the tank...

More Info here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246715)

Come to this [hispavista.com] page and log in as follows:

Usuario (Username) = karmelem
Clave (Password) = traveller

Sincerely,
James [mailto]

Re:More Info here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246727)

I don't know why, but this works...
I've changed the password to prevent abuse, if this is your account reply here and I'll let you know how to get your account back

Re:More Info here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246760)

Yeah I'm sure the guy whose account was stolen reads slashdot.

Re:More Info here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246804)

I've changed the password to prevent abuse

FUCK YOU! it's because of people like you that the honor system does not work.

Uh huh (2, Funny)

WickedClean (230550) | about 12 years ago | (#3246716)

Yeah yeah...we all know what he was REALLY doing. He needed to test something before he used the foam to make a mold for his man-parts so that he could go build naughty sandcastles on the beach this summer.

Careful kids (1)

CanadaDave (544515) | about 12 years ago | (#3246725)

Most important line on that website:

Disclaimer: DON'T do this at home kids, any modern CPU or GPU will generate too much heat to remain operable in such tight and highly isolated environments such as a PU-foam case

I wonder if this could be modified in any way to get rid of heat more efficiently for a faster CPU (like my Athlon 1.2 GHz? Probably water-cooled is the best option here. By the way, to prevent the ugliness, he could have stuck the whole thing in a box and let the foam expand inside the box. This would have made a nice retangular prism shape, similar to a Gamecube.

Re:Careful kids (2)

seanadams.com (463190) | about 12 years ago | (#3246767)

he could have stuck the whole thing in a box and let the foam expand inside the box.

Or he could just use a saw to cut the foam into a rectangular shape. He left it as-is deliberately, for the fugliness factor.

Bluf(!) (1)

NinjaGaidenIIIcuts (568607) | about 12 years ago | (#3246726)

It's heat resistant up to 100C and more or less inflammable.

I was thinking that the mod was actually MUCH different. Yes, I was guessing the guy would put his case ON FIRE.

Hello lower insurance rates. (5, Funny)

TheFlu (213162) | about 12 years ago | (#3246729)

This guy is a genius. I could cover everything I own with this stuff, and pretty much guarantee none of it would ever be stolen. I wonder if I can get a discount if I buy in bulk? My car is pretty big...

Oh my god (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246732)

This works.

Then again, perhaps the foam allows airflow because of the nature of the foam? Or does it incubate.. ? If it does, it'd make a good hand warmer anyway.

More worryingly.... (1)

brenfern (260941) | about 12 years ago | (#3246733)

It seems to be running Win98.

It will never work!

Re:More worryingly.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246799)

It seems to be running Win98.

It will never work!


So what exactly are you trying to say?

Bottom of his page reads.. (5, Funny)

omega9 (138280) | about 12 years ago | (#3246738)

Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of the NHP200NC, reproduction is impossible and orders are thus futile.

No, really, please let me order one. Please...

Shux.

Top six (5, Funny)

Maskirovka (255712) | about 12 years ago | (#3246746)

top ten dumb marketing slogans:
1)Use your CPU as a life raft forthose all night on the water LAN parties

2)So tacky looking, no wonder it's unique

3)iJabba

4)World first PC designed to be shipped UPS

5)Theft proof!

7)Excellent copy protection

Re:Top six (3, Funny)

Subcarrier (262294) | about 12 years ago | (#3246818)

The best part is, if you get tired of playing [insert your favourite multi player game here] with your pals, you can take it out for a bit of football.

AMD luvin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246749)

Interesting... but he'd better not run an athlon unless you wanted the liquid case mod... hehehe flame away...

ghetto ? (1)

TechBCEternity (561141) | about 12 years ago | (#3246751)

I would call it ghetto becauase it's sloppy around the edges and not even as clean as some of the cardboard box/duct tape mods that are out there. on the upside he tried something new and props for that

its been done before (2, Interesting)

Cobol^GOD (87046) | about 12 years ago | (#3246759)

http://www.maximumpc.com/ did more or less this.. but they left the computer in the case and filled the case full of foam.

Though their computer would not boot after they filled it with foam.

This guy's got issues (2, Funny)

omega9 (138280) | about 12 years ago | (#3246763)

Ok, the foam is an obvious issue, but..

He's running Windows [g-news.ch] (cheap shot)
It's an Apple HDD [g-news.ch] (look carefully at the label)
Is that a Voodoo in there? [g-news.ch] (check out that classic loopback cable)
That's an old NIC [g-news.ch] (planning on using a transceiver?)

Yeah, I know his specs are listed at the top of the page, but I guess it was just kinda fun to point the out.

Re:This guy's got issues (1)

Qrlx (258924) | about 12 years ago | (#3246822)

Word. It should be quite obvious to everyone that this guy took a box of old ass parts and decided to "spray" a case around them. I have one of those old diamond viper 330 cards (with the "loopback" cable) and now I realize why I've been saving it all these years! I bet I could dig up an old apple HD, too. And I have a Packard Bell MB w/riser card that's been avoiding the trash can for like seven new addresses...

FUnny thing about the apple HD, which you can see in the pic if you look close and turn your head sideways: It is OEMm'ed by IBM. Back in the day, I totally floored a Mac person on a tech support call for a non-booting computer. The hard drive was "sticking," if you tapped it with a pencil eraser the drive would spin up and it would work fine.

I showed The mac User the IBM sticker on the HDD and it just didn't fit into her Mac v. IBM paradigm. I wonder if she ever recovered enough to secure that air traffic control data travelling across the Atlantic on undersea cables. (On the Open Source tip, that job was the first and last time I actually saw someone using PGP.)

Odds are good... (3, Funny)

I.T.R.A.R.K. (533627) | about 12 years ago | (#3246830)

...he didn't pay for that extra Windows license.
Let's hope the Microsoft gestapo doesn't get wind of his little project and decide to investigate.

It's a high end server (1)

Subcarrier (262294) | about 12 years ago | (#3246764)

It's a high end server equipped with a safety device that sparys the interior with impact absorbing foam in the event of a crash. German safety engineering, of course.

Only problem is, the poor bastards tried to run MS Windows on it.

Priceless (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246765)

Cost of computer parts- 100 dollars
Cost of foam- 30 dollars
Cost of time spent on 2 days worth of work- free

A picture of your mom's grin when she witnesses her son's greatest invention ever- A foam case- Priceless. :p

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these (5, Funny)

CrazyJim0 (324487) | about 12 years ago | (#3246768)

You could mount them in a wall of your house and it'd double as insulation.

Re:Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these (2, Funny)

jx100 (453615) | about 12 years ago | (#3246827)

or make them out of Athlons and you'd get indoor heating.

Bringing that case to LAN Parties (5, Funny)

LordOfYourPants (145342) | about 12 years ago | (#3246772)

I would LOVE to see him try to get that computer through the airport in one piece. It looks about as non-suspicious as a wooden gun.

It's funny. Laugh. (1)

hazyshadeofwinter (529262) | about 12 years ago | (#3246774)

Finally, an answer for those who bitch about case mod stories under "hardware."

Anybody got a link for that aussie (I think) guy who stuffed a PC into a model car? *That* was cool...

Gremlins (1, Funny)

Thaidog (235587) | about 12 years ago | (#3246775)

This is what happens to most Apple G4 workstations if you spill your water on it, or try to telnet in after midnight.

I know what to think! (1)

DaRiachu (265559) | about 12 years ago | (#3246778)

I think that, with all the eccentricity I claim to have, I should've done that first! I mean, damn. I'm losing my edge. (g)

But, anyways. Yeah. I like it.

Now, for someone to make one out of grilled-cheese sandwiches... Or maybe tuna. That would be cool.

Re: The Summer of `97. (1)

The Purple Wizard (537794) | about 12 years ago | (#3246779)

Can't help but remniscience about my school days.

My dad's office had just upgraded all their comps. I peeked into their office once and found a spare disused 286 motherboard lying around. It was vacation time and I had not only loads of spare time, but also spare computer parts. Somehow, we scourged and cobbled together a floppy disk drive, an 80 MB hard disk, 2MB RAM, an SMPS, a CGA card, a keyboard and a CGA monitor.

The eureka moment was just around the corner.

All of us gathered around that big table in my room and we staring at all those non-connected parts. All we needed was a proper tower. One look at everyone's faces, and we decided to cut holes in the motherboard's cardboard box and let the CGA & ID cards stick *out* of holes in the cardboard box. We put the SMPS and floppy drive outside the box.

Except for an initial burst capacitor (the bulb glowing, get it?), the comp worked perfect, if you call running DOS 5 with windows 3.1 on a CGA system as *perfect* running of the machine.

The question, really, is this. This was in 1997 and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to find some pics or the other if I search carefully, but do you think I should sue Apple for copying the external floppy in iMacs?

Re: The Summer of `97. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246834)

'97, damn has it been a 1/2 a decade already?!? Is it just me or as you get older does time really seem to pass faster?

this is just the beginning (5, Funny)

NFW (560362) | about 12 years ago | (#3246781)

Seems to me that you could mold in some ductwork to get good cooling (with directed flow, you could maybe even do better than a standard case), and mold in some spars to allow more interesting shapes (not blob-like), and use the longest cables you can find (again, more interesting shapes), and sand the thing to to get rid of the brain/sheep/whipcream/meringue look, and then fiberglass the exterior... You could put Chihuly to shame!

(assuming that's possible (the part about Chihuly having a sense of shame (I know Seattlites will understand me here, but I've heard he's left his mark elsewhere in the world too (and on behalf of all Seattle, I apologize))))

Shaped cases! (1)

b0nked (209105) | about 12 years ago | (#3246782)

Alright who wants to take it to the next step
and make molds to create Animal shaped cases!

ugly.... what about upgrades? (1)

erobertstad (442529) | about 12 years ago | (#3246791)

I dunno, I don't like it. Ok, sure it's lightweight and everything, but again it's only a Pentium 200... might as well buy a laptop I think. Plus, this would suck if say, you wanted more ram, or the cpu went bye bye. Atleast it's different.

Does it float??? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246792)

I could use a computer in my pool. That would friggen rock.

Re:Does it float??? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246816)

Duhhhhh You could also die in the pool using the computer...electricity plus water = one happy computer user

upgradeable? (0)

upt1me (537466) | about 12 years ago | (#3246794)

just wondering how does I guy go about uprading a computer of such sort.

Re:upgradeable? (1)

krakrjak (227602) | about 12 years ago | (#3246807)

No kidding, I mean yeah it's all impractical and not useful and ugly and so on, but think about the money you'll save on upgrades.................

Isn't this the same reason the Apple Cube failed? And it was pretty.

Re:upgradeable? (1)

NullStream (121401) | about 12 years ago | (#3246833)

I disagree the G4 cube died out because it was a good product and absurdly expensive.

The only reason I don't have a G4 notebook is due to the $4000 (CAN) price tag. I can get a PIII laptop for a lot less but I won't because almost all of the intel based laptops are an eyesore.

Yeah.. ok (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3246803)

I always knew bloated source code would have some lasting effect.

faster good! (0)

upt1me (537466) | about 12 years ago | (#3246808)

Hey if they are going to provide me access faster then my crappy cable service here, I'm all for it.

I wonder if it floats... (1)

Subcarrier (262294) | about 12 years ago | (#3246824)


I've been looking for a computer I could use in my bath tub. I would probably save something on water heating costs, too.

Way cool! (1)

Kopretinka (97408) | about 12 years ago | (#3246829)

Oh, this is way cool! I love this non-case. Really. If only the new processors and other parts could stand such treatment and not melt down...

hmmm (0)

bananaape (542919) | about 12 years ago | (#3246838)

That computer looks like the byproduct of several lyposuctions.

Nothing beats a good full tower. I don't know what I'd do without one.
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