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How To Travel With LCD Gaming Screen?

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the get-the-kind-that-folds-and-has-a-cpu dept.

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johnpagenola asks: "My 17 year old son will start traveling this Fall to fencing tournaments, but he needs his gaming fix over the weekend. How best to travel with an LCD screen to protect it from damage? Is there a way to put together a storage device for LCD with speakers, SFF system unit, keyboard and mouse?" Other than "buy a laptop," can anyone suggest some travel-proofing tips for such a set-up?

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My 1000th post!!! (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093639)

Could it be first, could it? I rule.

Re:My 1000th post!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093685)

Wow. I have to admit that's pretty neat getting a first post on your 1000th post. Good work.

Fecal Troll Matter: Please Read (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093750)

Dear Sir,

Can you recommend a good utility for using a random proxy server? (Using IE of course, Mozilla sucks cock.)

BRAVO From an AC !! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093808)

Congratulations you festering piece of shit

Re:My 1000th post!!! (-1)

neal n bob (531011) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093945)

congratulations - I would have had my 1000th post by now but those assrammers started their pogram against trolls so I have been greatly slowed.

Secondly - fencing tournaments? What the hell is that? Was that submitted by a frenchman or a VA Software exec? Who in the name of all dirty taco snot has 17 year old kids that go to fencing tournaments and looks at this site? Wait - let me guess - his son's name is either Chase or Hunter, right?

Clamshell? (1)

Brackney (257949) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093642)

Don't the PS1 and PS2 LCD screens clamshell shut on top of the console? I would think those would be pretty sturdy. The PS1/LCD combo that's selling now has a nice form factor that should travel pretty well...

Re:Clamshell? (2)

Rosonowski (250492) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093672)

Actually, this is a better idea then it first seemed, looking at it. The PS2, lacking fragile moving parts, is ideal for the travel... it offers standard USB ports on the front for mouse and keyboard. I do not know if it offers an LCD, however


ThinkGeek [thinkgeek.com] carries a CRT carrier, and I have seen one made for LCDs with nice neoprene padding around, particularly in the june issue of "Computer Shopper"

How about a pelican case? (5, Informative)

kenthorvath (225950) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093650)

Buy a pelican case and carve out some nice foam indentations for the monitor, keyboard, etc. It's an air tight, waterproof seal with all the fixings.

Pelican (5, Informative)

HRbnjR (12398) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093654)

I use a Pelican Case [pelican.com] when I ship my stuff. They are fantastic.

Re:Pelican (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093756)

Is this guy going to wipe his kid's ass for him, too. Why can't his fucking kid ask around instead getting his obsessively fawning dad to do his work.

We may have another Columbine in our future with parents like this.

Sometimes... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093657)

"I really want to do X, Y and Z, and am willing to spend $ to do it, but I don't want to do A, even though it's exactly what I want to do only much cheaper."

Use some common sense! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093659)

Is this really a suitable topic for "Ask Slashdot?"

I thought people here were meant to have a couple of brain cells to rub together!

Whats next? "Dear Slashdot, I've just left home and I would like to ask other Slashdotters on the best method to iron shirts for transportation to LAN parties"

More Appropriate Ask Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093900)

"Dear Slashdot, I'm a 30 year old geek who has never gotten laid and still lives at home with my parents...can you recommend a treatment for my ever growing baldspot"

foam suitcase? (2)

Jondor (55589) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093660)

On of those metal suitcases with foam on the inside? A notebook bag with some extra foam, basicly foam to protect and something around it to keep everything in place..
A piece of plastic of the same size as the screen (with some foam..) and some velcro to keep it in place?
just some ideas..

Mod a briefcase (1)

MoTec (23112) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093662)

You can mod one of those metal 'briefcase' style boxes with the foam inside pretty easy. The boxes are designed for electronics, test equipment, stuff like that and they come in a variety of sizes. They aren't all that expensive, either.

Not to be a troll... (2, Insightful)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093665)

But does anybody find this to be exceptionally wrong? If you can't go a weekend without playing video games, I think you should have some priority adjustments. He's going to fencing tournaments so why not read books that enhance the mind? I'm speaking directly of combat philosophy books. Granted, there aren't that many out there but it seems better than playing video games in the commute.

Now, back on subject, I'd suggest going with the Sony Glasstron [reviewfinder.com] goggles. I have a friend who had a setup with N64, PSX, DVD (Before PS2/Xbox) with these in his car. It worked really well for him.

i completely agree (2, Offtopic)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093709)

if this is a school sponsored event, or hell, if it's an event of any type; let's remember it's an event for you to SOCIALIZE at. the only time a computer is used (well) for socializing is possibly a lan party and (more remotely) email/aim. not computer games. when going to speech tournaments (verbal fencing), the most enjoyable part of the whole tournament was the socializing factor. if you lock yourself in your hotel room and play computer games, you're not even getting half of the value of going to these events in the first place.

if anything, i'd MAKE him get a laptop with a sub-par video card in it just so he wouldn't play games on it. or maybe just a cheap PDA.

Re:i completely agree (0, Offtopic)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093800)

when going to speech tournaments (verbal fencing), the most enjoyable part of the whole tournament was the socializing factor. if you lock yourself in your hotel room and play computer games, you're not even getting half of the value of going to these events in the first place.

I used to do tournaments, most of them were local but if you find someone whose technique is intruiging, or better, you can usually dedicate your time to working with them. Most people in any form of competition like this (and speech) likes to explain their techniques. The best want people to be better for more of a challenge, end of story.

If it was my kid I'd try to get him to find those better and have him work with them after everything. You learn a lot of really great things. If I was in an open tournament, I'd find someone who has a drastically different style and work with them so if I ever matched with them I'd handle it better. And the same with them. If it's something you take seriously, take the time to get better, not play video games..

Re:i completely agree (4, Insightful)

guttentag (313541) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093941)

These days, if the kid doesn't bring his gaming system he won't be able to socialize because everyone else will be be playing Unreal Tournament between fencing tournament matches. They wouldn't know how to socialize without the proper hardware interface.

Don't you feel old?

Re:Not to be a troll... (0, Offtopic)

balister (225746) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093724)

Me too. Anyone who needs a gaming fix, especially during something as cool as a fencing tournament, needs to be thinking about 12 step programs.

Philip

Re:Not to be a troll... (2)

EvanED (569694) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093736)

On the other hand, if you spend the whole weekend reading how to fence, preparing to fence, and fencing, you're liable to go insane. At least I would. I can't stand to do anything - even something fun - for that length of time. (I've got nothing against fencing; in fact, I used to fence myself, but quit because it doesn't mesh with my personality. I'm a nice guy, not agressive at all; no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't become agressive during the bouts and so would be way to defensive.)

Re:Not to be a troll... (1, Offtopic)

MaxVlast (103795) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093771)

(Interesting personal fencing analysis.)

Events like that are prime opportunities for socialization. That's when high school kids are supposed to have the high quality interactions they remember for the rest of their life. One more frag isn't going to be that memorable in the long run for your kid.

Re:Not to be a troll... (2, Insightful)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093828)

On the other hand, if you spend the whole weekend reading how to fence, preparing to fence, and fencing, you're liable to go insane. At least I would. I can't stand to do anything - even something fun - for that length of time. (I've got nothing against fencing; in fact, I used to fence myself, but quit because it doesn't mesh with my personality. I'm a nice guy, not agressive at all; no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't become agressive during the bouts and so would be way to defensive.)

You raise a good point. Combat books are a lot more than just mental preparation. I would recommend you read a good translation of Book of the Five Rings, by Miyomato Musashi. Here's an online [samurai.com] version. You can buy this at Barnes & Noble in the business motivation section, to give you an indication of it.

These are people that have earned utmost respect from dedication and focus, and their books explain how you can do this in any field, not just combat. I think that combat is an intrinsic part of building confidence. I'm not speaking purely of physical, but physical (obviou), verbal (debate), mental (chess).

You can be as aggressive as needs be, in the field that suits you best. If everyone was aggressive physically, you would naturally be that way. My guess is that you have spent most of your life living in an environment where mental combat is the most important, and that's where the passive nature comes from. I grew up in a more physically combative environment, and while I can speak well and carry good debate my main combat prowess does come from the physical.

Reading combat books, of all sorts, has improved my life dramatically. I would also classify the well-known Art of Happiness book as a combat book. It teaches you how to combat selfishness and greed, and improve your lifeview. It involves much consideration (5 points for catching the reference).

Re:Not to be a troll... (1)

John Courtland (585609) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093807)

I think he's going to be doing this over multiple weekends. While it is still sorta on the sad side, it's not a bad as it sounds.

Re:Not to be a troll... (2)

Bishop (4500) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093814)

I agree with you. The best part of travelling around to band meets was meeting all the people and running wild after ditching the chaperones. Then agian daddy might be scared that his little boy (only 1 year short of an adult!) will get into trouble. It is a foolish worry. As with anything that takes dedication to do well the other kids are all going to be pretty clean cut as they don't have time between pratices to get into real trouble. We still got into trouble, but it was all minor nuisance stuff :-)

On a more serious note travelling away from home can be an excellent opportunity to learn some real life skills. As a group, those of us who toured around tended to be more mature, self reliant or independant, and more out going then our peers. I think encourageing your son to sit in the hotel room and play video games is just wrong. Instead this kid should be encouraged to get out of the hotel room to see the town and meet his fencing peers.

Re:Not to be a troll... (1, Troll)

saskboy (600063) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093846)

The first thing I thought when I saw this article, was how can I say what I really think, without sounding like a troll. I'd love to offer some constructive ideas on how to ship the LCD sceen, but I have not yet been blessed with the superfluous money that this child seems to have.

As a parent of this gaming nut, I would be concerned more about my child's admitted gaming addiction, than finding a safe way to perpetuate the behaviour. They could modify a briefcase, build a wooden box with packing foam lining it, or they could solve the problem by telling their dear addicted gaming nut, that no he is not allowed to transport his desktop unit to every corner of the world. When he is in a new place, doesn't he want to see the sights? Is the computer mearly an intellectual crutch, or is there another reason for taking it?

Re:Not to be a troll... (1)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093918)

The first thing I thought when I saw this article, was how can I say what I really think, without sounding like a troll. I'd love to offer some constructive ideas on how to ship the LCD sceen, but I have not yet been blessed with the superfluous money that this child seems to have.
I'm exceedingly not concerned with other peoples thoughts of me. Seldom does the favorable opinion of others coincide with the right thing to do. Indifference is the root of all evil. Just my philosophy. :)

I sat for a second, thinking if what I would say would be constructive. I feel that it is. Obviously his parents do have the money to be even pondering this question. Disappointing really, but that's the way life goes.

You could always say you will build a briefcase computer for him, for twice the cost. Rather easy to do. Use laptop components, with a "real" LCD display mounted in the top compartment with speakers. I've seen thing similar. Have a keyboard and a mouse that have holders but can be removed (or latched in) with power bored out of the back of the case.

Just an idea...

Re:Not to be a troll... (2)

PhoenxHwk (254106) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093852)

I completely agree. I was going to write pretty much the same post until I saw yours.

There are definitely better ways to spend down-time:
  • Socializing
  • Reading a book (combat books, or otherwise)
  • Sleeping - no harm in being rested :)
  • Meditating/perparing
  • Listen to music
  • And finally, if in BAD need of a video game fix: buy a Gameboy

Re:Not to be a troll... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093885)

There are definitely better ways to spend down-time:

...Says the guy who is spending is saturday afternoon reading slashdot....

Re:Not to be a troll... (2)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093938)

...Says the guy who is spending is saturday afternoon reading slashdot....
Shit, today is saturday? Sweet, I have another full day of work I can get done before monday. Oh wait... Damn you for getting my hopes up.

Is this really necessary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093666)

I'm sure that it is good he traels to fencing tournaments and all, but does he really need to game? Travelling for work/athletics/whatever is a great way to see this wodrous country of ours, and I find this trend of going somewhere and isolating yourself with nothing but video games, movies, or whatever reprehensible.

Re:Is this really necessary? (1)

Desco (46185) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093746)

No shit, huh? I did the traveling-fencing-team thing in college, and those long night drives cramped into the school vans were possibly the best part! I've been to many other colleges, seen more of the country than I thought I would, and went to Canada when we had a tournament in Detroit because most of us were under the legal drinking age here. Stuck in a converted Astrovan with 5 rows of benches with no room for you feet 'cause the equipment is randomly stuffed under the seats elicits the best, most honest conversations, makes friendships REAL fast, and is also the perfect opportunity for a little hanky-panky in the back row under a blanket.

I agree with what everyone around me is saying-- these college club/team trips are a great social opportunity, and adding such a grave distraction like a Playstation will ruin that whole opportunity for your son. Like others have said, if he can't go that long without playing videogames (ESPECIALLY with 20 of his closest friends around him) then trying to figure out how to make a portable gaming system is the LEAST of his problems.

Re:Is this really necessary? (2)

Lev13than (581686) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093825)

and is also the perfect opportunity for a little hanky-panky in the back row under a blanket.

Let's just hope you weren't the only one sitting in the back row...

Are you serious? (1)

Clue4All (580842) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093671)

Why do you need to game over a weekend where a laptop doesn't suffice? Is there a reason you need a bring a gaming rig, and if so, why aren't you using a CRT to get some REAL gaming? This is pretty ridiculous, did you just want to see your name on the front page of Slashdot?

Re:Are you serious? (2)

EvanED (569694) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093745)

>>Why do you need to game over a weekend where a laptop doesn't suffice?

Who said it wouldn't? But if you have a desktop, a good 17" LCD monitor is half the price of a decent laptop.

>>why aren't you using a CRT to get some REAL gaming?

Perhaps because a CRT is 5 times bigger and heavier and is proportionally harder to carry around on fencing tournaments?

Explore - don't sit in the hotel room (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093675)

<Mandatory bad fencing joke>How many LCD screens is he trying to sell off?</Mandatory bad fencing joke>

Really though, why does he need to take his computer with him? That's a bit sad. Get him some fake ID instead so he can go out on the lash after the tournament... in my experience it was always fun as fencing left me quite dehydrated. You'll be doing him a much bigger favour for later life. I liked going away to tournaments - I would take advantage of being somewhere I wouldn't normally visit to go and have a good time and see new places. I really enjoyed going to Montreal to fence, although I always got my arse kicked very severely.

Re:Explore - don't sit in the hotel room (1)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093841)

Get him some fake ID instead so he can go out on the lash after the tournament... in my experience it was always fun as fencing left me quite dehydrated

So to combat the post-joist dehydration, you're suggesting something that has two major flaws:
1. Fake IDs are, if i'm not mistaken, Quite Illegal... (personally I don't have a problem with it but many people do not condone underage drinking)
2. You're suggesting combat the dehydrating effecs of fencing by consuming a beverage (alcohol) that, in and of itself, dyhydrates one's self? Ya, that's intelligent.

One solution (2, Informative)

thelinuxking (574760) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093678)

If he wants a gaming screen for an XBOX, one company is developing this. [ebgames.com]

I'd suggest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093679)

Get a life besides gaming on holiday!

CaseAce (5, Interesting)

IvyMike (178408) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093681)

If you don't need the protection (and weight) fo a hardtop case, you should check out the variety of computer carrying equipment at CaseAce [caseace.com] . I haven't used their new LCD harness, but the regular old CRT carrying harness has been a great investment. Turns something that's awkward into something easy to carry.

New fangled storage device (1)

cyb0rg (580354) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093684)

By 'a storage device' did you mean a box?

Willdow Design (4, Informative)

Zoid (8837) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093688)

http://www.willowdesign.com/ [slashdot.org]

They have a large number of monitor and LCD display cases. They also have a specific line for the Apple Cinema Displays as well.

Try the cases-cases (1)

parkanoid (573952) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093689)

They have very nice stuff, and the prices are not draconic http://www.cases-cases.com [cases-cases.com] Also, if you're up for it you can try and make your own suitcase PC with the LCD on the side, like those produced by [forgot the company name].

Re:Try the cases-cases (1)

Zarbuck (590310) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093773)

Are you talking about a luggable computer?

get a Pelican case (2)

Bishop (4500) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093690)

Get a Pelican case [pelican.com] as used by anyone who carries expensive electornics into the field includeing journalists world wide. These cases are a hard plastic shell lined with foam that you can easily cut to your needs. Find them at a camping goods shop, or better photography shop near you.

I would wean him off games now (1)

Tim_F (12524) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093693)

It will help him to prepare for a normal adult life. Perhaps instead of gaming on the wekends, you could set it up so that he interacts with the other tournament participants. I know he's not old enough to start drinking, but just about anything is better than playing games!

People: don't sit back and let your children turn into yourselves! Humans are social animals, geeks especially. If you start them early, there's no telling what they can become!

Have the kid get a life? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093694)

"gaming fix on the weekends"?

seriously, if he can't go 2 days a week without playing games he's got some problems.

Monster cases (2)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093695)

We had a monster case custom built for a 'luggable' desktop system and LCD screen that had to go from shutdown to shutdown. While they are normally used for musical equipment (consult your local music shop for more info), they work beautifully for computers.

A life? (1, Insightful)

Bush_man10 (461952) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093696)

If someone can't travel without the need for playing games then a life would be the best fix imho. :) Don't mean to sound harsh but make him get out an enjoy the places he will be visiting. There are so many people to meet and things to see out there. I myself wouldn't be worried about how I will play UT or some other game.

Well that's just my 2 cents :)

OH Dear.. (1)

shic (309152) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093697)

Tell your son to grow up - get drunk and chase loose women... far more fun than 3D gaming when you're off on a jolly.

Addicted? (1)

_LFTL_ (409654) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093699)

I'm sorry but anyone that can't go a weekend with their "gaming fix" probably has an addiction problem. Maybe this is just my preference, but if I got to travel all around at 17 fencing, then I would probably find something more interesting wherever I went than computer games. Like something I couldn't do at home. But maybe that's just me

Simple.... (1)

LiteForce (102751) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093700)

Two words - "original packaging".

Besides, most manufacturers won't repair a damaged TFT if it is damaged while in transit and the manufacturers' recommended precautions about using a container designed for the task haven't been followed.

Yet another reason to hang on to those boxes, kids!

Re:Simple.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093952)

I'm amazed it took this long for someone to suggest this obvious DUH! solution! Actual packaging engineers designed that box to survive the travel by boat and truck and forklift from a warehouse in Asia to your local Costco. For extra protection, slip a piece of Lexan or Plexiglas to protect the screen from accidental puncture. Plywood can shatter and splinters jam the screen.

fencing? lcd? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093701)

buy him a new one when he gets back.

I need a 486 in Dallas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093706)

where to obtain a 486 in Dallas to install Slackware Linux on - please tell me.

he is 17 years old (2, Insightful)

jest3r (458429) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093707)

Why does a 17 year old need his father to ask Slashdot how to carry around a computer?

Lend him your car (presumeably he has a license by now) .. and throw the computer in the trunk .. No need to tote it around like a suitcase to the actual fencing tournaments .. and if you don't want to buy him a laptop .. lease one ..

Re:he is 17 years old (2)

sporty (27564) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093809)

Unless you live in certain states. NYC you have to be 18 unless you are accompanied by a licensed driver.

Re:he is 17 years old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093860)

or unless you want to fly to the fencing tournaments because they are far away.

LCD sucks for gaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093717)

He should carry a 19" CRT instead. It's also less likely to get stolen at the airport / bus station / wherever.

Handgun cases (1)

Faeton (522316) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093721)

Get a handgun case. They're robust, very secure and look quite snazzy. Plus, you can get a foam cut-out of the monitor instead of the regular egg-crate design.

Of course, you're packing a different kind of heat. A 2 gun case should be enough for the monitor and some other "goodies"

Re:Handgun cases (1)

therealmoose (558253) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093774)

I don't think they like handguns at fencing tournaments-kind of an unfair advantage don't you think?

Re:Handgun cases (1)

ROBOKATZ (211768) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093930)

Hehe. But then he can be like Indiana Jones :)

Jebus! (1, Insightful)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093722)


Maybe I'm old fashioned but whatever happened to the ancient art of reading? Humans have occupied themselves for thousands of years without having to get their "gaming fix." Instead of worrying about satisfying your sons raving video game addiction that apparently can't go a single day without gaming, maybe you should buy him some good books.

Re:Jebus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093758)

Like Harry Potter?

Re:Jebus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093819)

i agree... now... last week no.

I dont play games, but i didnt read either. I just watched movies and tv and read slashdot, but no books. I havent read books since I was forced to in school, so maybe 2 or less a year, then when I finished school I havent read since. But then, after reading all these posts on slashdot quoting neil stephenson and douglas adams, i felt like i was missing out, i wasnt an optimum geek. So I decided to buy the hitchikers guide series and some neil stephenson books.. Started reading snow crash the other day.. Damn books rule!

Get the kid books!

The best thing you can do to him (2)

jukal (523582) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093727)

is to make him either design the "storage device" himself or not play at all.

Drop the monitor go with some goggles... (1)

pioneer (71789) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093729)

There are some goggles out there that can replace your monitor... that way you can buy a mini LAN-party case which you can carry-on along with a pair of goggles...

** PLUS! THINK HOW COOL YOU'LL LOOK! **

Imagine, fencing whilst goggling, defeating TWO OPPONENTS at once!

In fact, you should buy one of those remote-porno suits so that you get the full gaming experience... you'll be a ...

Walking-Action-Cyber-Killing-Opponent-Functionin g- Fool

--otherwise known as a--

WACKOFF

(for short)

*******
Never underestimate the power of the wang... WA WA WA WANG!

Re:Drop the monitor go with some goggles... (1)

pioneer (71789) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093759)

I'm sooo funny!

Re:Drop the monitor go with some goggles... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093853)

yes you are!!!!

Re:Drop the monitor go with some goggles... (1)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (600046) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093805)

i love you.
i don't know what else to say
phjack

HOW ARE YOU SOOO FUNNY!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093883)

I'd have to add that those remote porno suits are pretty cool....

Hey ... did anybody ever stop to think that THIS GUY's SON doesn't EXIST and this guy is actually the one going on weekend trips and needs to game...

MAYBE THE SON IS JUST A COVER!!!

You Might Be A Whigger If .... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093739)

August 18, 2002


1) You think "diversity" is good. You think that your family being forcefully mixed together with violent, V.D.-infected niggers is a good thing. Add lots of alcoholic, perpetually-stoned mestizo mexicans, vietnamese and job-stealing H1B indians and you have the ideal mixture prescribed by our Khazar overlords. Just remember your place Whitey: the bottom.


2) It never occurs to you that the world's finest manufacturers use homogenous work forces. You'll see few, if any, niggers working in plants in Japan, Sweden or Germany. American auto makers actually brag about their anti-white, pro-nigger racial discrimination policies. They just can't get enough blubber lipped, gold-toothed coons. But they can't exactly brag about the pieces of junk produced by Kimdisha and Deshawn, can they? The next time you see a car broken down in the middle of the road causing a stand-still traffic jam take a look at the make of the car. Almost always it's a product of "diversity."


3) You think martin luther coon was a martyr for peace. You probably don't know that its real name was michael king. It and other "civil rights" chimps were funded and managed by the Russian KGB and their American jewish communist operatives. I want you to squirm as you discover that this is not conjecture but documented, patent fact. King had an FBI file on it which includes surveillance tapes of it beating White prostitutes during sex acts blubbering out "I'm not a negro tonight" and "I'm fucking for God" the night before its extermination. The tribal affiliates of the late "reverend" have successfully pressured the government to keep michael king's FBI file under seal for many years to come. Many other files on individuals have been declassified from this era. Why won't they declassify king's?


4) You don't know that nigger males comprise only 6% of the US population and commit over 50% of all the rapes. Nigger males rape over 20,000 White females every year. Care to guess how many female chimps are raped by Whites? That's right, virtually none. The Bureau of Justice statistics actually show about 100 of these incidents, however, it's likely that most or all of these are committed by Hispanics since the FBI classifies Hispanic-committed crimes as being White- committed crimes. Only the most depraved wiggers would be into such a bestial act as fornicating with an anthropoid. Oh, about the 20,000+ rapes of human females by apes, how would you like to have $20,000 right now? 20,000 is a lot of anything isn't it? What does this say about this 6% of the population, that they commit over 50% of all rapes, 20,000+ of which are against White women and girls? Let alone that they commit 57% of all homicides and 68% of all armed robberies? How about the fact that niggers commit 90% of all violent interracial crime in the US, approximately 1.7 million violent crimes against other races? Want to guess which of these races they assault, rape and murder the most, Whitey? Actually these numbers are under-reported since large municipalities are typically run by lying, covering-up nigger organized crime gangs. Large numbers of police reports on murders, assaults and rapes are intentionally re-classified or not filed at all to make the nigger-related violence problem in America's once-great cities seem smaller than the anti-White holocaust that it actually is. You are of the sickest type of wigger if you believe that rape is a "crime of poverty" just like the other violent crimes committed by niggers... and if you feel named here then why don't you move to a nigger-infested 'hood to "help" your precious apes instead of hiding in a suburban White enclave and pontificating from your ivory tower like a co- dependent, excuse-making, hypocritical, misanthropic piece of garbage?


5) You don't know that diversity among White ethnicities from the 1880s to 1920s in America's cities resulted in the melding of a successful, productive society. And it wasn't mandated and controlled by an Orwellian iron-fisted government like it is today. You are definitely a wigger if you are too brainwashed to see the difference between White immigration and third-world immigration.


6) You believe niggers deserve "reparations" for destroying America's cities.


7) You are unaware that niggers in sub-Saharan Africa still practice slavery today. It has never stopped. Niggers still abduct rival bands of other niggers, use them as slaves then eventually resell them on the secondary market. The only difference between the present nigger slave trade in Africa and that of the 17th-19th centuries is the buyers. Today they are primarily Arabs in North Africa who often use little chimplets as sex machines. Jews played a major role in the slave trade in past centuries but have progressed to other machinations of slavery such as world communism and zionism. Of course, jews do specialize in organized prostitution rings or "White slavery" as they have since ancient times when they followed behind conquering armies as brutal carpetbaggers and pimps.


8) You often patronize the anti-White drivel produced by the Khazars who run Hollywood. How often can you turn on the TV and damned if the first thing you see isn't a chimp dressed up playing the role of a respectable position in society? Hasn't anyone told the jewish writers and producers of the chimp-dung on America's idiot boxes that 1 out of 5 male chimps is either in prison, on probation or an ex-con, or that 70% of niggers go through their demonic lives never even knowing who their "father" is? How can you have "black family sitcoms" when the term "black family" is practically an oxymoron? Truth is the jews understand the nigger plight very well. Niggers are purposely portrayed as equals to humans on TV and films to: a) Debase and nurture an inferiority complex in Whites; b) Brainwash Whites into accepting a sick, outrageous and racially lethal standard of normalcy.


9) You look at a nigger and instead of seeing a gigantic cockroach you see a wonderful human being with very "special" qualities.


10) You live in total denial of reality. In other words, you're a chump. You don't mind being a slave by virtue of being grossly overtaxed to fund midnight baxitball programs, White guilt institutes (public schools), endless social engineering programs designed to give your job to a more deserving "minority" and get your kids to participate in bestiality with AIDS-infected niggers, or homosexuality. And amazingly, chances are you've personally been the target of nigger crimes, anti- White discrimination and racial harassment yet you still believe it will all work out, it all happened for "a reason," -- "I understand, I mean after all theyâve been through..."; "They're not all like that, I mean the ones on TV are so well spoken"; "What about the ones with the retardation-range IQs who have been nice to me?"; "It could have been a White rapist just as easily"; "This is the price we have to pay for slavery." Basically at this point in your life you're either too weak, stupid or incorrigibly brainwashed to break the shackles of denial about the nightmare society is devolving into and why.


FRANK SHELL

Get an cheap anvil-type case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093751)

Measure the dimensions of the unit, then check eBay for a anvil-type case. They can be had very cheaply, and provide the best possible protection when travelling. Something briefcase-size should do. In eBay, search for "anvil case" and work through the listings until you find something that will fit...

P.S.- Anvil is a brand name, but most cases of this type are commonly referred to as "anvil" -kind of like "xerox", and "palm". The primary application of these travel cases is for musical instruments and electronic equipment.

Your son is a loser. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093755)

Even if you made it to these so called 'fencing tournaments' safe and sound with the LCD intact, I would kick your kid's ass for being a geek.

Re:Your son is a loser. (0, Flamebait)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (600046) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093829)

geeks rock. you suck. geeks rock. nuff said, but i'll say it again. geeks rock you suck.

Two words: (3, Funny)

x136 (513282) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093757)

Game Boy.

Why lug a whole damn system around? Get a Game Boy, put it in your pocket.

How about stop gamming for a few days (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093764)

This may sound unpopular with the slashdot crowd, but how about leaving the computer behind and reading, or seeing the sights in the new town ya'll are visiting. He'll appreciate his games that much more when he comes back, and maybe come to enjoy otherthings as well.

Get a Game Boy Advanced! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093766)

If all he's looking for is some gaming while traveling, I'd recommend buying a GBA. The units are really cheap ($90) and some of the games are actually amazingly good (Tony Hawk, Advanced Wars, ...). In addition, since it's small and battery powered, you can play while riding in a car, while waiting for your next bout, etc., where a PC isn't an option, and without the hassle (and risk of damage) of hauling around a PC, monitor, cables, CD's, etc.

GBA (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093778)

Gameboy Advance - nuff said...

Metal Case & Window (1)

MrFrog8552 (579817) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093779)

Get a metal case (larger than you need) and put a plastic window in it, then hook the lcd screen up to the case on the inside. Get a wireless kb/mouse and have the reciever in the case. Good pair of headphones, and a case tote and you're all set. Only wires you have to worry about are the power for the case and monitor. Not the best for gaming, but nice and compact. Now like half the other posts I must say why? If this were for a few weeks traveling that would be one thing, but for a weekend? If he were mine, I'd be telling him to either do it himself or go out and do something, if nothing else go find an arcade, at least there are people you can play face to face with.

buy a laptop (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093784)

yep.

other ideas (4, Informative)

adolf (21054) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093797)

Other people mention Pelican, but that company appears to be rather half-assed about the way they make road cases - they seem to be a -lot- more interested in selling plastic flashlights. Strange.

Try instead SKB [skbindustrial.com] . I've been using their gear for years, with never a problem. Well-made, water-tight, light-weight, and (optionally) ATA-rated.

More serious companies include such names as Starcase [starcase.com] and Anvil [anvilcase.com] . These are heavier, and generally made out of fiberglass-laminated plywood with aluminum extrusions holding the joints together. They don't mind being loaded up with equipment and dropped off of a truck much at all - something not easily said about any plastic case. Both Starcase and Anvil will gladly build a custom box for whatever it is that needs moved, which isn't so easy with plastic.

Or, build your own. TCH [tchweb.com] sells all manner of hardware and materials for building serious road cases and racks. They've got extrusions, fiberglass/plywood laminates, and all manner of hasps, clasps, latches, and hinges, brackets, doohickeys, hoosiwatsits, and other very important widgets for case-building.

Hardlite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093810)

The Samsonite Hardlite series is made for suits travelling with laptops.

College (1)

hackerc (461641) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093817)

I've encountered the same problem when moving in and out of college with my lcd screen. Their great for deskspace but a bitch when moving cause im always woried about breaking it. And Since I long ago ditched the box to keep them in I usually wrap it in a few tee shirts and put it in the same box as my clothing/bedding for the extra padding.

Cheapest solution... (1)

MrWorf (216691) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093855)

...is just to keep it in the box it came with. Ofcourse, this depends on the box. But I take my Samtron 15" TFT to LAN parties and friends in the original box. It has a handle and, after adding some tape to the opening to protect the cardboard, I use "wood tape" (dunno what's the real name, but it leaves no glue, is more or less like papper on a roll with glue on one side) to seal the box. There is even room to store the cables for the monitor and computer.

Should this sound a bit shakey, let me assure you that it isn't. Besides, if I'd like some more protection, all I need to add is a layer of plastic or something on the cardboard box "doors" to protect the screen.

Sometimes, what sounds simple & cheap, is actually a good solution :)

Case Ace LCD Shield Harness (1)

Transplant (535283) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093857)

I would have to recommend the Case Ace Gear Grip LCD Shield Harness from http://www.caseace.com
I've used their Gear Grip Computer and Monitor harnesses for transporting my precious system to various LAN parties for the last year now. They are extremely durable with large, comfortable handles. Transplant

Do-it-yourself Aluminum Box (2)

omnirealm (244599) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093865)

I was in a similar predicament. I have heard plenty of horror stories where LCD panels got cracked while being subjected to the pressure of books and odd objects in backpacks.

When I got my new laptop [slashdot.org] , I was worried about taking it on-campus in my backpack. So, I built a custom aluminum box to protect the screen.

I picked up a 12-foot aluminum bar from a nearby sheet metal warehouse. I took it to a machine shop near campus and spent a couple of hours measuring, cutting, and drilling holes in the aluminum. I put it together with machine screws and corner brackets, and then I covered the inside with cardboard. I have three bars spanning the width of the box. While it doesn't completely encase the laptop, it is sufficient to keep the pressures of books off the computer.

The result is a fairly lightweight protective box that fits in my backpack and then protects the LCD panel from cracking (you could stand on the box with the laptop in it, and it would not put any pressure on the laptop itself). So far, it's worked like a charm. I am still careful not to drop my laptop into my backpack while it's resting on the floor, since longitudinal forces on the screen can also do damage.

CaseAce (1)

underthumb (8689) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093872)

Get a GearGrip product here for your LCD:

http://www.geargrip.com/

They're made with travel and gaming in mind.

Are you serious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093898)

Come on people. Can't we get a way from our computers for a weekend? A gaming fix? for crying out loud. When have we become so attached to our computers that when we go away for a tourny of some kind we just HAVE to play games. I don't know about you people, but when 5 o'clock comes around, the last thing I want to be doing is sitting in front of my computer playing games.

Game system? (2, Offtopic)

Chris Canfield (548473) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093903)

Your 17 year old son should be going outside, exploring the cities. He should be seeing America (or whatever contry he is in) with a group of friends he works and plays with. He should be growing and writing in a journal.

If you need to buy him something, buy him a digital camera. Give him some spending money. Buy the team nerf balls. Give him a guide to all ages clubs in your state / province. Give him rollerblades, frisbies, and waterguns. Give the coach specific instructions to not let him rot in his hotel room.

I love games. I haven't come across a game yet that I can't beat in 2 days, and my Maniac ERA continues to be a real crowdstopper. But they 're not everything. Your kid is 17, and is about to go on an oddessey. Would Homer sing of a developing young man staring at a slightly glowing fire and occasionally poking it with a stick?

It may be scary as a parent to think that your kid may be out in the real world, but he soon will be an adult and will have to make mature, adult decisions based on what he has experienced and shared with you. I'm sure if you have raised him well, he will do great. But don't love him so much that he isn't given those experiences until it is much to late for him to look to your guidance.

Part of your guidance should be to forbid him from taking his Playstation.

-Chris

Buy a Laptop Fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093904)

Buy a Laptop Fool!
You can buy a decent one for under $999.

For $150 you can get a small PS1 and PS1 LCD screen.

Fool!

Or you can be like the L@merz and buy a cheesy handle for your computer as Ace Hardware.

No. (1)

ROBOKATZ (211768) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093907)

Buy a laptop.

17? (1)

zennix (601657) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093951)

Why not let the kid figure out how he is going to spend the weekends himself? If he makes a stupid decision, he won't have his precious games to play, and he will be forced to do something more interesting than frag his day away. Go to the zoo, find a museuem, try to get laid, go to a show at a club, anything but sit in some hotel room and play games all night. At least rent something good on spankovision if you insist on avoiding human contact. And you Pops, I am sure you are an awesome father, but you really should let go a bit at 17. Let the kid mess up now! Let him pay the price for mixed up priorities now or he is never going to learn.

The screen (1)

qts (100793) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093955)

Make sure the screen travels as hand-baggage. If it goes in the unpressurised hold, it will break, either from the atmosphere or from the rough handling.

How about the box? (2)

supabeast! (84658) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093980)

Just a thought, how about putting it in the original shipping box? LCD monitor boxes almost always have something along the lines of "Save this box in case you ever need to ship this hardware later!" on all four sides. Too bad nobody pays attention to it...

Stick it in the original box (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4093981)

You know, those cardboard boxes that things are shipped in also make great shock-proof carrying boxes, and they're cheap to boot!

It depends. (3, Informative)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 12 years ago | (#4093988)

Are you planning on investing a bunch of money in this or do you just want something that will work?

There are plenty of pointers above for expensive solutions, so here's a cheap solution that works for most things you want to pack.

Get a box big enough to put the screen in. Get some garbage bags. Get some Great Stuff [dow.com] (available at any hardware store).

Put a garbage bag in the box, put the screen in the box, now fill the bag with great stuff. Fold the bag over so the goo doesn't come out & lay the box on it's side w/ the screen laying on the bag full of great stuff.

Put another bag on the other side. Fill it with great stuff. Wait. Ta-da. Just slide out both bags together and there you have it.

Works with just about anything, totally re-useable, and works pretty damn well.

OT: Slashdot bitching (5, Insightful)

Sancho (17056) | more than 12 years ago | (#4094005)

Geez, you guys keep telling this guy how to run his (and his son's) life rather than giving constructive criticism to the question at hand. Do you think he hasn't thought about his son's gaming "addiction"? He came here with a question and all you can do is tell him how to raise his son. You have no idea how their family is set up. Perhaps his son is only allowed to play games on the weekends when he doesn't have to think about school? Rather than asking him to make the choice between fencing and gaming, his father could be trying to work out a compromise. You don't know the situation, so how dare you pretend you know what's best?

tell him to get a f*cking life (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4094012)

tell him to get a f*cking life.

seriously though... weekends away on a sporting event and he needs to bring a high end pc for gaming? how often are these events that he needs his "fix"
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