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Quiet Desk (Not Desktop) PC

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the have-reciprocating-saw-will-travel dept.

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Anonymous Coward writes "Rusty took a wholly different approach to PC noise: he built his XP1900+ machine right into the desk! While it may not make the PC industry scramble to define a new *desk* (not desktop) form factor, Rusty's inventive techniques will surely have computer hardware enthusiasts poring over his fine work."

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FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458852)

And now I can go to bed in peace. Suck it, trolls.

Fuck the Giants (-1)

News For Turds (580751) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458858)

Kenny Lofton can suck my 7" dick. I hope the fucking giants get their asses creamed in 4 games by the Angels, with a total score for the series of 47-3.

eat my pussy! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458853)

sorry, I'm bored.

--
ssj

tp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458855)

third post?

Upgrading...... (5, Funny)

Splezunk (250168) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458856)

Bit of a problem upgrading 'Desks'. Also, LAN parties will be a bit of a bitch. Gotta get the trusty U-haul trucks.

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

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458881)

wtf 5 posts and its fucking /.'ed!?

Re:Upgrading...... (5, Interesting)

MrZaius (321037) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458909)

My God man. Bit of a problem upgrading?

Did you see that? I've had enlight cases with sides that pop right off. I've had beautiful huge Addtronics cases that have doors that open, on simple hinges, and with a motherboard panel that takes all of 30 seconds to remove.

This man's desk kicks the ass of everything I've seen.

Aside from the time it would take to cut a new vent (he can position a new motherboard to use the current hole in the desk for the vent), this is the easiest to upgrade, most accessible machine I've ever seen.

It would take less time to pop a new PCI card into it than it would to reboot it. All he has to do is pull out a drawer, pop the card in, and he's done.

This thing is beautiful.

Hasn't this been done before? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458859)

I can't think of any sites with specific examples, but it seems like I've seen this before... along with computer built into walls and other such things. Now... if it was a LEGO desk with a computer built into it, I'd be impressed.

Re:Hasn't this been done before? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458904)

IIRC there is actually a company overseas that sells clear desks with computers built inside (among many other nifty mods). Finding this company on google is hard, but I'm pretty sure it does exist.

Re:Hasn't this been done before? (2, Interesting)

joe90 (48497) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458982)

You mean like in the movie Antitrust [antitrustthemovie.com] - where the corporate day-care facility has lego-style workstations for the kids?

Is this the first Desk to be /.? (5, Funny)

WillRobinson (159226) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458873)

Darn, could not see the fine work. Slashdotted early. So, should he engrave a big /. in the middle of the desk now?

Reminds me of... (4, Informative)

Xunker (6905) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458875)

Kinda reminds me of this [slashdot.org] , eh?

Slashdotted already?! (1, Funny)

IndependentVik (582582) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458876)

For chrissakes, don't you geeks have anything better to do at this time of night than go to slashdot and . . . oh, wait . . .

/me slinks into a corner

Re:Slashdotted already?! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458889)

Warning: Too many connections in /home/www/silentpcreview.com/pnadodb/drivers/adodb -mysql.inc.php on line 121

Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /home/www/silentpcreview.com/pnadodb/drivers/adodb -mysql.inc.php on line 121
mysql://silentpc:@localhost/silentpcreview failed to connectToo many connections

Another words,
Negative ghost rider. The pattern is full!

Re:Slashdotted already?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459206)

> Negative, Ghost Rider. The pattern is full!

*Mav buzzes the tower anyway*

Gotta love bad 80s movies.

It's Stuck! (5, Funny)

anball (555994) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458877)

Doesn't that make it kinda hard to take to LAN parties? I'd hate to miss out on a good Quake session because I couldn't get my computer into my car.

Poor table (4, Funny)

theBrownfury (570265) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458879)

And for the first time in history a table is Slashdotted!

Re:Poor table (2, Interesting)

finnatic (105191) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459229)

That's not entirely true... ... there was an ultimate gaming table posted to slashdot some weeks or months back - it's site was slashdotted too.

Ah, here we are:
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/08/15/205521 9&mode=thread&tid=127 [slashdot.org]

"The Ultimate Gaming Table"

Check out their news archives:
http://www.agyris.net/portal/newsarchives.asp?Post Year=2002&PostMonth=8 [agyris.net]

where they discuss rising from the ashes after being slashdotted.

At last! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458882)

My own personal MCP at my fingertips!

Fastest Slashdotting Ever. (2, Funny)

reidbold (55120) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458883)

I wish i could find the google cache to up the ol' karma.

Re:Fastest Slashdotting Ever. (1)

Duckz (147715) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458891)

It wouldn't matter, google doesn't cache images, which I imagine is what is on the site. (I don't know, cant get to it either)
--
Todd

Re:Fastest Slashdotting Ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458991)

Actually, google does cache images.

Re:Fastest Slashdotting Ever. (1)

stile (54877) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459082)

Or, alternatively, you could post about finding the google cache to up the ol' karma...

the desk is broken (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458884)

looks like someone sat on the desk and broke it and the server inside of it...

Ah slashdot.... (5, Funny)

G-funk (22712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458887)

I love this website... it's my #1 source of cool things I'd love to look at, if only the computer hosting them wasn't a smouldering puddle of melted plastic and silicon.

Re:Ah slashdot.... (2, Funny)

Soko (17987) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459163)

Me too. Actually, the molten web server thingies are kinda neat (WOW! The colours! You have a lump of metallic Sodium in there or something? Never seen one blow up like that before. Cripes!) but they get boring after a while. I'd rather see the "purty pitchers" once in a while.

Think this guy hid under his desk when the "Slashdot Effect" nuclear-holocaust-warning buzzer went off? That would be about the only use for it right about now...

Soko

Without patents, this would be easier qjkx (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458897)

Patents slow down progress. Custom desks with computers built it would be developed much faster without any IP laws at all.

Anonymous, huh? (5, Funny)

$carab (464226) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458899)

Great.....So now we've got "Anonymous Cowards" hyping the first article on their website...

Unfortunately, our Anonymous Friend didnt anticipate the strain on the servers...


Warning: Too many connections in /home/www/silentpcreview.com/pnadodb/drivers/adodb -mysql.inc.php on line 121

Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /home/www/silentpcreview.com/pnadodb/drivers/adodb -mysql.inc.php on line 121
mysql://silentpc:@localhost/silentpcreview failed to connectToo many connections


Ahhh.....Like poetry....

Re:Anonymous, huh? (1)

joel_mac (575677) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458943)

Unfortunately, our Anonymous Friend didnt anticipate the strain on the servers...

Sadly, no. Anyone have a mirror site?

Too bad (5, Funny)

Johnso (520335) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458905)

Users of these PCs can't dropkick the units or throw them out the window like regular PC users can.

Where's the stress relief when the damn thing Blue Screens?

Obligatory anti-Microsoft post! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458945)

Micro$oft sucks! Down with Micro$oft!

Re:Too bad (1, Funny)

ealar dlanvuli (523604) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459018)

It can be found here [redhat.com] or here [freebsd.org]

Re:Too bad (2)

msaulters (130992) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459126)

You can bang your fist on it. Better yet, climb up and jump up and down on it! Open and slam the drawers. Or just spill some coffee on it.

/.ed already? (0)

bad_fx (493443) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458915)

Lesson for the day: Plugging your own website on slashdot is a bad, bad idea! :-)

Caffeine Machine (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458925)

I dunno if building a PC into a desk is all that original. I've seen a few in my time which were pretty inventive. This [pimprig.com] , on the other hand, seems quite an improvement, at least it's got Hot Java. ;-)

Re:Caffeine Machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459117)

I thought you said Hot Lava.

It would be neat to see somebody make a completely transparent case filled with a colored inert liquid and had some balls of wax. Let the processor heat the wax and you'd have a lava lamp case.

Kinda OT, but had to be pointed out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458927)

Clicked on the link, this is what I got: Warning: Too many connections in /home/www/silentpcreview.com/pnadodb/drivers/adodb -mysql.inc.php on line 121 Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /home/www/silentpcreview.com/pnadodb/drivers/adodb -mysql.inc.php on line 121 mysql://silentpc:@localhost/silentpcreview failed to connectToo many connections I guess the people at silentpcpreview.com weren't ready for a /. treatment.

Grrr (0)

cybercomm (557435) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458932)

This just got posted, and already it's /.'ed. Why cant desks and users just get along?

What a stupid idea (-1, Troll)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458933)

The only people who would like this idea would be the martha stewarts of the world. My mom like the fact that her computer is hid away in a closet. I could never stand that. Anyways, i like to be able to play around inside my pc, for eg swap drives, and that would really take some time.

Re:What a stupid idea (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459108)

Read the story before you flame, asswipe.

Hot vibrating wood (5, Insightful)

Johnso (520335) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458937)

Athlon XP + direct encasement in wood + heavy use = worst fire hazard ever

Who would want to work on such a hot, shaky piece of wood?

Re:Hot vibrating wood (3, Funny)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459089)

>Who would want to work on such a hot, shaky piece of wood?
so easy, not even gonna...

Re:Hot vibrating wood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459111)

I've got your hot wood right here!

dude, your desk is plugged into the wall (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458940)

Puts a whole new emphasis on "keyboard drawers"....

One thing I noticed about it (sorry, posting AC) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458942)

...is that it's very comfortable to sit at my "desk" and get a blowjob from a 12-year-old BOY. YOUR SON, FAGGOT!

And you know where he learned to suck dick?

Nothing new, and it wasn't very brilliant before (-1, Troll)

Spit_Fire1 (247104) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458946)

By putting a computer in a desk, as in permanently mounting it there,
1.you loose the portability,
2.get a crappier desk/pc at twice the cost of buying a like desk and computer separately,
3.loose some of the ability to upgrade,

I'm assuming the pc is able to get out of the desk, but your limited in case size and shape. On top of all that my desk that I've had for years has a place to put a mid-size tower in it with plenty of room for ventilation on all sizes, and poof my computer is built into the desk, without the added cost and bad materials.

Re:Nothing new, and it wasn't very brilliant befor (0)

ctxspy (94924) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459086)

L ook
O ut
S pelling
E rrors

Breaking news (4, Funny)

dirvish (574948) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458950)

A four alarm fire has broken out in Everett, WA. Officials believe the cause to be a overheated server creating a desk to combust.

Registrant:
Internal Combustion
2815 107th Pl SE
Everett, WA 98208
US
Domain Name: SILENTPCREVIEW.COM

the future of computing (5, Funny)

everyplace (527571) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458954)

Now, the next level of this will be redundency. Walk into someone's office, and see two identical desks, with idendical pen holders, family photos, telephones and whatnot on the surface.

"What's that one for?" a casual observer might ask.
"Oh, that's just my backup desk, for when my main one crashes."

Re:the future of computing (1, Flamebait)

jred (111898) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459076)

Would two desks be all that unusual? I already have 2 desks, and as soon as I have time to move into my new (bigger) office, I'll have 3.

I wouldn't necessarily think they'd have to be identical.

Re:the future of computing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459116)

But do you have a beowulf cluster of desks?

Re:the future of computing (1)

SomeGuyFromCA (197979) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459226)

Sure. It's called an open plan office.

I had the same idea (3, Troll)

Dynedain (141758) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458956)

I've been thinking about this for about 3 years now, just haven't had the time to do it.

Powerswitches for components and lights along front edge, verical drawer for motherboard. Exentions of usb/audio/ps2/etc. ports to a panel on the top of the desk. Backlit round panel with a spoke jutting up for a cd spindle. "popup" removable media drives on the top surface (lift a hinged panel with the drive attached to the underside to insert disk).

I wish I could see what this guy did to compare to my thoughts.

Nothing new (5, Interesting)

geek (5680) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458963)

My dads been doing this for 30 years. To change his hard drive he pulls out a drawer and puts in a new one. He started it while working for McDonald Douglas a few years before I was born. I still remember sticking 5" floppies into the slot opening in the bottom drawer. I would kick my feet while playing this wierd cow game he had and every couple minutes would kick the lever releasing the floppy and crashing the system.

To him it makes perfect sense. He can expand more easily without opening cases and it solves some heat issues you get in tiny enclosures. Not to mention its totally silent.

Re:Nothing new (1)

beta21 (88000) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459073)

He started it while working for McDonald Douglas a few years before I was born.

I'm not nitpicking but when I read McDonald Douglas I had strange visions of scientists modelling airflow around a big mac. Even better imagine a big mac in a wind tunnel...woo hoo!

Pic Mirror (5, Informative)

MrZaius (321037) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458964)

www.wworld.com/users/seancrago/CaseUnAssembledRigh t.jpg
www.wworld.com/users/seancrago/CaseOpen1.jp g

Those mirrors won't last long, but they're the most impressive of the pics in the article. Even if the site stays /.ed, you won't be missing much if you get a couple of pics. Only really novel thing explained in the text of the article was where he explained that the CPU was a down-volted xp1900, w/passive cooling.

Re:Pic Mirror (2, Informative)

Charlton Heston (588481) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459094)

The slashdot space mungifier added a space into the first link. If you get a file not found error, take out that space and retry.

Re:Pic Mirror (2)

Soko (17987) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459214)

First of all, thanks for the pictures.

Second, it's not exactly passive cooling he has there. I've seen the fan-shaped CPU heatsink before (just can't seem to get Google to spit out who makes it) and he has it in a shroud connected to a fan. Alphas did the same thing - my PWS500a has no heat sink fan, but is cooled by the same shroud/case fan method. It must work, since my elecrticity bills while I was running the SETI@Home client said the thing sucks a ton of juice. Nice, effective low noise solution to the cooling problem, IMHO.

Soko

Actually a desktop PC (2, Interesting)

vnsnes (301511) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458966)

With electronic paper [eink.com] developments it would be neat to see actual desktop computers.

Imagine a sheet of e-paper with touch sensitive layer on top of it on an engineer's desk. The engineer uses a stilus to enter schematic diagrams and navigate the UI. A virtual keyboard program can be started for text entries.

This paradigm would work for a lot of things an average user would use a computer for: web surfing, e-mail, text processing. It would probably be a tough fit for multimedia and gaming, though.

Re:Actually a desktop PC (1)

vnsnes (301511) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458988)

btw, it would much faster to draw diagrams like scribbling on a piece of paper instead of finding shapes in libraries, dragging them onto the diagram area and adjusting its size and properties.

Re:Actually a desktop PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459121)

it would be much easier to us a capacitative surface instead of a stylis. it would allow for manipulation using your hands, which means over 10 distinct input points. (it would need a fairly unique "accept input" command if it was the entire desktop though).

Now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458969)

...we all know why it was slashdotted already:

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/?mode_u=off& mo de_w=on&site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.silentpcreview.com%2 Fgoto.php%3Ft%3Ds%26id%3D44%26a%3D1&submit=Examine

A Desktop in a Desktop in a Des.... (2, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458972)

AHHHHH! The Madness! No man should ever have to see such things...they are an ABOMINATION! Spiraling Desktops to.. to . ..infinity!!!

Thank the Almighty! The Holy Slashdot Warriors have destroyed this affront to the senses. I may be able to sleep tonight. Fitful sleep, but dreamless sleep...sleep..sleeeeeeep

Mirror the damn sites (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4458983)

When the fuck are you going to start providing a temporary mirror for these sites?

Re:Mirror the damn sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459048)

Insightful? More like illegal. Stealing copyrighted works without the permission of the author is illegal in this country! You young MP3-Warez kiddies just can't seem to get that through your thick skulls!

Re:Mirror the damn sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459204)

Providing a content mirror is covered under the dmca as a "isp" it is not illegal for an isp to host illegal materials so long as they remove when legally asked.

interestingly enough the time it takes to get an injunction is longer than the relevant article time on /.

legality isnt the issue. Eg google's cache.

Re:Mirror the damn sites (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459056)

are you saying /. should do this? That would be silly. Then /. would just be /.'ed...

Kinda reminds you of... (4, Interesting)

carlmenezes (204187) | more than 11 years ago | (#4458992)

This [216.239.35.100] .
Sadly, it's been discontinued, which is why you'll only find it in Google's cache.

Cool idea though.
On a lighter note, you could now have water cooling linked to a nice decorative fish tank - hell you don't even need real fish :)

Rusty learns a lesson... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459003)

RFI is not your friend. Neither are your angry upstairs neighbors trying to pull in that local radio station.

Had the site not been Slushdotted, I'm sure I would have seen the wonderful shielding job that he did.

I hope his desk wasn't also the server... (5, Funny)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459012)

"Let's see, have to do some work now. Hey, is it hot in here or is it just me? Wow, my desk is getting hot! Hey, what gives?" [phoom!]* "oh, the humanity!!!!"

*phoom = sound wooden desk makes when it bursts into flames

Devo (3, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459019)

Hey, maybe next they will build a PC that fills an entire room and doubles as a central heating system. Oh... wait...

Obligatory anti-M$ post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459023)

Micro$oft sucks! Down with M$!

Slashdot Solution (-1)

mar1no (559482) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459024)

Could someone please tell one of the editors or article posters to make an on-site mirror of any off-site links, so we actually have a chance to see what the fuck everyone is talking about?

Obligatory anti-MS post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459034)

M$ sucks! Down with Micro$oft!

OK, I'm sick of this (5, Interesting)

jeko (179919) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459042)

Dammit. Yet another cool site I'd love to see, but predictably slashdotted into the depths of hell.

Sheesh. How hard is this? Quietly prepare a mirror of the site. Post the story. When their poor little server goes screaming into the abyss, shoot them an email that says, "Hi. Sorry we depthcharged your site. Would you like us to point our link to a mirror?" They say "Hell, yes."

Problem solved. Well, OK, maybe warning them in advance would work better.

Admittedly, I am far from the sharpest crayon in the box, and yes, this adds a layer of administration and screwups, but how is that any worse than the subject of almost every single story being unavailable?

We're supposed to be a bunch of smart geeks here. Slashdotting sites into the next millenium is a technical problem. Why can't we fix this?

And no, dammit, this is not off-topic.

Re:OK, I'm sick of this (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459079)

the lego desk idea was essentially done in the movie anti-trust. Decent movie in my opinion, kinda based on ol' bill, watch it if you havnt.

Re:OK, I'm sick of this (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459083)

plenty of corporate sites have been /.'ed, so informing/warning people isn't as easy as you might think (most submissions are embedded links on news sites, for instance).

Also, the idea of the normal /. submitter having to have access to a viable site on which to mirror something that wouldn't itself get /.'ed (taking down whoever was dumb enough to give him the access to create a mirror site) is nonsense. Most don't have access to such systems. I sure as hell wouldn't put something on my company portal, and do you think someplace like geocities or such would last even 30 seconds? It would be pointless.

Finally...plenty of people submit stories, never to have them get accepted. So...they'd have to go through all the headache of finding a server they didn't care about that would mirror the site they are posting about, set up the mirror, only to have the mirror go down?

blah. Go geta drink or a massage. /.ing will just happen. People do go on.

Re:OK, I'm sick of this (2)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459119)

but if we cached sites so they didn't get /.'d we wouldn't have 20 posts an article bitching about the /. effect and what we could do to fix it :P

Re:OK, I'm sick of this (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459201)

the easiest solution is that we all just stop coming here to begin with. you first. i'll let you know how it works out.

fans... (3, Funny)

Maskirovka (255712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459068)

A lightbulb goes on in Silentpcreview.com's admin, as he realizes all that smoke alarm noise negates his zero fan server farm's decible rating.

You can do this (1)

Sexy Commando (612371) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459074)

Just underclock your CPU and put a huge copper heat sink on it. I bet you can't tell the difference if you are just sending e-mails and browsing the web. Today's CPUs are way overqualified for office uses.

Jesus, don't people have lives? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459077)

It's nice to have dreams and stuff, but WTF? Couldn't the time put into building this firetrap have been better spent, say, doing almost anything?

FIRE HAZARD!!!!!!!!! (1, Funny)

F34RL3SS L34D3R (246556) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459084)

I'm wondering if the /.ing his computer is taking will cause his desk to be a fire hazard?

/.: When u need the best in load testing!!!!

The word is poring (1)

kc7cfk (240218) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459087)

..."pouring" over his fine work?

Hope he waterproofed it, too!

Off Topic (-1, Offtopic)

hoagieslapper (593527) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459096)

I know this has been mentioned before, but is there a way for /. to check to see if the site can handle the hits before a post, if it can't, could /. host a mirror? The number of /.'ed in the last month has been crazy.

0 dB Sound Level (2)

Nintendork (411169) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459104)

The thing isn't on brainiac.

This just in... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459118)

...from the site: Problem Report There was a communication problem. Message ID TCP_ERROR Problem Description The system was unable to communicate with the server. Possible Problem Cause The Web server may be down. The Web server may be too busy. The Web server may be experiencing other problems, preventing it from responding to clients. The communication path may be experiencing problems. Possible Solution Try connecting to this server later, or MAYBE NEXT TIME TRY SLASHDOTTING SOMETHING THAT CAN HANDLE A SLASHDOTTING!

Well, IMHO, it'd be nice if that were what was displayed at the end of the error message.

Even Better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459135)

I've been wanting to build a computer into a Lazy-boy recliner with an adjustable monitor (LCD) / keyboard / tray-table. Magic-fingers optional. Who wants to sit at a desk? Add a mini-fridge and a catheter and you're all set for 80 hours of gaming (warning: may cause death).

Where the hell is... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459138)

the beowulf cluster post.

You /. posters are slippin. Common get your act together.

P.S. A beowulf cluster of these would take up a warehouse.

Re:Where the hell is... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4459161)

We all have our off-days you insensitive clod. :)

im impressed (0, Troll)

seelet (585767) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459156)

the desk pc is setup really good. the only problem i see with this is (1)that took alot of time. (2)all that time spent on building the computer could have been spent smoking pot or drinking beer. (3)get a life.

Heat? (2, Interesting)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459160)

I'll admit i havnt read the page (slashdotted), so I'm curious, How does it disipate heat? I know it has vents, but where? I'm guessing its fanned out the back, but won't it just hit a wall in most situations?
They should start making vents on the top of computers (and the top of this desk), just to take advantage of the fact that heat rises. why waste so much energy fanning it out the back?

I want my MCP (1)

nsmeby (170052) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459162)


Wasn't the human interface to the MCP builtin to a desk?

Spills (2, Funny)

UniverseIsADoughnut (170909) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459190)

This thing is probably one coffee spill away from a bad day.

I did something like this (2, Informative)

baywulf (214371) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459193)

except my PC is just enclosed in the desk cabinet with a door. This helps a bit but the thing that made the biggest difference of all the things I tried was to use a bigger fan. A 90mm cpu fan can run much slower at a equal flow rate to a 60mm cpu fan and that reduces the noise the most.

I've seen a computer in a desk before... (2, Interesting)

muertos (570792) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459198)

About eight years ago, my uncle received a computer desk from a colleague of his. Since it still had the computer in it, he asked me to remove it. As I recall, it was a minicomputer built into a shelving unit behind the kickplate. There were three sets of shelves, the bottom shelf held two power supplies, the second shelf held the hard drives and tape drive (which had an access port from the side), and the top shelf held the motherboard. Monitor and keyboard ports were in the top of the desk on the back edge, and the puck tablet (it had a puck instead of a mouse) was built into a cutout on the underside. I assume it ran some type of Unix, it wouldn't boot anything though, the drives were shot. I think there was a floppy built into the drawer, too. He also got a bunch of Bell Labs manuals, a couple of binders full of printouts of Fortran code, and about 100' of coax cable.

Variation (2, Interesting)

torqer (538711) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459222)

I've always wanted to do basically what this intrepid guy did. Cool stuff. I've wanted to mount it underneath the tabletop of the desk and have slot feed drives. Just sliding a DVD into the top of the desk would be pretty slick. It would also be slick when I spilled coffee... Pipe-dream? sure. It would still be pretty nifty.

Convergence (2, Funny)

TheMightyZog (228867) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459228)

Ah, the server farm and cube farm converge...

It has to be said... (0, Offtopic)

knewman_1971 (549573) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459234)

Imagine a Beowolf cluster of these...

I can see it now... (4, Funny)

TitusC3v5 (608284) | more than 11 years ago | (#4459239)

USER: Wow, this thing is cool. Hey, where'd my notepad go?

FRIEND: It's over there on your desktop.

USER: Huh? No it's not. I've looked all over. Not there.

FRIEND: No. It's on your DESKTOP.

USER: *Dawn of realization* Ohhhh.......

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