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Helmet Paint Job iBook Mod

pudge posted more than 11 years ago | from the looks-faster-than-it-runs dept.

Portables (Apple) 55

joesao writes "Remember that beautiful red iBook from a while back? So Pbsource has a post about a guy who hired a French helmet painter to scrape the lid of his iBook and turn into this. I wish somebody would start doing art replicas. Van Gogh, anyone?"

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Oh Great... (5, Funny)

Big Sean O (317186) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203087)

Now that somebody figured out how to paint the lid of an iBook, we're going to be assulted with Slashdot stories on all types of Lidart:

Including Pinup/Nose Art, Graffiti-inspired Art, and even 70s Van Airbrush-inspired art.

Here's a thought... Somebody draw the daVinci of the naked guy [umn.edu] and put the apple over the naughty bits.

Ulp. I guess the same thing could be done with Mr. Goatse.

Idea withdrawn...

Re:Oh Great... (2, Interesting)

NeuroKoan (12458) | more than 11 years ago | (#5205642)

How about this one [applefritter.com] ?

Potential Money Maker (5, Interesting)

Whatchamacallit (21721) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203095)

Apple should consider making the iBook case easier to remove and offer a variety of high quality skins. i.e. have some artists design say 10 different designs and offer them installed at the apple store.

Then again, they just patented some funky light based color scheme, theme that can change. So it's possible that the exterior of an iBook in the future could change colors on it's own. Hummm a retro 60's tie-dye in motion like the iTunes Visualizer reflecting on the exterior case would be awesome!

Re:Potential Money Maker (2, Interesting)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203123)

Like the success of changeable skins on Nokia cellphones!

Could be cute!

Re:Potential Money Maker (1)

nuckin futs (574289) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203446)

Remember, Apple came up with the "Flower Power" and "Dalmation" iMacs. It was not skinnable, but it still did not sell.

Re:Potential Money Maker (3, Insightful)

Big Sean O (317186) | more than 11 years ago | (#5204834)

That's because they were both ugly.

I know someone who wanted an 'old style' (clamshell) iBook, but she refused because the only two colors available were blueberry and tangerine. She waited until the graphite iBook came out. Macs have a reputation of being the 'pretty' computer. Once you make that a selling point, people get personal about aesthetics.

If there was a way to (easily and safely) change the lid on your 'snow' iBook to your own design, I'm guessing it would sell nicely.

Re:Potential Money Maker (1)

drsmithy (35869) | more than 11 years ago | (#5212763)

Macs have a reputation of being the 'pretty' computer. Once you make that a selling point, people get personal about aesthetics.

This is actually one of the main reasons I find it deplorable Apple don't offer a multi-button mouse as an option. Not because buying one elsewhere is a problem, but because after shelling out that much for a machine which is supposed to look good (and uses that aspect as one justification for its higher price) I want a damn mouse that matches !

Re:Potential Money Maker (3, Interesting)

elemental23 (322479) | more than 11 years ago | (#5205525)

Actually, I understand the Flower Power iMacs were huge in Japan. Somehow that doesn't surprise me.

Re:Potential Money Maker (5, Informative)

soupforare (542403) | more than 11 years ago | (#5204043)

Apple already had 'skinnable' laptops with the Powerbook 1400.
You could get "Bookcovers"(tm) from Apple and others. Apple had(s) a template on their ftp you can download to print your own.
I seem to recall an actual useful Bookcover, a solar panel to recharge your battery, if I'm not mistaken

Re:Potential Money Maker (2, Insightful)

Secret Chimp (557933) | more than 11 years ago | (#5204698)

If you remember the original G3 Powerbooks, the ones with the green glowing apple that was upside-down when the lid was open and kind of swoopy dark black plastic surrounding a lighter gray column in the center with the gloApple on it, I believe that you could actually print out and attach "skins" to the two swoopy sidepieces of on the back of the lid by folding the edges into some seams or something like that. I remember MacAddict including a few of those "skins" on their CDs for a few months back when that G3 PB case design came out. However, there was an article on /. a few weeks/months ago about Apple requesting a patent for something like case designs that can dynamically change their appearance, so perhaps "case art enabled" notebooks and desktops aren't that far off.

Re:Potential Money Maker (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 11 years ago | (#5208691)

Here's another PBG3 mod. [tow.com] This one employed adhesive vinyl, and produced pretty nice results in the photos I've seen.

~Philly

Laptop skins. (1)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5205213)

Apple should consider making the iBook case easier to remove and offer a variety of high quality skins. i.e. have some artists design say 10 different designs and offer them installed at the apple store.

They did something similar with the PowerBook 1400 - there was what they called a "bookcover" system where you could change the cosmetics of the lid with a paper insert.

As far as I know, nobody ever really took advantage of it. Then again, now that people are putting neon lights and exhaust tips and shit on their computers, silly cosmetic features like that might do a little better in the marketplace. Who knows.

--saint

Re:Potential Money Maker (3, Informative)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 11 years ago | (#5205992)

Already in the works by someone else:

MacSkinz [appleskinz.com]

Re:Potential Money Maker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5226555)

The patent to which you are refering covers the new 17" PowerBook's lighted keyboard.
Of course, they'll probably use variations on the tech for the iBook line, but you're mistaken to refer to it as a 'funkly light based color scheme'.

covered before (3, Funny)

agdv (457752) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203097)

It was covered at /. so long ago, it's probably a rerun instead of a dupe.

Re:covered before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5203932)

Gotta a link, dink?

French Helmet Painter? (5, Funny)

spRed (28066) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203104)

Umm, is something lost in the translation or is 'Helmet Painter' really a profession in France?

Most requested Helmet themes:
Welcome Germans!
I *heart* cheese [or mimes or Jerry Lewis]
Does this scarf make me look gay? good.

Re:French Helmet Painter? (1)

jlower (174474) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203132)

It's a profession in the US also. Just an airbrush artist that has specialized (as have I but with a much different canvas).

Re:French Helmet Painter? (-1, Offtopic)

hfastedge (542013) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203211)

i've never seen such a group of old and ugly tits.

Holy shit that's hilarious (1)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5207901)

just follow the guy's link (notice mine is related to my name).

Re:French Helmet Painter? (2, Funny)

speechpoet (562513) | more than 11 years ago | (#5204580)

Umm, is something lost in the translation or is 'Helmet Painter' really a profession in France?

Yes. And in German, it's someone's name.


Re:French Helmet Painter? (1)

stoney27 (36372) | more than 11 years ago | (#5205768)

Well could he be a French Canadian? Those hockey goalies really like their helmets painted.

Re:French Helmet Painter? (1)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 11 years ago | (#5206018)

Troy Lee [troyleedesigns.com] has been making a living at it in the USA for some time now.

Check out the helmet of the month section to see what he can really do.

Re:French Helmet Painter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5210951)

I can't keep up with you kids and your wacky fetishes. I don't even like my doctor touching my helmet. I'm sure as hell not going to let another guy paint the end of my thing.

Helmet? (1)

airdrummer (547536) | more than 11 years ago | (#5248129)

when i saw the picture i thought it looked more like a bowling ball;-)

HORRIBLE (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5203122)

too much LSD?

case mods (4, Informative)

prichardson (603676) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203337)

For sweet case mods chack out www.applefritter.com

Re:case mods (2)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5205337)

My girlfriend sent me this link earlier today:

http://www.kodawarisan.com/ug/iBook/clear/clear1 .h tml

Remember those transparent personal stereos where you could see all the working parts?

Re:case mods (4, Funny)

miguel_at_menino.com (89271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5208657)


My girlfriend sent me this link earlier today

That's the difference between Mac geeks and non-Mac geeks.

Mac geeks have girlfriends.

I'm only after her for her firewire port... (3, Funny)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 11 years ago | (#5209866)

Remember folks, if your girlfriend smokes after sex, slow down or use a lubricant.

Re:case mods (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 11 years ago | (#5210193)

>> My girlfriend sent me this link earlier today

> That's the difference between Mac geeks and non-Mac geeks.
> Mac geeks have girlfriends

Either that, or Mac geeks are girls.

hmm (0)

RaboKrabekian (461040) | more than 11 years ago | (#5203426)

Does anyone think this looks like some sort of flat imac swirl cake? A kind of compu-dessert?

Re:hmm (1)

Virus1984 (624552) | more than 11 years ago | (#5204256)

One word: "lickable"

My favourite mod yet.. (3, Informative)

henele (574362) | more than 11 years ago | (#5204486)

For the nicest mod, and possibly most accessible mod I have seen for an iBook check here [malaran.com] .

Its also one of the nicest designed and filled sites I think I have ever seen...

Re:My favourite mod yet.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5206047)

You must be a Wookie. ;-)

Re:My favourite mod yet.. (1)

tbone1 (309237) | more than 11 years ago | (#5211888)

For the nicest mod, and possibly most accessible mod I have seen for an iBook check here [malaran.com].

Uh, no.

please "paint" my iRectum (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5204656)

Dear Apple,

I am a homosexual. I bought an Apple computer because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay computer. Since I have become an Apple owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Apple computer as a way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more software which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

What about PC Laptop modding sites? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5206432)



I can't believe no PC people want to mod their laptops like this. Where's the sites?

Greeny

Re:What about PC Laptop modding sites? (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 11 years ago | (#5211342)

PC people have bad taste by definition - if they saw something as beautifully modded as this iBook, they'd naturally assume that the owner was gay.

Re:What about PC Laptop modding sites? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5212740)

Dear Apple,

I am a homosexual. I bought an Apple computer because of its well earned reputation for being "the" gay computer. Since I have become an Apple owner, I have been exposed to a whole new world of gay friends. It is really a pleasure to meet and compute with other homos such as myself. I plan on using my new Apple computer as a way to entice and recruit young schoolboys into the homosexual lifestyle; it would be so helpful if you could produce more software which would appeal to young boys. Thanks in advance.

with much gayness,

Father Randy "Pudge" O'Day, S.J.

Re:What about PC Laptop modding sites? (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | more than 11 years ago | (#5212917)

what, you mean FPS gaymes like Quake III?

I prefer it in 'capture the fag' mode. myself

Re:What about PC Laptop modding sites? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5228270)

Dude, that's FUD. PC users have as much style as Mac people, jeez. I know I do. My father in law is a diehard Mac user who has NO fashion sense whatsoever. He uses a Mac because that's what the other guys at work had, and it was easy to learn.

PC people are the same. We just use PCs because that's what works, that's what has the apps we need, that's what everyone else around us is using, or that's what the boss gave us.

I don't like Windows. Ugly bloated crap. But I DO like Gnome on Linux on the PC (and PPC, I know). Not quite Aqua, but check out the screenshots on art.gnome.org and elsewhere. Pretty sweet.

But maybe my fashion sense is a *bit* off - isn't that iBook a tad... gaudy? Looks like an Indian Rubber Ball to me, not a real improvement, in my eyes.

Nice job! (1)

Zhe Mappel (607548) | more than 11 years ago | (#5206599)

That's one of the few computer mods I've ever seen that didn't look like a pathetic attempt to merge the aesthetical sense of vacuum cleaner design with 1970s Chevy Van rehabs.

Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix Users (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5207441)

Apple laptops are effectively unusable for unix users.

I am a long-time Unix user. That means I need to have the Ctrl key to the left of the A key. This is a genuine need, not merely a want; it is based upon ergonomics. The Ctrl key is heavily used in unix, and it must be easily accessable. It cannot be off in the lower left corner of the keyboard where it is difficult to get at, and where it distorts the position of your left hand such that you can't easily type other keys while holding the Ctrl key down.

Apple desktop keyboards are now all USB. They are all OK. The CapsLock key can be re-mapped into a Ctrl key.

Unfortunately, even in this modern age, all Apple laptops have built-in ADB keyboards. The ADB keyboard is broken-by-design [slashdot.org] . It is, in general, not possible to remap the CapsLock key into a Ctrl key.

There are some exceptions, but they are horrible kludges. They are horrible kludges because the original design of the ADB keyboard was a horrible kludge. The correct solution would be for Apple to re-design their laptop motherboards to use built-in USB keyboards. This hasn't happened yet. If you run Linux, use Debian's solution. [debian.org] For Mac OS X users, uControl [versiontracker.com] works. There are no solutions (that I know of) for either NetBSD or OpenBSD. Please note once again that the "solutions" above are in fact kludges, because of the original bad design [slashdot.org] of the ADB keyboard.

Apple provides a technical note [apple.com] on how to remap the keyboard, but provides no solution to the hardware problems caused by the design of the ADB keyboard. This tech note helps foreign language users, but does nothing for the CapsLock/Ctrl problem.

Apple is (currently) ignoring Unix users! This is not merely speculation on my part. In an on-going email exchange I am having with an Apple employee (whom I won't name) in their marketing department, the Apple marketing person directly stated to me that Apple was catering to their historic Mac customers, and is purposely ignoring the Unix market. He also claimed that Apple would soon start paying more attention to the Unix market. I won't hold my breath. Apple has been ignoring Unix users for more than 12 years [google.com] . I expect that trend to continue.

Apple has now lost two opportunities to sell me hardware. I really wanted an Apple laptop for their superior battery life, and for the PowerPC with Altivec CPU. (The Altivec is vastly superior to the x86 line for DSP.) Because I can't live with the broken-by-design built-in ADB keyboard in all Apple laptops, Sony and IBM sold me laptops instead. If Apple fixes this problem, they will sell me a PowerBook next year; if they don't, I'll still be running OpenBSD on x86 hardware, and wishing I could use a Mac.

Re:Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix User (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5207689)

Battle of the morons!

Apple is to stupid to adapt to UNIX users needs... adn you are to stupid to adapt to Apple's hardware "design" thinking.

This is such a tired troll. Put it to bed already!

Re:Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix User (1)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 11 years ago | (#5207789)

Not that you would actualy care because that would shoot your entire troll to all hell, but there is a wonderful utility out there called uControl

Availible right here [gnufoo.org] it will allow you to MAP THE CONTROL KEY TO THE CAPSLOCK KEY or any other god damned key you choose. So now that your problem is solved, go buy a mac and stop posting this over and over.

Re:Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix User (1)

JonathanBoyd (644397) | more than 11 years ago | (#5210126)

Actually a cursory glance at his post shows that he did mention uControl and stated it was available for MacOS X. His problem, however, seems to be that there is no solution for some of the other Unix varieties which he uses.

Re:Apple Laptop Keyboards Unsuitable for Unix User (1)

plastik55 (218435) | more than 11 years ago | (#5211327)

There is a patch for the Linux kernel which solves the problem. I'm using it right now.


What's this guy running, NetBSD?

Patent (3, Insightful)

Peer (137534) | more than 11 years ago | (#5209245)

Hmmm... didn't Apple patent 'devices capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative appearance' [slashdot.org] recently??

Maybe we can expect such things from Apple soon (maybe even on the fly ;)

Re:Patent (1)

Freezebot (189957) | more than 11 years ago | (#5221786)

Or maybe it's already here: remember the new PowerBook 17" with its fiber optics keyboard ?

That's what we could call a 'device capable of dynamically changing its ornamental or decorative appearance'.

Or maybe I'm still asleep.

Re:Patent (2, Insightful)

Peer (137534) | more than 11 years ago | (#5222367)

No, it's not that. See the pictures that come with the patent request.

Roy Lichtenstein iBook mod (1)

Fred IV (587429) | more than 11 years ago | (#5212998)

Cool. A chance to show off my new mod. Still a work in progress, I've only done the lid so far... http://www.geocities.com/derenthal/

Where to buy lids? (1)

FunkDaddy (556594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5215231)

Where could I buy an iBook lid to try my own art? I'd hate to try it on mine and ruin it.

Re:Where to buy lids? (1)

FunkDaddy (556594) | more than 11 years ago | (#5215247)

http://www.wegenermedia.com/ibook2p.htm Found a place....

Re:Where to buy lids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5230920)

MacSkinz are coming out with a clear shell to put over your ibook.

here [appleskinz.com]
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