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17" Monitor Case Modding -- The "iMike"

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the lots-of-time dept.

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greyrax writes "So what does a Canadian cabinet maker who's a closet techie do during those long winter months? You modify a 17" monitor case to house your computer (think iMac). The blow-by-blow descriptions and pictures outline this three-month project. The only question that I'm left with is 'What is that antenna for?'"

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Completed pictures (4, Informative)

cascino (454769) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141039)

Completed pictures here [members.shaw.ca].
Also, does anyone else think the green paint looks hideous? IMHO, he would've been much better keeping the factory grey.

Re:Completed pictures (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141092)

That red internal paint and green exterior remind me of that show from Canada, "The Red Green Show" [redgreen.com].

Re:Completed pictures (0)

Aguamala (512737) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141101)

I also agree that the green isn't the best choice of colors but you have to remember that he's Canadian and they do things a tad different up there. But at the same time I don't agree that Standard Grey would be the best of choices either. If your going to be different already then you should go for the whole nine yards.

Re:Completed pictures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141161)

whoever moderated you troll, ist now metamoderated unfair.

Re:Completed pictures (1)

outofpaper (189404) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141203)

Dang that thing is hidious yet really cool at the same time. He realy sould have gone with a black extirior and some lights on the inside.

Re:Completed pictures (4, Funny)

scsi_pants (675297) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141213)

hideous?
Are you kidding? Here in Iowa that color (especially when paired with yellow) is very popular. :)

How is this a troll? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141251)

wtf. Anyway, I agree -- the grey was much nicer.

Shit (-1, Troll)

Gay Nigger (676904) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141040)

It's not even winter! I know you Nucks have it tough, but it's summer, for Christ's sake! Get outside and do something!

Re:Shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141078)

But summer is when the sun is out! Think of the poor pasty white complexion...

Re:Shit (0, Offtopic)

toonces2003 (679706) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141104)

only its still freezing. frost warning just the other day, and i dont even need a special cup to keep my beer cold outside.

Re:Shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141211)

if you actually read the page, he says that he did it in the winter, so i guess /. is slow

The antenna (4, Informative)

macemoneta (154740) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141048)

Looks like an 802.11b/g/a wireless unit is in the box too.

Re:The antenna (4, Informative)

fractalrock (662410) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141147)

I can see in one of the pics on the last page...it's a Linksys WET11 802.11b wireless adapter that he used.

Re:The antenna (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141269)

Imagine a beowu.....

If you do this... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141051)

...you can give the money you saved from buying a mac for Glenn Beck's New Car. [glennbeck.com]

Note: just buy a mac. It'll look MUCH MUCH better than this, and it will run OS X, the best UI to BSD ever created... ever. The only drawback: you won't have a few dollars for Glenn Beck.

If you use a Mac... (3, Interesting)

Dopefish128 (516350) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141052)

I saw something like this a while ago on Apple Fritter [applefritter.com] where a guy built his classic iMac into a 21" monitor. He didn't go the easy way and use an LCD screen, though.

Looks like someone has a bad case... (4, Funny)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141057)

...of Macintosh envy.

Re:Looks like someone has a bad case... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141140)

i guess.

it doesn't even remotely resemble a mac.

looks more like something out of "heavy metal".

(and you got a mod 3?....doesn't take much to earn mod points nowadays...does it?)

+1 ugly (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141060)

this has to be the ugliest and most retarded thing i've seen in a long time. Even if you get beyond the idea that he hollowed out a crt case and used an lcd monitor inside it, whats the deal with the two cd-roms and the floppy and (i assume) zip drive? Would have been a lot cooler looking if the whole case wasnt hacked to bits to include a lot of extra idiotic gagetry. This is so far away from an iMac only a blind man would compare them.

+1 ugly

One down... (0, Offtopic)

Shazow (263582) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141062)

So, he built a regular computer into a 17" CRT monitor. Now, let's build a 17" CRT monitor into a regular computer!

Or better yet, let's build the computer into my scanner. Or my speakers! Ooo oo my printer!!

Erm, I go get some sleep.

- shazow

Great! (5, Funny)

Zach Garner (74342) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141066)

Just what I wanted! The size of a CRT and the quality of a LCD!

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141240)

I'll take LCD quality over CRT any day. Ever seen a burned-in or out-of-focus LCD after 5 years of use? Then ask yourself the same question of CRTs.

Re:Great! (5, Funny)

iomud (241310) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141241)

I think I counted at least 9 fans. It's a wonder that thing doesn't just float by itself.

Re:Great! (1)

Achoi77 (669484) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141255)

I think I counted at least 9 fans. It's a wonder that thing doesn't just float by itself.

Yeah, seriously! At least he'll never have to worry about his LCD overheating. :-) I shudder to think about what all those fans would sound like when turned on!

Antenna? (4, Funny)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141068)

What is that antenna for?

That's the gear shift, you insensitive clod!

Re:Antenna? (1)

after (669640) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141093)

Dude... you *gots* to have an antenna! It's in the unwritten book of honor. I think its wireless or somthing. Probobly like radio from the soundcard.

Re:Antenna? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141126)

There is a Linksys 802.11b wireless bridge sitting on the table. He is using this and no ethernet cable running out of the box.

Re:Antenna? (1)

Tack (4642) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141139)

:%s/[RM][IP]AA//g

What about the poor MIAA or RPAA that you're substing into non-existance!?

Jason.

Netcraft confirms 17" monitors are dying! (-1)

handybundler (232934) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141072)

etc etc.

Mine won't stop pinning --> )(

The damn tube is almost gone.

:(

Wierd.

Very Matrix like effect.

Buh-wowowowowow!

Do-iddly-do (0, Offtopic)

ryants (310088) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141077)

So what does you do if you're a Canadian cabinet maker who's a closet techie do during those long winter months?
I spent my long Canadian winters in school learning trivial things like, oh, grammar. Silly me.

Now we know what Jean Chretien's /. ID is... greyrax, where's my tax refund?

Ugly (-1, Offtopic)

bedouin (248624) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141080)

Is the goal of case modding to make something better than before? Not only does it not look like an iMac, but it's ugly as hell.

Re:Ugly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141121)

Exposed hinges, poorly fitted surfaces... I do not think I want to buy his cabinets or his computer cases!

Long winter months? (2, Informative)

quantumparadox (454022) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141090)

Actually in North Van, where this guy lives, not single snowflake fell this winter ... well maybe one or too. But it can hardly be considered a long winter.

The conversion is very cool and its one of the most involved mod projects I've seen. Definitely going on the "to-do" list.

Re:Long winter months? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141105)

going on the to-do list? are you blind AND dumb?

Re:Long winter months? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141114)

While I don't agree with the color, it certainly isn't stupid.

And as far as iMac goes, they're a gimmick- and this is an act of recreation. Like comparing apples and oranges. (pun somewhat intended)

I don't remember the last time I saw 4 drives or so just on the faceplate of an iMac. With a few cosmetic touches, I'd buy that before I would an iMac.

Sorry, but God that's ugly. (0, Offtopic)

computerme (655703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141096)

I'm sorry. I know he worked really hard on it but jonathan ive he ain't.

He's probably got an order for 5,000 of them... (5, Funny)

FearUncertaintyDoubt (578295) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141111)

...from John Deere

Re:He's probably got an order for 5,000 of them... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141253)

ok i don't understand this joke, someone please explain..

NICE! (1)

Reece400 (584378) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141112)

NICE! I wish i had the money and/or time to make something like that.. this is the one of the few "cut apart a case and put it back together" case mods that i've seen that doesn't like like that in the end..

Reece,

PS. if anyone knows where i can get one of those neato internal memory card readers that he has tell me...

One word... (5, Interesting)

doppleganger871 (303020) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141113)

...nice.

That has got to be the best monitor/case mod I have ever seen. Not my choice for colors, but I am really impressed with the quality that went into this. I'd like to see a company start making cases like this, with the LCD already mounted in the front. I do think there would be a market for it.

Re:One word... (2, Insightful)

ddbsa (526686) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141237)

I agree, especially if it were manufactured for ease of parts access / upgrade.

The sleekness of the original form imac/emac all-in-one, with the power and versitility of commodity hardware.

If people pay 2-3k for alienware machines that could be parted out for less than half the retail cost... im sure there is a niche market for something like this.

Re:One word... (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141246)

I agree, though he'd have to switch the monitor chassis to one from a flatscreen CRT to avoid the gap along the edges of the LCD, plus he'd have to make a black mask to cover the gray metal edge of the LCD if the LCD is smaller than the CRT.

Re:One word... (1)

aoteoroa (596031) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141252)

I'd like to see a company start making cases like this, with the LCD already mounted in the front

Try looking at gateway's all in one [gateway.com] .

Mean, grean, and not too clean... (1)

Cat9117600 (627358) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141115)

Now of course, he's got an all-in-one monitor that 'll take three times as long to upgrade...and looks just plain ugly.

Oh, look! Kitties!!! (-1, Troll)

ktakki (64573) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141119)

That's adorable; I've never seen a web page with pictures of someone's cats before. More people should do this sort of thing.

I've got to wonder if he pronounces the name Giz [members.shaw.ca] with a hard "G" or a soft "g".

Oh, yeah: the case mod. Fugly. I'd rather look at pictures of kitties.

k.

wow (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141122)

that's pretty amazing. i was very impressed by what he did. actually, a friend of mine did a similar project, however he had a little bit more open space [goatse.cx] to work with. still, overall, compliments to the chef.

I like it (1)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141125)

It looks good for lan parties. He put a Radeon in there and a Sound blaster. It doesn't look the prettiest, but it probably works well, just like a Honda Element, which is ugly, but cool because it is just utikitarian.

Redneck engineering.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141131)

Could he have possibly come up with anything uglier? Looks like some trailer trash redneck's idea of a good looking computer.

Live Drive (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141141)

With all those ports above his screen, he's going to have a hell of a time looking through all the cords plugged into them.

Uh. (1)

bleckywelcky (518520) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141143)


Does anyone else think that it looks like the monitor has cancer? Yech, what a horrible design, but definitely different!

What A Great Idea (2, Interesting)

Fenis-Wolf (239374) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141146)

This is the coolest, most complete mod i've ever seen. I'm very impressed. The skill required to put this together was really cool. I wish i had half this guys skills.

Re:What A Great Idea (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141191)

what on earth is interesting about this post???

'What is that antenna for? (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141155)

Umm, slashbot buzzword of the year... WiFi

Whats with case modders and fans? Seriously, some ventilation is important, but 4 80mm fans venting straight up?

Just a lot of noise for nothing, unless he plans on turning it upside down and using it as a personal hovercraft.

The paint job is pretty disgusting too. Looks like something that fell out of Santas Workshop (by workshop I mean lower colon).

I guess all in all it's a neat mod job. I was thinking of doing something similar with some old 21" vivitrons I "salvaged" from work. Though in my case I could fit a flexATX form factor board (like one of Shuttle's spacewalkers) in there, with a HDTV tuner card with component inputs, and have a little 21" HDTV media doodad.

Great mod... (1)

bazabba (669692) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141165)

but I think he could have done without (and saved space) the floppy drive, the zip drive, and the CF reader(?). Add some lighting under the plexi and it'd be awesome :). Like everyone said the color could've been nicer but this is still a nice looking mod. Had I the courage, the cash, and the skills I'd try to make one myself.

Nockit the fuck off! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141168)

Stop with the fucking Sheet metal computing shithole muther fuckin computer part cases with the fucking slashdot thing!

More software, less shitware!

If i wanted shit, I'ld goto the grocery store, or Walmart!

Slick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141171)

This is pretty nice, but still not as good looking as this one [g-news.ch].

Mirror site: in case of /.ing (1, Redundant)

d3faultus3r (668799) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141172)

if the site does get /.ed go here [the-rant.com]

Re:Mirror site: in case of /.ing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141207)

you didn't change the source, so clicking on the page2 link at the bottom goes back to the original site. But theres two other mirrors in this thread, so whatever. I think with those and with the original, neither slashdotters nor Mike should be terribly slowed or inconvenienced.

The question... (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141174)

Submitter asks, "So what does you do if you're a Canadian cabinet maker who's a closet techie do during those long winter months?"

Case modder writes, "Of course I waited for Mrs. Mike to go shopping first..."

I suppose the obvious answer to the submitter's question is, "do your wife". Glad to see the guy came out of the closet to work on his computer...

nobody modded this up as funny? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141215)

that has to be the best pun in this entire discussion

cute... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141181)

...does enybody else beside me think, his index page [members.shaw.ca] is really cute? GO! GO! Animated GIFs! ...mmmh, I better post this a.c.

Re:cute... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141245)

Reminds me of Homer Simpson's first web page... but amazingly, worse.

iMike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141185)

iMike? Looks like more like the isGay

Mirror (1)

gantrep (627089) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141188)

Well, never done this before, let's see if I can help take part of the load off of his personal account with his isp. Mirror [68.13.58.146] There needs to be automatic Slashdot mirroring for sites where it's unclear if the owner can handle the bandwidth, or if the owner has to pay for bandwidth. Obviously Slashdot.org can handle it, so they should do it.

Well the colour leaves something to be desired... (1)

Edward Scissorhands (665444) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141190)

... but on the whole I think it's a high-quality modification. It's relatively compact-- a single unit. It seems quite portable and although he doesn't say the weight of the unit I'll bet it's lighter than it seems.

I don't think that too many people have the skills to operate the tools or the patience to engineer the details for carrying out a project like this.

Kudos to a fellow Vancouverite. That's an excellent modification.

Ten-Four Good Buddy! (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141196)

For some reason when I saw the finished unit, I thought of the TV show "Convoy"... Maybe you could have it play the M.C. McCall song during startup. :-)

Gotta go, Good Buddy!
Keep the pedal to the metal - and watch out for Ol'Smokey! ü

he should've used a better monitor case (1)

d3faultus3r (668799) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141197)

the design is impressive but i think he should have used an old apple studio display crt. It would have been like a good version of the imac.

Interesting, but ... (3, Interesting)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141199)

The antenna must be an 802.11 antenna or something, this person obviously likes doodads and gadgets all over his machine. I mean, damn, look at all the drives, bays, and other assorted crap on the front. Tacky. Look at all those fans! Egads! Blech.

I'm by no means a Mac fan, but one thing they are is quiet. Either no fans or very quiet fans. This machine is old-sk00l, large and loud. Again, blech.

The paint looks like an old boat or something. Hehe. The problem is that it's real hard to paint computer equipment and make it look good. It almost always looks amateurish. I think that's why a lot of people use aluminum, new or original plastic, and/or plexiglass instead of paint. Airbrushing might look OK if you're good.

With that said, this person seems like a good fabricator. I really like the workmanship. Quality work, but the overall design is too clunky and bloated for me.

But they certainly didn't ask for my opinion so I'll STFU now.

Re:Interesting, but ... (1)

jargonCCNA (531779) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141222)

The iMacs are silent because they're fanless and perforated to shit. The other downside? The recessed handle is right above the firing end of the tube, so it's hot as fuck for about twenty minutes after you shut 'er down.

Name it Kollos (1)

Brett Johnson (649584) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141201)

I just don't know what to say. I am rendered speechless. That is the ugliest monstrosity I've seen in a long time. Comparing it to an iMac is a incredible insult to Apple Design.

Drop the iMike moniker, he should name the thing Kollos [ericweisstein.com].

but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141208)

if its "blow-by-blow" did he remember to swallow?

Admire the quality, hate the aesthetics (5, Insightful)

Brento (26177) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141209)

I understand that he's got skills, but the difference between this and an Apple product is that Apple products reek of sex appeal. You know, they have gorgeous curves, feminine touches, and the colors work together really well. When a woman walks into your home office and sees a bunch of Apple gear, she says "Oooo, pretty. You've got great taste." When she sees this, she's speechless, and not in a good way.

This thing is a farm implement. It's a high-quality farm implement, and I admire his work ethic, but it's still a farm implement.

Re:Admire the quality, hate the aesthetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141225)

All the girls I've met have hated Macs...but then they always think Linux geeks are sexy, for some reason.

Men need knobs and switches! (1)

Kong99 (618393) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141227)

I am seeing a trend in the past 6-12 months of people putting switches, toggles, buttons on their computers. I thought part of the elegance of a computer was getting away from all that?!?!

Something about the tactile feel I guess... or knob envy... ;)

This is Very DANGEROUS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141231)

You should NEVER take apart a monitor if you don't know what the hell you are doing. The electrical components in a monitor can hold a deadly charge for a long time.

Case mods usually bore me, but . . . . (1)

LazloToth (623604) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141232)

. . . I must say, this one's pretty cool. You've got to appreciate the craftsmanship if nothing else.

bah! he's cheating (2, Insightful)

Astrorunner (316100) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141249)

Shiiiiit.

Lets see him do that with a regular CRT. This mod ranks up there with the guy that encased his mboard in foam insulation.

Seriously though, he may as well put it in a lunch box or something original. Maybe I'd be more impressed if he put a CRT in his old PC-AT case.

Go ahead. Mod me down. You know you want to.

wow! (0)

a8f11t18 (614700) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141258)

i'm impressed.. it's one of the coolest mods i've ever
seen.. some might think it looks ugly, but.. this thing's
not meant to be a sissie; it's a big, green motherfucker,
and it's a MAN'S computer :) besides, if you think retro,
it looks pretty sweet as well.. although again, not for
sissies :)

an imac design that works (2, Insightful)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 10 years ago | (#6141260)

Apple should take note of this. The use of lcd screens in their imac would resolve the following issues...

1. Extra heat your monitor. Let's face it CRTs and computers don't mix.
2. Degausing doesn't just demagnatize the screen but anything and everything. let's face it, CRTs and magnetic media don't mix

----

Now the obvious question... is there a market for this sorta design? Personaly i'd say yes. I wouldn't nessicarly go with a traditional monitor layout, but there is a sorta apeal with lugables. Anyold joe can hookup a keyboard and mouse and plug it in the wall.

Something like this could in theory house batteries, a fuck of alot more then your average laptop. Also I like the idea of a cable run for my keyboard and mouse from my monitor. If i'm not mistaken Xerox did this in their workstations way back when.

ahhh!!!!! it... it.... it's got winblows XP on it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6141271)

Not necessarily the color of the case, or the weird drives and knobs built around the lcd, but... Windows XP!!! THe HoRror!!! I think I'm going blind!
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