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Design-Your-Own Computer Case Kits

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the modular-squadular dept.

Toys 213

lord black writes "I was walking the aisles of the local Fry's and discovered a nifty computer-case-erector-set-thingy. Made by Aero Cool, the Lubic kit is basically a bunch of aluminum rails, acrylic panels (for mounting hardware to), and misc. screws to connect it all, for constructing a unique computer case. They have a gallery of example cases. BTW, Aero Cool also makes neat CPU coolers."

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825561)

fp you fucking nazis!

Do people do this? (-1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825565)

This strikes me as kind of a niche concept that isn't going to impress a whole lot of people. Although I suppose it's a matter of our metric for success in the marketplace of ideas.

Maybe it's kind of like how Michaelangelo was unable to sell any of his great works until centuries after his death, when his true genius was recognized -- or, perhaps, genius itself lies in the eye of the beholder. I certainly don't subscribe to marketing viability as being the sole judge of the success of an idea or product, any more than I think independent filmmaking is inferior to the latest and greatest hit at the theatres.

On the other hand, I'm still amazed at the pervasiveness of chopsticks in Asia, despite their invention by Chinese immigrants in U.S. mining communities in the 1800s as a way of promoting their unique (and tasty) cuisine. There was a product that was just two pieces of wood, and nobody probably thought it'd catch on, but it now amounts for 3% of American timber exports! So maybe the point is that sometimes it just takes a good idea and momentum to get the ball rolling, where an opinion and $5 will only get you a cup of coffee (and $70 for a good case).

Re:Do people do this? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825660)

I'm still amazed at the pervasiveness of chopsticks in Asia, despite their invention by Chinese immigrants in U.S. mining communities in the 1800s as a way of promoting their unique (and tasty) cuisine.

I don't know where you get this information, but perhaps you're trying to start a new urban legend. A search for "chopsticks" in Google indicates that chopsticks have been around for several thousand years. And that's only the first link.

Re:Do people do this? (1, Informative)

bitmason (191759) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825662)

How did this get modded up?

Chopsticks were certainly NOT invented in the U.S. (See http://www.cuisinenet.com/digest/region/china/chop sticks.shtml for just one reference.) And Michaelangelo was commissioned to paint, among other things, the Sistine Chapel during his lifetime.

Chopsticks are 5,000 years old! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825673)

On the other hand, I'm still amazed at the pervasiveness of chopsticks in Asia, despite their invention by Chinese immigrants in U.S. mining communities in the 1800s as a way of promoting their unique (and tasty) cuisine.

Am I missing a subtle joke here? Google and The California Academy of Sciences assure me that chopsticks have been in use for over 5,000 years.

[calacademy.org]
Chopsticks were developed about 5,000 years ago in China. ...

The pieces of food were small enough that they negated the need for knives at the dinner table, and chopsticks became staple utensils. It is also thought that Confucius, a vegetarian, advised people not to use knives at the table because knives would remind them of the slaughterhouse.

Re:Do people do this? (-1, Offtopic)

Quirk (36086) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825677)

" how Michaelangelo was unable to sell any of his great works until centuries after his death,

OK I'll bite how did Michaelangelo sell his great works centuries after his death? Is it some sort of payoff from God for the work on the chapel?

Re:Do people do this? (1, Informative)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825797)

Michelangelo WAS able to sell his works. Are you forgetting David? Are you forgetting the Sistine Chapel? The Laurentian Library? The Medici Tombs? The Last Judgment? If anything, he was very successful. Leave it to pretentious geeks to spew out bullshit on the bullshit capital of the Net: Slashdot.

Re:Do people do this? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825877)

YHBT. YHL.

Re:Do people do this? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825957)

clap. clap. clap.

--FP-- (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825566)

Saving the first for best.

YOU ARE TEH WORST!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825686)

YOU DID NOT GET FIRST POST! thEREf0R3 j00 ar3 t3h m4551v3 f41L!

You are NOT a true Slashdot troll and should be sent back to Troll U to take Trollkore 101 over again!

YOU FAIL IT!

Japanese/Chinese Slashdotting? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825568)


It can't be!

Uhhh...Slashdotted? (1, Funny)

metallicagoaltender (187235) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825569)

Server errors are _much_ cooler in Chinese...

Re:Uhhh...Slashdotted? (1)

LordK3nn3th (715352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825582)

Especially when you don't have the language installed, then it comes in a lot of little block ascii

The server's in Taiwan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825598)

So you're looking at an error in Sanskrit, actually.

Re:The server's in Taiwan (1)

UserGoogol (623581) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825641)

No, it's Chinese. Taiwan (AKA The Republic of China) is a small island off the coast of China which was founded by the Nationalists after the Communist party took over the rest of China.

I don't really think there exists a country which would put their error messages in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is an Indian language, and Hindi and English are far more likely to be spoken there.

TAIWAN, Republic of CHINA (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825683)

Do the math, dumb ass.

Re:TAIWAN, Republic of CHINA (2, Interesting)

IM6100 (692796) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825717)

People who are 'in the know' shunt around the whole Taiwan/China controversey by referring to that island as Formosa. Formosa is the Dutch colonial name for the island, so it pisses off all the different factions of Chinese equally to call it that.

Re:TAIWAN, Republic of CHINA (2, Informative)

miguel_at_menino.com (89271) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825866)

People "in the know" should realize that Formosa was the Portuguese name for the island, not Dutch.

You sir are a masterful troll. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825845)

And you epitomize the reason I boost AC's karma by two in my preferences.

I look at your comment, and think, that's too obvious! Who would be vapid enough to respond? And lo' responses there are.

Without good people like yourself providing such a necessary service, I might start overestimating people in my leisure time. If carried over into a decision of any importance, this might result in a catastrophe. Thank you for helping make sure the bar and my expectations are set at the appropriately low level.

You sir, are a magnificent bastard. I spiritually mod you +1, troll. Take a gold star out of petty cash.

Re:Uhhh...Slashdotted? (1)

sinjayde (661825) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825612)

Web * * www.aerocool.com.tw HTTP 403.9 - Internet Information Services () * Web * Microsoft Support

Interesting, if you paste the text in the foreign language into slashot and press preview, it converts it to english!

Re: More 404 Fun (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825633)

There's probably a better listing somewhere but I stumbled across this one [ringsurf.com] recently. Could become an art form. Then again, maybe not.

Re: More 404 Fun (0)

qwp (694253) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825745)

mmm That link is ./'ed

Re:Uhhh...Slashdotted? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825640)

racist

Re:Uhhh...Slashdotted? (1)

Matrix2110 (190829) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825665)

Yes, I ran into those 404 errors in Chinese.

One thing I noted is that they are very "sticky" for want of a better term. Also, can anybody translate them?

I see loads of fun coming down the /. pipe!

Those 404's look great in OS X :) (2, Funny)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825794)

Wow, those chinese 404s (they are 404 errors, right?) look great with those multi-language fonts in OS X.

Man, I've never been able not to understand something so clearly :)

meh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825574)

it looks like a metal knex kit to house your hardware.

Huh (4, Funny)

metlin (258108) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825575)

For some odd reason I read that as a Lubric Kit for mounting hardware and screws :-/

Took me a while to realize that they were talking of the other kind of hardware.

Re:Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825645)

Me too.

Maybe the Lubric Kit is a supplement to the Erector Set, for those who don't know just when to Lego.

Re:Huh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825664)

Too many buzzwords in there eh? ;-)

Erm. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825578)

Slashdotted within 1 minute of posting.

Way-to-go, guys! And, what a masterful job you've done with not providing any other links to anything useful!

Slashdotted already. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825585)

They have a gallery of example cases.

You mean, "had a gallery!"

Make-your-own computer cases: When ricing up a shitty car isn't enough.

Down already? (4, Interesting)

Blaine Hilton (626259) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825587)

Didn't take long to bring this site down. I saw some of the images and this looks like a great setup. What I don't like about cases is everything is closed up and changing things are made harder. Making art out of it, and keeping it open looks cool. Only thing is I would be worried about heat and dust buildup being in the open.

So where can I buy a kit?

quick observation. (3, Interesting)

mauthbaux (652274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825784)

I rrecently upgraded my case from the POS that I had before. While shopping for the new case, I ran across these kits. While they sound interesting, (and I'd give them props for the concept if it weren't for the legos and erector sets that had it long before them) The finished products from their gallery are rather dissapointing visually.

I am an art major, so that might have something to do with my bias, but as far as I can tell, you'd get much better results visually with a couple sheets of plexi, your saw of choice, a dremel and some acrylic joining compound, (I use IPS Weld-on 3... got it from http://www.tapplastics.com ) In my mind, the latter setup will give you alot more flexibility in your case than a pre-made kit.

of course, i could just have looked at the gallery and gotten dissapointed too quickly to really make a fair critique of the product. *shrug*

Re:Down already? (1)

dbleoslow (650429) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825916)

Why would you want these? While case shopping I saw these and for the first 3 seconds I was like, "cool." Then logic kicked in and realized they don't accomplish the two main things I look for in a case, protecting my equipment from dust and other nasties (as mentioned in parent) and dulling some of the noise. These things are like a spoiler on a Ford Escort. Yeah it may help the car look a tad better than god-awful, but it doesn't really accomplish anything of use.

Mirror site.. sorta.. (2, Informative)

Smelly Jeffrey (583520) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825599)

I have had one of these similar kits [creativebrainsonline.com] for years now!

Non-fucked .us links (5, Informative)

adolf (21054) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825605)

Some links that actually work:

The cases [aerocool.us] .

The coolers [aerocool.us] .

The company [aerocool.us] .

Don't thank me; thank Google.

Re:Non-fucked .us links (5, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825618)

The Tweaknews Review [tweaknews.net]

PARENT IS A GOATSE.CX LINK (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825746)

Yes, really. It is. Mod down.

Re:Non-fucked .us links (1)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825675)

For a moment I thought the cooler shown here [aerocool.us] was a new novel way to cool HDs.

Do away with the entire drive case and throw caution (and your platters) to the wind.

Re:Non-fucked .us links (1)

hdparm (575302) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825698)

Yeah but they still have case catagories to show. Loosers.

Re:Non-fucked .us links (0, Funny)

Artifex (18308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825768)

Yeah but they still have case catagories to show. Loosers.


You mean losers, don't you, plankeye [everything2.com] ?

Re:Non-fucked .us links (1)

hdparm (575302) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825829)

I sure do. Thought it was obvious but you grammar-nazies don't have sense of humo(u)r.

Re:Non-fucked .us links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825922)

Hard to see what isn't there.

Thanks, now that I've seen them... (1, Funny)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825869)

Man, are those cases UGLY. A giraffe case? Come on...

Presonally, I'd like to see a case that looks like a Philco Predicta [mztv.com] television.

Anyone notice this quote from the coolers site? (3, Funny)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825613)

Suggestion from the manufacturer: use blow-blow direction will perform better than blow-suck.

From my perspective, I don't know if there's really much difference between blow-blow and blow-suck. (Gawd I love out of context quotes!) ;P

Re:Anyone notice this quote from the coolers site? (1)

curtlewis (662976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825859)

blow-blow direction will perform better than blow-suck.

Seeing as I can't load the site and the google cache that's been posted shows no images, I'd say that their site not only blows, but sucks as well...

Interesting concept, but... (5, Interesting)

andyring (100627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825616)

As is fairly common knowledge, one of the chief functions of a computer case is to restrict stray electromagnetic fields to inside the box. If it's all made out of plexiglas (or other compounds other than metal, as are many typical case mods), wouldn't this end up doing something like, say, causing all your sperm to mutate?

Oh, wait, this is Slashdot. Like those spermies are ever going to end up anywhere but a tissue anyway.....

Re:Interesting concept, but... (0)

Worldly Iconoclast (724498) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825659)

And judging by the grammar of some people, I'd say in between their keyboard's keys as well.

Re:Interesting concept, but... (4, Interesting)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825708)

Some people have managed to meaasure the EM radiation from an open computer and measured practically nothing on the scale. The thing is that the computer is also succeptible to accepting interference from other sources.

I doubt that an open computer would irradiate anything any more than cell phones, radio waves, TV broadcasts, TVs, etc.

Re:Interesting concept, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825963)

Yeah. It's called electromagnetic radiation. And cell phones, radio waves, TV broadcasts, TVs, etc. is exactly what it interferes with, you twit.

Re:Interesting concept, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825731)

I take great offence to that!

I use an old sock!

Re:Interesting concept, but... (2, Informative)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825857)

The shielding is so your computer doesn't muck-up your next door neighbors TV reception. It doesn't have anything to do with shielding PEOPLE from EM radiation. If you're really concerned about such things, you should be more afraid of your blender than your computer.

Re:Interesting concept, but... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825860)



We can only hope that they won't reproduce! These are the same dickbrains that entertain whole neighborhoods with their piledrivers and their poor taste in music. With any luck, the stray radiation will kill their seeds.

Mod me down, obnoxious asshole. I wish I could do the same to you!

Infant Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825937)


No one (serious) pretends to understand the effects of non-ionizing radiation on people and other critters. No one has really done the science yet. Any practical scientist will admit there must be some effect on neurological functioning, but no one knows what the effect is. It might even be an overall positive effect, sort of like the sound of ocean waves is soothing.

For instance, from WHO [who.int] :

Exposure to low-levels of RF fields, too low to produce heating, has been reported to alter the electrical activity of the brain in cats and rabbits by changing calcium ion mobility. This effect has also been reported in isolated tissues and cells. Other studies have suggested that RF fields change the proliferation rate of cells, alter enzyme activity or affect the genes in the DNA of cells. However, these effects are not well established, nor are their implications for human health sufficiently well understood to provide a basis for restricting human exposure.

Those people who say there is no significant effect or that mechanically generated radiation is the same as natural radiation from the sun and the cosmos have no idea what they are talking about. We just don't know yet, and we don't even really have any way to talk about it.

A Note to Our Canadian Friends (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825620)

Please keep your filthy diseased animals north of the border where they belong, wallowing in a fetid stew of deadly prions and dreary socialism. Thank you.

Re:A Note to Our Canadian Friends (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825693)

Excuse me, it was you Americans who fed the thing cow brains to begin with!

Google Cache (5, Informative)

dretay (583646) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825623)

When I tried to view the pics the site had already been ./'ed. Here's the google cache for the Lubic Gallery of Case Mods [216.239.37.104]

Re:Google Cache (1)

Squirrley (708130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825792)

that's giving me the same chinese error message... i think it got /.ed too

Casemods = Rice Rockets (4, Insightful)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825626)

I wonder why a lot of the geek crowd has such disdain for Rice Rocket cars (Type-R stickers, graphics, super-high spoilers, rims), but case-modding is cool.

Both are just about equally worthless. Both cost ridiculous sums of money for products eventually become worthless. It looks good, but is mostly a makeup for the user's own inadequacies. These modders just love to tell you about their mods and show it off, as if everybody else should care.

Re:Casemods = Rice Rockets (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825692)

Go to hell you mother fucking cock sucker. Casemods DO NOT = Rice Rockets. There IS a difference. Computing should be done with a sense of style and if you've got some really ace hardware, why not show it off? The Rice Rockets are just stupid because there is no really ace hardware (other than maybe duct tape and Rustoleum) in those redicoulus contraptions.

The ultimate end goal of the case modder PC should be as follows:

1. Ergonomics is key and bridges the real world and the virtual world of the GUI.
2. The full experience from start to finish should be satisfying and pleasant.
3. There should be more than one way to get status from the box. Of course the GUI and the screen. But... there should also be indicators on the hardware itself that indicate the status of all hardware at a glance.
4. Input device options must be flexible and account for all user preferences. KB and Mouse are OK, but wireless (bluetooth or radio) are essential. IN fact ALL periphs should be wireless.
5. Convenience takes precedence over inconvenience. If there is any design concept that is going to make the experience, less convenient, GET RID OF IT!
6. IN this day and age all average desktop systems should come with redundant, fault tolerant storage systems that run independent of the system CPU and OS. All data should be mirrored.
7. Multi-user capabilities should be implicit and wireless. If you casemod your system , it should have enough horsepower for four simultaneous users. You should just be able to put a wireless KB/Mouse/Monitor combo within 800 feet of the machine and log in.

These are just a few of my usual criteria when I do casemods. So far, I've designed eight Linux based systems that can do all of the above and my friends and family I've installed them for are VERY happy. So... keep all this in mind when you do casemods. Yu can see that this is NOTHING like the RICE BOY specials that the mulleted morons are driving around.

Re:Casemods = Rice Rockets (1)

IM6100 (692796) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825757)

Almost none of what you describe in your list has to do with 'case modding' as it's carried out by most people into that sort of thing.

They want it to 'look cool' and unique.

Why you spun off into that rant is unclear.

My first 'case mod' housed an 8 MHz 8088 motherboard, BTW, although I did put that bare 'Big Board' computer with the Z-80 processor into a used rackmount case because it came with none.

So anyway...

Re:Casemods = Rice Rockets (2, Interesting)

Avihson (689950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825795)

Sounds like someone hit a little too close to home.

Ergonomic case? you sit on the case? Windows in the case are ergonomic features?
UV reactive lighting is ergonomic?

For convenience I use a laptop with a trackpoint. No wires needed, no Ricer peripherals or input options needed.
My Multi user systems are rack mounted, and since I started using Knoppix on the Laptop, I don't need fault tolerant redundant storage. All I need is a spare CD offsite and a thumbdrive.

Ergonomics? Right... (1)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825826)

1. Ergonomics is key and bridges the real world and the virtual world of the GUI.

I'm sorry, but cutting windows into a case and filling it with flashing blue lights makes it look like a K-Mart. It has NOTHING to do with ergonomics.

Personally, when I work on my computer, I only need to look at the screen. The last thing I want to look at is a distracting CPU case. My CPU is discreetly tucked away in a rack with a door that's usually closed. Unless I need to burn a CD, I never have to look at it or listen to it.

I wonder (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825718)

Why geeks can dump hundreds of dollars into what is effectively a glorified box, but can lay only excuses on a cause like Wikipedia's survival.

Re:Casemods = Rice Rockets (0, Flamebait)

rebeka thomas (673264) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825969)

Case modding is cool among the same kind of morons in the geek community as the morons in car enthusiast communities that Rice things up.

I know a guy who has a nissan skyline with flames up both sides, a yellow stripe over the roof, stickered-out headlights, a body kit that looks like it was made for a car twice the size, and wheels with low profile rubber and suspension so hard that going over the smallest bump throws the car around and gives tall passengers a very real possibility of neck injury from bumping heads on the roof. Not only that but a stereo that's so loud its painful to listen to, and a rear wing that intrudes badly on vision out the back.

What's his computer? a goddamned neon-covered blue-LED bestowed box with more fans than you could possibly need in anything this side of a 256-way POWER4 box, windows, UV stickers and a paint job that looks like it was applied by a 4 year old with out of date paint and a worn out paintbrush.

I find it hilarious when faced with the fact a far cheaper machine runs quieter and faster, he uses the excuse of being an individual and putting his own 'mark' on what he owns. Pity both the car and the case mod look like every other ricer and unoriginal case mod out there.

Review at Tweaknews (5, Informative)

PaintyThePirate (682047) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825629)

Tweaknews.net did a review [tweaknews.net] of the Lubic kit last month. Apparently it's not as easy to use as an erector set, but it's still a cool product for case modders.

Re:Review at Tweaknews (3, Insightful)

onomatomania (598947) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825766)

Except that the people that buy this crap are not case modders. The term "case modder" implies that you have some artistic vision to take something boring and through hard work and craftsmanship you modify it to make something unique. This, however, is a bunch of overpriced crap that's trying to cash in on the "sure, I'll pay $30 for a fan with LEDs" crowd. "Case modding" does not mean picking out your case from a menu of options in a catalog.

Apparently, these are the same people that plaster their Civics with stickers and buy "horsepower adders", as if a gauze air filter and neon colored ignition wires actually had any (non-psychological) effect on performance.

Re:Review at Tweaknews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825914)

Apparently, these are the same people that plaster their Civics with stickers and buy "horsepower adders", as if a gauze air filter and neon colored ignition wires actually had any (non-psychological) effect on performance.

You sound jealous.

Re:Review at Tweaknews (1)

kormoc (122955) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825979)

Actually, the air filter can give a boost in performace, maybe 5-15 hp, but hey, it's a boost :)

When I went to get a new air filter for my car, it was stock at $34, a KnY at $36 or a Delux performace blah blah at $112, I took the KnY and it most likly did the same as the Super Delux Blah Blah, but hey, those stupid fools help keep the normal end lower :)

This is a test post for a future troll. (-1)

(TK2)Dessimat0r (669581) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825654)

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Re:This is a test post for a future troll. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825958)

Hrmmmm....needs some work.

erector sets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825661)

Why don't they just come out with drive bay addons for erector sets? :)

Site is Slashdotted. Page text is below. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825667)

Whoops, just kidding. Reason: Please use fewer 'junk' characters.

whoa (-1, Redundant)

bezbaq (717128) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825674)

it looks like it took about 15 minutes for your post to completely bring down their webserver! Their IIS server is spitting out a "too many connections" error message now.

Oh really? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825688)

They have a gallery of example cases.

Not anymore. ;)

Re:Oh really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825758)

Because all operating systems are written by programmers, I assume that any operating system is much smarter than me. Thus, any good operating system should try to outsmart me by restricting my options at every turn. Linux, like all versions of Unix, is lousy at restricting my options because at the command line virtually any operation can be performed with ease. (For example, 'rm -rf /win' could 'delete an entire mounted directory, with no popup window warnings whatsoever.)

I'm proud to say that there is no such danger in Windows Server 2003. Windows pop up when I want to make a change, and then more pop up to ask if I'm sure I want the change. Thankfully, Windows Server 2003 looks after my computer's well-being by occasionally switching configuration settings from the way I want them to what the OS programmers think they might probably ought to be. Boy, I'm just impressed with how smart they are. Once I learned to live with whatever the default settings are on any new hardware I install, I can't say the number of hours I have saved.

I use that spare time to reboot my Windows Server 2003 machine multiple times a day. Technical support personnel recommend that I do it regularly-- kind of like brushing my teeth. To help remind me of this necessity, windows pop up to tell me to reboot whenever I make a configuration change. By now my machine is minty fresh, I figure.

There is no such useful rebooting in a Linux system. It is as reliable as the sunrise, with uptimes in weeks, months and years. Virtually no configuration change requires a reboot, to boot. Imagine all that plaque in the computer. Gross!

In XP I am prevented from making dangerous fundamental configuration changes unless I use a special "registry editor". I have found it so useful to have this separate editor that I hope in future versions they go all the way and supply a separate editor for each file on the disk-- in that way windows could pop up at every keystroke to warn me that changing any line in the file I am editing could cause the system to not run properly. If this were only the case, people would finally learn that it is best to just stick with the mouse and they would be freed of the need to constantly move their hands back to the keyboard. (If one stops to think about it, the mouse is a much better device to use than the keyboard. Ever hear of someone getting carpal tunnel syndrome from a mouse? No. It's comfortable and ergonomic. Like Morse code devices. That's how long distance communication started, after all.)

Linux, by contrast, requires no special editor to change configuration files. The fact that there is no "registry" in Linux allows the abomination of using any text editor whatsoever to do the configuration. Can you believe that configuration files are usually stored clear text? Talk about dangerous!

I am also happy to report that I have experienced no truth to the rumor that Windows disks become corrupt after improper shutdowns. Indeed, I have been forced to improperly shutdown the machine innumerable times after it locks up, and I have no apparent problems to report regarding the disk. No such claim can be made for Linux. They say something about lack of data points. Excuses are all I ever seem to hear from the Linux crowd.

By sheer size alone, Windows Server 2003 beats Linux hands down. It is so much bigger, it is _obvious_ that it is better. Why would you want a small OS with the large disks and RAM sizes we have these days? For this reason alone, I heartily recommend Windows as a way to maximize resource utilization. Your CPU and disk will constantly be pegged to the limit, the way god intended. The Linux kernel and drivers accounts for only about 750KB. Why, even the Microsoft Win16 subsystem uses more space than that.

It is no surprise that Windows Server 2003 costs $300 on the retail market and Linux doesn't cost anything. People know what they want, and they want Windows Server 2003. Because Linux is free, that means it's basically worthless. The same goes for all the development tools, remotable GUIs, and applications, which all cost money for Windows (i.e., are worth something) and free for Linux (worthless!).

Installing software is very easy in Windows Server 2003. I usually slip in CDs without even reading instructions or warnings, and just double click on whatever window pops up. There is no need to read anything or touch the keyboard. (Did I mention that I hate that thing?) Well, OK, I have learned the hard way the machine locks up if I don't take the time to close all other applications.

Linux, by contrast, requires typing on the keyboard to get anything to install at all. And you always have to know the NAME of program you want to install. For example, in Slackware, you have to type "pkgtool" to install a program. Linux needs to get with the 21st century!

Windows Server 2003 follows the DOS convention of putting \r\n at the end of every line of a text file. While this is only a mild concern because of the relative rarity of text files on Windows machines these days-- thank god--it helps to differentiate between the text files and the other files. Sadly, Linux makes no distinction between text and other files.

If I legitimately purchase Windows Server 2003, I can call Microsoft customer support to get help with my problems. After a short hold time of an hour or so, they always help me. Ever since I told them that I was dual booting to Linux, they were able to flag my account and now each time I call even the entry level support personnel I am connected to say that Linux is the source of my problems. Everyone seems to agree that Linux is no good. The more I listen, the more I'm impressed with the knowledge of the support staff there.

By contrast, in Linux, all I have is stockpiles of resources and documentation that I would actually have to read in order to understand. Sure, I could obtain Linux support from a commercial organization, but they would probably just tell me I have to use a text editor to fix up my system.

In the end, I have no need for that old computer donkey Unix. I don't need to run big Unix tasks, after all. I refuse to become one of those a bug-eyed computer users, that's for sure. As soon as I can keep Windows Server 2003 from crashing for long enough, I'm going to delete my Linux partition, i.e., the equivalent of moving it to the Recycle Bin, saying that I'm sure, emptying the Recycle Bin, and again saying that I'm sure I want to empty it.

Xbox Case? (1)

bottlerocket (605232) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825706)

Well, the Japanese site is already slashdotted (at least, I think it is, seeing as I can't read Japanese) and the American site doesn't have examples of what you can build from the kit. Doesn anyone know if you can build a smaller form-factor case from this kit. One that would, say, hold the inards of an Xbox snuggly?

Re:Xbox Case? (1)

klevin (11545) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825864)

Hmmm. Based on the characters (Chinese, though I read neither Japanese nor Chinese, there is a visible difference) and the .tw suffix on the domain name, it's more likely that the site is Tiawanese.

The U.S. site has a small gallery. Click on one of the Lubic kits, then the gallery link at the top of the resulting page.

Spot the age/location demographics ;-) (1, Funny)

ScottZ (14863) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825712)

Now I had a quick look at the .us site and the first thing I thought was "Orac!".

Go on, put your hands up, you know who you are (fellow old farts) ;-)

Re:Spot the age/location demographics ;-) (1)

RevRa (1728) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825868)

;-) The vaccuum cleaner? The Orac XL?

(:: snicker ::)

Nice site (1)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825724)

I followed the link, but I came away with more questions than answers, unfortunately.

Suggestion from the MFR: (1)

cebarro (596789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825739)

Two-fan solution
Suggestion from the manufacturer: use blow-blow direction will perform better than blow-suck.

That made my damn day....

(Standard /.'d server comment) (1)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825753)

Looks like the real cool that these fellows need is not in the aesthetics of their finished product, but in their server farm which is causing 2nd-degree burns to anyone within 5 ft. of their "cool" cases.

The Bio-Case (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825802)

I carved out the corpse of my last victim and made a case out of her... even hung a relay off one of the power connectors to keep her heart beating. I can't believe how much it rules.

Re:The Bio-Case (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7825847)

Could you post pictures? Kthnx

I'm making a case out of Filet Mignon (1)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825856)

That's right. I am.

With how cheap beef is, I'm going to have the best tasting case on the planet.

And I won't boot in windows, or else it will perform like it has Mad Cow Disease and get the neighbors upset.

The Links do work... (1)

ResQuad (243184) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825874)

The links do work fine, you just cant click on them, I guess they didnt want to get slashdoted so they banned slashdot as a referer. Just copy and paste.

He he (1)

asadchev (735149) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825882)

I saw erector and lubric in subject and i had to re-read couple before i understood what hardware they offered modding kits for. :-)

Chinese manufacturers sometimes have real gems in the names of their products. Like Asrock motherboards - every time i see one of those, goatse guy comes to mind. Or the VIAGra chipsets. No kidding - google [google.com]

Now see, this is a LITTLE off topic (-1, Offtopic)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825889)

This is all well and good, but I have a bit of an off topic question... I'm looking for a very, very small case. Something that would fit a regular sized hard drive, a mini-ITX via board, a slim PSU, and that's it. No CD-rom or anything, just enough to fit that stuff. The front should be single, a power light, an HDD light, a reset and power button, and about 4 USB ports in a 2x2 or 1x4 shape. I could cut the USB ports myself if need be. Why do I want it? Well, basically I want to make my own console. The USB ports are for game controllers, and I can plug an external CDROM in if I need to do stuff that needs a CD. Most of the time it would be running MAME or something similar. Since it's a mini-ITX board, it'll have TV-out and all sorts of nifty features. Minimum wires out the back are a big plus... hopefully all I'll need in the end are a power cord, and the A/V cables (I'll get some wireless ethernet action going on, and if need be I'll cut the metal tab on the card to make it fit. I apologize for going off topic, but does anyone have any suggestions? I suppose I could build it myself, but I have *no* clue where to start when working with metal.

Re:Now see, this is a LITTLE off topic (1)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825903)

Wonderful, I forgot slashdot doesn't automatically add BR tags. ah well.

Re:Now see, this is a LITTLE off topic (1)

asadchev (735149) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825926)

I have seen few of those small ones. They already came prebuilt with motherboard, CPU, etc
They did have a cd burner with them - one of them laptop-style things. And the power supply was a separate AC adapter if I recall correctly.
The whole thing was about the size of the Xbox system. Really nice looking but dont know how reliable they are.
I dont remember the manufacture but you can probably find many of those on google or ebay.

Re:Now see, this is a LITTLE off topic (1)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825938)

The size of an xbox system?

No no, I want it SMALL - As in, if you doubled the size of a CDROM drive or something.

Re:Now see, this is a LITTLE off topic (1)

asadchev (735149) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825960)

I searched google a bit.
Did not find the exact thing - cant remember the name of it. But came across this small guy [avdeals.com] . It is somewhat pricey, but i am sure you can find cheaper versions given enough time. I dont know if you can get much smaller without going to Pentium 2 or lower class machines.

Re:Now see, this is a LITTLE off topic (2, Informative)

asadchev (735149) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825978)

Look here [wspc.biz] .
They call themselves World`s smallest PC`s and they damn sure got some small guys.

Best Features (2, Interesting)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825907)

1.) AGP slot that has a special opening for giant sized fans

2.) allowing multiple power supply

3.) allowing as many as 8 fans on the side.

4.) enable water cooling to graphics card and cpu

5.) water tank that can be refilled externally

6.) convenient screwless case

7.) case that can slide the entire motherboard out easily without any recabling

8.) 10 external and 10 internal bays

9.) firewire, usb and headphone jack at front

10.) case opens up top conveniently for cooling
Damn I can go on forever.

Hummm . . . I Wonder . . . (1)

Newt-dog (528340) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825941)

I wonder if their servers were running the AeroCool setup before it was slashdotted and vaporized. (ahh, before 80 posts were made!)

Newt-dog

Wow (1)

pcmanjon (735165) | more than 10 years ago | (#7825995)

Wow, wonder what state you're in. Never met anyone online who has a frys in their area.
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