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Quest for Cases Continues

CmdrTaco posted more than 15 years ago | from the will-we-ever-find-an-end? dept.

Hardware 88

Rick Crain writes "I've seen a lot of articles on /. about alternate and custom case designs. People who like that sort of thing should check out Luddite Industries. " This page also wins my newly instantiated award for "Most Obnoxious use of Layers". I wish they had better pictures, but a mahogany case might be kinda cool.

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Annoying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027689)

That page is actually really annoying. It looks slick, but it's annoying to use.

FAKE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027690)

They have no actual product, nor is there any way to contact the company or place an order.

Where's my accelerant and matches? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027691)

Either this is a gag, or a Marketing Concept sorely in need of being doused in kerosense and set alight.

After reading the history section, I'm tending toward the former.

Stefan

Wrong category, Rob (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027692)

That's one of the best joke sites I've seen yet. Five year protection against termites! This one belongs under "Laugh, it's funny", not "Hardware". Or better yet, on Segfault.


John Vestrum
johnvestrum@writeme.com

Sheesh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027693)

It's a *joke* site. I thought that was obvious enough just from the name. Those floating layers are *supposed* to be annoying.

John Vestrum
johnvestrum@writeme.com

Don't I feel stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027694)

Being both a computer and woodworking tool geek, I had been playing with the idea of making computer cases that looked like fine cabinetry to sell to the Sharper Image crowd. Then along comes Luddite, and my idea is /.'d all to hell.

Then again, it might still be a good idea -- what do you think? The guy in the corner office is always looking for another status symbol...

There is nothing new under the sun... -Ecclesiastes

Am I the only one who /CAN'T/ get the layers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027695)

I have Communicator 4.5 and the stupid site still insists that I need to upgrade %-/

err,,, wood is a scarce resource (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027696)

the 'environmental soundness' of buying
a wood case is questionable...

furthermore the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes used in the building of the motherboards, the chips, and the cables is as important (more? i dont know) than the manufacture of the cases. saerching for
motherboards i have only found
one company to have an environmental policy,
and thats
Asus,
perhaps there are more?

Yep, a big joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027697)

Even if this wasnt, they have their history all wrong. They said they were the first to sell a wooden computer? Wrong. Apple predated them. If you read really closely, you'll see that it was an idea born from some college buddies in a garage... sound like a big computer company we all know. BTW, the guy in the quicktime video is trying to make himself out as a beatle or something.

Member #1 IACP
Insane Anonymous Coward Posse

me too. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027698)

If you want to view this elaborate hoax and you know that you have layer support (Netscape 4.5+, etc.) go to
www.luddite.com/home.html

Texture mapped cases, not actually real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027699)

Look on the on-line ordering section. The cases are obviously fake.

Probably... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027700)

I'm not absolutely certain that this is a joke, although the tone of the history section suggests it is... There's another frame down the bottom, if you click on it (the face of the guy) it opens a window with comments and explains about the Luddites (who, historically speaking were only against technology if it caused people to lose their jobs etc, so you could conceivably think it was a good name for a 'caring' computer company).

I know what a Luddite is! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027701)

Anybody who doesn't agree with Bill Gates that Wweb browsers are a logical progression of OS design. ;)

I've seen one on TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027702)

I believe I've seen a wood case computer on a sitcom a few months ago. I can't remember the show's name, but I think the character that had it was a lawyer. All the sitcoms seem to blur together -- a cast of pretty people that appear to do nothing for employment, but still live in extremely expensive homes/apartments and have costly clothing.

I guess that's why I enjoy prime time cartoons so much (South Park, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and The PJs).

Linux users are HEAD CASES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027703)


A good case makes up for a crap OS. A good case costs more than a crap OS. Cases for $50.00, Linux for $2.00

Good case, crap OS. Thats why I use NT.

NT the choice of the GNU Generation. Just ask your boss.

Gimme A Break (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027704)

When a product has evolved into it's final form...

You're right. Thank you for declaring the end of aesthetic evolution in the computer. We have arrived at the big beige box. This is the pinacle of human creativity in technological interface.

Damn I miss those Princess phones of my youth. And what I wouldnt do for the classy styling of a '76 Pinto.

I think your qualms are with function, not form. Sure something can look great and work lousy. But, no reason why a case can't be aesthetically pleasing and accessible (e.g. Apples's new G3s).

(BTW I thought this site was a hilarious joke. I love the way Dr. Buckman got his doctarate even though he dropped out of grad school...And check out the info box after clicking on the picture of the Luddite...scroll to the bottom to confirm the joke here)

New G3 cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027705)

The machines aregood, but those 4 handes/feet suck. And the bays have those crappy covers instead of a special disk/cd drive made in that blue. They look cheap and crappy.

New G3 cases (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027706)

The machines are good, but the external appearence is ugly. The bays have those crappy covers instead of a special disk/cd drive made in that blue. They look cheap and crappy.

You people are sooooo gullible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027707)

There's my favorite, from the order page:

g) Your custom computer includes our own handcrafted wooden designs AND electronics.

I want a handcrafted, wooden PII!

yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027708)

/. readers must be idiots! im serious how could you look at that site and take it seriously???

diggers, and ranters, and levellers, oh my! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027709)


this from the page:

Can't seem to get those nasty scratches off my hardwood disks (HDs). Have tried natural soaps and pastes, even ginger root broths (my grandfather's favorite), to no avail. Maybe I need to use chamois cloth to avoid static? Any help appreciated.


. . . no shit it's a joke :) they also explain who Luddites were.


Obviously the /. readers aren't as well educated as they'd like to think because it's pretty obvious that with a name like 'Luddite' that it has to be a joke.

like, whoa, nellie! a lot of us out here know who the Luddites were. now, tell me who were the Diggers, the Ranters, and the Levellers . . . ?

:)

Have you hugged a troll today? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027710)

Come here you cute little trolly-kins, Mindy wants to give you a big hug!!!

Remember, hug a troll - don't feed them.

This is a lark (hoot, whatever), right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027711)

This has got to be a joke.

"Thank you for visiting Luddite(TM), nature's
computer company(TM). At this time,
our new site works best using
Netscape's most recent browser."

Is really pretty funny.

-- cary

oh get real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027712)

c'mon.. it should have been obvious it was a hoax from the start. There is NO WAY you could make computers from wood. Making a computer out of a flammable substance? that is just STUPID. especially if you're gonna put something in it as hot as a pentium. Boot once with anything intel, and FWOOSH. PPC machines MIGHT work, but it would still be a bad idea.

and i didn't see any layering going on. i guess it doesn't work in mac IE 4.5?

It worked fine for me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027713)

fine for my 4.5

HEAD CASES.... ie skull case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027714)

this post gave me an idea, i want a case made of human skulls, the skull should be from M$ trolls cause they really dont have a use for them....

Layers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027715)

Somebody get me the name of the company/person who did that site, I wanna teach them a lesson.
/me gets his baseball bat.

What's all the fuss?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027716)

OK, so the site's a funny hoax. But I don't understand all the fuss about layers...the site looks as easy to read as any other site.
What are these layers? Besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the little icons are on the nav bar, it looks OK to me. And I tried viewing it with IE 4.1 on Win98 and Netscape 4.5 on a Mac.
What am I missing here?

Always run netscape 'niced' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027717)

Aren't negative numbers HIGHER priority? IIRC, 20 is idle process only, while -20 is realtime.

rc5 runs at 20 on my machine, anyways..

oh get real (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027718)

Oh, yeah... just like the PLASTIC that the motherboard is made out of, right?

Geez, the solder on the board would melt away long before a wooden case would catch fire.

Fair idea (and a new edition) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027719)

It's a fairly good idea, but if you do a search on slashdot, you'll find a link to another site already doing that (although not very competently). There are a few heat flow issues to be resolved (metal lets the computer cool off reasonably well), not to mention static, grounding, etc. But if someone competent does it, it shouldn't be too difficult. If the price is right, plenty of people may buy it.

What may be more sellable would be to make normal furniture that also acts as a case. Something like a real computer desk would be cool (a desk with a place to stick a motherboard, powersupply, enough room for a few cards, and several drive bays). Properly designed, it could eliminate the whole cable mess; pass-through cables in the desk could let you have a monitor plug right next to your monitor, keyboard plug in the keyboard tray, etc.

It would cater to a very high end market, but it could be quite cool. Anyways, if it works, and you're a millionaire, send me a few bucks to cover tuition.

- pmitros at mit.edu

MS Brains OUT GREW their skulls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027720)

God damn! Where the hell did all this hair and stains on my sheets come from then?

you are so smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027721)

Wow - what a genius! Yes - I guess you are the only slashdot reader in the whole world who knows what luddite refers to. I feel so ashamed...

FAKE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027722)

This is a fake click on the head on the bottom, and the person even explains it is fake. As others have mentioned there are real companies doing this though.

Cardboard case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027723)

I can claim to have run my computer out of a custom built cardboard case. It was pretty cool, but a huge pain to alter once you'd closed it. Next time I'll plan it out a bit longer.

Where's my accelerant and matches? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027724)

Very funny...abacus?

diggers, and ranters, and levellers, oh my! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027725)

and who where the Rochdale Pioneers

I'm sticking with Netscape 3.x (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027726)

The pages looked fine on my Mac with Netscape 3.04. Javascript is running, but Java is turned off -- too many crashes from visiting geocities and tripod pages... and those porn site multi pop-ups, what a pain. :)

It seems that with all the flash and the concept of style over substance, people have forgotten that the original concept of the web was to serve *content*, not flash. And the user is supposed to have some control over how the content is displayed -- god forbid that we have some local control.

Also, I often view web content from lynx. Personally, I'm a member of the "any browser" campaign, if I can't view it with lynx, I don't need the content and the site doesn't need my business.

Just my .02 from a Mac usin', Linux lovin', M$ hatin' network admin and webmaster, and yes, an anonymous coward. ;)

What did I do in a past life to deserve a job working with NT? Thank god I can come home to my Mac.

Luddite.com says it is fake- Did anyone read it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027727)

Forgive me if I'm wrong (I didn't read all of the replies here), but it doesn't look like anyone read the whole site. Quote:

"In rural England, nearly two hundred years ago, the world was quickly changing, perhaps even more than the tides seem to be shifting today. The Industrial Revolution not only forced humans to adapt to an entirely new economic system, but to social change as well; change that marked the end of a community based economy and culture and the beginning of a more national system of production. What's more, the strength of the individual laborer was waved for the sake of mechanical productivity. Imagine a time when concepts of mass production, time-based labor, and productivty over quality were not only frustrating realities but entirely new.


"In 1811 and 1812 in the textile center of England, assorted groups of well-organized laborers and crafstmen, collectively known as the Luddites, participated in a series of sabotaging raids on the mills and factories that threatened their very livelihood. Miraculously enough, the Luddites managed to consistantly hinder the progress of the textile industry in England as well as, for the first time, create a revolutionary movement that seriously questioned the seemingly unstoppable forces of laissez faire capitalism. Though the Luddites were doomed from the start, they fought bravely for their integrity against a regiment of soldiers equal to those used during the preceding Napoleanic wars. And although there were many other variables such as food shortages and trade regulation that facilitated the desperation of the Luddites, one must wonder how close we are today to a similar occurence.

"Perhaps the Luddites were right.

"This space is designed for your thoughts. Personal stories, testimonies, and experiences should start to paint a bigger picture than can be imagined. If a company like "Luddite Industries" is not only feasible but even believable in our current state of "progress" one must stop and think that indeed, perhaps the Luddites were right. For in the end, what does progress really mean?


Umm, I think that means that the company isn't real (in a roundabout way). But like I said, I might be wrong saying that no one had seen this yet. juniorjunior

FAKE-NO, Fraud! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027728)

Man, you really, really suck.

--marc

Rolling Rock beer computer case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027729)

Does anyone remember that case that some guy made out of a Rolling Rock 24-pack? It was on Slashdot this past summer or fall. Anyone know if the link is still around??

Both Idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027730)

1) Your both idiots, education!=intellegence.
2) The wooden cases mock up is stupid.
3) The Jefferson joke was funny, and it wasn't slavery or hypocrisy! I got it. Jefferson was Anti-Slavery, although he did own slaves, he treated them as equals, as employees, and even took one as a lover, which is why he would have said "free the slaves." The funny part was that Jefferson was very anti-millitary and pro millita. Jefferson felt there should be no standing army, which could be ordered into battle, and believed that in a truely free society, if the majority wanted to go to war, they would stand together and do it without being ordered to do so (somewhat like Switzerland today). So, the fact that Jefferson would say something that was contreversial was not the joke, the joke was that it was not the major issue about who should be freed and who should be subject to the rule of another... Being that the people in the Army were more harshly treated that Jefferson's slaves. And thus, he elevated slaves to a higher level than the military, because (as I am assuming) he was drunk. It's not hypocrisy, and you proved your ignorance about your lack of knowledge of Jefferson, slavery, and the military of the period.
4) You both are SOOO off topic at this point that your posts are absolutely idotic, and going nowhere. Luddite humor is occasionally funny, but that particular site had no humor except for the URL itself.
5) You can put a case fan in... and you should never rely on "thermal conductivity" of your case as a substitute for ventallation.
6) Why do you even bother flaming each other if you don't like something... ? Just because you can? Do you enjoy increasing the S/N ratio of /.? Get a life, BOTH OF YOU.

Ernest P. Buckman responds: Luddite is REAL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#2027731)

Dear friends and colleagues:
My systems administrator recently informed me of heavy site traffic on Luddite's web presence originating from slashdot.org, so I have instructed her to relay this message to you all. My name is Ernest P. Buckman, and I am founder and owner of Luddite Industries, the world leader in Eco-Technology Design, and a producer of hand crafted, award winning wooden computer housings. I was insulted by the lack of sophistication in your users in understanding the extreme importance of such a product in today's global economy. How can anyone deny the importance of wood and its role in our society and communities. I only hope that these discussions can somehow lead to a movement, a revolution, shall we say, in taking the world one step closer to understanding our ties to nature and inherent juxtaposition to the materials we use. I strongly recommend you visit my site, and especially watch my award winning video-documentary in the history section of the site. Many regards and happy computing.

Sincerely,

Ernest P. Buckman
Phd, CEO Luddite Industries
Modesto California
http://www.luddite.com/

I liked it (1)

Gleef (86) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027732)

I just went to the page with my trusty browser (Lynx), saw a pleasant "Welcome to Luddite Industries" header, and nothing else. No distracting layers, no distressing content. It was a quite pleasant experience, actually.

Ouch! (1)

Pathwalker (103) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027733)

How do they expect people to read that page? The Layers hurt my brain %-/

ghost in the machine? (1)

Peter Amstutz (501) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027734)

Those big *things* floating across the page really remind me of some sort of weird ghosts that have come to take over my computer :) Interestingly, the major slowdown experienced due to those nice floating pictures isn't due to netscape, but actually the bottleneck is X itself. I checked with a process listing, and watched X consume 90% CPU while netscape consumed a mere 25% CPU (yes, I know that adds up to more than 100%, I'm on an SMP system :)

Singlethreaded, monolithic X servers can really suck sometimes.

Layered, why ? (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027735)

Posted by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Music For Your Eyes!:

i just dont understand why they use those weird graphics in their layering, maybe i should have stayed longer than 3 seconds and i would have found out.

I've seen one on TV (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027736)

Posted by majestic1:

Wouldn't happened to have been Will and Grace would it? I think Will had one on that show.

I dont like em. (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027737)

Posted by Mephie:

Hmmm, wood cases, hmmm wood is flamable, there are hard drives called FIREball. Hmmm, maybe this isnt such a cool idea...
Anyway, I'd get splinters when I went to a box party or just felt like hugging my computer. No Thank You.
--Mephie

FAKE! (1)

jpatters (883) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027738)

There is at least one company selling rackmount Macs, they take off the shelf Apple equipment and put them in their own cases.

Will and Grace (1)

jpatters (883) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027739)

"Will" of "Will and Grace" has the wooden computer in his office. You are right, sitcom characters have a disturbing lack of cash flow problems. There are very few exceptions, "Rosanne" comes to mind.

It's a joke, folks (1)

Frank Hecker (1123) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027740)

If you read this less superficially, it's clear that Luddite Industries [luddite.com] is an elaborate gag. (See for example the comments about the "Wooden Auto Company".) A quick check of whois reveals that the domain name is owned by Prophet Communications [prophetcomm.com] , a subsidiary of the industrial design firm frog design [frogdesign.com] .

It's official! PC Evolution has ended! (1)

root (1428) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027741)

When a product has evolved into it's final form and there's no new technological evolution for it to undergo, producers start re-releasing them in things like "designer colors" or "ergonomic designs" or "glow in the dark cases" etc. Telephones are another good example. Cars too (how old is the internal combustion engine?). For the first time in a long time PC hardware performance is waaay ahead of software demand such that even cheap PCs can run pretty much everything most users want to run. So here comes the senseless bells and whistles.

Just keep my PC in a regular rectangular box. I don't wants no steenking rounded windswept case designs. Just a full tower with lots of bays for CDroms, tape drives, pull out HD trays, the ol' 5.25in floppy, and room for all their cables. I hate modern cramped PC cases.

They should be HUNG (1)

BadlandZ (1725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027742)

I happen to be sitting at a AMD-K6-2-3D(333MHz) with 128M RAM, a 4M MilleniumII video card, and 15" Sony 100ES monitor. Now, normally, w/ gimp or something, I never have any problems, and the box handles things well. Little did I know that a IDIOTICLY designed web page would peg my load, and render this box completely useless. I couldn't even get to the damb "back" button in Netscape!

index.html was ok, I find it anoying to redirect to home.html, because it makes going "back" a tad more difficult, but then some crap blocked me from reading the home.html, so I clicked some button I didn't even know what was, and ended up in "products." Fine, it's a mess, but it looked like the product might be interesting. I started reading it, and all of a sudden I couldn't see anything, and my load was spiked, graphics were dumped all over the place in the browser window, slowly moving, and MY POINTER started "jumping" when I tried to get to the "back" button! I can run scripts in gimp, two or three at a time on several images, and have NEVER seen that happen!

This site should DEFINATELY be linked on a "what not to do" page about html design.

FAKE-NO, Fraud! (1)

BadlandZ (1725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027743)

This is the dumbest fake I have ever seen? When the html is soo anoying you cna't even read the text because of the layers, how are most people suppose to figure out it's a fake?

Wooden cases ARE made, by a few people, including IE NET [cyberg8t.com] , and I find them a fairly cool thing, in thier own way. So, I don't see the humor in spoofing something that is real. I mean, it's not a stupid idea, it's a cool idea. And it's out there.

Someone might have to explain what is suppose to be funny about this to me... Like, would it be funny if I put up a site that said I was building and selling MIPS servers, and did elaborate html, with photos and details, but I didn't really make or sell them? I don't think it's funny, I just don't get it. It's stupid.

I had a similar idea. (1)

BadlandZ (1725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027744)

Actually, I wasn't thinking about an SGI case, but I was thinking of a single case Beowulf cluster idea.


Take the biggest Full Tower case you can find, and gut out all the bracketing, and make custom brackets to put in as many PC104's as you can fit (like this one [advantech.com.tw] ). Then, use something like a 16M solid state IDE drive [advantech.com.tw] for each of the PC104's to put like /boot and what was needed on, and NFS mount a drive from each of them somewhere else in the case. Then put in maybe ONE bigger system (like maybe a PII?) to run as controller/terminal control(running X), and also stick the hubs in there.

You might be able to squeze in like 10/20 full computers into one case with this idea, and use 100baseT to connect them, NFS to a few big SCSI drives in the case, and have it completely self contained! You probably would be limited to 300MHz socket 7 CPU's, but, w/ 10-20 of them in one case, working together the Beowulf way, it might totally rock.

Problems? Sure, money, custom case, and cooling!

Cheap Big SGI cases? (1)

BadlandZ (1725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027745)

Which SGI case can you think of that is huge enought, and avaliable cheap? I am thinking Personal Iris, they should be damn cheap, but do you think it's big enough?

Beowulf vs. SMP. (1)

BadlandZ (1725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027746)

If you put them into cases, why not just circumvent the bottlenecks, and just make the damn thing SMP?

I could be wrong, but I believe that it would be very difficult to get a SMP board that does over 4 CPU's, but using PC104's or SlotPC's, you can probably fit around 20 full systems in one case if you really tried.

100BaseT would be the bottleneck, your right, and you would want at least 100baseT and a good hub IN the case also. It's tight, but it's not a bad idea. I would LOVE to actually see one (love to build one even more, but I lack the financial resources to do such a thing).

FAKE-NO, Fraud! (1)

BadlandZ (1725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027747)

Thanks for the info, I now understand why I can set the read level to 1 insted of 0. Heh... Yea, sure, history.... Learn... Uh, and your IQ and educational level is? Funny? it's NOT, it's stupid. Chris Farly was famous for playing a moron and was funnier.

You do realize that doing ALL that html on a subject of cool cases, when wooden cases do exist, is idiotic, when the only thing that even HINTS at a joke is the URL? Man, if you think it's funny, I have a joke for you... "Jefferson and Hamlton walked into a pub, Jefferson said free the slaves, and no one said a word.... They were all in the army..." (if you don't get it, read some history).

Fun and games (1)

wo0zy (2396) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027748)

Sure every thing is fun and games till your computer goes up in a deadly fireball of flames causing the monitor to explode and embed shards of thin sharp glass into your eyes while you gasp for air from the toxic burning stain and polyurethane finish.

:-P

hmmm (1)

ksheff (2406) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027749)

I don't know about you, but I haven't been a college sophmore in about 10 years.

WIerd... (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027750)

The idea is unbelieveably cool. Maybe I'll try building a woodwn case sometime (the problem, of course, is ventilation). The site itself is most likely a hoax, but I do like the idea.

But whoever designed that Website should be shot.

horrible web page (1)

moonbeam (2457) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027751)

Egads! I did my best to see that sort of products
they had, but their web page made that totally
impossible!

You people are sooooo gullible. (1)

ferret (4281) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027752)

It's a joke, a JOKE, j-o-k-e.
Did anyone else but me watch the movie?
He had a pillow stuffed in his sweater! :-)
Does anyone but me know what a 'Luddite' is?
A 'Luddite' is a person wjo is against technological progess.

Obviously the /. readers aren't as well educated
as they'd like to think because it's pretty obvious that with a name like 'Luddite' that it has to be a joke.

You people are sooooo gullible. (1)

Pulsar (4287) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027753)

I like the way that the first few posters on an article suddenly become a means for measuring "the /. readers" - a good majority of slashdot readers never even read the comments on the articles, and even if you're just speaking of the minority that do post (which would be the /. posters or similar) you can't expect to judge that entire group by the first few posts to an article!

luddite industries aka SANDBENDERS ?! (1)

unc_onnected (6084) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027754)

anyone else read william gibson's book virtual light and get weirded out by how truth imitates fiction?

the story includes a little thing about the sandbenders, a cult/organization in oregon that puts together computers out of natural materials like wood, piano ivory, etc.

the other thing is, you can definitely tell its a hoax, but wouldnt you want a case/keyboard/mouse made out of wood or natural material? i definitely would if i could afford it.

170-270 dollars for the CASE seems a bit much though.

Joke or no joke... (1)

pen (7191) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027755)

...this site gets my Style Sheets Stupidity award hands down. I had to disable them just so I could view the damn thing! The floating images prevented me from clicking on any links.

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cramped spaces (1)

Dogun (7502) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027756)

Solution: Build your own in a full tower: the 4 foot tall towers are imposing, roomy, and not so much more expensive than the smaller ones.

New G3 cases (1)

Baggio (8432) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027757)

To begin with, couldn't see much of the site, KDM doesn't show it... but my vote for the best cases has to go to the new G3's appke is coming out with... I stumbled on to ZDtv while flipping (I was looking for the mating habits of the Brazilian house fly, really), and I saw the coolest case design. The side panel where the MotherBoard is attached, opened up, and provided access to everything. Memory, cards, drives and cables were all accessable while the machine was running... You could change cards and settings, and power up to see those changes without having to re-assemble the whole thing, just to find that you IDE cable had pulled slightly loose... :) I'm not usually an Apple fan, but I was very impressed... I've never been very impressed with the G3's graphics speed either, but this system had an ATI board, and was supposed to be a huge boost in performance.... This in my opinion is a much better choice than a freakin' iMac, and could become a serious contender.
Did I mention I was impressed with the case design... Oh well, I guess I driffted off topic lately, but the functionallity of this case IMHO outways the mahogany. :)

Ryan
Time flies like an arrow;

New G3 cases (1)

Baggio (8432) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027758)

I never said I liked the color/handle/feet/etc. What apealed to me was the functionallity of an opening door that exposed the internals of the PC even while it is running. My machine as we speak has no cover because I am always getting into it to do something (my most current project is adding TOSLink connectors to my AudioPCI... MP3's -> MD and vice versa is going to be a reality for me very soon :) ), and an opening door would allow me to gain access very easily without leaving it open... the only advantage to which is ventalation, but then again, that's what my two extra fans are for... :/ I'm just saying I'd like to see an ATX case with a simular feature... I don't really want to use my hack saw... :)

Ryan
Time flies like an arrow;

Ugliness is the name of the game... (1)

fliptout (9217) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027759)

The last thing I need is for my computers to be mistaken for firewood.

For those who don't see layers.. (1)

Screwtape (9319) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027760)

The brain-dead javascript checks for Netscape 4.0, so 4.5 doesn't get through. To go direct to the CSS-enabled page, with all its annoyances, click here [luddite.com]

They should be shot (1)

Dengue (10077) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027761)

I have to agree. I'm on a 233mhz Cyrix with lots of RAM and an ISDN line and that stupid website ground my computer to a halt. (And yes, I use a real OS) I'd be happy to do the shooting, but in order to save time, I recommend we have them dig their own graves first.

They should be shot (1)

LWolenczak (10527) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027762)

I'm looking at it on a 21 inch, fixed frequency monitor, ofcorse, it's darker then normal monitors (my mom's using my linux box (brighter monitor)) but it's hard as hell to read, the background color is offensive, personaly, they schould loose there artistic lisence, be shot, and not aloud to reproduce.

ofcorse, if the background were to be changed to something that was pleasing, a light blue perhaps, or white, both work, and the images changed, then the sight might be decent.

btw, i wasent able to go far into the site simpaly because i was unable to read it.

"Lunchbox" format case (1)

Asmodeus (10868) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027763)

Does anyone know of a company selling just
the case (+screen) for a "lunchbox" format
ATX2 ?

I've seen lots of systems with them, but
no-one will sell me just the case ! I need
a high power luggable system built around
components which I already have.

Thanks

Asmo

TES?!?! (1)

Slayback (12197) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027764)

What the hell is that all about too? An elaborate government coverup of people getting mad at their computers and throwing them off of 4 story buildings? Hehe...I know that it's must be spreading because it seems like one out of four customers I talk to think about commiting such an act at least once. There are SICK people out there and they need help...

New G3 cases (1)

Sleepyguy (12339) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027765)

Unfortunatly the new G3 cases aren't so sturdy, a local apple retailer managed to break their display model in one day.

FAKE! (1)

StarFace (13336) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027766)

heh...maybe the notebooks come specially packed in balsa wood?

DON'T DROP IT!!!

New G3 cases (1)

StarFace (13336) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027767)

my general opinion of their new cases is negative...i mean they are trying to make a point of being different and all, but those things are just UGLY...i wouldn't want that sitting in my living room...it wouldn't go with anything else...a NORMAL beige box is inconspicuous and can be hidden...i guess if you stare at your CPU all day it would be cool.:.

They should be shot (1)

raistlinne (13725) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027768)

Whoever designed that "Let's through slow moving graphics IN FRONT of our text" page should be shot, several times, in different places of the body. How do people do that in good conscience?

No, really (1)

Nikola Tesla (14089) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027769)

I just hit /. to ask for advice for building a machine, and I see this, and I think, well, wood's a lousy material for a case, but what the hell, I'll look, but the site's a joke and it would be more funny if the site didn't take so long to load, and then I thought to come back to /. and ask:

Where can one get PMac motherboards? I want to build a machine, but no one seems to want to sell just a motherboard.

-Little Nickie Telsa

wooden computing! (1)

One (16172) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027770)

This site made me laugh hard. My favorite quote: Our expert craftsmen form a uniquely specialized team that brings you the finest in custom wooden computing.

What do you mean the 'latest version of Netscape'? (1)

GenericJoe (16255) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027771)

I mean, I've got 4.5, why should I have to go download it again.

They get my award for javascript stupidity of the day.

No, no, no...the LATEST version... (1)

GenericJoe (16255) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027772)

Yeah, I know.

That's why I give 'em a 'javascript stupidity' award.

Now if only I had a piece of hardware everytime I'd seen javascript stupidity...

Well 'Duh' People (1)

Lythium Lad (16291) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027773)

I am amazed at the amount of Slashdot readers that took the site seriously. It was very obvious that it was a fake site.

Yes, it is fake. (1)

^RaM^ (16294) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027774)

Of course this is fake. Only the most gullible of humans would believe there are wooden computer cases. It is OBVIOUSLY a made-up picture, otherwise there would be links to more information, or even an email address.

Of course this is fake. Check out the name =) (1)

twinkie (80950) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027775)

Luddites were a group of people during the industrial revolution that did not agree that progressed encompassed the acceptance and utilization of technology and machines, most notably mechanical clumsy ones. If I am not mistaken, the Luddites were violently disinclined to the usage of machinery; against the mechanized and 'soulless' looms of the early textile industry in England and Europe, among others. Funny to see that a altavista search for Luddite brings up this site for the first few hits...
-Twink

This has got to be the worst page EVER (1)

matusa (132837) | more than 15 years ago | (#2027776)

DAmn this page REALLY sucks. I mean, sure cases are nice, but there is no way in hell I'm gonna order from them. I bookmarked it because it sucks so bad and I can laugh at it with friends.

I think a better idea is just get an SGI case, and put a beowulf cluster in it.

-m-
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