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Borg Cube Case

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the now-that-takes-dedication dept.

Sci-Fi 325

Steelduck writes "A person nick-named Xor'Arch at the CaseJunkies forums has made an uber-cool case mod. A Borg cube based on a Via EPIA-M platform. The project took them 9 months, in which they spent 250 hours of their spare time. In total, they used about 60 meters of steel wire, and 1,5 m2 cardboard.The Borg Cube is presented at Casejunkies website. http://www.casejunkies.com/index.php?upn=010001&hl _id=1873"

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Photos are Archived Here (5, Informative)

BiggestPOS (139071) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401163)

Just in case the site goes down..... http://biggestpos.com/pics/gallery/borgcase/

Re:Photos are Archived Here (4, Funny)

Squinky86 (643604) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401201)

Wow, it's like you were expecting it to be slashdotted in 5 minutes. Anyways, this is a great case. Those case modders need to find girlfriends...

Re:Photos are Archived Here (5, Funny)

BiggestPOS (139071) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401212)

Stories like this are the reason I'm a subscriber...... :)

Re:Photos are Archived Here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401309)

I'm lovin' it, roundeye! [i-am-asian.com]

Re:Photos are Archived Here (5, Funny)

DjMd (541962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401229)

Slashdoted, or as the Borg like to say...
" Op het moment wordt er aan onze database onderhoud gepleegd! Onze excuses voor het ongemak."

Wow, borg speak really does sound swedish!!

Re:Photos are Archived Here (5, Informative)

jpkunst (612360) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401336)

That's Dutch.

At the moment our database is undergoing maintainance. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

JP

Re:Photos are Archived Here (5, Funny)

Hard_Code (49548) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401343)

Hurdeefleurdee! Borg! Borg! Borg!

Re:Photos are Archived Here (2, Informative)

Mick Ohrberg (744441) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401446)

That would be:
"Om ett ogonblick kommer ni att integreras i vart kollektiv. Motstand ar meningslost."

Apologies ahead of time for lack of swedish ring- and umlaut characters.

Re:Photos are Archived Here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401210)

whats the freakin point of putting a link in the article... by the time the site is back up everyone has moved on and does not care about that article... I mean JESUS.... do what they were talking about in the Ipod comments.... cache the site on slashdot so we can actually see the damn things..... GOD... so frustrating..... O look a gun... :: starts to hunt for bullets::

Re:Photos are Archived Here (2, Funny)

CuriousGeorge113 (47122) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401215)

Yea, it was down before we even had a mere 10 comments posted to it.

Damn those "Premium" subscribers, slashdotting a site before us masses can even get to it.

Re:Photos are Archived Here (5, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401270)

Articles of irrellivent. You will be subscribed...

Re:Photos are Archived Here (2, Interesting)

CoreDump01 (558675) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401397)

Actually the site was reachable until the second it went live for non-subscribers.

Re:Photos are Archived Here (5, Informative)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401252)

Oh why not... here's another mirror [217.43.35.140] of just the main picture. I've reduced the JPEG quality a bit aswell.

Re:Photos are Archived Here (2, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401301)

FrostedWheat, you are on my sweat side today.

Re:Photos are Archived Here (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401377)

That's gross. I assume you meant "sweet" side.. but my "sweat" side? yuck!

Sweat side? (5, Funny)

slashd'oh (234025) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401392)

"Sweat side"? That doesn't sound too pleasant!

Re:Photos are Archived Here (4, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401420)

DOH! Sweet side, SWEET side!

Re:Photos are Archived Here (2, Informative)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401334)

Ohhh, that looks simply awesome.

And it'd wipe out any army in minutes!

Re:Photos are Archived Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401280)


Anyone want to mirror this somewhere that is not blocked by every employer's proxy in the country?

Residence is futile (5, Funny)

va3atc (715659) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401165)

your net connection will be assimilated at 933Mhz!

Re:Residence is futile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401315)

Re:Residence is futile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401415)

That would be 'resistance'.

FP (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401167)

Resistance is futile

I knew the borg would get slashdot eventually. (3, Funny)

nicklaszlo (720488) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401226)

Soon, they will assimilate every computer that loads the slashdot index or RDF and infect them with nanosoft windows so they can cooperate to rule the universe.

Re:I knew the borg would get slashdot eventually. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401296)

Actually it's more like slashdot just beat the ever living snot out of the borg.

No one can resist a slasdotting, it is pointless indeed. Hand over all your servers to us.

That's great.... (-1, Redundant)

JustinXB (756624) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401174)

That's great, I get to see the first page then it's Slashdotted.

and of course (-1, Offtopic)

Pun Troll (756573) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401178)

With such an interesting case mod, you'll never be borg (bored!) !

Re:and of course (0, Troll)

PunTrollCritic (756583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401267)

Dear PunTroll,

Please refrain from giving away the pun.

Sincerely,
PunTrollCritic

Re:and of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401320)

That was hideous.

Imagine a... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401187)

No, I can't do it.

Someone has to say it... (4, Funny)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401189)

All your case are belong to us... ;)

Re:Someone has to say it... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401207)

All your cliches are belong to us... ;)

Whoah! (5, Funny)

SillySnake (727102) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401197)

60 meters of wire!? That's insane! It's gotta weigh a ton.. At least enough to assimilate someone if you hit them over the head with it.

Pretty neat. (5, Insightful)

robslimo (587196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401203)

Normally, I don't case squat for these case mods, nor do I get too excited about Star Trek, but this time I've gotta hand it to them... that is a work of art!

Re:Pretty neat. (4, Funny)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401379)

You sound just like Paul from American Chopper every time that kid who paints for them comes in with a tank he just completed.

Re:Pretty neat. (2)

SnappleMaster (465729) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401443)

My thoughts exactly. Most case mods posted on /. are kinda lame. I'm sure most of them take a lot of time and are labors of "love" but they just don't look all that impressive.

This one looks awesome though. I don't think I'd want one in my house but kudos to the creators!

Just irresponsible... (5, Insightful)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401206)

I don't think the server is going to hold up under the pressure. I find it a little irresponsible to continue to link directly to forum entries on sites. It's one thing to cripple a site by sending 10,000 people to view their pictures, it's another to cripple the site by not even giving a static page as a link.

Not that anyone cares, though.

Re:Just irresponsible... (5, Funny)

gregarican (694358) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401223)

Are we just another form of a "flash mob?" I guess "slash mob" sounds close enough...

Re:Just irresponsible... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401361)

Flash mob would imply that lot of /.ers are females. I guess we should stick with Slash mob as you say.

Re:Just irresponsible... (4, Informative)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401274)

PS. Text of the site:

Introduction

A couple of months ago, Xor'Arch posted some pictures of his new project on our forum. These first pictures created such a huge anxiety and hunger for more that we contacted Xor'Arch, and decided to keep the project a little bit secret. This way we could prepare ourselves for a worthy Caseview that this case absolutely deserves.

CaseJunkies proudly presents: Xor'Arch's Borg Cube.

We asked Xor'Arch how he came up with the whole idea. He explained that his Router had some problems with his ISP's Cable internet connection. He needed another way to provide his network with an internet connection. The only possible way was to implement an extra computer to share the internet connection, so the router would be unnecessary. Read on, and see how the project went from idea to reality.

[Inline picture] [casejunkies.com] [Mirror] [biggestpos.com]

Why Borg?

The plans for an extra PC, functioning as a router, firewall and download-machine were made long before I got the idea to make the Borg Cube. I first intended to use a small midi case (A-Open H340B) with a Via EPIA-M 933Mhz chipset and 256MB RAM memory. After having put it all together, I was not really satisfied with the way it looked. It looked kinda boring to me, and that's when I got the idea to build a case myself. Here's why I chose Borg to be the design's theme:

* To Route: Collective - A central point where everything comes together and gets sent out to multiple computers.
* Act as Firewall: To prevent hostile attempts to penetrate the system, and neutralize them.
* To Download: All your bytes will be assimilated...
* And, the Borg are just cool.....

Since I wanted the project to be 100% original, I searched the internet for similar projects. Fortunately none of them came close to what I planned to make. After having collected as many pictures and information as possible, which was harder than I first thought, I started the construction of the Borg Cube.

Re:Just irresponsible... (4, Interesting)

spectrokid (660550) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401284)

And here we go again; the eternal discussion on slashdotting. Expect proposals for bittorrent like solutions and demands for mirrors. I would just like to note that all european ISP's run all their web traffic through giant Squid servers because the intercontinental traffic is so fscking expensive. If american ISP's did the same then this problem would not exist.

Re:Just irresponsible... (5, Funny)

TeaEarlGreyHot (756865) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401381)

Slashdot to Borg Cube Case Server:

We have anaylzed your bandwidth and computing capabilities as being unable to withstand our attack. We will add your website to our growing list of sites that have been slashdotted. Resistence is futile.

It's wasted! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401208)

The project took them 9 months, in which they spent 250 hours of their spare time. In total, they used about 60 meters of steel wire, and 1,5 m2 cardboard

Keeping with the /. headlines, there goes 9 months, 250 hours, 60 meters of steel wire, and 1.5m^2 of cardboard, all in the pursuit of <fill in Star Trek joke here>

Re:It's wasted! (2, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401243)

""

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNN!!!

Re:It's wasted! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401408)

Oliver Kahn? I believe Pierluigi Collina scream that a lot.

Re:It's wasted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401283)

To seek out new life, and new civilizations, and to boldy go where noone has gone before.

Re:It's wasted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401332)

so did noone boldy go where no one went before, or did he/she/it follow someone else?

Borg cube? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401209)

Perfect for Microsoft Windows inside!

parent post is funny, not a troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401442)

who modded this as a troll?!

it's a bit funny...

Why did they do it? (-1, Troll)

Turd Rippleton (558149) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401213)


they need to get laid (lol)

~Turd

Re:Why did they do it? (-1, Redundant)

Turd Rippleton (558149) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401373)

I got modded a Troll for that comment!? It was funny damn you! FUNNY!

Re:Why did they do it? (0)

Turd Rippleton (558149) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401401)

Oops... wrong parent... it's futile

What about the Goatse Casemod? (-1, Troll)

Neo Trolling Group (754829) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401214)

Why is that troll? Its actually quite funny! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401261)

Some moderator must of not clicked the link, and since they area slashbot [anti-slash.org] they automagically modded it down, or they need a sense of humor!

Slashdot..... (0)

goatan (673464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401352)

Is an acidental DoS attack waiting to happen

ports? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401218)

uhm.. where's the keyboard/video/etc ports located on? it doesn't show in any of the pics.

Re:ports? (3, Funny)

Biege (128246) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401290)

You don't need those ancient input devices when you have been assimilated!

Re:ports? (5, Funny)

skink1100 (259238) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401322)

> uhm.. where's the keyboard/video/etc ports located on? it doesn't show in any of the pics.

It uses a new wireless technology: Borgtooth.

S

Re:ports? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401354)

" uhm.. where's the keyboard/video/etc ports located on? it doesn't show in any of the pics."

duh.. they were assimilated into the borg collective

Impressive (4, Funny)

ktulu1115 (567549) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401224)

That is definately a high-ranking geek item. Can't say I've ever heard of it before, looks like they've done a good job of it.

Now only if I could hook up a Transwarp conduit for an Internet connection.... ::starts design plans::

Death Star (-1, Offtopic)

Steno-RFC (748046) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401225)

I can just imagine flying my X-wing over the surface of that thing

Re:Death Star (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401264)

you got your star* movies mixed up there kiddo.

Re:Death Star - that's star wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401313)

wrong series - why do people get them confused?

The site is irrelivent (4, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401233)

I got a "The data on this document is irrelivent, you will be assimilated", instead of the traditional "This document contains no data."

Should I be worried?

Re:The site is irrelivent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401305)

"The data on this document is irrelivent, you will be assimilated"

If they can't even spell properly then they have a long way to go before they'll have the technology to to assimilate anyone...

Re:The site is irrelivent (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401358)

Coward, come out and correct me like a ... well ... whatever form of life you are.

I wish I knew (5, Funny)

enrico_suave (179651) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401236)

I wish I knew it was mini-itx day at slashdot today... I would have warn my "Epia VIA motherboard users do it in smaller places" button.

e.

Re:I wish I knew (5, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401330)

Is that a mobo in your pocket, or a are you just glad to see me?

Re:I wish I knew (0, Troll)

thelasttemptation (703311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401411)

nah, it's a mini...

A lot of spare time (4, Funny)

killmeplease (50275) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401237)

I wish I had 250 hours to spend making the coolest Star Trek nerd case in the world. I would go on a trip somewhere nice or read a friggen book.

Re: A lot of spare time (5, Interesting)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401393)

Or pick a genre that would make people google to find out what the reference is. Like, droids from Silent Running, or the space-ship Yamato.

Re: A lot of spare time (3, Insightful)

cetan (61150) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401429)

Instead you're wasting that time, a few minutes at a time, by browsing slashdot.

Which do you think is worse? :)

You know... (5, Funny)

Stingr (701739) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401240)

Captain Picard defeated the Borg the hard way. I mean all he had to do was pull the plug! [biggestpos.com]

You will be assimilated! (5, Funny)

BigZaphod (12942) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401250)

So what's the maximum warp on this sucker? Does it fly around the room and assimilate other systems that are nearby? I'd be a little skittish about leaving it plugged into the network...

Warp 9.9999999... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401347)

Which is about transwarp, or the speed of subspace signals, of course.

only if... (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401360)

Does it fly around the room and assimilate other systems that are nearby?

only if it runs Windows....

of course, that would make the Slashdot Bill Gates logo too appropriate.

Trapper Keeper mod? (3, Funny)

T-Kir (597145) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401385)

I'd be worried if someone made a Dawsons Creek Trapper Keeper mod :-)

Here's a link for you non South Park people. [tvtome.com]

You will (5, Funny)

va3atc (715659) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401255)

prepare your p0rn collection for assimilation.

Bandwidth is irrelevant... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401268)

...throughput is irrelevant. Your webpages will be assimilated by the Slashdot collective. (Or not)

Holy smokes, that rocks (5, Funny)

dacarr (562277) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401275)

Now imagine a beowulf cluster of those.

in 250 hours you could have... (5, Insightful)

Astrorunner (316100) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401281)

- flossed your teeth 3,000 times.
- Seen 166 movies (at 90 minutes each)
- ...but see Legolas kill the Olephant only 74.6 times
- driven from NY,NY to LA 5 times
- listened to 1/35064 of "Longplayer"
- watched 500 episodes of the simpsons, ~750 if you skipped the commercials.
- earned $1287.50 flipping burgers for minimum wage

Re:in 250 hours you could have... (1)

Jotaigna (749859) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401363)

so i can just flip burgers in my spare time and then pay a CaseModer to build me one. Hmmm.
Can case moding turn into a serious business or it will remain as a hobby?.

How many star trek episodes? (1)

nicklaszlo (720488) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401374)

And if you add in books, movies, and computer games... Going through it all would easily take 250 hours.

Only obvious.... (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401282)

It's pretty obvious that this borg mod case system should run only Windows as the OS.

does it run windows? (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401292)

if so, its a very suiting design ;)

We are the Borg! (5, Funny)

UncleBiggims (526644) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401311)

We Are The Borg. Lower your firewall and surrender your data. We will add your bios and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us... under the GPL of course.

Resistance is futile.

Are you Corn Fed? [ebay.com]

had to be asked (0, Redundant)

prockcore (543967) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401317)

Does it run Windows?

*beep* All your data has been assimilated.

/.'d already? (1)

i_am_syco (694486) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401344)

Sites are falling like flies nowadays.

Officially been /.ed... (1)

heapacreep (701458) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401359)

Well the site is down and has been slashdotted so I wish them good luck in paying their bandwidth bills.

On another note, one would think that this would just like the real thing, save for the absense of those wacky 80s designed suits worn...

It's a dupe! (2, Funny)

4r0g (467711) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401367)

There was just a post about the Xbox 2 a while back, talk about Borg Cube! Oh wait..

Options (3, Funny)

snapman (173642) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401370)

Can you get this with the optional Temporal Vortex technology? You know, for restoring your system when you do an accidental rm -rf *?

Hmmm... (1)

Aphrika (756248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401372)

Looks a bit like my old Mazda when I got it back from the car pound...

this case.. (0)

the_real_rs (727832) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401380)

shows that the people who built it spent alot of time and effort. I hope they can get a job designing cases.

Hi. I'm Troy McClure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401384)

hi. I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such case-modding how-to videos as "Constructing the Inflatable Woman PC: The Best of Both Nerd Worlds" and "It's Only 60 MHZ but it Looks like 3 GHZ"

How Picard could have taken out the Borg (4, Funny)

fgb (62123) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401398)

All he had to do is post a story on slashdot about it. Apparently, even a Borg cube cannot survive a good slashdotting!

Here's a Suggestion (5, Interesting)

netr00t (536256) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401403)

Hey, why not put all the wire to work for your heat disipation? It may actually decrease your cpu temp.

Wonder how long... (5, Funny)

NickABusey (642217) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401407)

I wonder how long it takes to find the "On" button?

Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8401426)

... image a bewolf cluster of these ?

Server is down? (5, Funny)

psoriac (81188) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401431)

Ok, who reversed the phase polarity of the tachyon field on the main deflector dish and disabled the cube?

Slash (and burn) dot! (5, Funny)

mariox19 (632969) | more than 10 years ago | (#8401445)

Great! We've only just gotten through bringing the iPod story's server [ipodlounge.com] to its knees, and now we've trashed this site as well.

I just knew when I read the word, "Borg," that this would be the case. We geeks are too predictable.

All we need now is a "Natalie Portman enrolls in the CS department at Harvard" story, and the whole east coast will go black once again!

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