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ElectriClerk Computer Of The Future

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the depends-what-you-call-future dept.

Desktops (Apple) 89

ElDuderino44137 points out this "Fully functional retrofitted prop computer." Chocolate / peanut butter, Mac SE / Underwood. This is no spray-paint job.

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First real clerk post (1)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101111)

First post by a real office clerk, and a fan of Clerks to boot!

(And yes, I'm a coder as well for FreeCiv on SourceForge!)

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Your insult is blatantly idiotic (1)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101144)

I have helped make FreeCiv one of the most popular and acclaimed F/free games of all-time.

Here are some awards we've won:

Best Free Multiplayer Strategy Game - 2003 - HappyPenguin.org

Favorite Linux Game - 2002 - Linux Journal

1 Post and already slashdotted? (5, Funny)

General Sherman (614373) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101122)

They must have been running the server from that SE.

Re:1 Post and already slashdotted? (5, Informative)

gb506 (738638) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101193)

They must have been running the server from that SE.

The interesting thing is that you CAN run a (low volume) web server from a 1988 vintage SE...

Re:1 Post and already slashdotted? (3, Informative)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101299)

The interesting thing is that you CAN run a (low volume) web server from a 1988 vintage SE...

Yup: add an ethernet adapter, System 7, MacTCP, NetPresenz, and you'll be up and... walking. (If you want something that's actually borderline practical, I recommend a Quadra with System 7.5 and MacHTTP.)

Re:1 Post and already slashdotted? (2, Insightful)

gb506 (738638) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101376)

With a cheap IP-aware localtalk bridge on the network the ethernet adapter wouldn't even be needed...

Up until the company was sold a couple of years ago, I had a newspaper client (Mac support) that still used SE, SE30, and Mac Classics for their ad/classified sales staff. Eudora, Word 5.1 and Filemaker was all they needed to get the job done... And probably would be all they'd need to get the job done today...

I guess that's one way to stop your employees from wasting time on the web - kinda takes the fun out of it when everything is in B/W and doesn't work with vintage 1995 Netscape!

Re:1 Post and already slashdotted? (2, Informative)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110660)

I recommend a quadra running NetBSD and apache. As long as you aren't doing any server-side processing, it should be able to saturate about 3Mbps, if memory serves. (No pun intended.)

Re:1 Post and already slashdotted? (1)

grahamlee (522375) | more than 10 years ago | (#9171879)

:s/System 7.5/A\/UX/ #and then I might believe you.

Re:1 Post and already slashdotted? (-1, Troll)

awx (169546) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101892)

HAHAHAHA! You are the funniest poster I have EVER had the fortune to read! Go you!

PS: Lurk more.

Wow... (5, Informative)

JayBlalock (635935) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101124)

The site is already Slashdotted (with 1 comment!) but it's very simple to describe. He turned a 1988 Macintosh into one of the computers from Gilliam's movie "Brazil." Truly impressive piece of work.

Re:Wow... (4, Insightful)

Have Blue (616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101281)

The site is already Slashdotted (with 1 comment!)

I really wish people would stop being amazed at that. What's obviously going on is that the site has been slashdotted by subscribers who see the article before us freeloaders, as the front page constantly reminds us.

Moreover (3, Insightful)

Galvatron (115029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101995)

The largest surge of traffic is going to occur when the site first becomes available to non-subscribers. In other words, if the site lives past the first 2-3 comments, it'll probably stay up.

Re:Wow... (2, Interesting)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101577)

From the headline and summary, I was expecting it to be a fake prop computer (like the kind you see in furniture stores) that had been retrofitted with electronics so that it actually worked.
Now THAT would have been a pretty damn postmodern casemod.
*sigh*, well I guess this compute-writer thing is OK too.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9104643)

Uh, how exactly would that be postmodern? [wikipedia.org]

Oh.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101125)

But I already have one of those here at work..

What I'm wondering about is how to get that short-haired blonde I keep dreaming about..

Um mods? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101681)

I think this is a reference to 'Brazil'.

Now If I could only get it with a selectric (1)

Crashmarik (635988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101129)

Interface. It would save so much on the laser printer and give me the best keyboard ever made.

Just was watching Brazil last night (3, Informative)

mattyohe (517995) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101130)

Purchase the Criterion edition if you can. Yes it may be 50 dollars, but there is a lot of great content on it.

Actually deep discount DVD has it for 43 dollars.. Free shipping too!

http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=HVD0 00152

Re:Just was watching Brazil last night (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101158)

The story of my life? Go watch Hackers.

You fantasize about wearing latex lingerie? You rub your nipples when somebody mentions a Gibson?

/.ed but here is the text (5, Informative)

vinit79 (740464) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101142)

The site is already slashdotted but here is the text (not too useful without the photos though) Built for a game of Cthulhu Lives! that has yet to be played, this piece was inspired by the retro-futuristic machines in the movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam. It was one of the most difficult and time-consuming pieces I've ever attempted. Despite the ridiculous amount of abuse I subjected it to, and despite the fact that all its components are now exposed to the air, the 1988 Macintosh SE which forms the heart of this piece still works just fine. Click on the photo at left to see an enlarged view.

Re:/.ed but here is the text (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101150)

Vinit has the text .. Google has the pics [google.com] who needs the website?

Re:/.ed but here is the text (1)

radoni (267396) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101610)

oh my god, the air! how could a computer survive that?!?

Re: ElectriClerk Computer Of The Future (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101145)

If you had an ink ribbon, you could save your progress.

1988 Mac married to a 1923 Typewriter ... (5, Insightful)

mios (715734) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101146)

... still looks hotter than the latest Dell box I've seen ... and who ever said Apple Computers just look sexy from the outside ... hey ... if you zoom up in on the monitor of that picture, I think I can make out the AmigaOS 4 AmiDock running on the bottom of there ...

The Mac is Not a Typewriter (4, Funny)

weston (16146) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101833)

Unfortunately, this casemod is not going to help the case of this book [peachpit.com] .

Re:1988 Mac married to a 1923 Typewriter ... (1)

yomegaman (516565) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102565)

Yeah, those green circuit boards with black chips on them from Macs look way cooler than those dorky green boards with black chips on them from Dell. Definitely worth the premium price...

Re:1988 Mac married to a 1923 Typewriter ... (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103761)

ahhh but see its not the color of the chips and board, the sexyness is the attention to fine detail and layout that a Mac has over a PC.

Sure for the most part old macs did not have entirely interchangable parts between systems, but it was sexy to open up your mac and see that the motherboard was made JUST for your computer and not some generic ATX board which 99% of the PC's have out there give or take a little.

Open up a Dell box, even if you never have seen a dell in your life, you know from ATX layouts where ever single peice is in general relation to each other.

NOW open a iMac, either tray or slot load. Sure some would say its a strike against them cause it makes it harder to figure out (I dont see it, I have no problem figuring out where things are and without a manual) But for me its sexy to see someone designed the placement of every single piece on that board so it would fit. For a long time it hasnt been the same since the G3 to Mirror Drive G4 have all had pretty standard ATX designs, but the G5 is like this too now.

AND yes I have a girlfriend

Two for Two (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101151)

Last two posts near insta-slashed. Perhaps it's time to build a local archival system into the article links?

Killing Websites (3, Funny)

rocketjam (696072) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101152)

Timothy is killing websites right and left today!

Re:Killing Websites (1)

zangdesign (462534) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101741)

No kidding. Is there a way to prevent that?

It's not like I'll ever have anything on my site that /. has a burning desire to see, but for reference sake - is there a way to put a limiter on traffic to mitigate, perhaps even stop the /. effect?

Basic redirection, perhaps?

Re:Killing Websites (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9102274)

It's in the apache manual ..... You most probably don't have root access to edit the server's httpd.conf file; but whatever the command is that you would have to put in httpd.conf, you can put the same command in a file called .htaccess in the same directory as your website and it will work.

Re:Killing Websites (1)

prodangle (552537) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102941)

is there a way to put a limiter on traffic to mitigate, perhaps even stop the /. effect?

You could set up your site so that any referals from /. get redirected to the google cache. People who want to see the real site can still visit, but if slashdot ever does find you, you'll be safe from most of the traffic. This should be do-able with just a few lines of PHP. Test to see whether $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'] contains "slashdot.org", and if so send header('Location: [http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:foo'); to redirect.

You could probably do more efficiently using .htaccess

I know there are several problem with this approach. Not all browsers will send referrer headers, any many /.ers will just open a new browser window and go directly too the site - I imagine it would drastically cut down the traffic though.

I'll go off and /.proof my own site now :)

Re:Killing Websites (1)

zangdesign (462534) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102974)

The only other method I can think of would be scanning /. for any mention of one's personal site, and shutting it down if it's ever mentioned.

Well, and perhaps if the /. editors would kindly inform sites before they /. 'em.

Archive.org cache (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101154)

Here's the Arhive.org cache of the website from June 2003.

http://web.archive.org/web/20030602070516/http:/ /w ww.ahleman.com/ElectriClerk.html

Gotta love google (4, Informative)

some_other_nerd (670265) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101156)

Google's Cache [216.239.51.104]

Working mirror (or original)? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101180)

http://home.earthlink.net/~ahleman/ElectriClerkLit e/ElectriClerk.html

Seems to work

Mirror (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101210)

There seems to be a mirror (with pictures that load) here [earthlink.net] .

Re:Mirror (1)

hamsterspeed (195436) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102447)

There seems to be a mirror (with pictures that load) here.

uh, looks like not for long...

Oh yeah. (2, Interesting)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101226)

I've seen this already in a magazine (MacAddict?) but it's nice to see it's made its way into Slashdot.

Now just to trick out a G4 cube like this...

Need help choosing a computer (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101254)

I need some help choosing a new computer, a computer which will match my "lifestyle".

First, a few facts about me,

  • 26 years old
  • Effeminate
  • Gay
  • "bareback rider"
  • HIV positive
  • San Francisco resident
  • love quiche, brie, and croissants.
  • Streisand's biggest fan
What kind of computer should I buy? Would Apple Mac be a good choice?

The Animatrix (2, Interesting)

MajorBlunder (114448) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101260)

I've never seen Terry Gilliam's Brazil, so I can't compare this with the machine he says its based on, but it is very reminiscent of the computer used by the private detective in the Detective Story short film in The Animatrix. Very retro-cool. Though why build it with old circa 1980s Mac parts instead of present tech escapes me.

Re:The Animatrix (3, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101304)

Though why build it with old circa 1980s Mac parts instead of present tech escapes me.

Because it's there.

KFG

Re:The Animatrix (2, Insightful)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101951)

Though why build it with old circa 1980s Mac parts instead of present tech escapes me.

Maybe because the monitor size/shape was perfect. Monochrome, small, non-flat screen. Just disembowel the old SE and rearrange it as needed.

Really cool (1)

MacBorg (740087) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101282)

why do i think that coding on that beast would be a little problematic - I'd be afraid of killing the keyboard setup. in all, a deeply cool object. now i need to make one

Dear Apple (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101284)

Dear Apple,

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

with much gayness,

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

Dear Randy "Pudge" O'Day (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101288)

Dear Father O'Day,

Thanks for your letter. Being Catholic myself, I know exactly what you're talking about! It has always been our plan here at Apple Computer Inc to revolutionize personal computing with our high-quality and highly gay products.

I'm happy to answer your letter by letting you know that YES we will be releasing an entire hLife ("homo-life") software line. You'll be able to recognize it in stores by the small stylized logo depicting a large cock entering a tight anus with an Apple logo on it. ("Suddenly it all comes together" indeed!).

Anyway, I hope you and other members of our community will join us on our mission, and purchase the exciting new hLife boxed set. Only the boxed set comes with translucent cock rings!

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Re:Dear Randy "Pudge" O'Day (0, Offtopic)

cyberfunk2 (656339) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101311)

Sad to see that there are still people who so blantently bash homosexuals.

Re:Dear Randy "Pudge" O'Day (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101493)

(nt) Sad thing is, the ones who do are generally confused about their own sexuality. They are so afraid of resembling anything that could remotely be associated with "gay" and actively lash out at those very qualities for which they have internal conflicts. It's part of the whole "group-think" mentality where they will go against their own interests because they fear what society will do to them if they get lumped in with *that* group.

The real tragedy occurs when people who aren't gay and are disinterested in such politics become victims of collateral damage through false accusations or just witness to the endless parade of trolls and flamebaits.

Note to mods: This is "Offtopic", but wouldn't it be better to use your 5 points to mod someone more deserving as insiteful or informative?

Not that new really... (5, Informative)

fiffilinus (45513) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101290)

This neat little prop was done in 2002, as the wayback machine [archive.org] will tell you. Seems /. is loosing its edge as far as up to date news go :-)


On a redeeming note, I am sure I saw this on /. before...


Re:Not that new really... (2, Interesting)

wintermute1974 (596184) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102762)

I am sure I saw this on /. before...

Yes, you did see this on Slashdot before. I too have been visitng this site for years, and obvious repeats like this one disappoint me. Am I the only one here paying attention?

The original is here [slashdot.org] if you're interested in reading the original comments.

The mod is still cool. It reminds both of the movie Brazil as well as Theora Jones' terminal in the TV show Max Headroom. Ah, wonderful!

Re:Not that new really... (1)

stefanb (21140) | more than 10 years ago | (#9104467)

On a redeeming note, I am sure I saw this on /. before...
Here. [slashdot.org]

If you can't see the images... (5, Informative)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101291)

He tricked out the machine to use the original typewriter keyboard, hacked the carriage return lever to act as the return key, cleverly grafted a trackball onto the side of the typewriter chassis to replace the mouse. The grafted on trackball looks just like part of the chassis.

There are exposed vacuum tubes and the chassis of the Mac, as well as the CRT are alao exposed.

There is a swingaway Fresnel lens in front of the mac CRT.

Recall the computer Theora used in the old Max Headroom TV series? That's a lot what the ElectriClerk looks like.

It is one VERY sexy/Retro casemod!

That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (2, Interesting)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101293)

Given the heat problems of that classic-style Macintosh case, i'm sure the components are actually cooler now than they were inside that thing.

The SE had a fan at least, the Mac Plus didn't have one, which spawned a significant aftermarket in attachable fan modules that would slide into the handle vent (and had an AC cord of their own).

That was all a Steve Jobs snafu - he wanted the Macs to be silent so they were. They were so silent they overheated. After his departure from Apple the fan was added in.

Brings the problems with that lucite cube into better perspective, when you remember back to that.

Re:That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (1)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101364)

Interesting...I admit, I never heard of overheating Mac Pluses. My dad bought one a few months after they came out, and it finally was replaced (before it actually gave out!) by my grandfather in 1999. To my knowledge, it never suffered from heat problems, but I suppose some of those random "type 11" crashes could very well have been due to overheating.

Re:That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (4, Insightful)

gb506 (738638) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101424)

I've supported hundreds of pre-jobs departure fanless macs and I've *NEVER* had one overheat in normal operating environments... Please dig deeper into the bag to find some reality-based crap to fling, cuz this is FUD.

Re:That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101626)

Then why was the fan added?

Seems you've got a problem there. I'm not going to tell you where I was working, but I guarantee i've seen more.

Re:That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (2, Informative)

0racle (667029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101823)

Because an SE and an SE/30 is a little more computer then the 128/512/Plus's. Do you ask why a P4 needs a fan when a 486 could be passively cooled.

That said to over heat an early Compact, the room has to be almost hotter then hell, and what nut would use a system in those conditions.

Re:That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103157)

An SE had the same speed processor and hard disk interface as the Plus. It just had room for an internal hard drive, which the Plus didn't.

Re:That Mac SE probably runs *better* now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101648)

Go find a vintage MacWorld magazine. You'll find ads for 3rd party Mac Plus fans. There was even a fanless chimney that you could put on top. SOMEONE must have had a problem.

Steve Jobs had a hardon about no fans, and therefore his computers overheated. See also Apple ///.

No problems with my 128K, 512Ke, and Plus (4, Informative)

green pizza (159161) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101524)

I've had a Plus for about 14 years as well as a 128K and a 512Ke for the past 8. All run fine, the Plus even ran 24/7 for three years as my X10 home automation controller. The top vent gets warm, as does the vent on my oldschool G3 CRT iMac... but I've never had heat-related crashes. Very few crashes at all, actually.

OT: On the other hand, my well-vented PowerMac 8100 was a crashy nightmare, but that was due to the horrid versions 7.5.x and 8.x of the OS.

Further OT: I never tried 9.x. I did the NT, 2K, and XP thing. Came back to Apple/Mac/NeXT with a PowerBook G4 and OS X 10.3 Panther... and I couldn't be happier!

Re:No problems with my 128K, 512Ke, and Plus (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101636)

Most of the sales of the cooling units for the Plus/512ke were in conjunction with the sale of aftermarket memory or accelerators.

It still doesn't avoid the issue of why Apple added a fan later. "because it got too hot in there" is the obvious answer.

Smothered Mac (5, Funny)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102370)

While working as an Apple repairer, I once had a Mac SE in for repairs that had a serious heat issue - it would work fine for about 10-15 minutes then cut out. When we opened it up we found about 1.5 inches of fine red sediment had collected in the bottom of the unit, encasing the logic board and causing it to overheat.

When I checked the paperwork which had come with the machine, it became clear that the computer had come from a cattle breeding station in the country.

I was the first computer I had ever seen that was literally drowning in bull dust. I stripped the machine down, cleaned it thoroughly inside and out, and it worked a treat.

Interesting theory, but the dates don't figure (4, Informative)

michaeldot (751590) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101978)

That was all a Steve Jobs snafu - he wanted the Macs to be silent so they were. They were so silent they overheated. After his departure from Apple the fan was added in.

The Mac Plus came out in 1986 and was still fanless. Steve Jobs had already left by this time.

The first fanned Macs - the Macintosh SE and Macintosh II - came out in 1987, a long time after he'd left. They were also the first Macs to include internal hard drives, a much more likely reason for the fan to be included.

The G4 Cube does not have overheating problems, that was a myth which went with its "cracks" (in reality, scratches in the mould). Its efficient chimney design transfers heat very effectively from the unit. I still use mine to drive a "photo wall" that is on 8+ hours a day without issue.

The Cube was designed with a place for a fan, It was there if it was needed, should it survive in the market long enough for hotter 1+ GHz PowerPC chips to require one. But at 450/500 MHz it simply didn't.

The Cube flopped, not because of overheating, but because it presented confused expectations of how a computer should look, and because of poor access to its ports and limited expandability. It was still a brilliant design.

Re:Interesting theory, but the dates don't figure (1)

HBI (604924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103177)

You are wrong. [earthlink.net]

Somehow I trust that guy more than some Apple fanboy spouting off about this. I was there, I worked in Mac support at that time and I remember what happened. You, obviously, do not.

Re:Interesting theory, but the dates don't figure (1)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 10 years ago | (#9119179)

The cube also flopped because it cost $1700 without a monitor.

Where's the pneumatic tube? (3, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101295)

The original had a pneumatic tube attachment.

Re:Where's the pneumatic tube? (1)

Gorbag (176668) | more than 10 years ago | (#9110565)

I beleive the pneumatic tubes were separate, not part of the ElectriClerk. Watch the movie again - every office has a tube, only some have the machine (and in many cases, they are not placed together).

Fucking Moderation Crap (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101296)

Here's something for you nerds to moderate.
Fuck your lame ass moderation system!

Dupe de doo (1)

Repugnant_Shit (263651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101312)

Can't find the article right now, but this is an old project, and was linked to a loooong time ago. I still have the bookmark to the guy's website.

Re:Dupe de doo (2, Informative)

the_quark (101253) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102393)

Here's the dupe story, from November 3, 2002 [slashdot.org] . I remembered it, too, surprised more people didn't jump on this:

An incredibly bizarre sort-of case mod: someone recreated the computer terminals from Terry Gilliam's Brazil, using an old Mac and a 1923 underwood typewriter.

This is a repeat of an earlier Slashdot article (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101323)

I realize we all have short memories, but this is a repeate of another Slashdot article [slashdot.org] .

Might I suggest the editors search Slashdot before posting articles to avoid repetition?

EPIA PC Equivalent (5, Interesting)

isny (681711) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101335)

Check out the Underwood No. 5 PC [mini-itx.com] where yet another fellow with too active an imagination has converted a typewriter to a computer. Quite clever, actually.

Meet the Underwood Clark Nova model. (2, Insightful)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101436)

Yeah, that mod is great...the only thing that it needs is a talking anus. Shades of the David Cronenburg movie Naked Lunch [imdb.com] . Exterminate all rational thought.

Re:Meet the Underwood Clark Nova model. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9109111)

Michel Moore [moorewatch.com] is available. Especially if you need a LARGE talking anus.

Re:EPIA PC Equivalent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9102637)

bah, this mod first appeared 9 years ago with a Royal Typewriter [idiom.com]

What I'd like to see (1)

sparkchaser (594964) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103346)

I'd like to see a working Enigma machine made in a similar vein. Now *that* would be cool.

I've no idea what /. stories are about these days (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101370)

I could follow the link. But the whole idea is that you have some text to help you decide whether or not to follow the link. In some cases the text can help you interpret what you're looking at when you do follow the link. In this case, when I followed the link, I still had no idea what I was looking at.

Re:I've no idea what /. stories are about these da (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9102123)

Apple is homosexual. Almost all fags use Apple.

Should have been an SE30 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9101430)

If he would have used and SE30 he could have run Open/NetBSD or linux on it as well as MacOS up to 7.5. As well as added 128 megs of RAM.

Duplicate from Nov (1, Informative)

sirshannon (616247) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101487)

a classic [slashdot.org]

Deja Vu (1, Offtopic)

The Dark P (545554) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101821)

I swear that I have seen this posted to Slashdot before. Admittedly a slightly longer timescale than most dupes.

"Prop" computer? (2, Interesting)

CityZen (464761) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101879)

When I first read the "prop" part, I imagined those prop computers you see in furniture stores. You know, those plastic computer shells that resemble a generic computer (though lately Ikea seems to be using actual gutted computer cases).

In any case, I thought it would be hilarious to take something that was designed to look like a computer but not be one and make it into a computer. Or a toaster. Or anything functional.

The Only Thing I Can Say (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102319)

is that I want one.

If some enterprising PC user wants to give something like this a go, maybe they can start with this antique vintage underwood noiseless portable typewriter [ebay.com] of their own. Noiseless! Even better, it's advertised as "ALL KEY DO WORK AND NO STICKING."

If anyone hasn't seen Brazil, you should rush out and rent a copy tonight. Definitely one of the most brilliant movies ever made.

Oh goody (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103432)

I have three SE models in my basement. One of them is an SE/30 which I was going to install OpenBSD on as soon as I upgraded the hard drive to something bigger than 80M. Now I have a use for them besides that Fish Tank case mod. ;)

exposed to the air? (1)

loserMcloser (748327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103533)

despite the fact that all its components are now exposed to the air, the 1988 Macintosh SE which forms the heart of this piece still works just fine.

uh, yeah, i'm sure glad my computer is in a vacuum chamber, that darn air that's everywhere could get inside the components...

Thank you! (1)

dynayellow (106690) | more than 10 years ago | (#9105203)

I've been looking for this for ages, ever since I saw it in the pages of Macaddict.

Talk about design. Man. Really takes you back to a time when art and science were one in the same.

Pity we can't mass produce these things, but then, if we did, no one would buy them, because they don't look "professional."

Pretty functional for a Mac (1)

lone_knight (771218) | more than 10 years ago | (#9116032)

Hey, that almost looks functional for a Mac. Maybe they are starting to catch on that good looks don't always mean a good 'puter.
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