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Adding Pizazz to Your RAM

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the but-i-wanted-chutzpah dept.

Hardware Hacking 248

EliteTEK noted that Extreme Tech is running a review of some fancy new illuminated DDR RAM. This one actually has a 10 char alphanumeric display that normally displays stats on your system, but with their software can display anything you like. It's about time that people can read RSS feeds on their RAM.

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How easy is it to make it say... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320283)

First post?

Re:How easy is it to make it say... (1)

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Hungry? (4, Funny)

cloudmaster (10662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320291)

At first, I thought "Why woudl my RAM want Pizzas?" Then I read the article, and I still thought "Why?"...

Re:Hungry? (1)

browngb (823753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320316)

This will lead to a whole new realm of modding. I can invision mods where super bright LED's set your case aglow, while people still don't care that they're cooking their system from the inside out.

Re:Hungry? (1)

cloudmaster (10662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320352)

You know, I could just about see cooking something inside the case. Make an EZ-Bake oven sort of thing in a 5.25" slot. That sounds like something that's been done before, or at least photoshopped...

Re:Hungry? (2, Funny)

Rev Wally (814101) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320423)

Maybe that's how you cook the pizzas?

Re:Hungry? (3, Funny)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320545)

You might have heard of the pizza oven RiscPC [worldofwibble.com] ... A terrific hack, indeed, even though carbo-hydrate excesses are not recommended if you don't work out at least a little.

Re:Hungry? (1)

Masami Eiri (617825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320371)

LEDs are relatively low heat... I don't think they'll cook your system.

Re:Hungry? (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320598)

but what if you modded laser LEDs into your case, then the pizza heating problem would be solved...

Re:Hungry? (2, Funny)

SpongeBobLinuxPants (840979) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320334)

I'd like a large DDR and a medium RamBus with bread sticks.

Re:Hungry? (2, Funny)

DingerX (847589) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320337)

I understand if you order 4 gigs of that, a neon case light, a backlit keyboard, and a digital readout cooling fan display you get a free copy of "2Fast 2Furious" and the opportunity to appear on the hit new reality show "Who would want to date an IT Redneck?"

Re:Hungry? (1, Interesting)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320542)

I'm still using PC-133 SDRAM I bought in 2001.

Funny thing is, I still have the bill for that, and last week, I was in a computer store, which had DDR-RAM with the exact same capacity, and PRICE!

I challenge anyone claiming that there HASN'T been any price fixing to explain that!

I want a gig for EUR 20 (USD 26.31), dammit!

Re:Hungry? (2, Funny)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320554)

"Why woudl my RAM want Pizzas?"

Rather than using a heat sync you use your RAM to cook micro pizzas. The heat is dissipated and consumed by the user in the form of 7mm circular pizzas. Betty Crocker eat your heart out.

Re:Hungry? (1)

nadadogg (652178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320591)

Oooooh, it could cook those little McDonald's pizzas that they had a few years back. It could fit into a 5 1/4 slot and everything!

Something pretty close to this has been done (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320628)

Rather than using a heat sync you use your RAM to cook micro pizzas. The heat is dissipated and consumed by the user in the form of 7mm circular pizzas. Betty Crocker eat your heart out.


Well, something close to this has been done, only on car engines [amazon.com] . The book's out of print, unfortunately, and you'll have to pay almost $50 for a used copy ;-(

With the power dissipation of processors these days, they can easily play a toast-r-oven to your six cylinder's stove.

Actually, with... (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320592)

the amount of heat some of these things generate nowadays, you could probably use your RAM to warm up that slice of pizza you left out last night. Maybe even cook a fresh one!

Re:Hungry? For Pizza (1)

canuck57 (662392) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320633)

Why woudl my RAM want Pizzas

With RAM prices so silly I have been buying pizzas and not RAM. It is myself that wants the pizza and a 1GB RAM stick buys a lot of pizza.

from the B-F-D dept (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320293)

Really. This is "Hardware Hacking"?

Re:from the B-F-D dept (1)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320367)

More so than the Knoppix article was. At least this actually involves hardware and doing something sort of interesting with it.

Re:from the B-F-D dept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320408)

This story is only interesting to people who are also interested in crappy imports with stickers, tacky clip-on wings, and coffee-can exhausts.

Re:from the B-F-D dept (0, Offtopic)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320623)

Those stickers make my car go faster, you insensitive clod!

Re:from the B-F-D dept (5, Insightful)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320518)

No. This is 'ricing out your computer'. The equivalent of sticking on a big wing on the back of a civic. Something that makes it look fast rather than be fast.

This is all show, no go.

A real mod would be adding a bigger heatsink so you could actually run the machine faster or more quietly.

Re:from the B-F-D dept (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320627)

This is just for the l33t crowd at slashdot. Says "look how leet I am". Geeky? No...

Booyah! Just what I've been looking for (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320653)

A really cheap MP3 display for my in-car media player. I wonder if it will work with a ribbon cable extender...

yes, but.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320298)

can it run QNX?

really? (1)

krudler (836743) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320300)

I think its pretty cool to have some LEDs on your case, you know, it can look pretty cool. I think this, however, might be going a big far. It is very cool that people think of these things to create! I for one, welcome our new glowing ram overlords. Actually, I was kidding, I'll stick to my non-glowing ram :)

Krudler (fp?)

blinky lites! (3, Funny)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320311)

For those of you that just cannot get enough bling bling... we bring to do, "Das blinken RAM!"

Re:blinky lites! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320405)

Das blinken RAM!

k, I'm going for Score:5 Funny with this, this is the original:

ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS!

Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten.

ATTENTION

This room is fullfilled mit special electronische equippment. Fingergrabbing and pressing the cnoeppkes from the computers is allowed for die experts only! So all the "lefthanders" stay away and do not disturben the brainstorming von here working intelligencies. Otherwise you will be out thrown and kicked anderswhere! Also: please keep still and only watchen astaunished the blinkenlights.

hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320319)

Wow now you can tell when you get hacked! The lights will start flashing a lot and stuff will start smoking! Oh, we still need to make the smoke generator...

Cool. It's about time we got computers that are up to the advancements in Movie Tech.

More lights please! (1)

British (51765) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320320)

We need more blinky lights(functional or not). That way we can retro-ize our computers to look like big glitzy units shown on 1980s Tv shows and movies. Sign me up!

Re:More lights please! (1, Funny)

R.Caley (126968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320631)

What we need is a huge panel of lights, say a meter square, which plugs into the memory bus without IDing itself as memory and changes the pattern of lights based on the pattern of address access.

Computers have never looked like REAL computers since they didn't have that kind of thing on the front panel.

Add a hacked reel-to-reel tape deck which swiches back and forth in time to system activity, and perhaps some magnisium wiring set to go bang and emit sparks whenever there is a small error and we'd be back on course for Star Trek and Lost In Space!

Re:More lights please! (1)

nadadogg (652178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320667)

My computer needs to make more internal "beep boop boop beep" noises.

Too Expensive (1)

moshez (67187) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320323)

Wouldn't you get roughly the same thing by just glueing some display to the RAM, for something like a quarter of the price?

the 1M question is (0, Offtopic)

jamesbuko (840871) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320324)

will it run Linux?

*sigh* (-1, Flamebait)

cyberfr0g (2812) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320328)

and i thought the flashing leds were bad. modders are silly.

I wonder (1)

cheezemonkhai (638797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320336)

Would the light and circuity required to drive it increase electrical noise. If it does, yoru scrolling a message on the display could start to flip bits which would be interesting.

This seems to the the Manufacturers ricing equivelent of Gentoo.
(Except that gentoo actually does something useful).

And before I but Gentoo is teh R0x0r.. I am very happily running it as I write this.

Re:I wonder (1)

hoagieslapper (593527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320438)

I take it you have already installed one on yoru keyboard?

Re:I wonder (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320509)

Although the lights would increase electrical noise, we are already talking a very hostile RF environment in the PC to begin with. These displays should be so low power (both electrical and processor wise) that they should be too slow to really affect the ram. This thing probably has orders of magnitude less processing power than the motorolla 68ks I used in college.

Guess Im all Alone?.. (0)

Deluxe_247 (743837) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320338)

I like this idea. For the modders its an extra spot to add a little more 'umph' to their home made beasts.

I'd be hesitant to bring this to a LAN type even though, seems like these would be a hot item for some of the less honest members of that community (quick finger willy anyone?)

Very Flashy and a great idea, although not a lot of characters and I read that a personal message would scroll.. With the breaks inbetween each LED character I don't think that would look exactly as nice as it COULD. I expect other Memory chip makers will follow suit with this idea and improve on the design a little bit.

On a side note, what kind of heating issue would this cause for the memory? It looks like theres a little vent on the top of these LED strips.. With my limited knowledge of these displays, is there any issue with increased heat to the DIMMs?

Re:Guess Im all Alone?.. (1)

JaffaKREE (766802) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320439)

The question is, can the RAM move to the funky beat of the music like my speakers' LEDs ?

Re:Guess Im all Alone?.. (1)

A. Lynch (17937) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320529)

Despite my dislike of LAN parties, I invested a few bucks in locking screws, and have a case that can't be taken apart without taking said screws out...

Its not the best security, but coupled with a very loud case-intrusion alarm, its not too bad.

-Adam

hmmm (1)

max909 (619312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320349)

Wicked !

How the heck would I read it? (2, Insightful)

jmcmunn (307798) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320350)


I have never had a case where I could actually see the RAM very well. It's useually hidden in behind cables (which a case modder would have fixed) and behind drives. Not to mention that it stands up in the RAM slots, so that the face of the RAM isn't even viewable.

It would be cool if there were a case with RAM mounted in the front (like in a drive bay) and had a window that showed through into the "RAM bay", I could see a lot of modders liking that, but the latency from the bay to the MoBo seems like it would hurt the performance of the RAM.

Re:How the heck would I read it? (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320510)

um... and in that case, why does the display need to be on the RAM? Why not just put a display in the front of your case?

Re:How the heck would I read it? (1)

Arielholic (196983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320543)

"Not to mention that it stands up in the RAM slots, so that the face of the RAM isn't even viewable."

How can this be insightful? If you had RTFA you would have seen that the display is on top of the RAM, not on front.

Of course it still has no use. Oh well.

Re:How the heck would I read it? (1)

Albanach (527650) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320553)

Looking at the pictures - I know this is slashdot and no one will have looked at the pictures yet - the display seems to be mounted on top of a plastic case sorrounding the RAM rather than on the chips themselves. Not that I didn't think it was a con when I openned the article, but this is just a plastic LCD display stuck on top of a RAM module. Why would anyone...

Interesting, but... (1)

FrogofTime (826941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320351)

I'll keep my current RAM, thank you very much.

RAM Usage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320353)

It would be cool if you could see at a glance how many megabytes are being used up, but that doesn't seem to be one of the options available to you.

Advertisement? (3, Insightful)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320356)

Which company will be the first to put ads on that thing?

Re:Advertisement? (1)

behindspace (847527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320409)

my guess is the X-11 Cam!... now we'll need hardware popup blockers too... WTF!

Joy (3, Insightful)

behindspace (847527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320365)

Like we don't have enough power consumption problems already... For a decent gaming system we need a 450watt+ power supply, now with nVidia's requirements of a couple free power dongles and the massive storage capacity of the new hard drives, we need more power then ever... it won't be long until 1000 watt power supplies are standard in your e-machines POS paperweight boxes... I don't get it, what's the point in wasting precious power to have your RAM say somethign like "I R teh 1337 h4xx0r" But maybe that's just me...

REAL Nerds... (4, Insightful)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320368)

...don't give a shit about case mods and flourescent lights and blinky RAM, just like how real car enthusiasts don't adorn piece-of-shit imports with stickers and tacky wings. It's all about what's under the hood, not how pretty it looks on the outside.

People who waste money on this nonsense should be ridiculed by us proud, genuine nerds.

Re:REAL Nerds... (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320433)

...don't give a shit about case mods and flourescent lights and blinky RAM, just like how real car enthusiasts don't adorn piece-of-shit imports with stickers and tacky wings. It's all about what's under the hood, not how pretty it looks on the outside. People who waste money on this nonsense should be ridiculed by us proud, genuine nerds.
Damn straight. I did succumb to the case modding frenzy a couple of years ago and cut open one of my old PCs (P2 with a Voodoo2 card). While the modding work was rather enjoyable, the end result was a PC that glows red in the dark and is really annoying to look at ;P.

Except a PC is in your house, not your garage (5, Insightful)

P-Frank (788137) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320434)

I agree with you to a point, the functionality of my PC is what comes first. But looking at the aesthetic of Apple computers and the growing amount of pretty cases out there, people want their appliances to look nice, or at least not look completely out of place in their homes.

Now there are some pretty ugly cases out there, giant flashing LED monstrocities with bad car paintjobs and racing stripes, but some people are making interactive sculptures that have computers inside them and I don't think that's negative at all.

Re:REAL Nerds... (1, Insightful)

FooWho (839977) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320447)

My computer doesn't run any faster because my fan has a blue light in it. However, I was able to choose for my fan to have a blue light (as opposed to red light or a green light, or one with multi-colored lights that flash). And that's really what it boils down to. I could care less that you would prefer a plain jane box. Why should you care if I like my box to sport a little bling bling?

Re:REAL Nerds... (2, Funny)

Golias (176380) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320581)

Why should you care if I like my box to sport a little bling bling?

On another forum, and in another context, that question would sound really horrible... yet still none of my business.

Re:REAL Nerds... (2, Insightful)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320485)

Guess it depends upon how serious you want to take the art. The guys who develop unique moddifications have some serious skills. Same as the guys who develop serious case mods. Case in point the HyperCube [bit-tech.net]
and its Building log [bit-tech.net]
Thats serious artwork.

Re:REAL Nerds... (0)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320619)

Art? Craft maybe.

Re:REAL Nerds... (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320519)

I'd say that some nerds may go so far as to do both. I'd even say that some do it because they find it personally amusing that so many do so and want to have more opportunity to make sometimes not so subtle digs by having the subject brought up to them.

You know, like:
"Hey nice case Bob."
"Thanks, the lights I put in there give it an extra 100 MHz!"

And you'll also have a hard time convincing me that car enthusiasts don't care about looks. Their cars are loved more than people. They get routine wash, wax, and cleaning for that special shine. Engine compartments kept immaculate.

I call shenanigans on looks being unimportant. Secondary maybe, ignored no.

Re:REAL Nerds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320606)

"Their cars are loved more than people. They get routine wash, wax, and cleaning for that special shine. Engine compartments kept immaculate."

Right, and missing in that is decals, aftermarket body kits, clip-on wings, and coffee-can exhausts. They love their cars for what they are, not try to make them something they're not with not-so-cheap (cost, anyway, though they LOOK cheap) accessories.

Re:REAL Nerds... (2, Insightful)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320614)

I agree.
It's a computer, not a chrismas tree

Re:REAL Nerds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320625)

I'd say you're somewhat wrong in saying that. A real car enthusiast isn't going to show a rusted out piece of shit with a great powertrain. He's going to fix up the body so it is worthy of the engine inside. Same thing goes for computers. Yeah the inside is important, but why would you want to have it look like shit?

Re:REAL Nerds... (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320650)

Nah, just a different subculture.

To be a nerd, you have to care passionately about something, anything, that the majority of people can't see the point in.

Reminds me .... (1, Funny)

cheezemonkhai (638797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320372)

These things look just like the old PII & PII slot chips.

In next weeks article I'll be showing you how to turn a stick of ram, a serial cable, an LED array and an old PII into one of these babys using a glue and a dremmel :)

Running out of screen space? (1, Funny)

Yankel (770174) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320375)

Wouldn't it be easier to watch a ticker on your keyboard? I'm sure the next 'big mod' will be putting a full-sized LCD against that big window in your case. No.. wait.. that's a Mac.

Re:Running out of screen space? (2, Interesting)

behindspace (847527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320448)

Actually, my friend modded his case to mount his LCD on the side, I can get pics of it, it's really funny looking

Memory Slots (2, Interesting)

bradphan (848544) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320387)

Why would I want to buy memory that eats up 2 slots of space for a single chip. Seem they would have to tier the LED modules in order to utilize all of the memory slots.

Re:Memory Slots (3, Insightful)

WaterBreath (812358) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320560)

These things are so stinking huge that a regular stick will probably fit under the overhang.

But I do agree. A lot of this modding stuff seems like a waste of time and money to me. Unless you're just going completely all out and creating a real piece of art, like the Hypercube^2 guy at bit-tech.net. Obviously a lot of the hardware in that thing he's going to be stuck with because of all the custom-built fittings. But it's still a piece of art with an aesthetic value completely separate from it's functional value.

For $30-$40 more? Seriously? (1)

dj42 (765300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320400)

No offense to any of you clear-side-panel, rounded cable, enthusiasts out there, but isn't tricking out your computer a little bit like ... you know what, no, I'm not even going there. So, I assume you'll all be racing in your Civics with the coffee-can exhaust and Type 2 stickers to the store to pick up these bad-boy memory sticks. I hear they add 4 Mhz.

Re:For $30-$40 more? Seriously? (1)

BrK (39585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320505)

Thanks for saving me the trouble of posting essentially the same message.

A PC is just not a work of art, sorry. The best boxen are the ones that are silently, cooly, tucked out of the way somewhere.

Why does it sometimes seem that an entire generation has just discovered a 30 year old piece of technology (LEDs) and now feels compelled to put them EVERYWHERE remote'y near a DC power source?

I saw some RAM advertised yesterday that had 16 LEDs on the top that went around in a chase pattern, and it also had (as they termed it) "blue ground effects lighting".

Re:For $30-$40 more? Seriously? (1)

dj42 (765300) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320534)

Agreed. At the rate we're going, computers will eventually become one large LED surrounded by other LEDs flashing in various patterns for no apparent reason on than the fact it's possible to do so.

Is the display.... (1)

morten poulsen (220629) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320412)

... memory mapped? ;-)

RAM BORKED and steganography (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320415)

Is it a coincidence that there are just enough LCD characters on it to write "RAM BORKED"?

Seriously, I'm going to get this and use it instead of a Post-It note to store my master password. If I ever forget that password I can always look it up from the module. It would be meaningless to anyone else since I keep my encrypted password database hidden through steganography, so even if you know what the master password, you cannot use it.

Pimp my RAM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320416)

All that's missing is the chrome in chrome fan cover for the processor, and of course, a 60" plasma screen in the trunk

Review? (4, Informative)

publius1234 (615205) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320420)

Here's an actual review:
[H]ard|OCP [hardocp.com] ,

and here's a better picture:
Legit Reviews [legitreviews.com]

Re:Review? (1, Funny)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320666)

I like Legit Review's benchmark:

The Corsair XMS Xpert modules increase the memory bling factor ten fold.

From the article... (1, Funny)

tarsi210 (70325) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320425)

...except it won't be giving you the latest news headlines and sports scores.

The hell it won't.

*tappity, tappity, linux scripty*

There. Scrolling stats on the ever-changing size of Britney's bosom.

How about... (0, Flamebait)

Captain Large Face (559804) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320435)

"GET A LIFE"

10 characters, and if you're considering putting a message on your RAM, you probably need this kind of "helpful" advice.

Flashy, but not visible (1)

Tycho_Atreides (814306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320462)

This is somewhat similiar to Corsairs older XMS RAM that has LEDs to indicate memory activity. The thing is it look kind of flashy, but its completely useless as an accurate measurement, and you have to look deep into the case to see it anyways. May as well just install some pointless LEDs in there that have nothing to do with RAM.

Uh, I think I got it.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320471)

Uh, is this about goats eating pizza and playing Dance Dance Revolution?

Oh my god! (0, Offtopic)

DeeZee (84216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320484)

Ohhh! My! God! That's soooo cool!

This is NOT hacking... (2, Insightful)

djplurvert (737910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320497)

I remember a boss I had once who was so proud that he built his own pc. He had soldered all the sockets on the board and pressed the chips into the sockets.

I also remember thinking "That's not building a pc", that's building a kit, so what. I built my second computer (first computer was a kim 1) with wirewrap and and handful of parts on clearance from radio shack (8080 et al).

PCs are just not truly "hackable" by the average hobbiest anymore. I'm not lamenting the loss, it isn't important. What I'm saying is that calling people who stuff crap into their computer case a "hacker" is about the same as calling someone who puts rim covers on their car a "mechanic".

PCs are appliances and talking about how people are "modding" them is about as interesting as talking about how people are "modding" their toasters.

Re:This is NOT hacking... (1)

Yankel (770174) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320539)

Like this? [digitaltrash.org]

Why is this /.? (-1, Troll)

humberthumbert (104950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320498)


If it doesn't improve the performance of the pc, it's just wanking.

Is this juat more crypto-advertising from /.? Hell, the asshole editors here all get massive boners over iPods. Oh yeah, they sure are interesting. Interesting enough to warrant 5+ articles per week on average? I think not.

Before I get further offtopic...this ram light crap reminds me of the stupid riceboys who do up their vehicles with underbody neon kits and shit.

Hey assholes, at least choose accessories that go together, eh? My eyes!

Real geeks play with Linux and C++ (1)

redonion (843912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320500)

Those that cannot, play with case mods, flashing lights, color coordinated disk drives and glow-in-the- dark cables.

Sprewells (1)

vurg (639307) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320507)

I can't wait for a stick of RAM that has spinning sprewells on it (bling bling).

to anyone who wants one of these (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320515)

....hold still, so i can punch you in the neck.

coming soon to ram near you... (1)

m2bord (781676) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320538)

Ads flashing on your ram???

who knows...or how about porn on your ram?

think about it...the possibilities are endless.

however, i would avoid the pat robertson sermon on my ram.

You knew this was coming (0)

SethS (721867) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320576)

And so when somone hacks your computer, it can flash "All Your Bits Belong To Us"

Spinning rims on my fans!!!11!!!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320559)

Dude! I just put spinning rims on my fans!!!11! Wanna see!??!?!?!

Re:Spinning rims on my fans!!!11!!!! (1)

Moos3d (824698) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320638)

When the fan stops spinning do the rims still spin?

Seriously...why? (1)

onida (830153) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320585)

Can anyone give me a serious reason as to why this might be useful at all? I mean, let's say the display can be reduced to something other than the "seventies calculator" look. What possible value does it posess?

I may be suffering a lack of imagination here, but this looks about as useful as those digital displays on cases in the nineties that told you the CPU clock speed...

wah (1)

WaZiX (766733) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320596)

and i thought HL2 modded cases were useless... I really didn't see this one coming. Some people just have to much time on their hands....

Too bad they're not green and pixel-based (1)

unfortunateson (527551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320612)

With a big character set, you could do the Matrix scrolling characters through the RAM, which has a certain geeky appeal.

ASCII porn within your computer, mentioned above, has its appeal, but since you're not likely to have more than, say, four rows by 16 columns, it's pretty low-res even for ASCII art.

With scrolling, though, it would be sort of an ASCII peephole.

Dont't buy it.. (1)

trailerparkcassanova (469342) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320615)

Wait til next year when they come out with CameraRam.

Those lonely nights in are over (0)

kernelblaha (756819) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320622)

I now know how to get a girlfriend! All women love a man with his RAM flashing.

VTEC! (1)

Cyn (50070) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320649)

That's like putting a VTEC sticker on the bottom of your muffler.

It's gay, and it's stupid.

no news headlines and sport scores (1)

kanna (621529) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320660)

"...except it won't be giving you the latest news headlines and sports scores." Ha, we'll see about that...

Virus target (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11320662)

Sounds like a great target for a virus - !nF3><0r somebody's machine, but give no sign other than scrolling a message across the moron's RAM:

D!5 DuMFu!< w@573d h!z $$$ 0n D!5 D!5Pl@Y !n573D 0f @ V!RU5 5c@nn3r! L@m3R!

How to do it at home (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11320668)

Every recent motherboard brings the system i2c bus to the memory sockets. Just find the two wires (data and clock) and connect an i2c display to them. A lot of I/O peripherals can be controlled through the i2c bus such as displays, keypads, AD/DA converters etc.

Make sure the peripheral has its own unique address or demons will flow through the motherboard's nose!
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