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Building the WallTop

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the beats-daisy-duke-posters dept.

Displays 110

mramsundar writes "Here is an interesting link that shows how to convert your laptop into something called as walltop. A number of these walltops, when connected, can host a slideshow that can show digitized images."

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1992 Called.... (1)

heauxmeaux (869966) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866755)

They want their crappy laptop back.

Re:1992 Called.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866996)

Fuck Slashdot.

Re:1992 Called.... (1)

montreal!hahahahah (880120) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867034)


Amen to that!



Montreal?

hahhahahhahaha!

holy fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867284)

you really have no life, writing posts, responding to them yourself.. i bet you've never seen a vagina in real life, but hey thats expected..

Very cool & mirror (4, Informative)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866757)

This is cool. The author is unclear as to whether or not the CPU fan is left in
place (from the pictures, it appears to be left in place). If it is, then how is the walltop "dead quiet"? If not, how does he keep it cool?

Mirror is located here [networkmirror.com] .

Re:Very cool & mirror (2, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866802)

In the comments lower down the author states:

# Chris Says:
June 18th, 2005 at 17:21

Some Idiot: No the fan is still there. (see the pictures) It's just that running a slideshow doesn't demand that much cpu power and therefore the fan never starts. The other fact that helps to keep the system cool is that the mb is mounted in the lower end of the frame, so the air can circulate well.

Re:Very cool & mirror (4, Interesting)

johndierks (784521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866827)

I prefer my solution more. It's not quite as elegant, but it was a lot cheaper, easier, and has it's own elegant geek flair.

I used to have a site where anyone could upload any image to it from the internet. It ran for 2 years before I moved.

http://www.cowshark.com/artwall/artwall.jpg [cowshark.com]

Check out the last few pictures I had. http://www.cowshark.com/artwall/current.html [cowshark.com]

Re:Very cool & mirror (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866902)

Also very cool. How did it work? Did people just upload pics and it displayed them?

You lie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866968)

I don't see a single goatse [microsoft.com] in the whole example page!!!

Re:Very cool & mirror (1)

johndierks (784521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866972)

Yes, there was an upload page which would allow users to anonymously upload images to the webserver. A cron ran every few minutes on the computer at home (an old beige PowerMac G3) to download all the images from that directory.

The LCD was VESA mounted to the wall, and a hole was drilled behind the monitor to run power and video signal cables to the machine which sat in my closet on the other side of the wall.

It made for a fun Saturday project and gave that extra flair to my dorm room.

I submitted the site to Slashdot at the time, but the story was rejected. It was probably for the better. The meager webserver (that's probably melting right now) would have been instantly swamped.

Re:Very cool & mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866935)

Curious to know how many times a day you see the Goatse guy up there?

Re:Very cool & mirror (1)

johndierks (784521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866984)

In the two years I had it, I got goatse once or twice, and tubgirl a few times. All in all, I was fairly impressed how tame everything tended to be.

MS ==Martha Stewart (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866970)

...then there was the colleague who came home to find his PowerBook hot-glued to his bedroom wall by his angry ex, running well, but now somewhat less portable...

Re:Very cool & mirror (1)

onion2k (203094) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867184)

That's a really cool idea. It's inspired me to knock something together to let other people control my desktop backgrounds..

Re:Very cool & mirror (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867006)

If I were to do something like this, I would want a way to monitor whether someone is in the room, or else sleep, or at least sleep during the hours that most housemembers are sleeping.

It doesn't need to be on all the time, which might be considered a waste of power, and it reduces the life of the backlight.

Re:Very cool & mirror (1)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868302)

I have an old Toshiba 320CDT (Pentium-233) that is dead quiet if you go into the BIOS and put it into "quiet mode." In that mode, rather than turning on the CPU fan it drops the CPU to 33mhz when the core starts to heat up.

Google Cache (5, Informative)

Radres (776901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866760)

here [64.233.167.104]

Hard to RTFA (1)

THEUBERGEEK (891151) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866763)

when all you get is a CGI error. But the idea of converting any system into a "walltop" would have a few decent uses in my book.

Fristage Postage!!!!111 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867081)

Suck it bitches!

Great idea (0, Redundant)

davmoo (63521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866764)

I'm going to build me one of these. And the first thing I'm going to set one to doing is keeping a daily count of how many dupes appear in the stories on Slashdot...starting with this one.

Re:Great idea (1)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866826)

i don't remember this being posted before . . . .

Maybe I'm just getting used to it. :)

Re:Great idea (1)

davmoo (63521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866879)

No, you're not. If you read the reply to myself and the new entry I just posted, I majorly fucked up. I saw this a couple days ago on Newsforge, NOT on Slashdot.

Forgive me, Father, for I am a worm.

Re:Great idea (1)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866937)

Well, just don't let it happen again. :)

Re:Great idea (1)

davmoo (63521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866836)

Oops. Ignore what I just said. I'm an idiot and its been a long day.

I saw this originally on Newsforge, NOT on Slashdot.

I apologize to Timothy for my stupidity.

Please, spare us . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867967)

How many times do you need to post this correction? Once was enough, now you are bordering on being an attention whore.

um (4, Interesting)

Umbral Blot (737704) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866768)

I think i'd rather keep my several thousand dollar peice of hardware fully functional and portable, thank you. PLus this requires more than one laptop? I'd rahter either sell my old laptop or hook it up into some kind of cluster.

Re:um (1)

StupidHelpDeskGuy (636955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866825)

"I've had an old Dell Latitude CSx (500Mhz 128Mb)"

Not that a slashdot reader would actually consider reading the article, but I think the point is to use older hardware.

Re:um (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867345)

"I reject your reality, and substitute my own!" Adam, Mythbuster

Re:um (1)

MHobbit (830388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867421)

If you read TFA, you'd notice this bit:

If you don't want to slaughter you favorite laptop then I'm sure you can find a nice second hand laptop at ebay for a small amount.


Also, the rest of the article pretty much has an old laptop in mind, not a good laptop.

Go to Goodwill... (1)

artemis67 (93453) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867759)

you'll find old laptops there for under $20.

A number of these walltops, when connected.. (1)

elliam (892487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868233)

Equal a cluster.
And a slideshow.

Honestly, you could have whatever you wanted your cluster to be doing running in the backgrgound and have it once in a while change the image showing on the screen. Is it a web server or is it art?

beats-daisy-duke-posters dept. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866770)

no-it-doesn't dept.

Gone already! (0, Offtopic)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866772)

Wow, that was quick!

Heres the google cache [66.102.9.104] :)

Wow -- no posts --- and POOF! (0, Offtopic)

Networkink*Man (468175) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866774)

That wasn't long...

Re:Wow -- no posts --- and POOF! (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866801)

At the top of the first page was this line:

All pictures are clickable for
full size (800k - 1.5M)

Not too suprising the site didn't last long.

My slightly easier idea (4, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866778)

I always wanted to take my old laptop and set it on a desk and have it display family photos and stuff like that. I figured I could just tell people that it is a really cool picture frame I bought that looks like a laptop.

Re:My slightly easier idea (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866948)

Doesn't everybody with a laptop already do this? It's quite easy to build a little drop on cover that makes it look like a dedicated picture display device as well, or a frame sitting on a wall bracket/whatnot shelf.

And it's much cooler to tell people you made it than it is to tell them you bought it.

KFG

Re:My slightly easier idea (1)

GecKo213 (890491) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867029)

Think about the family visits. Set the laptop to run Xcollage to grab random pictures off the Internet and post them. Your pictures would always be a interesting. (With the occasional pr0n pic thrown in) ;)

Imagine Grandma's Suprise!

I'm really waiting for... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867036)

...translucent screens, and PNG wallpaper that makes full usage of their alpha capabilities.

Only when we can make walltops from those (or make translucent monitor mobiles [brucegray.com] by hanging a bunch of them) can we say "I have seen the top of the mountain...and it is good."

Re:I'm really waiting for... (1)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867138)

Electronic wallpaper you could change, that would be sweet. At least until someone hacks into your home and you get wallsized goatse images on every wall.

Shouldn't it be called a (5, Funny)

RayDude (798709) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866780)

"Wall Side?"

After all its not on the top...

*grin*

Raydude

Re:Shouldn't it be called a (1)

0x20 (546659) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867349)

(But if you live in southern California, it soon may be...)

just images?? (1)

Mastadex (576985) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866795)

...it can show digitized images.

or, as a spunky college student, i can show downloaded movies about CowboyNeal :)

Re:just images?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866839)

..."or, as a spunky college student, i can show downloaded movies about CowboyNeal :)"
I'm disappointed there is no "-1 disturbing" moderation
[shiver]

CGI Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866807)

The specified CGI application misbehaved by not returning a complete set of HTTP headers.

Spank tha naughty CGI SPANK IT!!!!

I think.... (2, Informative)

wpiman (739077) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866852)

This would be a whole heck of a lot easier with a tablet PC. Fuitsu made some really thin ones that are just becoming obsolete right about now.....

Re:I think.... (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867315)

I've got a couple. Fujitsue point510's. The problem? The LCDs on them suck. Bigtime. Maybe some of their newer ones are better.

oB (0)

Valiss (463641) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866853)

Shouldn't have ran the webserver off of the walltop! =]

Oops (-1, Redundant)

davmoo (63521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866862)

I'm making this entry both as an original reply, and a reply to my own post earlier in the thread, so that it definiately gets seen.

Above I commented that this was a dupe.

Oops. Ignore what I just said. I'm an idiot and its been a long day. I will now flog myself with an old CD of windows 95 as punishment.

I saw this originally on Newsforge, NOT on Slashdot.

I apologize to Timothy for my stupidity.

Re:Oops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866924)

So you made a dupe after complaining that the article was a dupe? "We support our dupes!"

Attention Moderators (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866965)

Duping your redundant comments?!? Prepare for duplicate moderation! (-2, Superfluously Redundant)

The future of such things (2, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866864)

In my lifetime, floor-to-ceiling, transparent displays will be economical. These displays will consume zero power when static.

For those who don't like floor-to-ceiling artwork, imagine picture frames made of this material instead of an LCD screen, attached to a microcontroller and short-range wireless receiver, all for under $20. Having your favorite client over for dinner? Change all the pictures to suit his tastes. Having your mother-in-law over? Put something up to scare her away *JUST KIDDING*.

Re:The future of such things (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866958)

Having your favorite client over for dinner? Change all the pictures to suit his tastes. Having your mother-in-law over? Put something up to scare her away *JUST KIDDING*.

Having script kiddies hack your wireless network to display old Jetson's cartoons on your wall when your Flat Earth Society friends are meeting at your place: Priceless.

Re:The future of such things (1)

surprise_audit (575743) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867437)

I hereby patent the idea of locating cameras in remote scenic locations to feed those floor-to-ceiling displays... :)

Re:The future of such things (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867546)

I've got a great idea for the camera. How about the other side of the wall!

Re:The future of such things (1)

matts-reign (824586) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868000)

This is really a cool idea. Imagine, you could have a completely immersive room, with TV's on all the walls, floors, and roof. Like omnimax theatres. You could make everything into a world that you have complete control over the appearance. The next best thing to the matrix.

beats-daisy-duke-posters ??? (0, Offtopic)

HellKnite (266374) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866866)

Come on now, you can't be serious... you have truly fallen to the Dark Side of geek when you think some laptops on a wall beats this:

http://www2.warnerbros.com/dukesofhazzard/img/down loads/wallpapers/dukes_wall_jessica1280.jpg [warnerbros.com]

Pure american muscle, the classic Dodge Charger, and 100% american beauty, Jessica... I'll leave that on my wall, thanks very much, and I'm Canadian!

Re:beats-daisy-duke-posters ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866894)

except Jessica Simpson has the jaw of a dude. look again.

Re:beats-daisy-duke-posters ??? (1)

kiddailey (165202) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867464)


"I think something bounced up inta' ma' undercarriage!"

Bah (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866873)

I assumed from the summary that they'd work together to display something on multiple screens. But they don't, the multiple ones seem no better than single ones. Surely it wouldn't be too hard to use xdmx to get a bunch displaying a single big picture?

Re:Bah (2, Interesting)

surprise_audit (575743) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867555)

There used to be a test program in SunOS Windows (before Solaris..) called ico, which would bounce a wireframe icosahedron around a window. Someone came up with a better version and called it psycho (I think), which would bounce the icosahedron between multiple independant SunOs displays. It would be interesting to watch someone's reaction to seeing something like that slowly glide out of one picture frame and into another...

Get a portable DVD player (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866884)

Get a portable DVD player that can play Kodak Discs and save yourself quite a bit of cash and end up with something smaller, less prone to break down (no hd, rechargable battery, etc) and something you can take on vacation with you to watch movies on a plane or car..

boring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866896)

>A number of these walltops, when connected, can host a slideshow that can show digitized images."

er, yea? Like this was news in 1995. I did that 4 years ago. Come on slashdot!

What I'm doing. (3, Interesting)

madaxe42 (690151) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866930)

I'm actually doing something not dissimilar to this at the moment - in my hallway I have two 1960s Libertucci pieces of art - they're about 1" thick, and made of different layers of cardboard cut out in interesting shapes with space between them - I have three knackered old Toshibas, which I'm making into a three layered display to go on the wall - the back one will keep the backlight - they're running off a single PSU, and run gentoo off CF cards, booting off a network image on my server, so I'm just using 32M CF cards... At the moment, I've got all the hardware working, but have yet to mount them in a frame. Will put pictures somewhere once I'm done!

Digital Picture Frames, WallTops, etc. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12866940)

Completely retarded. Waste of electricity. Get a girlfriend.

Imagine a wall made of these laptops (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866941)

and then calculate the energy usage and heat generation to serve them.

plus cooling costs/fans and wallmount undercarriage air/coolant ducting.

Hmmm.

Instead, you could just go out and buy a nice painting for what you'd pay for electricity for a month, and sell it for what you paid for it after use.

Or you could buy one of those floor-to-cieling projectors or floor-to-ceiling roll-up maps and mount the images on it - for a lot less.

A more interesting thing would be to live in a mall and get the same basic effect.

Re:Imagine a wall made of these laptops (1)

surprise_audit (575743) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867576)

The frame could have other uses too - the thing's networked, so presumably it could be fed images from elsewhere, such as from a security camera whenever a motion detector saw something moving in its field of view.

How secure is BartPE? (2, Interesting)

acousticiris (656375) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866967)

One can only assume you're going to be as secure as any Windows XP computer.

As much as it's nice to have it networked for ease of changing out the photos, I'd much rather see the PC card slot used to operate a PC Card->CF adapter for sneaker-netting the pics to.
It's difficult enough keeping my other Windows boxes up to date without having to worry whether or not my picture frame is running the latest service pack. Surely the benefit gained from the convenience of being able to update the pictures from a remote server is offset by having to monitor for patch compliance.
All in all though, nice idea. I can imagine setting up two of these in my living room to do "something cool" when I plop a DVD and press "Play" on the remote for my HTPC. This would necessitate that pesky network connection, but perhaps all of that hassle could be overcome by using Linux and carefully configuring the picture-frame to drop all unsolicited incoming packets and only allow traffic via port 21 to/from a specific host. Or maybe (and I'm counting on it) someone has a better idea?

Re:How secure is BartPE? (1)

qtcp (806558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867566)

If the network were hard wired instead of wireless it could be considered quite secure, since the BartPE file system can be only on a CDR. If a malicious threat makes it to my LAN to attack a BartPE cd you already have a security problem to deal with, and a simple reboot of the BartPE system will most likely eliminate any trojans/viri etc from the system.

Re:How secure is BartPE? (1)

acousticiris (656375) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868947)

That's a good point. At my home I have a bit of a unique situation in that my internet connection is shared wirelessly beyond my wife and I.
I would hope that picture frames could suffice without me having to run more than power to them, though I guess running a simple ethernet port while mucking about in my attic and wall to deliver power to the devices would probably not be all that much more complex. My wired network is segregated from my wireless (shared) network, and I have control over the devices on the wired side.
So I have to decide, do I spend all of this time taking apart two laptops, building them into two wooden frames (carefully positioning the internals in such a way to make a reasonable presentation), whip out that old tape measure and laser guide to ensure that they are at exact 45 degree angles from the corner of the room for symmetry, run 120V of power from my newly installed circuit (couldn't share them with the lighting, or television, such would be ghastly!), and properly install said wiring to the picture frames in such a way that would pass inspection (both legal and visual). . . I guess if I'm going to go to that much trouble, running a low-voltage ethernet wire to the device isn't all that much more pain. But then, with all that trouble, is it much more to build a custom app to control them on a highly customized Linux OS (preferably sans-CD-ROM-drive)?
Or maybe the way to solve this whole problem is to take those two laptops to the local Salvation Army, get a tax write off, sit on my couch, drink a beer and pop in a movie.
Yeah, that sounds like a better idea.

Needs a touch screen! (1)

geekwithsoul (860466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12866987)

I've been thinking about doing something like this myself, except the laptop in question is an old Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 with a touch screen. So I'm thinking of leaving the glass off and simply mounting the screen (only 8.4" - the CF-33 was what was referred to at the time as a "subnotebook," a market that now seems to have disappeared) with a picture matte surrounding it.

I've talked with enough people about this and everyone thinks its a cool idea, so much so, that I have to wonder why a mass-produced product like this isn't available. Get a modern processor and screen, add Bluetooth and WiFi, and you'd have a computer that looked like art!

Harry Potter (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867022)

With this you could totally make the kind of picture they have in the Harry Potter movies. You don't need much computer power. An old 486 should work fine for displaying images.

My approach would be to phantom power the device using a network cable and boot from the network. There are linux distros that would do that and provide an X server.

Some kind of sensor could detect the presence of a viewer. The idea is to provide some kind of interaction. Maybe the picture wouldn't talk back to you, or maybe it could. If it was hooked to the network, a remote box could provide the processing power necessary.

Re:Harry Potter (1)

dancpsu (822623) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868253)

You wouldn't be able to put them in a photo album though...

But these can [liti3d.com]

mini-itx (2, Informative)

American In Berlin (892009) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867093)

There has been a story about a similar project on slashdot more than two years ago.

Here is the original article:

The mini-itx based pictureframe pc:
http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/pictureframepc/ [mini-itx.com]

Dtubgirl (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867094)

blue, rubber Sanctio8s, and aNd shower. For

Expensive Frame (1)

Rac3r5 (804639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867149)

From TFA...

20 Pound Riba Frame...

dam'n thats one expensive frame..

thats $44 Canadian..

I'd rather build a frame myself..

Re:Expensive Frame (1)

Sevnn (824266) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867275)

"thats $44 Canadian.."
So thats like $6 US, doesn't seem to expensive to me...

Re:Expensive Frame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867536)

Thanks for converting it to real money for me. I'm American, so sometimes I forget.

Re:Expensive Frame (1)

Rac3r5 (804639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868017)

Ok, my bad.. that was in euros..

that means 24 bucks US and 30 Cdn..

euros, not sterling (1)

fantomas (94850) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867320)

the little E thingy with two bars is the symbol for Euros, not pounds sterling. 20 Euros is about 30 Canadian dollars.

I'm always too old school (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867155)

Here's what getting a good digital camera has done for me: I've been making the 11x14 and 20x30 prints that I never could get from my 35mm images, framing them, and displaying them as the works of art that they are.

MoviX (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12867182)


MoviX [sf.net] can do this, 3 different distro's 10mb,25mb,50mb
based on Isolinux bootloader and Mplayer

its as simple as
add images/movies > create iso > burn > reboot

even compile it from windows
networking, netbios good hardware support
written in perl, i love it, no hard drive required

could do with polishing at the edges, but it is open source and working

Digitized images (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867279)

A number of these walltops, when connected, can host a slideshow that can show digitized images.

You submitters need to start learning how to summarize the articles you submit. Reading the above description, I'm completely unimpressed. I don't need a wall of laptops to show digitized images. My current desktop can handle that task just peachy, thank you.

Ray Bradbury the psychic (1)

kc01 (772943) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867364)

Uh, does this scream "Fahrenheit 451" to anyone else?

Not quite (1)

digitalgimpus (468277) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867409)

it's more of a tutorial on how to convert your lap into a wall. /great wall of china here

AAAAAAHH!!!! (2, Funny)

Mechcozmo (871146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867478)

Must... resist... urge... to rip.. apart... laptop.... geek... impulses... RISING.... AAAAHHHH!!!!!!!

The Powerwall (2, Interesting)

CondeZer0 (158969) | more than 9 years ago | (#12867574)

Some years ago the great guys at the Advanced Computing Lab of Los Alamos National Laboratory built this very cool setup with a bunch of Thinkpads running Plan 9 [bell-labs.com] :

The Powerwall [ucalgary.ca]

Re:The Powerwall (1)

earnest murderer (888716) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868295)

A similar scheme but with an actual window...

The slightly dated slashdot story [slashdot.org] .

And the actual website [hoagy.org] . enjoy.

I read this as "Walltrop" (1)

Glaz (883674) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868154)

You know, like caltrops that go on your wall. I thought this was gonna be some amazing new technology to keep those pesky ninjas and/or Spiderman at bay.

Why is this worthy of Slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12868156)

Wow! The same old digital picture frame mod that people have been doing for a decade. How very... dull as dirt.

I've got a digital picture frame made from a Mac PowerBook 1400 -- with a wireless card to update the pictures remotely AND running dead silent booted off of a compact flash card in the 2nd PC card slot. I made it 2 years ago and I was late to the party.

The digital picture frame mod is old OLD news. This guy didn't do anything special to make his mod any better than the thousands of others -- and his page is BORING.

Who screens these stupid posts?

Security? (1)

shadowknot (853491) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868439)

In my humble opinion (and having used BartPE before) I think it might have been a better idea to use one of the abundantly available Linux LiveCD's (Knoppix or variant, Morphix or variant etc) purely for security reasons. A custom built live cd using one of the freely available script sets [linux-live.org] would probably be the best route to go.

Why? BartPE has no inbound networking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12868534)

at least when built as default. Can't get much more secure than that...

Neat idea... (1)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868558)

It would be cool to couple these with webcams with an efx processor. Then as you walked by, you could see a modified image of yourself.

I'm picturing like a black and white reflection, or some other snazzy video effect.

hmmm. how about something more functional? (1)

cvd6262 (180823) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868778)

My IBM x20 just had some power issues that actualy required me to take the mainboard out and solder some. I'm not too handy with an iron, but it works now. I also don't trust it enought for critical work.

When I had it conpletely disassembled, I started thinking I could use a friend's CNC machine to build a wall frame for the screen, which is actually a lot thinner once removed from the case. The keyboard is also very thin, and I could fab a base for it as well.

All I need is to wire extension cables for the screen and keyboard, and I would have a very elegant kitchen network client.

Buck Rogers (1)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868783)

I don't understand why no one makes an affordable walltop off the shelf. I looked, and the only things I could find were $4000 kiosks.

Remember the media center room from the Buck Rogers TV show? That stuff is possible now. With today's hard drives, one can store not only hundreds of CD rips, but a few movie rips as well.

I realize I may be in the Slashdot minority when I suggest that TVs should not be in the main-level living room, but I've been looking for something that takes zero floor space for equipment and media, and a wallmount with WiFi to a storage server is just what I want to allow me or any of my guests to pull up any song, music video, or any video short for parties, mood music, etc.

Buck Rogers technology was possible 2-3 years ago, and it's still not available at Best Buy.

I don't get it... It's been done and done and done (1)

sjs132 (631745) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868787)

over and over... Laptop = updating photoframe... I've got one... for about two years now... sure, he has way more MATT board that I do in mine, but otherwise... ??????

I boot mine, (win95, yeah... it's an OLD LAPTOP! If it ran WINXP, I wouldn't crunch it!) and it use the net command to map drive, and follow the batch file on the server/desktop in the den...

I don't write a page about it... Maybe I should, is this the step 3: before step 4: Profit?

I thought every geek did this years ago...

The nice thing that I used was a little program to hide the cursor... I hate the bloody windows cursor that is there after boot... but the little util int he reg/run hides it after x seconds... so it effectively makes it go by-by... Shareware I think, it wasn't expensive, and yes... It's registered.

I still don't get why this story was posted.. it's not NEW(s)...

bleh, bad mood day.

Wow. (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 9 years ago | (#12868877)

Wow. Another case mod. How clever. Next.

Gosh, it's amazing how the phrase "News for Nerds" has degraded.

bsod (1)

timtwobuck (833954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12869389)

as if having the bsod on your pc wasn't bad enough, now you can hang it on your wall!
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