Listen up geek.
May 10, 2001 1:07 PM   Subscribe

Listen up geek. You know you want to build something like this. Admit it. (Not the site, the content foo!)
posted by jcterminal (21 comments total)
I feel ashamed yet strangely aroused (in an attitude of proactivity, not any dirty minded thoughts that may have played across your mind) by the thought of making one...

But seriously, people who do this are a breed apart. I'm off to look for the link of the bloke who turned a server into a fridge.
posted by nedrichards at 1:17 PM on May 10, 2001

Sweet. I saw an old wooden desk at a garage sale that would be PERFECT to build a computer into... I wonder if I could take a flatscreen apart and build that in, too?
posted by SpecialK at 1:21 PM on May 10, 2001

I like the subliminal NRA propaganda (sticker, gun cleaning hat, ammo, gun oil).
posted by afx114 at 1:32 PM on May 10, 2001

Forget the computer thing -- check out the weird collection of audiofiles at (the host site).
posted by treebjen at 1:35 PM on May 10, 2001

There's nothing subliminal about a dish filled with bullets.
posted by solistrato at 1:42 PM on May 10, 2001

that's an NRA calendar on the left.
posted by register at 1:54 PM on May 10, 2001

That's kinda funny, there is a NRA calendar on the left
posted by benjh at 1:57 PM on May 10, 2001

how many people have a special hat for wearing while cleaning guns? is this a nra thing too?
posted by jamie at 2:29 PM on May 10, 2001

" is this a nra thing too?"

I would guess so. It looks entirely staged. I don't think it just so happened that this guys bullets, hat, and calendar were all so well presented in this picture. There is definately a hidden agenda with this website.
posted by howa2396 at 3:42 PM on May 10, 2001

Y'all are starting at shadows again with this NRA conspiracy stuff. Most people who clean their guns do so on a work table. I would assume anyone hacking an aluminum travel case to bits in which to build a computer would also do so on the work table...where the pics were taken.

You lefties are funny.
posted by Spanktacular at 4:21 PM on May 10, 2001

Speaking of funny, notice the bullet holes in the gun-cleaning hat. HA HA. Rednecks are funny.
posted by crunchland at 4:26 PM on May 10, 2001

Good catch, crunchland! I missed that one! I did notice nobody mentioned the Bill Clinton $3 bill, though...*snicker*
posted by Spanktacular at 4:33 PM on May 10, 2001

jesus christ people.

thread-drift a little?
posted by jcterminal at 5:26 PM on May 10, 2001

am I the only one who sees this as redundant... ? a computer in a big metal suitcase. how is that different to a computer in a computer case? they're both big and square. and metallic.

why not just weld a handle to your case?
posted by cheaily at 8:27 PM on May 10, 2001

and whether it's staged or not, this person definately has some gun fetish. coupled with the desire to covertly hide a computer in a metal briefcase, i'd be looking to see where they hide their tinfoil hats and copies of catcher in the rye.
posted by titboy at 9:17 PM on May 10, 2001

And what is with that Texaco mug.

I think the computer is pretty cool, and I don't think it is all that odd to see that an NRA member might have all the ingredients to roll his own bullets in one spot. He made a pretty elegant use of space in the case, I would like to see some exterior shots to see how nice he managed the holes for the fans, and the interface.

I don't like novelty hats either.
posted by thirteen at 9:44 PM on May 10, 2001

"why not just weld a handle to your case?"

Apparently this guy saw that question coming. Here is an excerpt from the second page of the site.

"Admit it. It would be much easier and just as convenient to get a cheap ATX minicase and slap a handle on it. (GM door pulls work great) But that would be too easy, and it wouldn't be as cool."

Spanktacular, I resent being called a lefty (or given any kind of political affiliation for that matter) simply because I think this guy's hidden agenda is made obvious by the conviently placed gun stuff on his work table.

"I would like to see some exterior shots to see how nice he managed the holes for the fans"

Click through the site. There are quite a few more pictures than just the single one on the front page.
posted by howa2396 at 11:43 PM on May 10, 2001

Apparently this guy saw that question coming

not only did he anticipate the question and answer it, but it looks like he actually made good on the gm-doorpull-on-an-ATX-box idea. {that's where KILLDOZER lives! "I named it MANKIND. Every computer needs a name."}
posted by carsonb at 1:29 AM on May 11, 2001

Try this guy here, a case made of lego!!!!!!
posted by kramer_101 at 5:52 AM on May 11, 2001

In case anyone is interested, I built a computer into a 1 foot US Postal Service Bulk mail container. Some pictures can be seen here. It's 5 inches high and handles on both ends. And the cover simply slides off. It is a Mac running LinuxPPC inside. I use it as a remote music server.
posted by donkeymon at 2:07 PM on May 11, 2001

I personally think the guy who built his computer in a briefcase loses points because a) he drilled big holes in the side for the fan exhaust; b) he resorted to putting those plastic zip-strip fasteners on the outside of the case (and the fact that they are florescent doesn't matter); and c) he relies on an external monitor.

But then, that's just my opinion. More power to him, bullets and all.
posted by crunchland at 3:56 PM on May 11, 2001

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