PC Mods: Making a Steampunk Mini ITX Laptop
by Jack Wallen | April 1, 2008, 7:20am PDT | Image 2 of 24
Mini-itx to laptop
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Mini-itx to laptop - Image 2 of 24
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An Artist in Geekland. Datamancer, AbsoF*@#ckinlutely Fantastic!
Knowing How Things Work makes the difference ...
Brass and iron, or at most, plain steel, are the primary building metals of the Steampunk genre. Aluminum, while it was discovered just prior to the beginning of the Victorian era, didn't become plentiful enough to use as an industrial material until the mid-1880s, less than 20 years before the end of the Victorian era. (Napoleon III had enough to use as dinner plates to impress the guests.)
Steampunk-style construction with aluminum would therefore be considered Steampunk Futuristic, a projection of a future imagined by Holmes or Van Helsing.
On the other hand, that system looks ruggedized enough that I could have used it during Desert Storm back in 1990/91. Nice effort (especially if it's your first.)
Who is wasting life/time?
Almost anybody can IMPROVE somebody else's idea (better keyboards, polishing rough welds etc).
Anybody can CRITICIZE.
Only SOME - DO think and turn that into something physical, even useful.
That laptop - even in presented form - deserves RESPECT.
BTW I am sure that his girlfriend did not mind the noise and "cardboard prototype" in the kitchen. She knew exactly what he is doing and where he is...
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