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PC Mods: Making a Steampunk Mini ITX Laptop

Mini-itx to laptop

To have a laptop designed around mini-itx components would be great for most people, and we do not all want a laptop that we can fit in an envelope, but rather a unit that we can use all around the house for a decent price.

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24 comments
Jheela
Jheela

I've got the computer and tech gear. Got the perfect Silverware chest; Got clocks and watches; some dissected, others ready to be. Got brass ready for cutting. Now I need to design my own. No copying beyond a few hits and tips. I want My very own ORIGINAL functional piece of Steampunk Art half as good as Datamasters' would be enough for me..

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

between people who criticize much and produce nothing, and those who make things happen. 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.)

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What a complete and utter waste of time! GET A LIFE!

eludeman30
eludeman30

I would have called it Frankinputer.

famulla
famulla

The Apple that was boxed in the grey box heavy when opened had a thick ribbon fixed with plastic ribbon hiding copper wires, big keyboard and no speech recognitin, Dragon speech, no it was there, only click type making noise, was great. We made money by teaching as we took time to teach one thing, we taught. The students were thrilled. They saw us as Gods, the 5 inch drives twin stuck in two boxes, were great, we took time ,we made money, studenst paid, now only to see one board UDB. There is no charm in teaching, there is nothing to teach. I thank you Firozali A. Mulla MBA PhD P.O.Box 6044 Dar-Es-Salaam Tanzania East Africa

fuze44
fuze44

I hate to say it, but it doesn't look good.

softwareFlunky
softwareFlunky

It comes in different colors and you could use some to make a stylish carrying case.

softwareFlunky
softwareFlunky

It comes in different colors and you could use some to make a stylish carrying case.

gary.rowlands
gary.rowlands

Bugger me with a ragmans trumpet!!! regards, Gary p.s. did you really mig weld it while the parts where inside?

barry
barry

This would look right at home in the Max Headroom newsroom. Nice job. Reminds me of a CP/M system I made back in '88 in an old N2 gas cylinder with an Ampro Little Board. It had two 5 1/4" drives. The front cover was the top part of the N2 cylinder valve assembly (cut off) hinged with the valve turning a door lock. The rear (bottom of cylinder) had a fan w/vent slots. The DB-25 serial connectors were on the side. Put it on a wood stand. Looked like a mini-gas tank with a VT-100 compatable terminal hooked to it. Zero RFI too...

eyesak
eyesak

Some people will put down anything you do. Go ahead and do it anyway. A brave build > I Love it! I will not be building it > I hope someone takes it a few steps further, and sells kits > that look a little sharper. Cool. :)

dcolbert
dcolbert

I think where you went wrong was mentioning "steam-punk"... which is sure to get a bunch of psudeo-victorian wannabe punk-rawk fanboys complaining if it isn't, well you know, like something out of a cheesy Jules Vern based movie. I'm not fan of Victorian era science fiction. It just isn't an interesting time to me, historically speaking. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is basically Victorian era. I mean, come on... *gag*.

rblack
rblack

All this negativity in the comments. Hats off for having a go and having a bit of fun. It is better than anything I could do. Good luck with the next project. Cheers Richard.

EStokesberry
EStokesberry

That looks like an abortion. Usually I like the steampunk stuff. Is this supposed to look ghetto?

johnmckay
johnmckay

It just has to be a joke. I can't see it offering anything productive and it sure looks like a dogs breakfast to me. Has it been run over?? If not..... think it through better next time.

jim.brown
jim.brown

I think I'd just as soon have a OEM laptop.

Andrzej_Ladosz
Andrzej_Ladosz

That man has something to show. Can YOU? 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...

famulla
famulla

Half a billion smart phones could be sold in 2012, business advisory firm Deloitte has said, as a flood of affordable models launched at Mobile World Congress heralding its "democratisation". Verity Burns does not believe the new pretenders will topple Apple's dominance. Moreover, I agree with Verity. Apple is Apple. All Life is Good is bad, Samsung etc are new comers and want a notch in the market. They advertise very heavily on their products and amazingly Apple sells in creates without too much fuss. Carving is easy; you just go down to the skin and stop. Michelangelo I thank you firozali A. Mulla DBA

Mr_Fen
Mr_Fen

definitely not 'steam punk', more 'scrap junk' I admit I have never seen anyone scratch build a laptop so kudos for that. if you work on tanks why not make an external armoured case for it? it looks like you could run a tank over it already ;)

dodell
dodell

Dude! It's not the end product, but the journey to get there. Now that he's done I wonder what will he do for fun and to annoy his girlfriend?

Dr. Tarr
Dr. Tarr

A keyboard like the one at http://steampunkworkshop.com/keyboard.shtml and a monitor treatment like to one at http://steampunkworkshop.com/lcd.shtml would have looked much more steam punky. Hmmm, is that an idea I feel circulating? If the idea is just to prove that you can fab up a small form factor case then your done that, although if you had built up the welds and then ground them out smooth the result would be more pleasing. You can do all of this with standard automotive grade tools, in fact most of it is easier with the pneumatic tools than with a Dremel.

huntabb
huntabb

If he had one of those I think he could have better utilized his time.