“I gutted the brand new 300W power supply except for cooling fan, power switch and power plug. The 3 1/2″ form factor board fit perfectly. The gold anodized aluminum heat sinks are one piece, which actually covers the three main chips. Power supply cases really do make the perfect mini-computer case. The Advantech 5820 babyboard sports a “passively” cooled Geode 233MHz processor. It’s hardly passive with that monster fan running. I liked the idea of recycling the power plug and switch too.”
# NGinuity Says:
marc: It’s a hack! Sometimes they aren’t the most graceful things…he gets points for inginuity in my book.
I don’t agree. it is not a hack.
It is fitting someting into something…
It is ugly.
Hacking must be about something smart. Just like fitting a boat into a bottle.
This one sorry to say this again is wrong.
But less wrong than fitting a pc mouse into a… dead mouse.
Well, if you goto the contest page, you can find the
original url for this hack. Read, and you will find
that the power supply for this thing came out of an
unused cd burner. That’s making somthing do other
than what it was intended, and therefor, is a hack.
Hack or not it’s still 4 years old and 233mhz, by todays standards it’s lame. I bet something like this today could fit in something way smaller and probably be faster. Just my opinion, and…One Thing learned. If you want to see people fight make-up a contest!
I have to disagree, I point of the hack isn’t the speed of the processor. Sure it could have tons more horsepower today, but it’s just plain cool to have the entire contents of a working computer running inside what looks like a standard power supply!
I also think that great hacks are timeless. This hack will still be very cool in 10 years (in my opinion).
Fine, Hacks have been a few years back. One was fitting an RF transmitter in to a Philips Pronto touchscreen remote for control of X10 along side the typical Home theater stuff. Another was several mods for the Apex 600a DVD player running OFFA firmware, not just flashing what someone else did but writting/modifying code myself and releasing to the public (free). Current projects have been a 5’X10′ CNC router table capable of full 4’x8′ sheets of material with 10″ in Z travel. Since that has been completed I’ve started working on a R/C ball that is 12″ in diameter and hopefully when done be able to drive not just on flat ground but also go up hills. Looking for shock factor there!
You had me at CNC. That happens to be one of my hobbies. A friend and I have a small shop we house a plasma CNC operation in, and we are building a large scale router table, which, is also a 5′ X 10′. What are you using for drive? Do you have pictures of your tables?
I guess I should take some pics along the way. I’ll never gone the route of documenting my work though. I’ll try to do better with this one. It’s a project thats been in my mind for some time and I think I’ve finally got it worked out in theory. Fingers crossed!
If it runs win98 like a champ, its cool but where’s the Hard disk ?? i have an idea !!instead of Hard disk how about using a 4GB SD card as a drive, it will be enough for installing win98 and will not require any extra space.