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Entries in case mods (2)

Wednesday
Feb012012

The Frankenmac

The Powermac G5 Cube was a unique aesthetic design. I found one on Craigslist for an extremely low price and decided to combine it with my then-unused Mac Mini (Mid-2007 Core2Duo 1.83) and make a more modern, usable machine. 

First, all the guts were carefully removed leaving only the chassis. Some metal needed to be cut through the bottom of the G5 cage to access the new ports. Thanks to Kevin R. for help on that one.

The center of the G5 cube was one very large heat sink that had to be cut with a hacksaw to make space but preserve the original sliding locks.

Assembly was relatively easy after that - fitting a second 750GB hard drive over a Firewire connection and bridging a Silverstone slot-loading ITX form factor DVD-RW using a JAE50 to SATA adapter harvested from a laptop drive caddy. 

 

Wednesday
Feb012012

Chumby-driven Superhero Phone

The Chumby is a fascinating little embedded Linux device designed to be a desktop widget player. Hardware and software are all open platforms and the Chumby developers encourage hackers to dissect and improve upon them. 

I found an 80's style "big red telephone" as would be used to call a nocturnal echo-locating flying mammal man and built the Chumby into it. The entire experience was published in Make Magazine, Vol 16.