Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Sun Apr 13 11:39:31 CDT 2003
On Sun, 13 Apr 2003, Frank Van Damme wrote:
...moving to geeks because it's drifing so far off-topic isn't not even
> problem with some peoples creative hobby of changing a sting-in-the-eye ugly
> boring beige box you'd rather put away in a closet like this one:
> http://www.rjross.com/ever_mid_e4252_beige.gif (yawn) into something that at
> least fits nicely in a teenagers bedroom, that is, without coughing up for a
> 50000 $ sgi box?
Well, my problems with it are:
1) Replacing a large chunk of the side of the case with a "window"
means your machine is no-longer FCC class B compliant. This means
you're broadcasting a lot of EM noise. I'd assume that if your CPU
is running at 2.4GHz, you're going to be putting out a lot of that
crap in that band, interfereing with 802.11 nodes nearby, cordless
phones, and the like.
2) Neon/florescent tubes in the chassis is just stupid. That's just
-adding- to the EM noise, causing only slightly dodgy/weakly-
shielded components to exhibit their erratic behavior more often.
3) Most of the time, it just looks tacky, but that's, of course, a
matter of opinion.
But, really it doesn't -bother- me of someone wants to make an
unreliable PC into an even more unreliable PC that's spewing EM all over
the room, so long as it doesn't kill my 802.11 signal. What -does-
bother me are the people that convert working or easily-fixable Real
Computers (NeXT systems, O2s, Octanes, Alphas, etc.) into PCs running
'doze and whole bunch of neon lights and windows and shit all over.
Jonathan Patschke *) Q: What do you call the hum of a rack of Apple
Thorndale, TX (* XServes?
*) A: The Al Gore Rhythm.
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