Feeds

Case mods for the masses

Shuttle hires subtle designer

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Creators of strange and beautiful PC cases: come out of your basements.

The Shuttle Group has rewarded one enterprising designer with a contract to create a design prototype for the company. Shuttle has been selling add-ins and motherboards for years, but has successfully branched out into barebones systems with its beautiful SS-series xPCs.

One enthusiast Mark Foster took the Cube-like case and added a 7-inch 800x480 LCD inside the front panel, creating an all-in-one design he keeps on top of the fridge as a DVD player.

It's his first case mod, Mark tell us. But he's a seasoned engineer: he was previously at DEC and VP of PowerBooks Engineering at Apple, where he oversaw the introduction of the G3, the first iBooks and Airport, and director of portable computing at DEC, where he introduced the HiNote, the first ultrathin laptop.

"I've been pushing home theatre PCs for many years," he told us today. "I wanted something that would nice on my A/V rack."

This required moving the front i/o ports to the back of the machine, and relocating the LCDs, but the result is really quite marvelous, as you can see here. A growing number of dealers are selling custom case mods, which clearly shows there's a demand for something unique.

Intel showcased some of the most interesting case mods at its Developer Forum in San Jose recently, and the difference between these and the "ConceptPCs" of yore was striking. The ConceptPCs were more contrived than the custom mods.

Shuttle has been selling motherboards for a decade, but ventured into bare bones systems with the launch of the Shuttle SS-40. The company will launch a version capable of accommodating Intel's multithreaded desktop processors, the SB-51G, on Friday. Congratulations to Mark, and we hope this sets a trend. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.