Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How Tacky is That?

ZDNet's all-in-one LCD PC

So what exactly is so special about this thing? 2 pieces of hardboard, 2 1x slats with some cheap computer hardware screwed to the back of an LCD, held together with what looks like drywall screws. Looks like something a high school kid would make as a "look at my cool custom PC" project or a slightly cleaned up version of the "pile of junk I was trying to fix" that you can find in every IT guy's office from time to time.

If he was going to publish this on such a well known site the least he could have done is maybe cut a ROUND fan hole (or any regular shape that the fan would fit in), made some straight cuts, maybe extended the sides to cover the gap between the back and the box so it really looks like it was meant to be one piece…

Though it does give me an idea. Skip the LCD, spend a little more on the video, make the case look like it was built by someone with more talent than a 3y/o using the claw end of a claw hammer (maybe bend a nice steel or aluminum cover with a plasma cut detail/plexy window or at least finish the wood nicely) and you have a nice, component sized multimedia PC to plug into your TV/stereo (I know, "home theater").


George said...

It's not as tacky as your blog or your imagination. Show us something you've made. The whole point of this thing is that it's an all-in-one with no loose wires between the computer and the display.

The box wasn't even finished when the in-progress blog was posted. It's now finished with all the sides installed and wireless LAN was added to it.

Mark said...

Now that it’s finished does it look any better than a masonite and drywall screw wart attached to the back of an LCD? No loose wires (the big monkey scratches his head) what are those loops of wire hanging down and the power strip half hanging off the back of the thing doing?

Look, all I did was pointed out what even most self respecting amateurs would have avoided doing. Come on, let’s be honest, even some carefully applied duct tape (the handyman’s secret weapon) could have made this thing look better. I even listed some obvious things that you made no mention of that would have made the thing look better or even approaching professional and finally finished with the redeeming quality of the idea, the reason that I brought the whole thing up.

As far as your personal attack… why don’t you hang around for a while, this is only my 3rd entry ever, maybe this thing will turn into something interesting, maybe it will fizzle and die, but I can assure you that I will have pictures of things that I have built and will build and you can bet that none of them would look better wrapped in gold lamé.

George said...

You make something good and post pictures of it, I'll be sure to praise it. Until then, you're just an arm chair quarterback.