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Offline rootthumper

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« on: Sun, 19 February 2012, 10:01:46 »
Maybe maybe it's misplaced nostalgia but I've hot a soft spot for the look of old computers. The rigid cream colored plastic. The rounded corners and ventilation slots. The computers of the 80's had a certain look that was unique.

This is one of the reasons I like my IBM Model M. I saw this and it made me wonder.

Has anyone ever hacked/painted/modded their system to look like it came from the 1980's?

Offline kps

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« Reply #1 on: Sun, 19 February 2012, 10:29:34 »
Too bad that mouse is as wrist-breakingly thick as most other current models. If they'd done it in a Logitech 3F or Mouse Systems form factor I'd get a couple.

Offline Snarfangel

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« Reply #2 on: Sun, 19 February 2012, 10:45:10 »
I've had my eye on this number for quite awhile.

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(iirc, this originally came from a Fark Photoshop contest.)

Offline FKSSR

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« Reply #3 on: Sun, 19 February 2012, 11:51:50 »
I've actually thought about modding an old computer case.  If I somehow "inherited" one or got one for super cheap, I probably would, but I don't really want to pay to get one, because the shipping isn't cheap, and it's hard to find one in good condition.  I'm just not invested enough for all of that time. :)
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« Reply #4 on: Sun, 19 February 2012, 20:26:28 »
Old computer cases would best be found at thrift stores.

I, too, like beige and rounded edges, but modern accessories and peripherals that match are impossible.

Funny how I still love a keyboard that was made during Reagan's first term, but never owned a mouse at that time, nor would I want one of that vintage now.
Over the past few decades there has been a redistribution of dignity — upward. The Republicans valorized entrepreneurs, CEOs and Wall Street. The Democratic Party became dominated by people in the creative class, who attended competitive colleges, moved to affluent metro areas, married each other and ladled advantages onto their kids so they could leap even farther ahead. There was a bipartisan embrace of a culture of individualism, which opens up a lot of space for people with resources and social support but means loneliness and abandonment for people without. Four years of college became the definition of the good life, which left roughly two-thirds of the country out. And so came the crisis that Biden was elected to address — the poisonous combination of elite insularity and vicious populist resentment. A group of people so enraged by a lack of respect that they are willing to risk death by Covid if they get to stick a middle finger in the air against those who they think look down on them. They are willing to torch our institutions because they are so resentful against the people who run them. The Democratic spending bills are economic packages that serve moral and cultural purposes. They should be measured by their cultural impact, not merely by some wonky analysis. In real, tangible ways, they would redistribute dignity back downward. They would support hundreds of thousands of jobs for home health care workers, child care workers, construction workers, metal workers, supply chain workers. They would ease the indignity millions of parents face having to raise their children in poverty.  – David Brooks NYT 2021

Offline jackpipe

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Offline yttrium

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« Reply #6 on: Tue, 28 February 2012, 06:32:30 »
Snarfangel, that's actually a photoshopped image.

The text was added later, and so was the large keyboard and paper - that's actually from an exhibit in a boating museum.

The plate that the keyboard is sitting on is actually one of those panels that has a transparent image on the front with a powerful bulb behind it. The monitor on the top runs a video exampling this station on the ship.

Offline treigle

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« Reply #7 on: Sat, 31 March 2012, 02:56:34 »
I love beige (putty), classic looking stuff, until it starts to yellow.....
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