Cyberpunk, multi-booting briefcase

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27 Responses to “Cyberpunk, multi-booting briefcase”

  1. 0ffh says:

    I’m sorry, really I am, but this is SOOO much of an old hat! I’ve seen contraptions like this freaking decades ago! Where? Demoscene parties! For example at Assembly 1994 (!) in Helsinki there was a group of three who all had their self-made portable computers in identical briefcases! (Altough in this case the CRT monitors went extra…)
    This is more like an old staple than a new idea by now!
    Edit: Same party there was at least one person who used an LCD monitor as shown in the picture.

  2. homemade laptop he couldn’t afford

  3. Tudza White says:

    Clear all that junk out of there and you’d have room to carry a laptop.

  4. WaferMouse says:

    That mouse mat. Fuck yeah. Comin’ again to save the motherfuckin’ day, yeah.

  5. wizardru says:

    Man, don’t take this thing anywhere near an airport, bus terminal or train station.  Yeesh.

  6. I hate to be that guy, but what’s impressive about it?

    • Jim Saul says:

      Well, the durability of the parts is pretty impressive, if it still functions after a lot of jostling of that keyboard across those pins, switches, and solder points.

      As an X-Files tribute, it does look like a prop from Kill Switch, the episode Gibson wrote. Or something the Lone Gunmen would use.

      • “Well, the durability of the parts is pretty impressive, if it still functions after a lot of jostling of that keyboard across those pins, switches, and solder points.”

        Isn’t that what cases are for? :)

        It’s definitely fun! I just don’t think it looks very impressive – you can build a PC into anything, people often do.

  7. garyg2 says:

    Makes me think of the briefcase that came with my Oscar Goldman doll as a kid… greatest toy accessory, ever.

  8. Maverick says:

    1995 called. It wants its geek cred back.

  9. technogeekagain says:

    Agree with the others. It’s a fine build, and if you haven’t seen this approach before it’s sorta cute. But from what I hear from serious twitch-games (which I am not), this sort of thing was coming to “LAN parties” for Quite Some Time, as gamers sought higher computing power to give them an edge over the other players.

    “Cyberpunk”? Only in the sense of being partially homebrew. Would be more so if some of those components had been modded in innovative ways. But even so… Exposed guts does not make inherently pretty, especially not when the components are the expected ones and not arranged in a particularly artistic manner.

    Good practical solution to a specific problem. Mildly amusing.

  10. John T. says:

    I thought cyberpunk went away years ago… now if only all things ‘steampunk’ would join it.

  11. bzishi says:

    Fire hazard, stay away.

  12. Preston Sturges says:

    Its destiny is to drown in a quarter inch of Mountain Dew. 

  13. dustindriver says:

    And then it burst into flames. 

  14. Edward says:

    love to see you try to get that on a plane,

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Yeah, it would be better to take it out of the briefcase and attach the pieces to your sweatshirt.

  15. jandrese says:

    It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but it looks like he blocked the exit vents on his power supply, which would be bad for the longevity of the system. 

    I would be a little more impressed if he had a real solution to storing the keyboard and mouse instead of just tossing them on top of the motherboard, but otherwise it looks pretty decent. 

  16. Westfakia says:

    It would be more impressive if the builder had incorporated a UPS so the machine had some capacity to run off the grid.

  17. Rob says:

    Cyberpunk would be VR goggles and a keyboard on a shoulder strap.
    This is something else…

  18. This is…well, it sure as hell isn’t cyberpunk. Modding a computer into a keyboard chassis, sure. Wearable computer sewn into a duster with flip-down chording keyboard, certainly punk. But a really crappy laptop in a briefcase, and a crappy briefcase at that? Nah. Maybe he could glue some old watch parts on it and it would be steampunk, too…

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