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Jeffrey Stephenson

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  1. That turned out great. Looks like a lot of fun. I might have to try some sort of keyboard project in the near future.
  2. I have always done my own thing. Last year I saw a lot of turnover at marketing departments. Most of the new people don't get it. They have difficulty dealing with anything that doesn't fit neatly on a spreadsheet. They started suggesting I put their logo in my designs. They wanted me to submit designs in advance. That is something that will never happen. I don't know what I'm doing in advance so it isn't even possible. I can understand if there were money involved. Here they are making a simple decision on whether to send a sample to some sad Eastern European product review site that has a couple of dozen readers or to give it to me instead.
  3. ZDNet Clean Slate's name has a double meaning. It has no sponsors and only one public project log. The slate has been cleaned.
  4. I doubt it is a successful product for Corsair. Too niche and it isn't completely bolt-on. Buy one while you can.
  5. Favorite product was the Corsair H5 SF water cooler for mini-ITX. It is one of those unique products that opened up a lot of creativity for me.
  6. Sure there is...just not corny as such. Still more of an equipment and performance discussion. I guess I have to publish an empty case (again) to get the feedback that's useful to me. Specs can be bought with a credit card. I was sure someone would be screaming bloody murder over my detached CPU fan. Disappointing for sure.
  7. Thanks. No Gizmodo. Boing Boing. I'm still laughing at SkyVue's BT MOTY nom. Thanks. I rarely do full gloss but I thought there might be some good reflections.
  8. Socket 1151 Dual-Core CPU @ 3.3GHz Socket 1151 Micro-ATX motherboard Last Generation Mid-Range mini-ITX 4GB video card Air Cooled CPU heatsink w/ detached fan 8GB DDR4 system memory 1TB SSD 350W SFX power supply
  9. The CPU heatsink is mounted straddling the top and is a huge PITA to assemble but the technique saves a lot of material and strength. Preview shot of one of the project's featured views.
  10. Photography testing. Too gray. Needs more blue tint to the slate. Too much blue in the slate. 10lb of shlt vs. 5lb bag. Fight! Fresh from the forge. First step in assembly is to mount the PSU after threading the wiring harness through the access. Next, the motherboard power connectors are threaded back up through the panel. This has to be done before mounting the motherboard. Just for fun. My retired GTX 280 in a size comparison.
  11. That might be too ornate Cheaps. I needed a reference shot before continuing. The project seemed to appear larger in photos than IRL probably because I'm using a mini-ITX form factor video card and an SFX form factor power supply. Coke can auditions continue.
  12. I left a long tail on the video card I/O panel so that I could secure it to the case. This is to replace the deleted attachment point at the top of the video card. Stainless steel bits screwed into a threaded metal insert. 22mm vandal switch with a white center LED. Any opinions on where I should mount it? Choices seem to be...centered in front; left or right margin on front; mounted to deck top facing upward or POS switch hidden in the back.
  13. I'll see if I can get you an ugly side. There is an angle when viewed outside that clearly shows the veneer seam. Power button is my usual Radio Shack leftover pushbutton switch that will be mounted to the graphic card I/O plate. Lots of acreage over there for that sort of thing. Cleat for power supply cover is placed on deck top. The PSU is the only component that I can place wherever I think is best for the design. Decided against using a modular PSU because a hard-wired unit is just a simpler solution for this application. I needed to determine the smallest sized hole required to shove an entire wiring harness through. Instead of experimenting on the project box I used a sheet of scrap plywood. Cut a hole in the deck top based on above calculation. With cover in place. Threaded harness through hole. Checked clearances with cover installed. The aluminum finned decorative end cover hides the wiring.
  14. Roughly 85% complete. The maple has a single coat of lacquer to help protect it during construction. Guaranteed 100% RGB-free. Just say no to RGB. Think of the children.
  15. Thanks guys! Instead of the stock attached 120mm CPU heatsink fan I'm using an unattached 92mm Delta fan. This is the construction of the decorative fan mounting system.