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A Mac Mini-lennium Falcon120

Jon Bell writes "Derrick Hixson has submitted an amazing entry to the MacMod Mod Competition, a 'supercharged' Millennium Falcon: complete with Mac mini and iSight. It even includes front USB ports. His modguide contains complete build instructions, and plenty of pictures."
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A Mac Mini-lennium Falcon

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:22AM (#13461345)
but heres a tie fighter case mod in the meantime
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1823675 ,00.asp [extremetech.com]

on Friday September 02, 2005 @01:35AM (#13461742)
Not entirely unrelated... For anyone who has some spare time and a TI-83 calculator, I conceived a set of functions to plot a Tie Fighter.

r1 = tan(Theta^3)
r2 = -tan(Theta^3)

Window:
ThetaMin = -10
ThetaMax = 10
ThetaStep = 1
XMin = -10
XMax = 10
YMin = -10
YMax = 10

It helps to turn axes off.
Try it out... enjoy.

on Friday September 02, 2005 @01:45AM (#13461781)
Man, you're never going to get laid.

<cozzyd&mit,edu> on Friday September 02, 2005 @02:53AM (#13462047) Homepage
Nonsense! He'll write a TI-83 program to do just that! That's what I did!

Everybody does that, right guys? Guys?

I just plotted it on my TI-89. Looks great, that's very cool. I wish my grasp of polar graphing and triganometric functions was that good :-)
• Picture (Score:2, Informative)

For the less ambitious (or those who are actually busy)

Tie Fighter [osu.edu]

I conceived a set of functions to plot a Tie Fighter.

Hey, isn't that a TIE Interceptor, not Fighter?

And while you're at it, how about trying to plot out my geekiness on knowing that. Might be beyond the device's capabilities. ;D

<[moc.liamg] [ta] [0791uhcsm]> on Friday September 02, 2005 @03:23AM (#13462152)
Just when you thought people couldn't get any geekier, somebody has to build a better geek.
• Ground effect cooling fans (Score:2)

If the guy was smart, he would have put a giant outflow fan on the bottom of the Falcon and the thing could have floated above his desk!
It might sound a trifle loud though.
I guess for added effect he could also add a blue light below it just like the ricers do on their cars.

A Tie Fighter that runs on Windows! Now 'm starting to believe that the Death Star didn't explote due to the X-Wings...

You sound proud.

So, in the words of Han Solo "Great, kid, don't get cocky".

(sorry, too good to pass up)
• Done with a PC long ago. (Score:5, Informative)

<PhilixDMA AT gmail DOT com> on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:22AM (#13461346)
It was done with a PC long long ago: http://mods.xkill.net/redir_falcon.html/ [xkill.net]
• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:5, Informative)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:26AM (#13461380)
http://mods.xkill.net/redir_falcon.html [xkill.net]
• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:3, Funny)

I know, I'm new. I apologize to all those who were mildly inconvienienced by my ignorance.
• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:3, Funny)

Hmmm... Mistyped link leads to an extra +5 informative huh? Interesting tactic...
• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:3, Funny)

This is not the link you are looking for...

http://mods.xkill.net/redir_falcon.html [xkill.net]
• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:1)

And it has a two-button mouse!

Ba-dum ksshh!!!

• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:2)

But there is nothing cool about a PC.
• Re:Done with a PC long ago. (Score:2)

But Apple itself says PC CPUs are cooler! :-)
• and it cooks (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:23AM (#13461354) Homepage Journal
And it cooks Toast!
• Re:and it cooks (Score:1)

Doesn't make a very good web server, unfortunately.
• But can it (Score:2)

do the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs?
• Re:But can it (Score:2, Funny)

Only if you use Firewire. With Usb it would take 30+ parsecs ;)
• but... (Score:4, Funny)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:24AM (#13461370)
Girlfriend and a life sold seperately. Misleading advertising is always a drag.

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:25AM (#13461378) Homepage Journal
Do the editors get a sense of pride in downing other people's servers? I mean, Slashdot probably points people to places such that they get 1000x their usual visit traffic, which means that they are simply unprepared for such an unpredictable load spike.

Yep.

In other news, car salesmen and politicians are dishonest, computer geeks have a below average chance of finding a girlfriend, and the Pope and Donald Trump wear equally silly headpieces.

on Friday September 02, 2005 @04:10AM (#13462319) Homepage Journal
"Do the editors get a sense of pride in downing other people's servers? I mean, Slashdot probably points people to places such that they get 1000x their usual visit traffic, which means that they are simply unprepared for such an unpredictable load spike."

No kiddin. You'd think people would know better than to post information on the internet. They wouldn't want hordes of people seeing it.

Not to mention the free advertising they get when someone uses the most common word to describe a web server unable to cope with the large spike in demand.

They wouldn't want hordes of people seeing it.

That's the problem though, isn't it? Now *nobody* can see it.

"That's the problem though, isn't it? Now *nobody* can see it."

Only because a lot of people did see it. It's not Slashdot's fault their website wasn't set up to handle the load.

It just makes the internet stronger. Weak sites are shutdown or upgraded, leaving only stronger sites remaining.

Darwinism at its best. :)

Yes, just like we can breed stronger, better chickens by suddenly releasing a tiger into their coop.

Stuart
• Awsome (Score:1, Interesting)

That is very cool.

It is right up there with the Bender Computer.

• Plenty of Pictures (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:33AM (#13461413) Homepage Journal
Any time a post has "Plenty of Pictures," it's usually bound to get slashdotted. This is probably because when readers see the words "Plenty of Pictures," they think, "Hey, even if I don't RTFA, I can STFP and infer what TFA is about."

Deduction will get you nowhere with me!
• Re:Plenty of Pictures (Score:1)

> Any time a post has "Plenty of Pictures," it's usually bound to get
> slashdotted. This is probably because when readers see the words "Plenty
> of Pictures," they think, "Hey, even if I don't RTFA, I can STFP and
> infer what TFA is about.

Your observation is correct, but the reason you speculate is probably not. The primary reason sites with plent of pictures get slashdotted easily is because pictures consume quite a lot more bandwidth than text.
• In the meantime ... (Score:3, Informative)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:34AM (#13461425) Homepage Journal
Since this site is down for the count, here are some more Mac related hardware mods:

AppleFritter [applefritter.com]

and some software ones too:

ResExcellence [resexcellence.com]

Enjoy. Hopefully someone will post a mirror of the orginal.
• cache (Score:4, Informative)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:34AM (#13461427) Journal

One of those die cast Millenium Falcons they're selling at Wal-Mart for about \$250? Build a good enough heat pipe, and you have a perfect cooling situation, along with nifty removable panels, and George Lucas' blessings!
• server is rebooting now. (Score:5, Informative)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:40AM (#13461462) Homepage
hopefully we can keep it up
• MOD PARENT UP (Score:3, Informative)

Appears to be the owner of the domain - keep us posted in this thread of how the Slashdotting is treating 'ya.

In case useful to 'ya, here's my experience with the Slashdot Effect [komar.org] - mostly data on the numbers, but a few pointers I learned and got from others in the 2004 summary about configured Apache if useful - big one is turn KEEPALIVE OFF.

• Re:server is rebooting now. (Score:3, Insightful)

Have you considered breaking up the page into smaller segments? That page has 1.2Mb of pictures! Chopping the page into 5 or 6 smaller sections will even out the load on the server. Rebooting won't help.
• Re:server is rebooting now. (Score:2, Insightful)

You know, rebooting your server isn't going to help a thing. Your server can handle only so much traffic and slashdot readers are sending 100 times more than that.
• Re:server is rebooting now. (Score:1)

yea, the reboot didn't do much. We are going to use a mirror on it and mod_rewrite. Should have it up soon. It has been a nightmare :/
• X-box was done a while ago, too... (Score:5, Informative)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:40AM (#13461467)
• Re:X-box & VIA EPIA was done a while ago, too (Score:2)

VIA EPIA [viaarena.com] and see link above for normal PC. Sigh.

• build instructions (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:41AM (#13461472) Journal
His modguide contains complete build instructions

Well, given that Mac is now based on Mach and BSD, and Apple simplifies everything they can, wouldn't the build instructions be simply "./configure && make all install"?
• Re:build instructions (Score:2)

no, you click the build button in xcode :-P
• Re:build instructions (Score:1)

Haha damn, that is great. I'm sorry, I just used up my mod points :(
• Coral Cache link. (Score:5, Informative)

<max@romantschuk.fi> on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:50AM (#13461527) Homepage
Here's the Coral Cache [coralcdn.org] link:
http://www.macmod.com.nyud.net:8090/content/view/3 71/101/ [nyud.net]

Should start working after a while... Coral should cache the pics as well, as Mirrordot is useless in this regard (picks behind links)...
• Re:Coral Cache link. (Score:2, Informative)

Pics seem to work in Mirrordot now, don't know why they failed before...
• Mirror (Score:5, Informative)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @12:54AM (#13461550)
• Dotstar (Score:4, Funny)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @01:17AM (#13461655) Journal
Who needs a fricken Deathstar when the Slashdot Effect does the same thing quicker? Vader did it the hard way.

• Re:Dotstar (Score:2)

Actually the Deathstar is an anit-/. effect... it kills a billion potential users in a single blast... ./ effect is more like death from a billion papercuts..
• Even more amazing than that... (Score:5, Funny)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @01:24AM (#13461691)
Slashdot editors managed to spell "millennium" wrong twice in the same post!

Oh wait, that's not so amazing after all.
• Re:Even more amazing than that... (Score:2, Funny)

All these editor jokes are amusing, but I don't see why a bunch of computer geeks haven't figured it out yet. THERE ARE NO EDITORS.

There is a script, it deploys the stories at particular intervals. Sometimes the editors do it themselves but all these "dead time" stories are deployed by a script, so the editor probably either doesn't select them, or selects 20 in advance to be dispensed slowly over a give time period.

Of course all the errors are going to slip through when you are mass-approving stories. Just
• mirrordot.org? (Score:1, Redundant)

ok that mirrordot.org is a bit to groovy for me! if only they could chill a lil bit but heres the real link: http://mirrordot.org/stories/86fd73f0fa55d03172110 82b067e0031/index.html [mirrordot.org]

So I thought I would root around www.macmod.com and see what I could find.... There are not a lot of replies to this story, but the site still got slashdotted. Displayed on www.macmod.com: " First of all we want to thank /. for the great article. However, this has put a little strain on the macmod server. Therefore, we have put up this page until things cool down. If you are looking for the Mini-linium article please check out the following link, thanks to mirrordot.org. Mini-linium Article "
• Mac-lennium Falcon, meet the SlashStar (Score:3, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 02, 2005 @02:19AM (#13461905)
Sir, the rebel server is in range

Excellent... Commence firing ignition!
• Re:Mac-lennium Falcon, meet the SlashStar (Score:5, Funny)

<aussie_bobNO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Friday September 02, 2005 @04:09AM (#13462313) Journal
Sir, the rebel server is in range

Excellent... Commence firing ignition!

So you're saying Slashdot fired first?
Don't worry, we'll fix it in the dupe.
• Well Done!! (Score:1)

Some really great pics easy to understand building instructions congrats for a well written article!
• New and improved recipe (Score:1, Troll)

2. Vary the theme slightly, but stick to Star Wars or Star Trek.
3. ??????
4. Profit!!
• Re:New and improved recipe (Score:2)

Profit = my server is on fire?
• not really THAT impressive (Score:1)

Not really THAT impressive, since he basically just put the Mac into the plastic model. See what can be done if you start from scratch with a motherboard instead of just hiding a working machine: http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/minifalcon/ [mini-itx.com]
• Millennium (Score:2)

It has 2 n's.
• Re:Millennium (Score:2)

It has 2 n's.

And the way to remember it is to remember how it is derived:

mille == thousand, annus == years, thus millennium == a thousand years

whereas:

mille == thousand, anus == anal orifice, thus millenium == a thousand assholes

Similarly, milenium == a mile of assholes.

Understanding language can be fun.
• Down and out. (Score:1)

Has anyone done a study on how long it takes a site to be /.ed once it makes the front page? Another thought: In the WAT (War Against Terror) just put the terrorist web sites on the /. front page every couple of days and watch them go down.
• Re:Down and out. (Score:1)

I actually submitted a simillar idea to Ask Slashdot back in September of 2001, suggesting that if we could get a hold of terrorist email addresses, we could spam them into unusability. Fortunatly, it was never posted, because there are some obvious flaws with that plan.

You're idea here is better, but it would probably still fall into the same pitfalls; who tracks down terrorist websites, who determines which sites are terrorist sites, and how do we make this effect last longer than a couple of days? I

• Mirrors don't work (Score:4, Insightful)

on Friday September 02, 2005 @09:21AM (#13463339)
When the pictures are still hosted at the original site! Think for a second, folks.
• I can't wait for the Mac-Nano (Score:2)

As I've got Boba Fett's Slave 1 just begging to be gutted :)

• Yeah, but what about a Ford Falcon? (Score:1)

What I want to see is a Ford Falcon modded to carry a Mac Mini or other computer ;)
• Re:Yeah, but what about a Ford Falcon? (Score:1)

Harrison Ford did drive the Falcon, if that counts for anything....
• Mini + iSight => Robot (Score:1)

I'm always a bit disappointed by these articles on case mods. I guess it's art, but it'd be cooler if the case were mobile...

This guy [google.com] has taken a Mac Mini, an iSight, and a cheap interface board [perfsci.com] (called bTop) to create a programmable autonomous robot [perfsci.com].

Somewhere out there I think there's a video of George's case mod chasing him around the room.

• Slashdotted! (Score:1)

Looks like the site has been slashdotted! I can't access it.
• That's a lot of trouble to go to... (Score:1)

...to put a great looking computer into a really crappy and ergonomically unusable case. I hope he at least had fun.

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