beige rant (was Re: IBM 5150 with red case on ebay)
swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Sat May 14 00:11:55 CDT 2016
On Sat, 14 May 2016, Tor Arntsen wrote:
> Even the case, according to http://www.oldcomputers.net/bellandhowell.html
> "The normally beige case was colored black (only on the surface, it is
> still beige underneath)"
I think it looks pretty classy. It matches my slide projector. :-)
I agree with those who protest the gawdy blue-LED-ridden 'gamer' cases and
designs. Those just don't cut it.
Personally, I'd go for sustainable-wood, tempered glass, and okay, molded
plastics if they are done well and it has an SGI badge on it :-)
Inevitably, I'm drawn to designs using metal, wood, glass and other
expensive materials that few but boutique computer case makers would dare
contemplate. Heh, but now I hear one of my co-workers who is an old DEC
expert saying "... back when computers were made out of wood ..." and I
think of some that *were* (I can at least see them on the web) and yeah,
okay, so I wasn't around in the 60's and 70's. Well, I was in a portion of
the 70's but I was considerably occupied with being born and other quite
serious matters like house-training and tooth-growing which I believe is a
decent excuse for not remembering all of the fine machines back then. One
should always take the time to have a decent birth.
I figure, if you are going to have a nice interior one has to consider the
space a computer rig takes up, even on a KVM. It's going to be a
significant feature in the room. If it's not locked up in a cabinet, it's
going to be seen quite a bit. Might as well afford the machine as much
design consideration as the furniture, if not a tad bit more. I like
computers more than (most) furniture. Though I do some woodworking and
furniture done right is cool, too. If they can compliment each other, so
much the better. Of course, this is all a desktop consideration. Servers,
I have a different design sense for (mostly pragmatic).
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