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2013-10-24 11:43:18 PM
Nah, man. Wait ten years. Apple is going to "innovate" this, then sue the pants off of anyone who claims they ever had a similar idea.
 
2013-10-24 11:43:43 PM
Pretty sure I read this a while ago. I am also pretty sure it was on Fark. I am ALSO pretty sure it sounded stupid then as well.
 
2013-10-24 11:45:59 PM
This is not an invention, it's a concept, like TFA says.
 
2013-10-25 12:06:18 AM
Somewhere between completely impractical and technologically impossible for about a million reasons.
 
2013-10-25 12:14:21 AM
Not only would this idea make the device bulkier and more fragile, but it would also make it heavier since each part would need to be encased to protect it from fumbling non techies.

What manufacturers should instead focus on is unifying the component standards and re-using part shapes and sizes so that the factory doesn't need to retool as often and can optimize the assembly process (the most controllable cost in making something).
 
2013-10-25 12:16:05 AM
isn't this basically the idea behind the Steam Mchine/Box?
 
2013-10-25 12:16:45 AM
Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.

/things like this really need to happen.
 
2013-10-25 12:31:45 AM

log_jammin: isn't this basically the idea behind the Steam Mchine/Box?


No, that is a form of pre-assembled PC in a small case (ITX ect.)

ajgeek: Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.

/things like this really need to happen.


Doesn't work with most electronic boards and the fact that part diversity makes getting the replacement widget a pain (plus you can't keep them on hand practically). Maybe after 3d printing is more evolved, but then stuff is going to be even cheaper for people to buy.
 
2013-10-25 12:33:53 AM
I read "the harsh environment of the trouser pocket" and realized I had other stuff to do.
 
2013-10-25 12:35:22 AM
Hardware manufacturers spend a ridiculous amount of time and money trying to optimize a little bit less weight or a slightly smaller form factor or slightly more battery life out of devices they manufacture. You can't have infinite modularization and still have a device with a reasonable battery life and weight, because this design inevitably wastes space and weight. There are also obvious problems with power consumption and connections, among other issues.

It's cool that some designer had an idea and made a video about it, but he should probably have consulted some engineers first.
 
2013-10-25 12:53:32 AM
Not this shiat again.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-25 12:54:48 AM
Another reason why this isn't a thing, meet the SoC

cdn2.ubergizmo.com

This is what you'd probably call the CPU in your phone. The problem is: it is, and it isn't. A SoC (System on a Chip) is aptly named, as on this thing you typically have the CPU, GPU, Memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, Baseband and more. Cell phone design has been going towards more and more integration, as it can provide performance gains, power efficiency gains, and physical space reductions when compared to a more traditional modular set up, or even a SoB (System on a Board) set up

This modular thing seems like a good idea, but it really does not fit with the direction of mobile architecture (as driven by consumer purchases). I'd hit on other reasons why this isn't as good an idea as it would seem, but others in this thread have already beaten me to it
 
2013-10-25 12:58:01 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case


no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".
 
2013-10-25 01:07:23 AM
If this did ever come out you all would be whining and biatching about how clumsy and bulky it is.
 
2013-10-25 01:14:28 AM
If only there was some kind of standard hardware description language, anyone with contacts in China could make a phone.
 
2013-10-25 01:20:23 AM
Just what I always wanted, a phone that can fall into many pieces when I drop it while drunk!
 
2013-10-25 01:26:07 AM
Thank you Subby!  As a species we are capable of some amazing things...and then near-sighted CEOs and stockholders come along...

Note that I said "near-sighted".
 
2013-10-25 01:27:31 AM
www.ohgizmo.com


ajgeek: Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.

/things like this really need to happen.


This is probably the biggest reason it will never happen.
 
2013-10-25 01:32:45 AM

oren0: Hardware manufacturers spend a ridiculous amount of time and money trying to optimize a little bit less weight or a slightly smaller form factor or slightly more battery life out of devices they manufacture. You can't have infinite modularization and still have a device with a reasonable battery life and weight, because this design inevitably wastes space and weight. There are also obvious problems with power consumption and connections, among other issues.

It's cool that some designer had an idea and made a video about it, but he should probably have consulted some engineers first.


Yes, sometimes it is a bit ridiculous.  Instead of giving me 0.2" more screen space, how about something useful?  The things manufacturers choose to dwell on sometimes borders on ridiculous.  Give people what they want.  I realize that this is not possible in all scenarios, but sometimes the decisions seem a bit misguided.  I'm not necessarily advocating this particular innovation as it does seem a bit unwieldy, but it would be nice to see a company break rank for once and deliver the product people asked for, not what benefits the shareholders in the next 12 months.  It would be nice if they could wait just a little longer, we could all benefit then.
 
2013-10-25 01:36:54 AM

the_sidewinder: Another reason why this isn't a thing, meet the SoC

[cdn2.ubergizmo.com image 468x293]

This is what you'd probably call the CPU in your phone. The problem is: it is, and it isn't. A SoC (System on a Chip) is aptly named, as on this thing you typically have the CPU, GPU, Memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, Baseband and more. Cell phone design has been going towards more and more integration, as it can provide performance gains, power efficiency gains, and physical space reductions when compared to a more traditional modular set up, or even a SoB (System on a Board) set up

This modular thing seems like a good idea, but it really does not fit with the direction of mobile architecture (as driven by consumer purchases). I'd hit on other reasons why this isn't as good an idea as it would seem, but others in this thread have already beaten me to it


Have you seen the Stellaris?  A lot of stuff packed into a small footprint.  I've used it in some custom design and it's very easy to integrate with a lot of I/O and on-board ethernet (you supply the isolation transformer).  Cheap if bought in bulk.
 
2013-10-25 01:41:31 AM
...sale? What is this strange word, Earthman? Here on 3Dopia we simply download the phone we want.

Zap!

It's the future, Luddites!
 
2013-10-25 01:44:43 AM

log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".


Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. Think of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition. Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.
 
2013-10-25 01:49:03 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".

Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. Think of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition. Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.


Like Apple models...so they'll be overpriced, somewhat non-upgradeable and used by hipsters with bad haircuts at Starbucks? I thought the Steambox was going to be cool. Thanks for nothing. Starbucks is a shiat environment for gaming. My sub wont fit under the table.
 
2013-10-25 01:51:20 AM

sethen320: oren0: Hardware manufacturers spend a ridiculous amount of time and money trying to optimize a little bit less weight or a slightly smaller form factor or slightly more battery life out of devices they manufacture. You can't have infinite modularization and still have a device with a reasonable battery life and weight, because this design inevitably wastes space and weight. There are also obvious problems with power consumption and connections, among other issues.

It's cool that some designer had an idea and made a video about it, but he should probably have consulted some engineers first.

Yes, sometimes it is a bit ridiculous.  Instead of giving me 0.2" more screen space, how about something useful?  The things manufacturers choose to dwell on sometimes borders on ridiculous.  Give people what they want.  I realize that this is not possible in all scenarios, but sometimes the decisions seem a bit misguided.  I'm not necessarily advocating this particular innovation as it does seem a bit unwieldy, but it would be nice to see a company break rank for once and deliver the product people asked for, not what benefits the shareholders in the next 12 months.  It would be nice if they could wait just a little longer, we could all benefit then.


Asus makes some Android handsets now. They have been doing tablets for a while too. If you are into PC hardware you can take a look at some of their MoBo's to see what their design quality is. They think and build like you do: what can we do to make this actually better by leaps and bounds.

My next phone will be made by them.

\and they are not Chinese
 
2013-10-25 01:53:20 AM

sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".

Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. Think of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition. Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.

Like Apple models...so they'll be overpriced, somewhat non-upgradeable and used by hipsters with bad haircuts at Starbucks? I thought the Steambox was going to be cool. Thanks for nothing. Starbucks is a shiat environment for gaming. My sub wont fit under the table.


img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com

\you should try harder next time
 
2013-10-25 02:03:18 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: oren0: Hardware manufacturers spend a ridiculous amount of time and money trying to optimize a little bit less weight or a slightly smaller form factor or slightly more battery life out of devices they manufacture. You can't have infinite modularization and still have a device with a reasonable battery life and weight, because this design inevitably wastes space and weight. There are also obvious problems with power consumption and connections, among other issues.

It's cool that some designer had an idea and made a video about it, but he should probably have consulted some engineers first.

Yes, sometimes it is a bit ridiculous.  Instead of giving me 0.2" more screen space, how about something useful?  The things manufacturers choose to dwell on sometimes borders on ridiculous.  Give people what they want.  I realize that this is not possible in all scenarios, but sometimes the decisions seem a bit misguided.  I'm not necessarily advocating this particular innovation as it does seem a bit unwieldy, but it would be nice to see a company break rank for once and deliver the product people asked for, not what benefits the shareholders in the next 12 months.  It would be nice if they could wait just a little longer, we could all benefit then.

Asus makes some Android handsets now. They have been doing tablets for a while too. If you are into PC hardware you can take a look at some of their MoBo's to see what their design quality is. They think and build like you do: what can we do to make this actually better by leaps and bounds.

My next phone will be made by them.

\and they are not Chinese


Will do. Thanks. I've been impressed by Asus.
 
2013-10-25 02:04:39 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".

Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. Think of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition. Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.

Like Apple models...so they'll be overpriced, somewhat non-upgradeable and used by hipsters with bad haircuts at Starbucks? I thought the Steambox was going to be cool. Thanks for nothing. Starbucks is a shiat environment for gaming. My sub wont fit under the table.



\you should try harder next time


Thats not trolling. I really don't like Apple.
 
2013-10-25 02:06:17 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: (or biatch slap the troll out of you).


gozar_the_destroyer: [img-cache.cdn.gaiaonline.com image 686x572]

\you should try harder next time


so this is what projection looks like.
 
2013-10-25 02:22:02 AM

sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".

Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. T

hink of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition.Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.

Like Apple models...so they'll be overpriced, somewhat non-upgradeable and used by hipsters with bad haircuts at Starbucks? I thought the Steambox was going to be cool. Thanks for nothing. Starbucks is a shiat environment for gaming. My sub wont fit under the table.

\you should try harder next time

Thats not trolling. I really don't like Apple.


You don't like reading comprehension either.

\not an insult
\\but I did point out that difference
\\\still a walled garden though
 
2013-10-25 02:32:17 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

(Oh my god... all of them were trolls... All of them!)

 
2013-10-25 02:33:01 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".

Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. Think of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition.Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.

Like Apple models...so they'll be overpriced, somewhat non-upgradeable and used by hipsters with bad haircuts at Starbucks? I thought the Steambox was going to be cool. Thanks for nothing. Starbucks is a shiat environment for gaming. My sub wont fit under the table.

\you should try harder next time

Thats not trolling. I really don't like Apple.

You don't like reading comprehension either.

\not an insult
\\but I did point out that difference
\\\still a walled garden though


Yeah, didn't read past that. Still not a fan.

Its technically not a comprehension fail if I never actually read it. Just pointing out the difference. :)

I'm just messing with you there. you're right, I further have gone further.
 
2013-10-25 02:51:25 AM

sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: sethen320: gozar_the_destroyer: log_jammin: gozar_the_destroyer: pre-assembled PC in a small case

no. the idea is that it is modular and customizable. not just "in a small case".

Here, let me Google it for you so you can be enlightened and a true member of the PC Master Gaming Race (or biatch slap the troll out of you).

http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamMachines/

You can turn a PC into a Steam Machine, but not a Steam Box.

No, the the Steam Boxes are not fully modular. They are going to be a set of pre-built PCs in small boxes made to predetermined specs by various manufacturers. Think of it as being like different Apple models, but only for gaming...and reasonably priced since there is competition.Since they are built using PC architecture you could, if you were to move the insides to a new case and the Steam Box you started with was not made like a laptop and/or a Dell (which some will be and some won't), upgrade parts of the system. However, for that level of effort and expertise, you are most likely better off building a PC from scratch and loading Steam OS on it.

Like Apple models...so they'll be overpriced, somewhat non-upgradeable and used by hipsters with bad haircuts at Starbucks? I thought the Steambox was going to be cool. Thanks for nothing. Starbucks is a shiat environment for gaming. My sub wont fit under the table.

\you should try harder next time

Thats not trolling. I really don't like Apple.

You don't like reading comprehension either.

\not an insult
\\but I did point out that difference
\\\still a walled garden though

Yeah, didn't read past that. Still not a fan.

Its technically not a comprehension fail if I never actually read it. Just pointing out the difference. :)

I'm just messing with you there. you're right, I further have gone further.


Well, the good news is we trolled the rest of the thread.

believe the hype: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x531](Oh my god... all of them were trolls... All of them!)

 
2013-10-25 03:16:04 AM
The Moto-X is a good start, you can choose any combo of colors and other personalization (at least you can if you get on AT&T for now) but how about giving people more options? There's no reason it couldn't be done, someone just has to want to do it and make it happen. And if someone can work out a modular phone? That would be even better.

/nothing kills more good technology than an attitude of "it'll never work" without even being tried
 
2013-10-25 03:35:37 AM
The concept - Hakkens hasn't figured out how to actually make it -

Stopped reading there. Hey everyone, I have a concept for faster than light space travel! And several concepts for how to get laid . . . I just haven't figured out any aspect of how to accomplish it.
 
2013-10-25 04:09:31 AM
i175.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-25 04:42:01 AM

DD44Dostivei: [i175.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Work you damn wad of gummy bears!
 
2013-10-25 05:08:57 AM
The block architecture is just going to slow the things down.
 
2013-10-25 05:19:30 AM

ajgeek: Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.


Sadly, the days if the repair tech are long gone. Last computers store I worked in that even had a soldering iron and / or am oscilloscope went tits-up in 1992.
 
2013-10-25 05:22:04 AM

ajgeek: Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.

/things like this really need to happen.


corporation greed is not about to change. the world will be completely destroyed long before then. here i sit with a new printer that was cheaper than buying ink carts for the 1 year old printer now sitting on the curb, hoping someone will pick it up. it's sad. i wonder how many thousands of perfectly good printers take up landfill space every month in america.
 
2013-10-25 05:28:55 AM

Ed Grubermann: ajgeek: Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.

Sadly, the days if the repair tech are long gone. Last computers store I worked in that even had a soldering iron and / or am oscilloscope went tits-up in 1992.


I worked at a place that repaired Panasonic toughbook laptops around 2004ish. they had a board level repair station manned by 3-4 people.  of course this wasn't a place anyone could just drop their laptop off at either.

csb

about 10-15 years ago a guy I know, who's really really rich,offered to help me get started with my own computer repair shop. I turned it down and explained to him that in a few years computer repair places would go away just like TV repair shops did.

I'm so glad I turned him down

/csb
 
2013-10-25 06:29:00 AM
Now, if they could make a PC like that, it would an innovation.  Need more memory?  Just pop in a new or lager memory module.  Faster processor?  Pull the old one and plug in the new one.  Drives, data ports...  make a bare-bones internet machine or the fastest gaming rig on the planet, or just get the computer you can afford at the time and add on to when you have the cash.  That way you don't need to take it into the shop or try to do it yourself with the current machines.
 
2013-10-25 07:12:29 AM

real_headhoncho: Now, if they could make a PC like that, it would an innovation.  Need more memory?  Just pop in a new or lager memory module.  Faster processor?  Pull the old one and plug in the new one.  Drives, data ports...  make a bare-bones internet machine or the fastest gaming rig on the planet, or just get the computer you can afford at the time and add on to when you have the cash.  That way you don't need to take it into the shop or try to do it yourself with the current machines.


PC's are built in a modular and upgradable manor. You just have to know a little about electronics and hardware compatibility to add on to or design systems.

\and not buy a Dell, Apple, or Gateway
 
2013-10-25 07:15:45 AM
Cell phones have been the embodiment of Moore's Law for the past decade. The displays have gotten better, the chipsets have gotten better, the cellular data transmission have gotten better, the Bluetooth have gotten better. A 2003 PC mother board wouldn't have the capacity to run with 2013 advances, what makes you think a modular cellphone would have anything close to that functionality.

At least until Moore's law plays out.
 
2013-10-25 07:42:06 AM
So, it's a fancy-looking breadboard.
 
2013-10-25 07:47:29 AM
I see no motivation for any phone manufacturer to do this.

There is no money in modular... as it is, if one thing breaks, you have to by a whole new one.

This concept is under the mistaken impression that a company makes products that make your life easier. They don't, they make products that make them money. This is not a situation where the two of those things collide very often.
 
2013-10-25 07:58:49 AM

ajgeek: Planned obsolescence is a biatch and companies want to keep it that way. The problem is that level of consumerism isn't remotely sustainable. The U.S. in particular needs to end the throw away society and bring back the repair technician.

/things like this really need to happen.


www.eujacksonville.com

When was the last time you got a VCR repaired?
 
2013-10-25 08:12:42 AM

studebaker hoch: The block architecture is just going to slow the things down.


That would be the least worry of a billion engineering nightmares. I'd be more worried about the random I/O selection, or the sized of the battery needed to make up for all that extra wire/junction.

// and oh yeah, don't ever drop it...
 
2013-10-25 08:34:06 AM
I must be the very last person on the planet not to have pledged fealty to a phone maker or an employer by volunteering to carry upon my person an electronic ball and chain.
 
2013-10-25 08:42:22 AM

gozar_the_destroyer: real_headhoncho: Now, if they could make a PC like that, it would an innovation.  Need more memory?  Just pop in a new or lager memory module.  Faster processor?  Pull the old one and plug in the new one.  Drives, data ports...  make a bare-bones internet machine or the fastest gaming rig on the planet, or just get the computer you can afford at the time and add on to when you have the cash.  That way you don't need to take it into the shop or try to do it yourself with the current machines.

PC's are built in a modular and upgradable manor. You just have to know a little about electronics and hardware compatibility to add on to or design systems.

\and not buy a Dell, Apple, or Gateway


I know. It's incredibly easy to do today. Didn't appreciate TFA's comment about the difficulties of mearly plugging components in... Overclock, maybe.

Blackbox tech, disposable consumerism, and declining educational standards are creating a generation of incompetence in basic thinking and craft skills.

It's a wonder they don't have disposable light fixtures yet. For when the bulb burns out.
 
2013-10-25 08:47:17 AM

real_headhoncho: Now, if they could make a PC like that, it would an innovation.  Need more memory?  Just pop in a new or lager memory module.  Faster processor?  Pull the old one and plug in the new one.  Drives, data ports...  make a bare-bones internet machine or the fastest gaming rig on the planet, or just get the computer you can afford at the time and add on to when you have the cash.  That way you don't need to take it into the shop or try to do it yourself with the current machines.


Not sure if serious, since this is how computers (if you build them yourself) are?
 
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