sgifanatic wrote:I wish I was that talented, but no, I had a huge amount of assistance. The work was done in Lahore and I had a lot of help from a metal shop. The challenge is not only getting the cast right, but also cleaning out the aluminium. LOTS of grinding, sanding, cutting and more grinding involved. The vents were a huge pain. But it's all worth it!
Oh, yup... I know what you mean... I just ask because here and there I'm practicing with some foundry work (mostly as hobby) trying to learn the basics to try more complicated things later.
Not too shabby, actually. Chromium runs great, as does video playback. Heavy web pages with lots of interactivity and flash etc stutter a bit, but don't they everywhere
Generally the system is quite responsive. I am tryimng to figure out how to speed up disk i/o though. The SD cards I have right now are kinda ok, but I want to go back and look at the board specs to figure out the absolute fastest card I can put in there. Also need to see if adding a fast USB drive to mount /swap will help. It should take some i/os off the SD.
Still lots to do to fine tune this guy. The LCD on the front panel also remains TBD. The SGI logo, perhaps alternating with perf/status graphics, showing on that little LCD will lend the box a little bit of a cool factor I think.
Internal lighting that glows through the vents? Not sure about that either. Could be worth trying.
Looks very useful for all kind of things; including like a perfect ftp/mail/web server with very low energy footprint, and as an interactive multi seat machine, you know, you can run a whole S.O.H.O. (Small Office / Home Office) and all kind of street bussinesses with it.
But I'm sure the best use is on top of your desk, as daily use machine, of course. You can drive many displays, lots of flexability, and add to this, with low energy consumption (a big plus if you ask me) so, it seems like a win-win situation!
I would not add internal lighting, but, you know... it is just my taste! It is completely beautiful as is ...but I'd go definitively for the status LCD!
EDIT: thinking it a bit better, some internal light would benefit the effective vision of the internal stuff either for practical purposes, like hardware swap for benchmarking, easy localization of board pins, tuning, etc... so maybe would be a great idea, yes.