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TwoUp plus 3D printer project posted
Finally posted some pictures of an old 3D printer I made (and then sold). I'm unimaginatively calling it the "TwoUp plus" because it's just a repackaged and rebuilt QU-BD TwoUp. This solves many (but not all) the problems with the TwoUp, including the sagging gantry. Honestly, the TwoUp was a poor printer all around but it was cheap and it was my first.

In essence, this was my 3rd printer. I started with the QU-BD TwoUp, moved on to the Robo R1, then the TwoUp plus (produced with the R1), then the Original Prusa MK2, then the Orignal Prusa MK3. I'm waiting for my firsat resin printer anyday now.

I sold this printer over a year ago, but I'm finally getting around to post the pictures.
Posted on Jul 9 at 00:13


White & Black case mod pictures
I finally built another PC! Eight years was an excellent run for my old system, but I needed something that could play modern games (including VR). Here it is... White & Black! This system is designed as a general purpose system to last me years.

It's just a nicely thought out desktop with decent room to grow. It features all the expected modern trappings of a gaming system like an easily over-clocked CPU, RGB lighting, and silent cooling but also has a few hold-overs from the past like stealthed optical drives.
Posted on Jul 4 at 10:55


BB-8 Halloween Basket
Finally posting a small project from 2016... a BB-8 Halloween candy basket for all the little Reys out there.

This is based on the BB-8 wall light with a simple half-basket added, along with some minor electronic light reconfiguration and counter-weights to the basket doesn't fall face-forward.

May the force be with you!
Posted on Jan 14 at 01:51


TRON tank for original figures
I'm back with another 'TRON' project - a TRON tank for the original figures.

The original TRON toys featured 4 figures (TRON, Flynn, Sark, and a Warrior) and also a light-cycle (in a couple different colors). There have been rumors of a prototype Tank toy with no solid evidence that I've ever seen. But I wanted one.

After months of designing and building, here it is. It has space for multiple figures, rotating turret, rubberized wheels, and a 'special' little bit (litterally!) for one version of the tank.

Check it out and let me know what you think!
Posted on Jul 16 at 2017


TRON themed iCade - the game has changed
My last project for a while, but it's a good one.

You might remember the iCade from www.thinkgeek.com. It started out as an April Fool's gag then turned into a real product. Now, I've taken it the next step... into the Grid!

Yes, we're talking about a fully functional iCade with serious improvements. A new control panel with a new layout and lighted buttons & joystick. A built-in charger. New side art. And the button colors are customizable as well.

I believe this is the most advanced iCade yet. Care to prove me wrong?
Posted on Jul 16 at 2017


TRON Bit is positvely neutral
Another (small) project done.

About a year back I came across something in a department store that closely resembled a 'neutral' Bit in classic TRON. Add some paint and some electronics that cause an audible 'Yes' when a button is pressed and you have a Neutral Bit with a positive attitude.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


custom TRON grid backup device
My latest (small) project is complete.

It's a USB memory stick in the shape of the device Sam Flynn used to backup the grid at the end of TRON: Legacy. 8GB should be enough for the whole grid, right?
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


custom TRON Legacy necklaces
I've posted pictures of my custom TRON:Legacy necklaces.

Being a normal (well, somewhat) guy I don't have much need for necklaces but I tend to be a bit of a DIY person and saw someone online complaining about the lack of TRON jewelry a year or so ago. I saw some fairly poor attempts on http://etsy.com and knew I could do better.

Comments?
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Lightning connector for Red & Black
I finally brought Red & Black into 2012...

I added a lightning connector to the built-in iPhone dock. Yes, it's finally iPhone 5 ready.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


TRON Candy Jar
I finished another much needed project - a TRON themed candy jar for my desk at work. After all, even programs need some candy!

The project started out as a simple candy jar but I added a TRON Legacy disc (with blue C ring and variable speed outer ring lights), some laser etched TRON patterns on the side, internal lights, and a weighted bottom to support the extra weight up front. Let me know what you think.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


TRON Wii custom game system mod
Finally, another full case mod is ready for display. For this one I went back to one of my true loves.... TRON!

On the surface, it's a very simple mod... just a pattern and some lights, right? The devil is in the details. The disc on the game system has all the details a 'real' disc has including the button, the four projector lights, etc. The game controllers have Nintendo motion-plus accessories with a perfect recreation of the chip Sam used to backup the server at the end of Legacy. The cables and wrist straps on the controllers match the colors of the lights inside the controllers. And so on...

Get on the grid and check it out today!
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


custom TRON Identity Discs
This isn't exactly case mod related, but I had to post some pictures of my recent TRON mods. Basically I've created a set of TRON Identity Discs (both from the original movie TRON & TRON:Legacy). They are not screen accurate but instead are my interpretation of the discs.

All discs light up the appriopriate colors and some even include USB memory sticks internally to store data.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Red & Black case mod pictures
It's been a long time coming, but I finally posted pictures of my primary desktop machine - Red & Black. I actually finished this about 11 months ago but never posted pictures.

It's just a nicely thought out, consistently themed, consistently colored desktop with a nice built-in iPhone 4 dock on top. It features all the expected modern trappings of a gaming system like an easily over-clocked i7 920 CPU, DVD burner, Blu-ray reader, memory-card reader, etc.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Taking a break for a while
As if it hasn't been obvious due to the lack of updates, I've been taking a break from modding. Due to the tight economy (and uncertain job conditions), a special assesment at my condo, and my first baby due in under a month, I've been taking a break from modding.

I fully expect to return to modding some day, probably in about a year or so when it's time for a serious upgrade to my desktop PC but for now it's going to be a little slow around here.

Till then, look around and I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Audrey internet appliance rebuilt
Someone at work found an old Audrey internet appliance and gave it to me. It was missing the stylus & keyboard, and was somewhat dirty. I combined that with a tar & nicotine soaked stylus & keyboard I bought on ebay, and after taking every component apart and cleaning it she came alive. I even wetn so far as to add an ethernet adapter with wireless bridge, all powered internally.

Of course, I loaded her up with the best OS image I could find and customized it quite a bit (including re-adding her signature "giggle" back to the startup sequence).

She isn't really much of a "mod", but with such a unique shape I just couldn't cut into her.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Star Trek NX-PC featured in CPU magazine
The Star Trek NX-PC is featured as a "near miss" in the Mad Reader Mod section of CPU magazine, October edition. Pick it up today!

Of course, there are a lot of other great mods in there that don't really seem like a "near miss" as much as they seem like dead-center great mods to me.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Star Trek NX-PC mod is ready for space trials
My new PC, the Star Trek Enterprise NX-01 inspired case, is ready for it's space trials. It's my new daily driver system and I'll be migrating all my software, configs, and bookmarks over to the system this week.

Time to see if this fancy water-cooling thing really works for my needs.

Check is out in the mod gallery and let me know what all you Trekies think!
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


The Great Pumpkin mod is finally RIPE
After a long year with lots of interuptions, I finally picked the "Great Pumpkin" from the modding vine. In time for Halloween 2006, no less!

Check it out in the gallery and let me know what all you little gouls and goblins think of this latest unconventional computer.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


XKILL MODS YouTube Channel online
I've posted a number of video worklogs and TV interviews on the new XKILL MODS YouTube channel.

Be sure to check it out and leave me a comment or two!
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Millenium Falcon wins 3rd place
The Millenium Falcon case mod (wherever she is) won 3rd place in the VIA Arena greatest case mod competition! My thanks to everyone that voted, and the the VIA Arena staff for holding the competition
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Han Solo Carbonite Shuttle mod complete
Surprise, Surprise!

I've been working the last 5 weeks on a special "quick" case mod with some help from the fine folks over at Shuttle Computer, Inc. The new mod is my interpretation of the famous Carbonite Freezing scene from Star Wars: The Emprire strikes back. Check it out in the gallery...
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


TRON 2600 complete!
It's true! My Atari 2600 meets TRON project is finally complete!

Check it out in the mod gallery for many interesting shots of possibly the most expensive Atari mod ever!

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Mystery mod coming soon
A new mod is headed this way over the next 5 months.

Here's a hint: the deadline is October...

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Scientist mod wins StreetGlow contest
The "Scientist" computer mod recently won the StreetGlow.com computer lighting contest. StreetGlow is the great company that creates lighting packages for cars that make them look like they just came out of "The Fast and the Furious".

Thanks for holding the contest StreetGlow! Any company that recognizes that cool lights make cars or computers go faster is O.K. in my book!

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Tiny Toons laptop finished
An on-again, off-again project for some time is finally finished. What started out as a couple of dead VAIO laptops has become a laptop for my wife.

It's tiny, it's toony, maybe a little loony - the FurBall Laptop!

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Case Modding story on abcnews.com
Today, ABCnews.com ran a story on case modding which features a few quotes from me.

Check it out here.

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Computer Bike in American Iron magazine
Check it out!

The Computer Bike is mention briefly (very breifly) in the February 2006 edition of American Iron magazine (in the "Widgits" section). Check it out on newstands everywhere or here in the Media section.

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Computer Bike wins BAWLS HotMod Competition
This month, the "Computer Bike" mod has won BAWLS monthly mod competition for Out-Of-The-Box mods!

Thanks to everyone at BAWLS for supporting case modding and LAN parties. Their product is pretty good too... even my wife likes the taste!

Thanks again!

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Computer Bike wins Corsair Memory
This month, the "Computer Bike" mod has won Corsair's monthly mod competition! This means a couple of sticks of thier cool memory with built-in LED display will find a home in some of my systems.

I'd like to thank everyone over at Corsair for this. Not only do they make some great products, but they support the community in a great way. All around, a class act.

Thanks again!

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Computer Bike mod finished at last
The Computer Bike mod is finished! Stay tuned for a complete (painfully complete) making-of article on the extremetech.com site soon. Till then, take a look at the final outcome in the gallery.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Millenium Falcon mod was stolen

As posted earlier, the Millenium Falcon mod was shown at WinHEC 2005 (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference). The show went off without a hitch, and the Falcon got some attention.

However, before the mod was shipped back to me it was stolen off the desk of one of the event organizers. Yes, the Falcon (along with it's X-Wing mouse and custom keyboard) was stolen from the Microsoft campus. Security has reviewed the security camera tapes, but no leads as of yet.

Microsoft has compensated me for the loss, although how do you come up with a monetary value for something with so many memories? In any case, I've decided not to rebuild. Other Falcon PCs exist out there and the idea is no longer unique. Time to let my wounds heal and move on.

In the offhand chance that anyone knows anything about the theft, please contact me and let me know - I would like to know what happened to the old girl.

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Millenium Falcon PC at WinHEC 2005
See the pics on the last page of the Millenium Falcon PC gallery.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Welcome Slashdotters
Well, glad to see my little DSL line is holding up ok. Not bad - 90,000 hits so far for a single comment 3 replies deep in a slashdot story.

Look around a bit - you might like something you see.

Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


Scientist mod updated
I just uploaded more pictures about this mod, and added simple "making of" section with some captions. Check it out here.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


CBS news story
Today, the local CBS news affiliate KPIX (San Francisco bay area) came out to take a look at my mods and do a little filming for an upcoming segment.

My thanks to CBS, KPIX, and Sue Kwon for the coverage - it was a lot of fun!

I wonder what type of computer I could stick inside a large CBS logo...
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


San Jose Mercury story
On January 18th, 2005, the San Jose Mercury covered modding and my mods in particular. It got the front page of the business section, and had some great color photos as well.

Scans coming soon, but I'd like to thank for Mercury and Mike Cassidy in particular for the coverage. THANKS!
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


New project: Computer Bike
I finally chose a new project for the ExtremeTech articles - Computer Bike.

In the tradition of the TV show American Chopper, I will be modding a computer into a toy motorcycle. Complete with all the little attention to detail items that those bikes are famous for, this mod will showcase the state of the art in "art" mods.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


A busy couple of weeks
Whew! I'm tired with everything going on!

Over the last couple of weeks, both my book Going Mod: 9 Cool Case Mod Projects became officially available (my local Barnes and Nobel has it in stock) and the first of the ExtremeTech.com case modding articles went up.

Add this to several more references in other media, and my day job, and having a cold for the better part of this week. I need a rest - but more modding awaits me...
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


I work for ExtremeTech now
Thanks to Jim Louderback at ExtremeTech, I'm now working on a series of articles for thier website about modding.

Primarily the articles will be about a new modding project, step by step. But also thier will be some content about general modding issues of interest to the community. Come check it out.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


XKILL modding site coming online
In preparation for my upcoming book from Wiley publishing, tentatively titled "Going Mod", I decided it was best to update this site with relavent modding info. Look for more updates as I bring everthing up.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014


The book is nearing completion
Well, it's finally happened. The modding book I'm working on for Wiley publishing is getting close to completion (at least on my end). I'll be finishing "author review" on the last chapter tonight, so at that point it's up to the magic elves at Wiley and ExtremeTech to make me look good.
Posted on Mar 23 at 2014