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If Mad Men had computers

Posted on 26th Jul 2010 at 12:50 by Richard Swinburne with 23 comments

Richard Swinburne
Jeffrey Stephenson of Ingrapham fame and more recently the tiny Level 11 reinvisioning of Thermaltakes monstrous Level 10, has now created a deliciously simple and elegant Danish-styled 1960s PC case that's more furniture than electrical appliance.

As many commenters have pointed out, thanks to its minimalist styling, this surely is the perfect PC for Don Draper's office.

Right now Jeffery claims the case is 85 per cent done, so hopefully it won't be long before we see the completed article!

Check out more of Jeffrey's website of modding marvels here and the full project log is available on our forum as well.

Let us know what you think in the forums.

If Mad Men had computers

If Mad Men had computers

If Mad Men had computers

If Mad Men had computers

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robots 26th July 2010, 13:59 Quote
heh

The 1960's called, they want their coffee table back.
Valver 26th July 2010, 14:39 Quote
Err, how do I get my DVDs in and out? Fail.
Lance 26th July 2010, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Valver
Err, how do I get my DVDs in and out? Fail.

Man up and stop using DVD/CD.

Loving the retro look.
Sifter3000 26th July 2010, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Valver
Err, how do I get my VHS tapes in and out? Fail.

Fixed that for you ;)
Teelzebub 26th July 2010, 15:12 Quote
Mad Men DO have computers, At least I have one
djDEATH 26th July 2010, 15:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bumsrush
Mad Men DO have computers, At least I have one

i also have not just one, but several computers and am confirmed diagnosed shizophrenic. Proof that we do indeed have computers.

At least i thought it was a computer last time i checked, i'm mad, i can't be sure!!
Shadow703793 26th July 2010, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Valver
Err, how do I get my DVDs in and out? Fail.

Ummmm.... you use a USB/eSATA/FireWire based DVD drive. I no longer put a DVD RW in my PCs. I have about 4 USB DVD burners.
Faulk_Wulf 26th July 2010, 16:10 Quote
Okay, even the major oversight of no optical drive or front mounted / accessible USB ports pales before this question: How do you turn it on?

This *is* a great solution to Media Center and Server PCs however, and I like that it's minimalistic and functional.
slipperyskip 26th July 2010, 16:22 Quote
Actually, this is a test to see who has reading comprehension skills. Looking grim so far. LOL

"Right now Jeffrey claims the case is 85 per cent done"
delriogw 26th July 2010, 17:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by djDEATH

i also have not just one, but several computers and am confirmed diagnosed shizophrenic. Proof that we do indeed have computers.

At least i thought it was a computer last time i checked, i'm mad, i can't be sure!!

several computers hey? one for each personality?

(i'm sorry i had to)
Teelzebub 26th July 2010, 17:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by delriogw
several computers hey? one for each personality?

(i'm sorry i had to)

Delphium 26th July 2010, 17:31 Quote
Nice case :)
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Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
How do you turn it on?
If like when I removed the power switch from my GF's pc due to her just holding it down when she was finished instead of actually shutting down... you can set the pc to switch on via a mouse click or keyboard key or even a password on the keyboard, which is then setup in the bios (depends on the motherboard of cause, but quite a few have this feature).
So there is no need for any actuall power button. Although its a pain reaching to the rear if it does crash, thankfully not often.
[- pio -] 26th July 2010, 19:28 Quote
flibblesan 26th July 2010, 22:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
Okay, even the major oversight of no optical drive or front mounted / accessible USB ports pales before this question: How do you turn it on?

Maybe you slide the case out from the back and turn it on, then slide it back in. Doesn't appear that the case is locked in at all. Just a nice retro styled PC case holder.
devilxc 27th July 2010, 12:40 Quote
"This "non-project" will be built around a Silverstone TJ08. It is a steel case that fits micro-ATX motherboards. I have no intention to spend money on computer components for this rig. My design will have no provisions for optical drives, USB ports, ventilation ports or anything else that supports imaginary installed equipment. I will however design it so these things can be easily backfit if required. The vent system will be custom built to whatever ends up inside...if anything."
- from the project log.
slipperyskip 27th July 2010, 15:17 Quote
^^^That is exactly why you won't find this "project" in the Project Log section of the forums. I left open the chance that it might be good enough to attract sponsors but that went down the toilet when it was published in an unfinished state.
robert69 27th July 2010, 19:12 Quote
optical disk support could be done by simply putting some hidden hinges on the front panel.
slipperyskip 27th July 2010, 21:21 Quote
Anything is possible. I was toying with the idea of converting an old rotary phone into an external optical drive. Have it sitting on the tabletop attached with a cloth-wrapped USB cable. That way I could use it for my Mad Men II project.
robert69 28th July 2010, 17:43 Quote
I like that idea, though you may find the old phones are expensie.
bulldogjeff 28th July 2010, 21:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by robert69
optical disk support could be done by simply putting some hidden hinges on the front panel.

Why have a panel, have a slot drive and a hot key on the key board.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 3rd August 2010, 01:36 Quote
If Mad Men had computers................ there would be less sex on that show as they all would be downloading porn.

very nice case, does that come in Cherry Oak?
bulldogjeff 21st August 2010, 02:02 Quote
If mad men had computers there would be a place called Bit-tech.net where mad men would come to show off their creations in what some would consider to be an orgy of modding mayhem.

Oh CRAP I think this place might already exist, but hopefully only in my head, this sort of lunacy doesn't need to spill over in to reality.

Could you imagine the psychotic creations that could spill on to the net from the minds of these evil geniuses.

Oh wow, I just woken up, must all just have been a crazy dream....thank god...
slipperyskip 6th September 2010, 10:42 Quote
This project is now complete. Final photos can be found in the forum thread or on my website HERE.
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