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[USRF]Obiwan 1st August 2007, 15:48 Quote
is it friday allready?
Washfordmonkey 1st August 2007, 16:26 Quote
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This article was originally printed at The Tech Lounge and has been repbublished with permission.

someone forgot to check the spelling :D
The_Pope 1st August 2007, 16:27 Quote
You've got 2.5 shopping days to order in your cheapo USB stick before spending Saturday morning in the garage with a Dremel in one hand and epoxy in the other ;)
DougEdey 1st August 2007, 16:37 Quote
I'm doing this with my snowman :P
Duste 1st August 2007, 16:43 Quote
LOL! That guy's freaking hilarious, especially with the protective gear. :P
The_Beast 1st August 2007, 18:47 Quote
cool;)
Hugo.B 1st August 2007, 19:04 Quote
Couldn't you have published something a bit more...original?
What with all the modding talent on here, I sure it wouldn't have been a problem.
pendragon 1st August 2007, 19:16 Quote
good to see some Modding articles on here ..especially simple ones for modding-n00bs like myself :) thanks! ;)
proxess 1st August 2007, 20:30 Quote
OMG! all those pubic hairs! you should just get a black keyboard to do a mod like that, no one will notice the hairs...
completemadness 1st August 2007, 20:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
OMG! all those pubic hairs! you should just get a black keyboard to do a mod like that, no one will notice the hairs...
or clean away the hairs ...

IMO - this doesn't look amazing, i think its quite a cool idea, but it doesn't look right to me ...
The notch where the USB connector sticks out makes it look a bit shabby, it needed a tiny bit of filling and a bit of paint to hide it

Also, has the board floated up in the glue ? because it doesn't look level to me ...
Also where he sanded the edges to flatten it, now looks opaque, and the whole thing needs a light sanding to make the effect right

Sorry to be so harsh, maybe I'm just spoilt by the generally amazing front page articles .....
timmythemonkey 1st August 2007, 20:45 Quote
Personally I would have passed on the transparent epoxy back and used a piece of plastic from the side of the keyboard as a bottom cap, that way he wouldnt have had to worry about matching the colour. ah well each to their own when it comes to modding i suppose
L2wis 1st August 2007, 20:59 Quote
wicked mod, thanks for featuring it bit :) Might have to make one myself
CollinstheClown 1st August 2007, 21:48 Quote
They should make a cap with the ' key.




-CollinstheClown
malcolm 1st August 2007, 23:20 Quote
Enjoyable article with a good result, achievable by many. Top marks :)

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Originally Posted by CollinstheClown
They should make a cap with the ' key.
An excellent idea :)
specofdust 1st August 2007, 23:29 Quote
That was excellent :D
Axman 1st August 2007, 23:42 Quote
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They should make a cap with the ' key.

I'm totally passing that one on to Kurtis.
Kurtis 2nd August 2007, 03:20 Quote
I'm glad most of you enjoyed the article. :)

I fully realize my mod isn't perfect, but overall I'm pleased with it for what it is.


"LOL! That guy's freaking hilarious, especially with the protective gear. :P"
--> Thank you, sir!

"OMG! all those pubic hairs! you should just get a black keyboard to do a mod like that, no one will notice the hairs..."
--> I promise those aren't pubic hairs. Not most of them, anyways. I have really thick hair and lots of it falls out on my desk and keyboard. I have no good excuse for all that food in the keyboard, though. Looking back, I would've cleaned it for the photos - I thought it was funny at the time for some reason, heh.

"IMO - this doesn't look amazing, i think its quite a cool idea, but it doesn't look right to me ... The notch where the USB connector sticks out makes it look a bit shabby, it needed a tiny bit of filling and a bit of paint to hide it. Also, has the board floated up in the glue ? because it doesn't look level to me ... Also where he sanded the edges to flatten it, now looks opaque, and the whole thing needs a light sanding to make the effect right. Sorry to be so harsh, maybe I'm just spoilt by the generally amazing front page articles ....."
--> No need to apologize. I'm quite aware of the usual caliber of modding 'skeelz' you guys are used to, so I wasn't really aiming to leave anyone in utter disbelief at my amazing craftsmanship. It was more so meant to be entertaining and hopefully to encourage some people to get creative and mod something, even if it's something simple. Now, I should mention that this USB drive looks a bit cleaner in person than it does when photographed - in those close-ups you can see some flaws much easier than you really can when holding it. For example, the notch looks perfectly fine, no filler material is really needed, though perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to fill it a little to seal it from moisture in case I throw it in the wash cycle, or a rogue bear pees on it or something. I will admit the backside looks a bit crap - I would do a better job of that if I did this over, for sure. Thanks for your feedback, your criticism is certainly warranted. :-D

"They should make a cap with the ' key."
--> You know, I thought about that... thing is, I couldn't figure out a good way to do it without molding a custom key myself, because the keys curve away from each other. So the ' key would have to be facing down or something. If you've got a good idea for how to work that, I'm all ears.
m0ng0lh0rde 2nd August 2007, 04:59 Quote
I was about to suggest you should've tracked down an IBM M keyboard, and just popped off the key-cap from the Enter key. Then I thought about it, and popped of the Enter on my M keyboard....

You would've had *more* plastic to clear out, not less. It's only the smaller keys that separate from the actual key, so you could re-arrange the letters....

Cool quick-and-dirty mod, though. I've got a 64MB flash I've been thinking about making a new housing for, might go this route, rather than custom fitting clear acrylic...
The_Pope 2nd August 2007, 11:10 Quote
Maybe we should hold a Mod a USB Key compo so everyone can have a go. Not sure what the prize should be though
Tim S 2nd August 2007, 11:39 Quote
another USB key? :D

I'll have a think of something better than that...
completemadness 2nd August 2007, 18:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
another USB key? :D

I'll have a think of something better than that...
your 8800GTX ? :p
Emon 2nd August 2007, 19:28 Quote
Pretty neat.

Just a note, E6000 isn't epoxy. Epoxy is always a two-part mixture. It's not silicone, either.
Kurtis 2nd August 2007, 21:48 Quote
Oops, I thought I had edited that. E6000 is industrial strength adhesive. You're right, it is not epoxy or silicone.
Cupboard 3rd August 2007, 13:26 Quote
I have been very happy with a "mod" i did a while back when i broke the casing on my Attache USB drive, i just covered it in electrical tape. It made it much smaller, and also had my name permanently attached to it :)
Sandwich 4th August 2007, 06:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by completemadness
your 8800GTX ? :p

How about some of Sandisk's new Ducati memory?
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