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From the How Cool Is That? Department

I like to post “lighter” articles on Fridays, and I have been saving this one for today. By now, your eye has glimpsed the picture of nightstand. And, maybe, you’re wondering why a piece of furniture is being shown on a Tech website..

Media Center PC

Well, the reason for that is that this chest of drawers is interesting.
(Yes, Paul. Fine. But, interesting how?)

This nightstand (or.. whatever) is not really a chest of drawers at all, but is – in reality – a Media serving computer.


While “researching” the latest high-end Gaming Rigs (read “goofing off”) the other day, I decided to take a look at what people had submitted lately in the way of case mods.

Mixed in with the usual assortment of glowing, multi-fanned, custom painted, hard-core, high-performance gamers was.. this. And by contrast alone it caught my eye.
(I have never mentioned this here before, but old Tech Paul has watched the New Yankee Workshop a time or two.)

A fella by the name of Kyle Shipp took a bunch of old computer parts, and assembled them inside this $20 chest he found at Target. He has posted a webpage describing the process.. and it has a bunch of pictures of the stages. You can see how it was done, here.

Very thought provoking, and I bet it looks good in his living room.

Today’s free download: 360Desktop (This is one you should look at, because I really can’t describe it..)
* Get more desktop space for everything you like to do
* Take your favorite content from across the web and put it on your desktop
* Choose from an endless selection of 360° wallpaper you download, create & share.

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April 3, 2009 - Posted by | hardware, PC, tech, tweaks


  1. Pretty cool article Paul! I have a media center just sitting out in my living room. I need that to make it look better. :)


    Comment by Dominic | April 3, 2009 | Reply

    • Dominic–
      Yes, I thought that was very clever — disguising the PC as a piece of furniture.

      I was pondering the possibility of using BlueTooth or wireless and eliminating the wires…


      Comment by techpaul | April 3, 2009 | Reply

      • My current media center has a wireless connection to the internet and it works great. I watch video from netflix and hulu with no problem. I only need 2 wires from my pc to my tv for video/sound.


        Comment by Dominic | April 7, 2009 | Reply

        • Dominic,
          That’s very efficient, and the newer “N” type of WiFi should handle the bps.
          I have installed some home theaters that used wireless speakers for their surround sound.. with what I consider to be mixed results. (some speakers were excellent)

          Now.. to get the video feed and sound feed there wirelessly (and eliminate ALL cables)…


          Comment by techpaul | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Neat!


    Comment by Mary Miller | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. That is a really neat idea that took some thought and hardware know how!

    Oh, your “free download” 360D Desktop is awesome. It is like having a rotating desktop… Good find!


    Comment by whatsonmypc | April 3, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I like the ability to grab ‘live’ snippets off the web and display them (kinda like widgets) .. things like sports score tickers and traffic maps.

      I still can’t figure a really good description.. it really has to be seen.


      Comment by techpaul | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).


    Comment by matt | April 4, 2009 | Reply

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