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When I was at school, we all got allocated
a nice wooden desk at which we'd sit for
registration. It also doubled as a store for
books, pens and sandwiches. I get rather
nostalgic when I remember my desk.
Carved into the top - against school rules
of course - were the little marks of
students who owned the desk or
were just passing by. These days of wipe
clean white boards and plastic-coated
desks are just not the same.
The Nice Big Wooden Computer is a
standard desktop, removed from the metal
or plastic casing and installed in a nice
wooden box. It works precisely the same
as a normal desktop. The LCD screen is
also embedded in a nice big wooden
Students envariably will add their own
marks to the wood and create the patina
of the old school desks. Every so often,
the Nice Big Wooden Computer can be
sanded down to get rid of the marks if
required. Like a hermit crab, If things get
really bad, the motherboard and gubbins
can be reinstalled in a new box.
Everyone will know that Nice Big Wooden
Computers are only found in schools. If
you get offered one, you'll know it's been
stolen. To rehouse a Nice Big Wooden
Computer in a standard CPU casing would
be costly and time consuming so potential
thieves would leave well alone.
When constructed of nicer woods, Nice Big
Wooden Computers make lovely pieces of
furniture that you wouldn't mind being left
on display, complete with wooden mouse
and rafia wrapped cables.
but [jon]'s model will work, shirley. [methinksnot, Mar 13 2006]
Diferent purpose (no idea what the purpose was, actually), but same idea. [DrCurry, Mar 13 2006]
Wodden computer case
Shaped somewhat like a desk or table. Blue tiles on top. [jutta, Mar 14 2006]
do you mean likes this?
[zeno, Mar 15 2006]
[skinflaps, Mar 23 2006]
for !markflynn [Loris, Mar 23 2006]
Mmmm... shiny wood... [dbmag9, Mar 23 2006]
||There used to be a company, maybe still is, that would, for a suitable fee, dismantle your precious PC, render the screen, PC and keyboard casings in beautiful faux wood, marble or whatever, and then lovingly reassemble it for you. Cost an arm and a leg, though.
||But anyway, this idea, or one like it, has been mooted several times before in these pages. One such linked.
||Making too many marks leads to inflation.
||Should you really be interested I can make these to your specs.
||Is 'gubbins' a real word? 'Cause if it's not,I want it to be.
||Oddly, I think I disagree with the definition
of gubbins - I'm using it in the sense of a
collective noun of things. I do know what
they're called, but to save naming them all,
I'm calling them gubbins.
||Perhaps make it completely wooden, with streams of water instead of wires. It might take up the space of a footbal field, require more electricity than the rest of the school combined, not work on hot or cold days and be painfully slow, but it would be very cool.