Good to hear from you!
I have been very busy with my personal business, www.thebigconsultant.com
and have recently been designing two commercial products. One of them was recently presented the a big brand high street firm on Friday. So I have had little time to work on my hobbies.
This is something that I hope to change in the near future.
I am still very keen to finish the design, and build the the Atari case design. I have a Atari TT which at the moment I have a lot of hard drives and other peripherals hanging out of, and also a Mega STe motherboard, which has no case. I am exited to repair and use the Mega STe, as it is a machine that is fast (16Mhz) and also has the software compatibility for MIDI, plus great expandability.
I have been donated some SCSI Zip drives, and I also have SCSI CD-ROM's and also several ASCI and SCSI to IDE converter boards. Plus other interesting items, which I would like to experiment with. ... These need fitting somehow better than the 'traditional hanging out of the machine' method, that I and many people here seem to utilise (below)
Plus, I have seen that Falcon users have greater problems than this. lol
I still do derive a great deal of pleasure from using the Atari platform... Even though my 3D CAD work involves me using the latest high end PC (Quad Core 4Ghz with 8GB RAM and expensive Quadro graphics, etc). I get no pleasure from recreational or music computing on the PC. ... God, and I love the simplicity too.
It just damn works, and brings back all the feelings of something that you own and can control. You know how it works, and it does not have the same big brother crazyness of the PC. ... I booted up my ST recently, as I needed to get some old CAD drawings off it. And it still amazed me that the 256k OS booted in less than a few seconds, and the windowing was actually quicker than my Quad Core PC... Something is wrong with modern computers people! ... Just amazing design in the ST, and so beautifully done, more with less. ... Anyway, I digress.
For a Falcon, I think that there is even more reason to break out to a custom desktop case:-
- The Falcon case is small
- Adding devices can be clumsy
- It has always looked like a 1988 STfm
- Does not show off the beautiful and elegant electronics.
Computers are really not made like this any more, to "do more with less" and unbelievable capabilities considering the limited chipset and clock speeds.
So, the case will fit all (with motherboard mounting holes for all machines), and I am intending to have the components ordered in bulk with the parts laser cut, and etched also with logos etc using the same process.
However, as this is not going to earn me money, and is a labour of love (something that I have wanted to do since a kid), then I have to finish off my commercial projects first.
But I have a number of things in mind also, for when I get the machine case set up. Like showcasing the board and components. Easy wiring, and removable trays. All laser cut ala Acrylic Cowboy cases. I have suppliers, but just need time to finish the CAD. Flashing lights also make me happy too.
I have not had a chance to go on here for a while, due to extreme work load.
But I can assure you that the project is still very much alive in my mind. And it will be completed, and very reasonably priced. Of that I have no doubt!
If you have any comments on the design, I would be happy to consider them.
... Just a note.
The bit that I am stuck on and considering now is fitting the CTPCI as an option into the case if a Falcon motherboard is used.
As the CT 60 is quite high and sits in the PSU area of the Falcon. And also the lead is very short. The only place I can come up with is with the PCI boards exiting the case on the right hand side (see above pic). ... This would be ok, as I intend the case to be either desktop orientation (shown above) or in tower formation with monitor [not shown] resting on the desk next to the tower, and with seperate keyboard in front. (see below).
This would probably be one of my favorite ways to use it. And plus I use a heavy old 19" VGA with my Atari at the moment. Plus it makes it easier to get to the Atari and pull it apart for fun!
So, in the tiower config above. If CT60 was fitted, then the VGA ports or PCI card ports would exit from the top of the case. There does not seem to be room anywhere else to fit it.
I intend this to be a one-size-fits all case. For any
Atari motherboard, and plus a suitable but finite range of 5.25" and 3.25" storage devices, hardware add-ons and any other expansion boards. Personally, I will de-box my quite a few devices using this case, and I am looking forwards personally to finish it.
I have personally two machines in mind for some serious modding fun. And I intend to brand this case nicely with some laser etching and also like the idea of being able to admire the electronics though a clear acrylic case. I might add a few LED's personally, or some cold cathode tubes just for fun.