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Computers are functional tools. But sometimes a little glitz is nice too. Many folks modify their computer’s cases to include a transparent window, internal lights, and even glowing cables inside the computer. I wanted to add a digital VU meter.

Step 1: The VU module

I wanted to add a stereo LED VU meter to my computer. I found a nice kit which measures 1.5 by 4 inches, perfect for my intended use. Stereo VU circuits are extremely simple and if you want to duplicate this project it’s easy to purchase a kit or build your own VU circuit from scratch. The computer’s audio output drives the VU meter – any sounds sent to the computer’s line out jacks are “displayed” on the VU meter.

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I think it looks good in copper too. I paint a lot of things myself and I always have some paint kicking around. I also have an idea what colors I'd like to paint things, but my ideas and my stock on hand don't always line up exactly either.<br><br>One example is a rusty pair of pliers I cleaned up then decided to paint, you know to keep them from rusting up again. they ended up metallic gold, which has since earned them the moniker, my Liberace pliers.<br><br>While those pliers may seem a bit flamboyant, they are clean. Which I think beats a dirty pair of rusty old pliers any day. Proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that anything looks better if you slap a coat of any color paint on it.<br><br>I like your electronics computer hacks too. I think you're really expanding the definition of personal in PC. 4 stars for you!

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