Most computers are ugly, made of plastics and have ultrabright blue LED´s to "brushup" its design. ;-)
Tired of those "Desktop Devices" I builded a small, nice looking computer. Even for the desk of a lady.
The plan was to have a computer that is able to browse the web, read mails, write letters and do some calculations with a spreadsheet program. Wireless was a "must" for this computer.
Step 1: The Mainboard
I found a 12cm x 12cm nano ITX Mainboard on the internet. The board has a lot of features:
12V single Power
500 MHz Geode CPU
MINI PCI - Slot
Capable to drive up to 1 GByte of RAM
Sound pn Board
Ethernet 10 / 100 MHz on Board
VGA on Board
2 USB 2.0 on Board + 2 USB 2.0 on an external cable
CF Slot for the secondary IDE channel
44pin IDE Port that connects direct to a Ntebook HDD
So everything you need to build a whole computer.
1 GByte Ram
1 WIFI Card
1 Pigtail WIFI connector
1 WIFI antenna
1 Power switch
1 Reset switch
12 V Power supply.