Finally after nearly a year of working, i have finished my masterpiece; I have racked up more geek points by creating a backpack from an old macintosh SE computer c. 1988. I know everyone is saying either A.) why did you destroy a perfectly good macintosh? Or B.) Why didn't you spend that time making floppy disk plate mail like you promised? Well to be truthful/ in my defense, The mac was dead and I tried all I could to find the necessary system software, and I didn't want plate mail armor, however geeky, as much as I wanted this. Let's move on to the actual instructions:

Step 1: Acquire

I've had this Mac for almost three years, it became a decorative object after one. Good lord how I loved the noises it made, the initial ping as it started up, the whirring of the hard drive, the enevitable struggling and breakdown because it didn't have a fan. I was reared on this computer (not this exact one mind you) and will always revere them.
you could take this project and mix it with your floppy disk messanger bag, and you could take like an old vic-20 or a c64 or a atari home computer and gut the computer then hinging on end for a bag configuration :D
You need a T10 and T15 torx driver about 10 inches long. I got mine from Sears.
I would seriously use one of these as a school backpack (with padding of course).<br />
I know this is an older ible now. But you really need to make a point about discharging the CRT.
Now I have a possible plan for an ancient computer case...
it would be cool to do this with an old crt monitor
Acrylic matching the colour closely (or clear/smoke with the rear side sanded) and a heat gun or monster hairdryer, make sure the screen part is facing upwards (like if the computer was on it's back) lay the acrylic sheet over and heat evenly until the shaped is replicated, This will work with any thermoplastic plastic acrylic is just handy.
Thanks for that, Killerjackalope. I was looking for a way to do something like that, and you just helped me out. I have the heat gun, the plastic, and now the knowledge to do it right. Thanks.
this thing looks like an industrial vacuum cleaner I mean come on cool idea but still I think you have a little too much time to think about stuff lol!
Looks soooooo uncomfortable. Still nice idea ;)
one needs to vacuum chamber liquid rubbers and plastics to get them truely bubble free, though surface bubbles can be minimized by brushing on the first layer or two of mold material.
haha, thats funny. at first i thought your name said "im anal chemist'. sorry, had to point it out.
Lmao, no kidding! Still, what does "imanal" mean?
it is:im an alchemist
hahahahahahahaha lmmfao same here
it still looks like that to me how should it read?
"im an alchemist"
OOOOO!! nope i dont see it :-P
Is this possible to do with a non mac?? I found an old multisync XV15 (NCC) on the sidewalk... and wanted to make this backpack. Originally I was going to try to make it a fish tank... but it seems that it's going to need a lot of supplies i don't have. Advice?
the steps will essentially be the same, gut the computer, find a replacement screen, find a way to open and close it, then attach it to your back
Thanks :)
Justin demands you show me a Mac-pack-quarium .....always wanted to make a macquarium
What does the screen say?
Man, that's just nothing but looks...and ugly, at that. Funny and creative though.
it may not be but it looks heavy
HAhha Bulletproof! Carrottop! Funny. I think it is creative wonder how heavy it is? I am sure it doesn't weight much, just wondering.
several points: 1. You will attract attention wearing that. 2. You will be bulletproof, at least from behind. 3. You may be mistaken for "Carrottop" 4. You will be "chaste" wearing that. 5. You can't use it while you wear it, unless you can get somebody to "insert a floppy from behind" for ya'. 6. The only thing keeping the military from wanting it is the color. thanks for the pics..........................cool
HAhha Bulletproof! Carrottop! Funny. I think it is creative wonder how heavy it is? I am sure it doesn't weight much, just wondering.
seems kinda pointless, but creative
nice.. original tetris
This is funny. That backpack sure looks uncomfortable, but I bet you could fit all the legos you'd want in there!
ha! you know nothing of legos, I have a bin thats 2x3x0.8 and its FULL of legos. you'de need two of these backpacks.
It's actually not that uncomfortable, It rests mostly on the shoulders and doesn't hurt your lumbar section at all. If you have the straps adjusted apropriately and not sagging down... I wish that more smaller backpacks were made
It's a pity that you can't convert geek points to Slashdot karma... hehe, LOL!
mmm... i must admit... cute. but in a nerdy way... but nerd can be cute.
Vera nice. How much?
...that is NOT nice backback you're wearing... i mean... nice backback....NOT
excellent!!!! in a month or 2 these will be on the catwalks of paris!
ooo the backpains...
(While typical of imanalchemist's earlier work (pre-published!) I believe his mother and I are very impressed with the number of cleaned spaces of flooring in this display. We are very proud of both his mechanical inventiveness and his skills of description! By the way, tell us more about the young man only shown in the first panel!
It's a bit late now, but, I'm pretty sure that Apple freely distribute images for System 7. Ah, yes: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Apple_Software_Updates/English-North_American/Macintosh/System/Older_System/System_7.5_Version_7.5.3/">here</a>. (It's linked from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_7_(Macintosh) wikipedia].)<br/>
hair from an orange cat caught on the full moon? Aw man I used hair from a blue cat caught on a half moon! Now I have to start over. Thanks alot...
hey just Dremel them into flat heads. That's what I do.
The start drives you refer to I think are called torx. You might be able to find them in a variety pack of screw bits for a power drill @ Home Despot etc. Or you can get specail bit sets of tamper proof screw bits that feature star shapes as well as other screw types. This way you will be fully equipped to take apart bathroom stalls. :)
I got a set at ACE at the bargain bin for $4! they're awesome
which I do so often
you totally could have made yourself a vacuum former and made a plastic screen that way, it would have taken a little modification to the one they show you how to make on this site. Id imagine youd need to make a sort of lip that went up to the height of the screen so you'd get a seal and only form to the glass of the screen.
The rainbow ribbon cable in the last step is a nice touch. I can't wait for the zero-power "electronic ink" displays to get bigger, because you could put one in place of the screen and have it repaint itself every so often. (Almost as fast as the GUI updates in System 7!) Then create an embedded module like a Chumby that'd receive updates over pocsag, wifi, or bluetooth, and redraw the display accordingly. Wefax on your backpack! :)
That would be amazing, not to mention expensive. They are not completely powerless, a small electric charge is required to repolarize each pixel according to whether it is to be bolack or white. If I had that kind of money I would do that, also I would have to go through the same agonizing process of making a hard, clear screen to mount it to.

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