On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM, james fowler <firstname.lastname@example.org
> i built my own rackmount pc. cost me about 700 bucks and everything came
> from newegg.com
it's 3u high and skb makes a deep shock rack that will
> accommodate server cases. for the money it's far more powerful than
> anything you could buy off the shelf. plenty of memory, ram, processor is
> plenty fast, etc. and i'm not a computer-y person, so don't be dissuaded if
> you feel that you lack the requisite know-how. it's pretty much
> touch screens are dope and all but hp makes a slide-out keyboard/monitor
> combo that works great. i'm typing on it right now, actually. google
> "TFT5600" and see what comes up. i paid 30 bucks for mine on
> ebay...apparently they're absurdly expensive new and absurdly cheap when
> bought used. i use bidule and on anything but the simplest of presets i'm
> needing all the screen i can get. a tiny touch screen would be
> only things left are a good pci audio interface and midi i/o and you're all
> if anybody is seriously considering something similar, feel free to email me
> off (or on, i suppose) for gory details.
> - jim
> On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Art Simon <email@example.com
>> I've toyed with the idea of building a rack mount music computer. I
>> especially like the idea of built-in touchscreen, so you wouldn't need to
>> have a keyboard and monitor on stage. Here's an example:
>> What's kept me from doing it is that most of the rack mount server cases
>> are too deep for the typical musicians 19" flight case, and while it would
>> be portable, it would be awkward and heavy to carry. Also, the costs start
>> to add up. A laptop seems much more cost effective, unless you already have
>> a good desktop and just want to transfer it to a new case. The alienware
>> M11x is slightly larger than a netbook and costs under $1000. It could make
>> a very portable and unobtrusive music laptop.
>> On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 12:58 AM, G <firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>>> Subject: Re: Mobius in a rack unit
>>> From: Rainer Straschill <email@example.com
>>> Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 23:10:53 +0200
>>> >Jeff Larson said (with regard to the Altium NanoBoard):
>>> >> I've looked at things like this before, the problem with them for me
>>> >> boils down to the operating system. Besides the big things like how
>>> >> you interface with MIDI, audio, and display devices, Mobius was also
>>> >> designed with certain OS assumptions like virtual memory and a file
>>> >> system.
>>> >> At the moment I barely have enough time to keep the Windows and Mac
>>> >> versions going so I doubt this will ever happen.
>>> >I just had this idea because a) this hardware has everything you'd need,
>>> >b) the "you can't fit Möbius into a rack unit" topic had come up just
>>> >recently and c) the fact that I assume that something like Möbius (due
>>> >to its eight parallel engines and a state-machine-oriented logic) really
>>> >lends itself to be implemented on a FPGA.
>>> >But there was a reason I neded my originall message with a
>>> >smileyface...I perfectly understand that you don't want to get into yet
>>> >another version to support.
>>> > Rainer
>>> Since deciding to go the rack route, fitting a laptop or pc into a rack
>>> is something I'm pondering. I missed the earlier thread.
>>> In IT server rooms, generally multiple servers are housed in 19" racks.
>>> I'm thinking about getting such a rack PC case installing an adequate
>>> computer into it. I've yet to look into the keyboard/mouse/monitor.
>>> -- G.
>> Art Simon
>> myspace [dot] com/artsimon