Windows XP NUC PC Design

Windows XP NUC PC design 2019 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas dave's geeky ideas

NUCs are a popular line of mini PC’s (not to be confused with Nucks, which is the nickname of a terrible hockey team), and I thought I’d make one look like the shutdown prompt from Windows XP, of all things.

Truth is, I thought about including some of these design cues in the previous post, even a Start button from the taskbar would be thrown in. Decided to nix the idea, because I was already trying to convey so much information. In the end, I think it works great as this PC case design.

If you Google NUCs you will notice a sea of grey boxes. I think there’s room for a more colorful and lively design like the one above, if you ask me.

Space Cadet Pinball Handheld Device

space cadet pinball handheld device design by Dave's Geeky Ideas dave delisle davesgeekyideas

This is handheld gaming device in the same vein as that Oregon Trail handheld that came out a few years ago. It features a 16:9 LCD screen, making this device the size of a small smartphone. It is held like a Game Boy, featuring 2 buttons on the front to control the paddles, and an analog nub in the middle to control the pinball shooter/plunger.

Bank Vault CPU Fan Mount

Bank Vault CPU fan mount design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas dave's geeky ideas

Not sure if this actually exists, but I would like CPU fan mounts to be able to swing open like a bank vault door. Just twist a couple of levers and swing the fan out of the way. It would make life easier for replacing thermal paste/liquid metal, or accessing the CPU in a pinch.

There is a power cable that runs from the fan to the motherboard, worst case scenario is that would need to be unplugged when opening this up. I’m not familiar with water-cooling setups, this may be applicable to those.

Supercar Laptop

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This was just a design experiment, to fuse some of my favorite things about Supercars into a laptop. There is a carbon fiber finish, some chrome accents, and a power button that looks like the Engine Start button from a Ferrari.

I was tempted to go overboard and add some gauges to display CPU temp, battery power, and FPS; but that was a bit too cheesy, even for me.

Modular Graphics Card

Modular Graphics Card design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

I currently own a Nvidia¬†GTX 960 card and I’m in the market for a new graphics card*. In a perfect world I could just add 4GB of RAM and some quieter fans to my existing card, which would set me up for a few more years, but this just isn’t possible. So that got me thinking, why aren’t graphics cards modular?

6 Dead Gadgets That Deserve A Revival

iPod illuminated clickwheel design 2018 Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Here are a bunch of products that came and went but deserve a second chance, in my opinion. In no particular order:

1. Clickwheel iPod. Right now the only iPod available is the Touch, but there are dozens of us still clinging to the old clickwheel models. I have a hunch that a clickwheel iPod will return in 2021 to mark the device’s 20th anniversary.

I remember Apple showing off a new line of iPods (5th Gen Nano I think), and I honestly thought the clickwheels were illuminated! I was wrong, of course. For the mockup above I included that feature. Bluetooth and wireless charging would also be welcome additions.

Speak & Spell Calculator

Speak & Spell Calculator Texas Instruments design by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

Picked up a calculator at the dollar store a few days ago, and its red color inspired me to draw up this design. I’m surprised Texas Instruments doesn’t already offer this, because the Speak & Spell toy is an 80’s icon.

For a more conventional layout I placed a solar panel where the original Speak & Spell display used to be. The new display fills up what used to be the handle.