@Hugh Mungis A cyberdeck device that drills he connectors back in :D.
@io Tenino You can use a buck boost converter in front of a charger and as long as it supplies enough current, it'll give some flexibility.
I am thinking I might need to have some kind of battery backup system for mine. since it's going in my car i can power it off the 12v from the car battery 99% of the time, but i'm pretty sure my car cuts all power to everything but the starter when i turn the car on. For my work I end up turning my car on and off frequently, so i'm wondering how to keep a reliable power supply for those moments? i would like to avoid shutting down every time i turn my car back on.
Whats everyones favorite form factor for computing devices? For me its the netbook.
@io Tenino USB-C triggers are pretty sweet
@Hugh Mungis conecerning silicone: Well for instance adding soft robotic components like grippers to mount your divice to something. Or using air pressure as an input method.
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there's u/dungeon_master_dan 's HMD
@Inne Was looking into making silicon buttons for a movie prop i'm working on, but its quite complicated.
but he has a power bank and the pi AND infrared lamps on it
i think he had it set up so there would be a HUD as he walked around
what does he use it for?
but there was a significant enough delay that he said he wouldn't go running with it
I don't think he had a use case in mind when he made it (like many of us)
Except from peli cases are there any other (cheaper) brands that are suitable? Which ones are you guys using?
he just wanted to make some cool cyberpunk shit that gave him a HUD irl
that's a very valid reason!
harbor freight sells some similar cases
@nick_meynen literal pizza boxes
jk. depends on what you want to do with it
harbor freight <3
@cyzoonic are the keycaps silicone or is the goal for the whole switch mechanism to be silicone based. Either sounds cool what where your challenges??
I have a friend that got a used pelican case from the DA's office in my town. Worked pretty well for his deck
peli cases are awesome for ruggedization, but i think it's rare that an individual will actually abuse a deck enough to necessitate that level of protection
great for prepper kits though
Getting them new is pretty expensive I believe, but reusing something is in the cyberdeck spirit, ya know
@Inne I am not quite sure as I don't know how it was done on the prop. As of right now I have surface mount buttons so the silicone would just push that down
i got a few on facebook marketplace for super cheap
@Inne My challange is I have no idea where to start. I have never done silicon casting. I also have to find the right silicon (in Europe) and somehow add lettering as well.
I think there's a lot to be said for finding old laptop shells on the internet and gutting them and replacing the innards with your own ideas
assuming that waterproofing isn't on your "requirements" list
Yeah... some of the retro stuff would be cool to tear up if it's already sufficiently broken...
Honestly, I'm real interested in the eco/solarpunk side of cyberdecking more than the cyberpunk side. I think the idea of taking a bunch of different components and reusing them to make a functional, personal computer is really beautiful.
@cyzoonic 3D print the top mold. Put a decal of the lettering. Pour in the silicone (Smooth-On is a great place to start). Smoosh in the board on top.
@Dan (a8ksh4) Plenty of weird old VTech kid computers that are ripe for repurposing
Taking old pelican cases, destroyed laptops, old screens, and knowing how to bash them together into something that works for you is really great.
Cheap, and nobody is going to miss them.
that's my biggest point of anxiety honestly. I have a beautiful AST NB-SX25 laptop/brick, but i feel like i'm throwing out a piece of history if i throw away the guts
it's thick enough to have a diskette drive
And having the experience and knowledge to fix your own custom electronics is amazing
@Nicolas Tremblay thanks, I will look into it
How you guys mount the assembled electronics inside a peli (or other) case whithout screwing inside the case?
@nick_meynen See my deck, Pelican also sells an official mounting bracket for the inside. I made my own using a 3d printer
@Hugh Mungis I have a similar 486 and I agree. It's better intact as a linux play thing. :)
you can mount fasteners with epoxy and then screw into those fasteners
I would like definitely to find a broken PowerPC-era metal MacBook to build inside of, I think that would be a great build.
That's definitely a lot of the reason why i'm building a deck, i want to teach myself how to make cool stuff from cheap/scrap parts
oopr, wrong tag on that last one.
I think one thing that almost all deckers have in common is a hoard of extra components that will get used "eventually"
Oh yes lmaooo
@cyzoonic Looks nice, great idea. I was thinking to design some kind of spring clamps for easy removal of the electronics
the number of laptop motherboards I have sitting in a box is frankly reaching hoarder levels
@io Tenino also a gread idea
is it possible to salvage a tablet screen to use in a deck? do they have a standard interface like LVDS/eDP?
just having things on hand that you can look at and can provide inspiration is really important
@nick_meynen that would be cool, You could also use thumb screws
the personality trait that drives someone to scrap something together from scavenged parts runs deep in the community
@nick_meynen i'm using magnets to secure my front place for easy maintenance
nice, I’m having trouble with the only one I have, otherwise it would be running a home server by now.
I got an android tablet with a broken port super cheap from a thrift store, was going to repair and use as a homeassistant controller or something, but maybe it's worth more to salvage the screen
if you can find the screen’s SKU you can search online for a custom controller, but generally no they do not use a standard interface.
the carbon set of keycaps is one of the greats
ah that’s hot
with all the hazard symbols
@Will Sebelik also a great idea. Getting a lot of inspiration for my own build
@delta sometimes. e.g. someone published a pcp and kernel changes to use a nexus 7 2013 display with a pi compute module.
@io Tenino 1000x this
it's heartbreaking to see a noob show up and ask "what's something cool I can make?"
on one hand, it's someone that wants to get their hands dirty with technical work and the act of creating something from parts.
on the other, they're just outsourcing their creativity
it's the artistic equivalent of hoping you get followers from a retweet
but i'm not gonna get on my soapbox about that
Well, give them advice on the parts that work together and it's up to them to find a neat way to put it in a box and call it a deck. lol.
i just want people to make something that will make them happy and not worry if other ppl think it's cool or not
@cyzoonic I get the inspiration from our light switches here. They have 2 clamps on the side, turning the screws extends these caws so they are fixed inside their boxes. But i'm thinking now in a way to combine this clamps with the peli holders u using.
i feel like one of the main reasons people build decks is for other people to think it's cool
I think there can be a lot of value in replicating other's work. Especially if you're trying to build your skills
i really like to see things being recycled instead of just buying all new and printing a case
@Dan (a8ksh4) I think that was part of the reason we made the "quick start guide" on the cafe website
given enough time and money i could build anything. whats the fun in that though i'm not trying to be a factory worker
1-off work makes an artist
@cyzoonic how did you the hdmi part, i want the schreen in the lid and the electronics in the bottom (below the keyboard). Did you use flex or a custom cable?
building a deck is really a lot more fun when you have a limited budget of $0 and have to be creative
@nick_meynen This was a huge task, I found some HDMI cables that I could cut most the rubber off and fit through the hole that connects the lid to the base, I ran 2 of those.
Oh yeah, for sure. Somebody asked me if I would make them a Joopyter at some point. I was just curious, so I added it up, if I were to buy everything new, it would be around 200-300$
remember in the first matrix when he opens the book Simulation and Simulacra?
we had someone make a "book stash" deck before. that looked really cool
But most of these parts are stuff I found or had onhand, so it was a lot less when I built that.
@H3lixFossil that was such a cool deck!
I think that big problem is that it is really hard to make deck that is like usable on normal day. I found it really hard to use my deck in every day life
@Glinek That's interesting, what did you struggle with specifically?
the most usable decks are made by corps and are known by the term "laptops"
they're the boring dewey decimal system filmstrip videos of decks