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Ben Heck's PS3 Slim Laptop 84

We've occasionally discussed Ben Heckendorn's various console modifications, and he's now come out with a new one: a laptop version of the PS3 Slim. It has volume control buttons for the built-in speakers, and plenty of vents for cooling. The display is a 17" widescreen panel, and the Slim's hardware doesn't fill that much space in the case, so there's a neat little compartment for the power cord. Ben's blog post shows details of the laptop's construction.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 169

UNIX grew up in an era when it was more important to be terse because keyboards weren't nearly so ergonomic and you didn't see more than 24 lines on screen and hard copy printouts were more common.

That and the fact that C at the time had a six-character limit for variable names.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 103

You can play Guitar Hero DLC from an SD card, but yeah, I agree with you that this doesn't really sound like something that fits in with the Wii universe. Unlike the HD consoles, both of which set out to be media centers. When the Wii launched they were explicit that they did not want it to be one, which is why it doesn't play DVD movies even though it has a DVD drive.

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