Posted on 25 May, 2005
Initial Case Assembly
Here are several views of the assembled case. Outside of the obvious computer chassis connections in the back, I tried to keep the look of the accordion intact.
To power up the computer I put in 3 switches in series toggled by three specific keys on the accordion. When all three of these particular keys are pressed the computer will boot up.
I had to install two quiet 120mm case fans, so I glued+screwed in place 1/8" thick particle board to seal off the key holes except for the two circular areas where the fans would be.
Jim and I had originally talked about doing a color organ in the area of the left hand buttons. I started by using clear tacky glue to place 120 fake gems into the button holes. I wanted the lighting to refract all over the place and this was a cheap and easy solution (outside of the finding the perfect sized gems).
After some research, the color organ scheme proved too time consuming and impractical. I discovered a better solution by purchasing a Sunbeam Lightbus Advanced Light Controller and four 12" colored cold cathode lights (green for the front of the server and red, purple, blue for the back).