The "G4 Cube PC"
The Apple G4 Cube had many similarities with
projects on these pages. Plexiglas-stylee construction, miniscule
case design, external power supplies, fanless operation -
all too familiar. Suspiciously so. So suspicious in fact,
that we think Jonathan
Ives (a well known regular celebrity reader of this site)
used his uber-design skills to create an egg-shaped
time portal to double back a couple of years and invented
it. Andy Woo (not his real name, his real name is Wookie)
has installed an EPIA 800 into a salvaged G4 Cube case, and
it's ready-made and fits a treat - none of this build a case
from *insert ever more ridiculous material here* mallarkey.
How about string? Isn't it about time somebody knitted themselves
a Mini-ITX Case? We predict ebay will be inundated with literally
tens of searches for "G4 Cube". In fact, here's
the link to save you some trouble...
When a G4 Cube isn't a G4 Cube
It looks identical to an Apple G4 Cube. However,
underneath the beautiful skin and outfit, the heart and soul
of the Cube was transplanted with an x86 compatible CPU and
powered by GNU/Linux operating system. The above picture showing
my Cube running RedHat Linux 8.0 and is connected with my
PC's CRT monitor and mouse/keyboard. Except initial OS installation
my Cube will be running headless.
What it does
The Cube is to replace my aging AMD K6-2 home
server. It will mainly serve the following functions:
- SMB, NFS and Netatalk
Apache web server powering my Weblog
MySQL RDBMS as the backend
I brought this G4 Cube housing
during a local Mac user group expo for about USD 60. Sure
enough, the hard drive, the G4 chip and the logic board have
been removed. Just left a barebone housing.
The Apple G4 Cube used a fanless design. Hence
it needed such a huge heatsink for cooling.