I was going to post something today about playing Black Mesa on Linux, then this popped into my inbox, so you'll have to wait. It's a PC case, shaped like a steam train (opens in new tab) . Obviously that takes precedence over everything.
Designed by Lian Li the PC-CK101 is a mini-ITC chassis which comes in two versions – one fixed model for the mantlepiece and one that you can actually put on a track and send off to do a circuit of the room. I've never been especially fixated by trains (although my uncle did own a renovated steam engine), but this is fantastic.
I'm checking my diary to make sure there isn't a Taiwanese equivalent of April Fool's Day I've not heard of before. Lian Li is apparently also selling track parts for the PC-CK101 to run on and the kit includes a jam jar like module for producing steam. The case itself stands 18.5cm high by 51.5cm long and weight 4.5Kg. Isambard Kingdom Brunel would surely approve.
The PC-CK101 – which surely should have been called the Great Western Steam Machine or something – has space for two hard drives and is cooled by a single 120mm fan. It costs $229/£160 for the stationary version and £265/$379 for the moving one. Those prices include a 300W power supply.
I really hope it catches on – more off the shelf designs for hiding PCs in other things would be fantastic for gaming in the lounge or other shared space.
Apparently there's a competition to win one over on Lian Li's Facebook page here (opens in new tab) . In the meantime check out the vid below.