So I've decided to build my next computer.
No, I'm not talking about just buying a case and stuffing a generic motherboard with Intel CPU into it. I'm talking about a portable, laptop like machine.
With the availability of alternative options like the raspberry pi, you can build interesting computers. Yes,we're not talking powerhouses here. But we are talking a level of flexibility and variety not seen since the early days of personal computers.
Now the PI is a little weak, even though it now sports a quad core at 900mhz. But it is only $35. For around $100 you can get an octo core at around 2ghz, with the ODROID.
Using an HDMI to LVDS board I can hook up almost any LCD screen, and I've got a couple old laptops I can salvage from.
Add in a MoPi power HAT and a handful of battery cells and I've pretty much got everything I need to make a decent little machine.
The question then remains: what do I put it all in. There is the Pi-top project that has a 3d printed laptop case. But I want something more unique.
The first generation will be a prototype made from recycled cardboard. Then I will make a more elaborate design using Lego. Finally, I make a permanent design using wood, metal and leather in a steampunk style.
I may not be fastest but I bet I'll get some heads turning. Stay tuned...