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    Those Kleenex box sized computers hitting the shelves now: any good for us?

    I’ve seen these, made by various companies, at Frye's: about the size of a jumbo Kleenex box and lacking a CPU, I think, and without a hard drive, and RAM, for $200-$400 (a little expensive, really, given what you have to add: they’re just charging for reducing the size of the nice looking case, I think).

    Has anyone tried putting a good sound card and big fast hard drive in one? They seem perfect for using with a keyboard—smaller than a rack unit computer.

    They could almost sit on top of the keyboard, almost. They could certainly sit on top of a monitor, though I don't know what kind of interference you might get. Come to think of it, the ideal thing might be to just shape a wire frame to hang one below the lower casing of my weighted keyboard--like midi acoustic pianos that have the disk drive hanging there to one side. Too good to be true?

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    Re: Those Kleenex box sized computers hitting the shelves now: any good for us?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Johnson
    These are called Shuttle systems and if built right, are quite reliable. We have a model at TrueSpec:
    http://www.truespec.com/computersyst...le/index.shtml
    Peter L. Alexander
    www.professionalorchestration.com
    www.alexanderpublishing.com
    Learn it right the first time.

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    Re: Those Kleenex box sized computers hitting the shelves now: any good for us?

    I've been using two for the past 6 months and I've found them to be very reliable workhorses. I run EWQLSO and all my Kontakt and Halion based libraries from them and haven't felt the urge to look elsewhere. They're quiet, space saving and remarkably flexible although I'd recommend getting them from a specialist store as they're no fun whatsoever to grope around in!.
    Trev Parks

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    I guess my biggest beef with them is the limited options you have for expansion within each box. Of course, they're so small you could keep stacking them forever. And I'll second that, you better hope nothing goes wrong since they're an unholy terror to mess around in. Talk about tight. Of course I like my computer boxes 3 feet high and 4 feet deep.

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    Re: Those Kleenex box sized computers hitting the shelves now: any good for us?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Burrell
    I guess my biggest beef with them is the limited options you have for expansion within each box. Of course, they're so small you could keep stacking them forever.
    There's a picture somewhere on the net with about 300 of them networked together in a university room. Looks rather awesome - a bit like those old 60s and 70s photos of labs with masses of tape machines and terminals.

    I find the expansion issue isn't such a concern these days as so much is external now. I mean, I use 4 USB2 and firewire on each for HDs and controllers and so on and I've never felt compelled to open them up and fiddle around. They can both run two monitors and are networked with a laptop so that lack of space and power hasn't been an issue.

    The other bonus is that I sometimes need to, er, shuttle backwards and forwards between places when working and they are extremely portable (they have swanky looking bags leather bags ). Sure, laptops are good, but when you need a bit more power or need to have your rig with you then they're more reliable.
    Trev Parks

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    You're right, portability with power, is another huge plus. Every system has its downside though. I'm not much for external hardware as its always been a bit more flaky and expensive than its internal brethren. These are great computers and it gives the user a lot more options though. I have nothing against them, I'm just speaking from the guy that likes his PC's on the floor with wheels and handles on them cause they're to d*** big to move by lifting.

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    There's supposed to be an Iwill box that runs two AMD Opteron processors.
    Houston Haynes - Titan Line Music

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    Sounds like you could fry eggs on the top of that thing.

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    Trev Parks

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