CompuBeaver - the non-PC PC

Beaver Pc2.jpgFirst, a bit about beavers. Bear with me. Scottish Natural Heritage plans to re-introduce beavers to the Highlands. The EC Habitats Directive requires European Union Member States to study the desirability of reintroducing such species where they have become extinct. The European Beaver used to roam the glens but died out in the early 16th Century.

Keep reading. The first six beavers arrived from Norway last November and are currently in quarantine expecting to be released in late April or early May. We hope they enjoy their new habitat and flourish but over the years there will be casualties. Misadventure, natural causes and road accidents will control their numbers and it may be timely to remind our readers of a useful way of recycling a dead beaver.

Artist Kasey McMahon has come up with CompuBeaver, a real beaverskin case to house your computer motherboard. First, catch your beaver. We would not, under any circumstances, condone beavercide. It is illegal and not very ecofriendly. But if you find roadkill…

If you don’t come across a recently deceased rodent, you may be able to pick up a stuffed beaver in a secondhand shop or auction. After that, go to this instructional Web site for 29 easy steps towards creating your furry PC. For more information on the artist and her work, you can find her here.
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For the technically minded the spec of the CompuBeaver is:

Motherboard: AOpen Mini ITX A-I945GTT-VFA (RoHS) with external power supply
Intel Core 2 Duo processor – T7200 2GHz
160GB 2.5in Hard drive
1GB System memory
Panasonic UJ-85J 8X Slim DVD Burner
Tornado 80mm fan
Beaver – American, deceased and formerly stuffed with expanded foam

A sick individual with no respect for the dignity of creatures – or a practically-minded Damien Hirst? The future will decide on this politically incorrect PC maker.

Note: East Anglian readers could consider the CoypuPC as a suitable alternative. I reckon it would make an ideal casing for a blade server or possibly a multi-terabyte storage array.

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