New comics Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-01-23 07:12:33
Do They Make Body Kits For Computers?
Awhile back, the fan on my video card went kaput (ATI Radeon 9800; apparently this is a common problem with an otherwise outstanding piece of hardware). I browsed Fry's Electronics for a replacement, but all I could find were pimped-out modder's fans with ridiculous features sets. There were fans with thermometers, fans in designer colors, fans with 24k gold heat sinks, fans that form the image of a sexy dragon-lady when they spin...
The simplest one I could find was still some super-charged industrial-strength monstrosity that could probably power one of those fan boats used for cruising swamps. The juice flowing from the GPU apparently wasn't enough, as the fan required a direct splice into the power supply. I suspect that the extra voltage supports the blinking blue light on the fan that indicates its insuperable coolness. However, my computer case isn't transparent, so the fan will have to content itself without anyone actually seeing how cool its blinging blue light is.
And this was just a fan; the other modders' products utterly bewildered me. It occurred to me that the subculture which purchases such goods must be of the same mindset (albeit of far different circles) that causes car enthusiasts to apply pseudo-tribal decorative vinyls and replace stock exhausts with fatter pipes that exude horrendous noise pollution for the sake of coolness and 2 extra horsepower.