Hello everyone,

The CPU (an AMD FX-8320) finally arrived this week, and i’ve put the LEDs on since i shouldn’t be doing any more cutting any time soon. On top of this, I received a sponsorship from linux australia recently, which is paying for the main motherboard and PSU. I also have a few other parts that count as christmas gifts which i think i’m getting, plus a $10 donation to the gofundme project, which is being used for the power LEDs and a small soldering iron.

Adding the LEDs was rather easy, since they have a super strong glue strip on the underside, and it plugs straight on to the fan controller.



The dvd drives are now in place, they’ve turned out rather well for a first attempt at stealthing


The CPU came in a rather large, aluminium tin.


My favourite part of this is the lid opens up into two separate pieces


One of which is a rather strange, but cute, print.


The underside of the cpu. If a computer part could be un-photogenic, this is it.


The cooler still needs a clean, but i’ll save that for when it is being painted


The other new this week, is i’ve received 200 Kubuntu stickers. I will send these free to anyone in Australia who is willing to pay postage. Email me for my address if you would like some.


I still need someone who cn make me the itx mount, but i’m starting to give up on that.

To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsor(s): IceModz.com , linux.org.au
Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

Thank you

Sorry for the delay in updates. I lost the camera charger and had no money for quite some time.

I have now finished installing the two orange fluorescent windows (which glow when combined with the IceModz LEDs), made a CPU cooler cut-out (for replacing the cooler once the motherboard is installed) and have cut the hole for where a 10″ tablet or LCD will one day go.






I am currently waiting for the ITX mount and to get a motherboard back that was stolen from me. I will then begin to buy some hardware. If anyone has some components or a tablet that they could give me, it would be very much appreciated.

To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsor(s): IceModz.com

I’ve continued the case mod, i’ve added huge side windows and have some hardware now, but i’ve lost my camera’s changer, so no more pics unfortunately. I’m going to go on with this mod, but there will be a lack of pics for a while. sorry everyone.

Hello everyone. I missed last weeks update due to spilling 20L of water from my of PC on my bedroom floor. That’s now fixed, so i can play games again.


I apologise for taking that photo with a potato.

I now have the first window added to the case. It’s made of purple mirror acrylic, and is in the shape of the ubuntu logo. This took about 4 hours to cut. Then it was just a case of cut the acrylic to size and superglue it on.




I also have my first GPU for the build. An old nVidia 250 gt that i sparkle painted.


To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsor(s): IceModz.com
Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

Hello everyone,

This week the project has progress quite a lot. To start with, I’ve finally made the case handle. This was done using a “Cobra weave” and used roughly 3 meters of purple paracord.





I’ve also soldered and sleeved the fan controller from the case. The molex power pins now just have to be glued into a plug, since i broke the clips that normally would hold them in. This will be used to control the brightness of the LEDs.


And now the big news. The UV LED strips from IceModz are now here. They appear to be a violet colour, but they also make fluorescent things glow. My strips are 45cm long, but you can buy them in Red, Blue, white, green, yellow/orange, UV or RGB, anywhere between 3cm and 500cm long and with 30 or 60 5050 spec LEDs per 100cm. They are insanely bright too.

They are adhesive backed and will come either with a 3 pin fan connector (what i got), 4 pin fan connector, or a 4 pin molex plug. The wires come pre-sleeved (in glossy black shakmods sleeve), but i will probably sleeve the wires myself so it matches the colour scheme better.

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Next week i should have some off the windows and cut-outs made, stay tuned for more.

Forums this is on: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=54532 http://www.overclock.net/t/1395747/case-mod-ubuntu-pc

To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsor(s): IceModz.com
Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

Testdrive is a tool for managing the testing of ISO files, by default, the ones for ubuntu. It acts as a hub for downloading/syncing, creating VMs, and creating live USBs.

It has not had a particularly active development, and is missing a few features that would be really useful. Therefore, with the help of Howard Chan, i will be running a hackfest on the program on August 10th. The wiki page for the hackfest is at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Testdrive/Hackfest . Below are the details.

10:00–16:00 UTC, Saturday, 10th August, 2013 with G+ hangouts run from 10:00–11:00 UTC and 14:00–15:00 UTC.

#ubuntu-quality on freenode and a G+ hangout.

How can I participate?
Show up on IRC and/or G+ during the scheduled time
Put your name on the list of things that need doing

Who to contact:
1000-1200UTC: Noskcaj, 1200-1600UTC: smartboyhw

Where do i get testdrive?
If you want to translate, use the launchpad page. The best way to get the code is the bazaar branch at lp:testdrive, so run bzr branch lp:testdrive to get it. The PyPI repository is at https://pypi.python.org/pypi/testdrive is you need a different way to get the source.

To Do List: (To add yourself or see a newer version, go to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Testdrive/Hackfest#To_Do_List )
Improve Documentation on wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Testdrive
Write manpage for testdrive-gtk
Translate (Some languages are completed) (If you need a translation file to be made, contact Noskcaj)
Get UbuntuGNOME into testdrive (lp#1170618)
Remove or fix Parallels (lp#1171045)
Change the time testdrive resets to (lp#1171054)
Add netboot to testdrive (difficult) (lp#1077158)
Add VMWare support (lp#527161)
Allow download speeds to be limited (lp#703349)
Increase available Storage space (lp#1183153)
Increase available RAM (lp#1183153)
Make Testdrive able to boot PAE ISOs using Virtualbox (lp#940755)
Fix the gui options for setting RAM to “Other”
Fix the gui options for setting Storage to “Other”
Make testdrive able to launch an CD/DVD Burner
Package testdrive for debian. debian bug #718365
Package testdrive for other distros

What can I expect as part of the hackfest?
A opportunity to learn and get help with python, PyPi, gtk, bzr and general testing stuff.
Noskcaj complaining about timezones
Bad sound quality
Seriously, a good time!

This has been a good week for the build. I’ve got the DVD drives wrapped, more paracord has arrived (enough to do the top), the side windows are ready to cut and I finally got sponsored, thanks to IceModz.com .

I’ve also got around to planning the mount and door for the ITX board and Mac Mini. They will be mounted sideways, possibly with a mount in the middle, possibly with just zip ties. This will be connected to the bottom 4 5.25″ drive mounts and a front USB panel. I’ll try to add a door too, but i might not be able to.

I apologise for the pics this week, it’s raining so i cannot get proper lighting.

The Stencil for the windows. The inside cutout will be used with purple mirror acrylic on one side, The whole size of the paper will be the UV orange window on the other side.


The paracord. It’s more violet and orange in real life.

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The DVD drives, with lots of Carbon Fibre wrap

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And now, some pics of the UV/Purple LEDs off IceModz.com Since mine haven’t arrived yet, as you can see, UV reactive things really glow.

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Forums this is on: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=54532 http://www.overclock.net/t/1395747/case-mod-ubuntu-pc

To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsors: IceModz.com

Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

Since the last update my 550 paracord (both orange and purple) and vinyl wrap has been put to use, mostly on the mac mini, i still have plenty of both left though. Unfortunately, i broke my psu after i got the +4 pin done so sleeving will have to wait until i’m less poor. As a result, i made some other stuff with the paracord.

The mac mini is being a pain though. When i went to test the latest PPC netboot image (and test the mac worked) it made the chime noise and the cd spun up, but nothing appeared on my screen. As a result, the cd is now trapped. I’m assuming the issue is that the monitor is 1080p and was connected by  DVI-D (digital)

I’m also looking into putting a tablet in the top, possibly mounted with paracord, rather than a second window. Then i will truly fit balloons’s series of “testing all the things”. The other window will be cut as soon as my dad get’s time to print an A3 sized stencil of the ubuntu logo. Now sit back and enjoy the pics.

The mac mini cover, separated…


… and joined


The underside


As you can see, the vinyl wrap isn’t easy to use. But that will be covered by the ITX board. (The holes are for mounting the board)


The internals of the mac mini



The DVD drives are stealthy again.


The rest will be wrapped soon


The belt i made. It works really well.




Questions for the comments section:
1. Should it be a Tablet or a window on the top?
2. Should i make a “door” for the mac mini and itx board. (They will be mounted in the 5.25″ bays vertically)
3. Should the motherboard be painted orange or purple (what seems to be the “new” ubuntu colour)
4. (If i get a tablet) How should the tablet bee mounted?
5. What other suggestions do you have?

Forums this is on: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=54532 http://www.overclock.net/t/1395747/case-mod-ubuntu-pc

Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

Hey guys. I’m back with a very picture heavy update.

Since my last update i’ve got the whole case powdercoated in “ripple X15 orange”. I’ve also got a heap of stickers from jared.

A close up of the paint, to show the colour and the ripple effect.


The back of the case, note the removable motherboard tray and the slight dent on the right-hand side.


What would normally be a single PSU holder now holds 2 due to the previous owner keeping some parts of the case.


The stealthed drives are now a bit easier to see, the carbon fibre wrap should fix that.


The front and side of the case.



The side, back and top.


The watercooling ports (far right), the fan hole and what was once a button (far left). A window (or maybe an LCD) and something for the button slot will be added eventually.


The side is off.


The few things that aren’t orange



The bigger hard drive tray, missing a few rubber mounts.


All the hard drive mounts. note that one screw that i forgot to paint.


So many stickers..


Forums this is on: http://www.overclock.net/t/1395747/case-mod-ubuntu-pc  http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=54532

Help fund this: http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

A Quick update before the case get’s painted. I’ve Stealthed the DVD drives so they can’t be recognised on the front-plate

Before (with the front removed):




In the case (It’s the second from the left):


I’ve worked out how the mac mini and itx board will be mounted, back to back then put in the 5.25″ drive slots. The two pictures should demonstrate what i’m trying to do.

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Since i will be in brisbane tomorrow, i need to pick a colour for the case to be powdercoted.

The poll Is embedded on my blog or at the link below


Donate: http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

The forums with this: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=54532 http://www.overclock.net/t/1395747/case-mod-ubuntu-pc