The Great Mod Challenge announces winners

One of my favorite Apple-related contests of the year has not only come to an end, it has also announced the winners. The Great Mod Challenge, hosted by MacMod, wrapped up last week. While number of entrants seemed to be down this year, the quality and ingenuity did not.老域名出售

This year, the winner of Mod of the Year and two other awards (Most Creative Mod and Best Looking Mod) was the ElectroNumeroGraph, an almost purely aesthetic mod based upon a Quicksilver G4. It is pretty remarkable to look at and has some added bonuses. This includes fan speed controllers and volume, fan voltage, and CPU temperature meters. While I'm not entirely sure the blue lighting was the color to suit this mod, it is still very deserving of the accolades it received.

Runner Up and third place went to the "Black PowerMac" and "iPod Mix 'n Mash" respectively. The Wackiest Mod this year went to the "Apple IIg4" (a PowerBook in an Apple IIe), the Most Useless Mod went to the "Transformer iBook" (Transformer logo cut into an iBook's lid), and the Best Mod Guide went to the aforementioned "Black PowerMac."

With 11 mods in total, I'm not going to talk about them all (you should check out the iPod Video CF). However, my two favorites have to be the "iVHS" and the "Set Top 'Book." While the iVHS isn't the prettiest mod in the world, it brought me back to the days when the modifying community attempted to get a CRT iMac to run off an ATX power supply. It was a common problem in those days to have an iMac's analog board die and rendered lifeless, so alternative methods of powering the machines were hot topics. The mod guide details not only how to modify the iMac to run off an ATX power supply, but also how to convert the video to VGA. These were plans people charged for back in the day.

The Set Top 'Book is a mod based upon one of my favorite pieces of Apple kit: the prototype set-top box. I'll spare you the details, but Apple almost came out with a set-top box during the 1990s in partnership with telecom companies. The case is dead sexy and sturdy, made of black painted metal. While originally it sported a Motorola 6840 processor, the modern in this instance replaced the antiquated with a somewhat-less-antiquated iBook 500MHz G3 processor. While the mod is more or less just "stick the bottom of the iBook into a STB case," I still love it and have dreamed of doing something similar with a MicroATX board myself. Perhaps with a fabricated back panel and a third-party IR receiver mounted in the original IR receiver's spot, this could have been the winner.

Now go forth, look upon the modified machines, be inspired, and create. I love this stuff.