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G-metric Nano

January  1st, 2008

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The G-metric Nano is a desktop PC featuring a VIA NX15000 Nano-ITX mainboard and 1GB of Crucial DDR2 memory. The power is provided by an 80W picoPSU.

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The case is made of Hard Pennsylvania Cherry veneer with an art deco geometric design on the top. The inlay is done in walnut, mahogany, basswood and cherry veneers.

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Size comparison shot. The G-metric Nano started out life as a simple test box. I was experimenting to see how small a viable enclosure could be constructed around the Nano-ITX.

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As opposed to many of my other tiny boxes, I decided to include a DVD burner in this project.

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The NX-series of Nano boards is distinguished by the lack of onboard ports. Other than an Ethernet port, all board connectors are provided by dongles. This allows a great deal of freedom to decide which ports to use and to place them where I want.

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This also allows me to do crazy things like install the board upside down. I experimented with this configuration, with good success, many years ago with Humidor CL Server.

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These are a couple of photos of the design inspiration. Without knowing, I had found and saved these pics several years apart. I took that as a sign that I must like this particular art deco geometric design. I believe these are Max Factor makeup compact cases from the '30s.

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The size of the Nano's relatively large heatsink was a hindrance to a slim box design. I resolved this issue by extending a portion of the heatsink outside of the box.

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The front button is a vintage Allen-Bradley controller switch with a few cosmetic alterations. This photo also shows the raw wood before its eight coats of clear lacquer.

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Final glamour shot.

I want to thank my good friends at VIA, Crucial, and mini-box.com.

Thanks for looking!