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    Lame BBC News Article on Modding

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3673737.stm

    Beige PC box gets a makeover

    Dissatisfied with the look of their hardware, some enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to soup up their computers, reports BBC ClickOnline's David Reid.

    In a computer world full of anonymous off-white boxes, there is plenty of room to take something with no frills and turn it into something a little bit special.

    For those with the time and inclination, there is no shortage of products that promise to turn the everyday into a work of art.

    Modding takes an under-designed appliance, soups it up and customizes it. One of the main companies providing modders with the materials for their masterpieces is................

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    The thing is, when asserting that an article like this is "lame", you have to take into account who the target audience is - and for the BBC, it will be the non-technical, barely-computer-literate Joe Public. You don't write an article on computers in a technical way if it's for a generic national outlet like the BBC or the Telegraph. Instead, the briefthe writer is given will be specifically to target it at those that know little or nothing about the subject.

    In the same way, technically savvy people don't get their information from the BBC or the Telegraph, but from more specialist publications, websites and, hopefully, experience.

    If you're reading this forum, that BBC article isn't targetted at you.

    My opinion is that the article isn't lame at all - it's pitched just about perfectly for the intended reader - which isn't you lot

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    Saracen, very good point

    I suppose I meant that if my Dad read that article it would give him the wrong impression of modding...there in is the lamesness of it.

    I think it was obviously written as a space filler by this guy:


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    you can watch it here if your interested

    http://www.bbcworld.com/content/temp...66&co_pageid=2

    and am i the only 1 who has never heard of sharkoon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeonf242
    I suppose I meant that if my Dad read that article it would give him the wrong impression of modding...there in is the lamesness of it.
    OK. What impression of modding do you think it gives - and why is it wrong?

    I genuinely want to know. You see, modding has never really been of ANY interest to me. I have machines in CoolerMaster cases, and I have been known to tweak a few settings here and there, but I have absolutely zero interest in windowed cases, neon string, flashing multi-coloured lights or fans, or other 'gimmicky' whizz-wangs. For me (and that doesn't mean I exepct others to have the same priorities), a PC is a functional device, doing a job and I don't much care what it looks like. Tuning for performance is one thing, but for appearance ...... leaves me cold, personally.

    So, maybe I'm missing your point. What is it about modding that you like, and why does that article misrepresent it?

    Oh,and if you're into getting a PC fitted into a model car, or a fake tree, or whatever, then I can understand the fun (and skill) in that, but it certainly isn't for me.

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    I can't really see much point in all the lights and windows and stuff either, seems a bit too wonderboy racer/kev/chav-like to me..
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    BBC makes it sound like modding is a new thing to me, which it obviously isnt.

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    ...and am i the only 1 who has never heard of sharkoon?
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