Add Cool Fins (& Work Space) To Your PowerMac Tower February 13th, 2001
Gary: Wow! Your new G4 tower looks awesome. I like the black View Sonic 19" inch monitor too. Nice combo. It's a shame you have it buried under all that crap on your desk.
Randy: I know, I know. I want to rearrange my setup but I'm out of desktop space.
Gary: Perhaps if you toss the years' worth of Maxim magazine subscriptions and those 2000 ATM receipts you are never going to enter in to Quicken, you might make some room.
Randy: My finances can go to hell, but don't touch my Maxim mags.
Gary: Don't worry. I am not about to touch those things. Hey, why don't you put the G4 tower under your desk? You could free up a lot of space.
Randy: Yeah, I'd love to, but with all the fur the cat sheds in the cave I just can't place it flat on the floor. That puppy would suck up more dust that a Dirt devil. And I don't want to start propping stuff under my new Mac just to watch it go crashing to the floor when I accidentally kick it.
Gary: And as clumsy as you are, you would knock it over.
Randy: So you see my dilemma.
Gary: You're a clumsy slob of a packrat?
Randy: No well, yes but what do I do with the G4 tower?
Gary: I just happen to have the answer to your problems right here in my pants.
Gary: No, really. I have one of those cool G-Risers from our buds over at Contour Design .
Randy: Wheew. You scared me for a minute there. What is the G-Riser, and how did you fit it in your pants?
Gary: Well, I have big pockets, and it's a set of molded legs that attach to your G4 and give it about a 3 1/2 inch lift off the ground. Keeping it up and out of the dust that is so bad for computers.
Randy: Wait a minute. I not about to start drilling holes in my new computer to attach legs to it.
Gary: No need to. These legs are custom designed to snap on to the lower handle assembly on G4 and G3 Power Macs without any additional hardware.
Randy: Dang if those kids over at Contour Design don't think up some cool stuff. But how sturdy can they be if they just snap on?
Gary: Try them and see.
(Two seconds later.)
Randy: Hey, that was easy! Those bad boys really snap on tight. They offer a very sturdy riser for my machine. And they look great too!
Don't let your beautiful Power Tower sit in the dust. Give it some legs, baby! The cool looking G-Riser.
Gary: Just like they were made for it. Which, they were. It's too bad your ugly ol' beige CD-RW external is still sitting on your desktop. It kind of blows the whole new look for your system.
Randy: Yeah, but what can I do. I would love to hide it under the desk too. But with all the inflatable dolls stored under the desk, the only place it could go is on top of the G4. Except the curved handles on the top of the computer prevent me from putting any devices on top of it.
Gary: My friend it is your lucky day. Look what else I have in my pants!
Randy: Oh no!!
Gary: Relax man. You really need some therapy. I was just pulling out the G-Rack I also got from Contour Design.
Randy: Oh. Man those are some big ass pockets.
Gary: That's because I have big ass pants.
Randy: I'm glad I didn't have to say that.
Gary: Shut up, you! Or maybe I won't give you the nifty Contour G-Rack after all.
Randy: Oh, come on. What is it anyway?
Gary: Like the G-Riser attaches to the bottom of your computer, the G-Rack snaps onto the top of your G4 tower. It fits right between the handles to give you a multi function rack that matches perfectly with your G4.
Randy: Hey, I remember seeing these at the last MacWorld Expo. It's like a CD rack for your tower.
Gary: But it also provides a flat surface on the top of your machine for placing things like external drives. Like for instance, an ugly ol' beige CD-RW drive.
Use that space on the top of your tower. Stack it up with the G-Rack.
Randy: How schweet is that. Once again, Contour Design has come up with some killer ideas to make using a Mac even better. And the whole setup fits right under my desk now. With my CD-RW drive right on top, easy to get at, but out of sight.
Gary: And it looks pretty spiffy with the ice colored UniTray mouse sled from Contour Design.
Randy: And now I have tons more space on my computer desk.
Gary: Now maybe you can actually get some work done there. Maybe you can get an upright file holder to get some of that paper off the desk.
Randy: Oh no. I already have that new empty space reserved for something important.
Gary: Good. It's about time you started treating this space as a serious workstation. So what's going there?
Randy: My next years subscription to Gear magazine!
Gary: You are hopeless. See you next time folks.
Gary Randazzo and Randy Soare are the co-founders of IWS Interactive, a New York based game developer for Macintosh. The IWS in IWS Interactive stands for Idiots With Sticks. How that came about is a long and boring story, but suffice it to say that at four in the morning, it seemed like a good idea.
The demo for IWS Interactive's upcoming mystery-adventure game, Manhattan Apartment Hunter, has recently been released to rave reviews. The Idiots have been into gaming on Apple computers even before the Mac was around. Does anyone remember Choplifter on the Apple IIe? (Boy, we know we do.) Now, they are committed to help ensure that the Mac remains the premiere gaming platform on the planet.
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