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We hear a lot about the dapper and prolific Jake von Slatt, but what about his arch-nemesis, Jake (of-all-Trades) Hildebrandt? He’s apparently been locked away in his castle laboratory, hard at work on this amazing PC casemod, built as a promotional giveaway for CodeMaster’s just-released Damnation PC/console game. Gorgeous work. I love the access ports hidden beneath the logo, the “saloon-door” style drive bays, and the plunger pull-start power-on, the construction of which he describes in the video).

Herr von Slatt must have steam blasting from cherry-red ears on the news. The gauntlet is down, von Slatt, the gauntlet is down.

Telecalculograph, Mk. II

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. tudza says:

    Lets see, you took a computer and put it in a weird looking wooden box. About as useful as those telephones you used to get as premiums for signing up for magazines, you know, the ones shaped like ducks and footballs.

    1. Jake von Slatt says:

      I totally agree! The Telecalculograph, Mk. II is about as useful as a Wimshurst machine!

  2. justducky says:

    does everything have to be useful? how useful is your TV (most of the time) or the latest batman/star trek/etc. movie? ever eat food that tastes good over good for you? look at a painting/sunset?

    and what is exactly wrong with a duck shaped like a football?

    I just whaaaannnnnniiiiiitttt.

  3. carboncanyon says:

    I’d love to see a Jake and Jake collaboration. Hmmm…

    1. Exhibit69 says:

      Please no. I fear the resulting product would either destroy the world or possibly make my head explode from its pure awesomeness.

  4. Datamancer says:

    Bravo, JoaT, Bravo! You knocked this one out of the park! You’ve raised the bar for us all.


  5. Molly Michelle Friedrich says:


    anything with claw feet is inherently superior to everything else.

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