Michael Kraft

Michael is an impressionable 20- something and notorious cheapskate. He hopes to teach the world about how to maximize your mod:dollar ratio, while obscuring the fact that he’s making this up as he goes along.

Lessons of Paint

Harsh Lessons of Paint: Undoing with Mineral Spirits

The astute reader may notice that my HLOP articles carry a theme: paint is hard. People (especially me) make mistakes.…

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Lessons of Paint

Harsh Lessons of Paint: Leaking Lacquers

Lacquer-based paints are a fussy class of paints used to create high-quality paint jobs. If you’re thinking of experimenting with…

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Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Swaddled in Saran

It can be tricky moving a case mod, especially if it’s hand-built and has delicate parts. A casual bump or…

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Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Flames and Frays

Fabric-covered cords are a ubiquitous material used in computer peripherals, and they have a unfortunate habit of fraying. This fluffy form of wear is…

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Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Planning for LAN-ing

LAN parties are a lot of fun, especially if you’re showing off your latest case mod. This fun comes at…

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Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Canned Fire

Canned air is a staple in computer maintenance. Everyone knows what this stuff is: it delivers concentrated, cool, dry air…

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Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Make a Shining Soldering Iron

Soldering irons are a ubiquitous modding tool, but can also be major fire hazards if left unattended. I have a great Weller WLC100…

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Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Big Praise for Tiny Bags

The more modding work you do, the more clutter you begin to accumulate. Small items like fasteners, fittings, plugs, etc.…

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Keyboards

Little Tikes kidBoard Keyboard: An Industry Standard

The Little Tikes kidBoard: the name says it all. An undisputed titan of computer peripherals, the engineers at Little Tikes…

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Case Modding News and Events

Alienware DIY Case Mod-Off Contest Voting Begins

In celebration of Alienware’s 20th anniversary, three premiere teams have been selected to compete in a one-of-a-kind Mod-Off! As you…

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Keyboards

Patriot Viper V760 Keyboard Review

The Viper V760 is Patriot’s first shot at a gaming keyboard, first previewed at Computex 2015. Utilizing Kailh brown mechanical…

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Lessons of Paint

Harsh Lessons of Paint: Bad Bristles

Acrylic paint is a great, cheap paint for modifying your hardware. For a few dollars you can get a couple bottles of…

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