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Creative Ways To Open Beer With Computer Hardware

Michael Larabel

Published on 22 September 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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Earlier this week Intel threw some great events aside from the Intel Developer Forum itself. On Tuesday night was the PCI Express 2.0 launch party, which was a phenomenal event. The PCI Express 2.0 party took place at Jillians across the street from the Moscone Center and featured a few gifts, casino gaming, raffles, and excellent food accompanied by great drinks all for free. It is certainly a great way to celebrate PCI Express 2.0! On both Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Intel had also hosted a reception during their IDF Technology Showcase, which consisted of free food, beer, and wine while browsing the different vendor booths. Thursday marked the end of the Intel Developer Forum with a drop in attendance for IDF on the last day, but we ended it with a bang thanks to a mini Phoronix bash. During that, innovative ways for opening beer bottles were demonstrated. Interested in finding out how you can open a beer bottle (or most any glass bottle for that matter) using a range of computer parts from a motherboard to RAM and even a USB mouse? We documented these steps with plenty of pictures as well as sharing which hardware doesn't convert into a bottle opener so easily.

Before we begin, Phoronix and its stakeholders take absolutely no responsibility for anything attempted as a result of reading this article. Be forewarned that by following any instructions or information provided in this article will more than likely result in damaging or destroying your hardware. For hardware that is still operational but is no longer of use to you, we recommend that you donate the hardware to friends and family, charity, or your favorite open-source project instead of throwing it away or otherwise turning it into a bottle opener. Though for dead or damaged hardware that you intend on trashing/recycling, you could have a new bottle opener! Of course, be safe and responsible. Now that you have been warned Phoronix takes no responsibility and make sure you know what you are doing while sober, read on.

The beer bottles of choice in this article were Guinness Draught and Heineken Dark Lager. Though any glass beer bottle with a similar cap should work. While we did not, we would recommend using a domestic beer as it shouldn't be sealed as tightly as some of the imports. Among the hardware we used for this article were two graphics cards, a processor (CPU), a USB mouse, DDR2 memory, an ATX motherboard, a heatsink with heatpipes, and even a cooling fan.

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