Project: Panda (The Black-and-White Custom GameCube)

My first real successful modification: A black JP Nintendo GameCube shell with white accents. The innards are from a DOL-101 GameCube.

There’s a few things I did to it besides a new coat of paint, which are:

  • Replacement exhaust fan, to improve airflow
  • New intake fan, to improve airflow even more
  • Replaced thermal pads with thermal paste and trimmed the heatsink
  • Cycling RGB power LED

There was originally a third fan where the DOL-001’s power regulation circuitry was, but was removed when the shell was replaced due to insufficient airflow.

I did eventually finish the project, with good results! I didn’t open it again because there wasn’t anything new to show off.

For being my first ever mod, I think I did well. In the future, I plan to add some LEDs to the controller ports, and perhaps replace the disc drive with an SD card reader. I might replace the motherboard with a DOL-001 for component as well.

Cutie of The Month: Yutaka Kobayakawa

A fairly unconventional blog focused on retro tech products and cute anime girls.

Yutaka Channel Tagline

First and foremost, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. I think it’s about time I focused on the “other half” of this blog: Adorable two-dimensional fictional girls. On the first of each month, I’ll discuss one cute anime girl that either you or I pick, depending on how I feel.

Two of you on Twitter decided that this was a good idea:

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the girl plastered all over this website: Yutaka Kobyakawa.


A Little Bit About Yu-Chan

Yutaka (or Yu-Chan) is the younger cousin of Konata Izumi, the main character of Lucky Star. She is one of the shortest characters in the series, reaching an outstanding 4’7″. Yutaka is a secondary character in both the anime and the manga of Lucky Star.

Yutaka, despite enjoying the Internet and all of it’s glory, appears innocent and lacks knowledge on more… adult topics. She also tends to simply ignore worldly matters, and instead focuses on what’s right ahead of her. Unfortunately, as she lacks a good immune system, she gets sick often.

Yutaka… Channel?

As Yutaka enjoys the internet and spends a significant amount of time with her technologically inclined cousin, Konata, she is bound to have some knowledge on old tech. I made her the face of this blog for that reason alone.

The Yu-Chan Gallery

Let me showcase some good Yutaka artwork I have in my possession.