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An enterprising Scot has built a PC cooled by Irn-Bru*, and called it the “Aye Mac”. John Lawson, who runs an Edinburgh computer repair service called PC Doctor, decided to create the machine as a promotion and/or homage to Scotland's other famous drink. Sadly Irn-Bru's not the actual coolant – a liquid with the same colour …

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  1. PCS

    Come on El Reg, this was news on all the other sites over a week ago.

    Why are you always late with your some of your articles?

    1. Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor (Written by Reg staff)

      We're not.

      See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/18/microsoft_has_developed_its_own_linux_repeat_microsoft_has_developed_its_own_linux/

      Or http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/17/cisco_reply_all_storm_of_2015/

      Or many others.

      1. chivo243 Silver badge
        Headmaster

        yes, but you neglected the best one:

        I sent this as a tip, but El Reg has yet to publish this classic MS story...

        Nadella in a classic MS demo moment. Might generate a few laughs in the forums.

        http://mashable.com/2015/09/17/satya-nadella-cortana-fail/

      2. Jim 59

        El Reg is not "always late". Nor does sell itself as a breaking news site. However, a story like this should not even be attempted without the word "girders". A subscription cancelling matter I'm afraid.

        1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          "girders"

          girrrderrs

          FTFY

          1. xeroks

            nearly, but not quite there.

            Barrs are based in the the west coast, so the correct pronounciation is "gurrderrs".

    2. Whitter
      Headmaster

      why indeed

      ... *always* late with *some* ...

  2. PCS

    PS Irn Bru is widely available here in Moscow.

    1. SW

      Yup - Even out here in the Middle East

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    3. SolidSquid

      Iirc the largest Burns Supper in the world takes place in Moscow, so probably not surprising

      1. The Vociferous Time Waster

        Re:

        That was just Robbie Coltrane while he was playing an ex KGB Bond villain.

    4. Ian Michael Gumby Silver badge
      Pint

      Irn Bru / Diet Irn Bru

      Guys,

      Unfortunately its not available in the US.

      Based on some informal taste tests, the drink wouldn't be that popular, until you tell them its great for the morning after!

      A pint symbol because that's the reason why you need to drink it.

  3. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Pint

    Sod the Irn Bru

    but kudos for the matching nixie clock!

    Now as a true Yorkshireman, I need one like that but which is cooled with Barr's Dandelion and Burdock.

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: Sod the Irn Bru

      Barr's? Fentiman's!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sod the Irn Bru

      But with a clock like that... how can we be sure it's not actually a bomb????

      1. Khaptain Silver badge

        Re: Sod the Irn Bru

        "But with a clock like that... how can we be sure it's not actually a bomb????"

        Because "Scotsman" enough said.....

    3. Jack of Shadows Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Sod the Irn Bru

      The nixie clock does it for me. Hadn't thought of that case mod.

    4. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Sod the Irn Bru

      Neil Barnes,

      I used to love dandelion and burdock. Going to my Nan's for tea, only having to eat a token sandwich before moving on to the important matter of Mr Kipling's French Fancies and Cherry Bakewells. Not to mention the Jaffa Cakes. Although I'll not forget the taste of crab paste in a hurry...

      But then I had some recently. And it coats your teeth with a layer of fur. It makes Coke seem healthy in comparison. I seem to remember thinking Irn Bru was awful, but haven't had it in years.

      The oddest pop I had was in Austria. It was garlic flavoured lemonade.

      1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

        Re: Sod the Irn Bru

        Yeah, I used to drink it when it was two bob a bottle, and sixpence back on the empty. So if you could find four neighbours with empties, you took it back to the shop and got a free one.

        Barrs and Crystal Springs were the local pop in Wakefield; Fentiman's is some modern concoction.

    5. FutureShock999

      Yorkshire cooling

      I thought that a true Yorkshireman would want it cooled with Timothy Tailor's Landlord...

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  5. James Micallef Silver badge

    So, not Irn-Bru

    I guess "Guy cools PC with PC coolant" doesn't have the same ring to it.

    Cool case mod, though, I have to say. The line of valves by the Irn-Bru bottle are a nice touch

    1. Alister Silver badge

      Re: So, not Irn-Bru

      @James Micallef

      They're not technically valves (although they are) they are Nixie Tubes, and display digits.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: So, not Irn-Bru

        They probably aren't even that.

        What with real neon nixie tubes requiring rather entertaining voltages most of these projects use a 7 segment LED inside a plastic bottle.

        1. TeeCee Gold badge

          Re: So, not Irn-Bru

          Nope, those are honest-to-god nixies all right.

          Russian ones. You can tell by the way that the 5 looks like an inverted 2.........because it is thanks to the cheapskate Soviets[1]. There's a lot of NOS nixies sloshing around in the ex-iron curtain places, so they're popular for home builds like this.

          [1] Who would never build two things when one could be made to do the job with a hammer and/or by sending anyone who complained about the obvious bodge to the gulags.

          1. Pirate Dave
            Pirate

            Re: So, not Irn-Bru

            I've kept this link in my bookmarks for a few years, waiting for just the right time to tell the Missus I'm wanting to spend $300 for an uber-nerd clock...

            http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/b/6313961011

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I know the face...

    I've never got over the look of disgust I received in a pub on Skye for asking for some side salad with my scampi.

    This thing is horrible, sorry there I've said it, (salad sneer).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I know the face...

      You should have asked for extra salt for your salad, its no wonder they were disgusted!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I know the face...

      Hang ye head in shame laddie if it wasney battered.

    3. Franco Silver badge

      Re: I know the face...

      If you weren't in Skye when you asked for that you would have got cold chips as your salad....

      Irn-Bru (in an ice cold glass bottle, as shown in the picture) is the most effective hangover cure we Scots know. Preferably washing down a roll and square sausage.

      1. Wyrdness

        Re: I know the face...

        I learned the miraculous hangover-curing properties from a Scottish colleague. If there's a bottle of fizzy orange-coloured gloop on my desk, then my fellow code-monkeys know that I've had a good night.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I know the face...

        "Irn-Bru (in an ice cold glass bottle, as shown in the picture) is the most effective hangover cure we Scots know. Preferably washing down a roll and square sausage."

        Depends - if your night has been spent drinking vodka & irn bru, the hangover cure doesn't work so well.

        And it's lorne, not square sausage. I could just about accept the inexplicable term "roll on sausage"...

        1. Toastan Buttar

          Re: I know the face...

          Lorne sausage and 'a square slice' are one and the same. Even more inexplicable (even less explicable?) is the term "roll in sausage".

      3. Vic

        Re: I know the face...

        Irn-Bru (in an ice cold glass bottle, as shown in the picture) is the most effective hangover cure we Scots know

        A mate of mine has taken to drinking Vodka and Irn Bru. It's ... much better than it sounds...

        Vic.

    4. Your alien overlord - fear me

      Re: I know the face...

      Did you meantion you wanted the side salad deep fried along with the desert - Mars bar obviously, other chocolate bars are available but not as tasty deep fried.

  7. frank ly Silver badge

    I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

    .. many years ago. They had 'draught' Irn-Bru in the vending machines - delicious.

    P.S. In Scotland, it's pronounced "Irn Bru".

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

      PS : It's pronounced "Irn Bru" all over the world....

      As a Scotsman I can't pronounce it any other way....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

        Actually it's often just called "Bru". Or in some parts of Scotland, "ginger".

        1. SolidSquid

          Re: I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

          Generally "ginger" is just a general term for fizzy drinks rather than Irn Bru specifically, it's just that's the most common one

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

            There are other fizzy drinks? Oh right, you mean Tennants....

  8. albaleo

    No more refunds on glass bottle returns

    It's commercial viability may have taken a knock by Barr's recent decision to end 30p refunds when returning glass bottles.

  9. AbortRetryFail
    Joke

    Perspex?

    Surely the case should have been made from "gairdahhz" rather than perspex?

    1. John 110

      Re: Perspex?

      What's "gairdahhz"? Surely you mean "girrdurrz".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Perspex?

        Actually, it's just spelt "girders", regardless of how it's pronounced. On the same note, Glasgow should *never* be pronounced. "Glarsgow".

        1. Khaptain Silver badge

          Re: Perspex?

          "On the same note, Glasgow should *never* be pronounced. "Glarsgow"."

          Where I am from it would have to be spelt "Glesga" or "Glesgi* , that's how it is pronounced locally, even the Glaswegians don't pronounce it that badly....

          1. TeeCee Gold badge
            Coat

            Re: Perspex?

            Funny, I've always heard it pronounced "craphole".

            (The spandex jacket and the matching rocket boots please)

  10. Warm Braw Silver badge

    Given that Irn Bru contains more sugar even than Coca Cola...

    I'm not sure it should be used for cooling Scotsmen, never mind their advertising gimmicks gadgetry..

    1. John 110

      Re: Given that Irn Bru contains more sugar even than Coca Cola...

      It's got tons of caffeine as well!! Brilliant! And colourings!!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Given that Irn Bru contains more sugar even than Coca Cola...

      Eh? You're concerned that the national soft drink of Scotland is not healthy? It's Scotland FFS.

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