I considered purchasing one of these cool toys but had high requirements for it.
- Support Pictures via RSS with local storage media as fall back.
- Remote Administration
- Re-chargeable battery
- Options for wood frames
Of course the few that actually fit these most were > $500 up to $1000. There was only one that supported RSS.
So I used an old Tecra 8100 laptop and set out this long holiday weekend to build my own. I purchased a frame and shadowbox at Micheal's craft store at a total cost of $22.
Three hours later I had produced this:
The laptop already had windows XP loaded on it so it was just a matter of:
- Setting windows to automatically login
- Loading the google screen saver which supports local media as well as RSS feeds.
- Loading up TightVNC for remote administration
- Adding nircmd.exe screensaver as a startup item.
I decided I had better leave the back panel of the shadowbox to allow air flow. The laptop does get a little bit warm.
I hope this inspires you to build your own DPF!