Size of the computer component (I was tempted to use PC104 boards, but
they were to expensive). Height of ISA/PCI cards (so that the box doesn't
look like a baby-AT case).
The appealing side of the box - does it look like a square rectangle,
pyramid, triangle, or something even more weird?
Paint. Do you want see-through box with flashing lights inside,
inconspicuous black box, or chrome looking?
Cost. The absolute minimum (taking into
consideration that you, the reader, has no spare computer parts) is about $70
(excluding tax, shipping, etc)
KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) - take everything that's unnecessary and
get rid of it (parallel port, modem card, video card, etc).
The idea behind this box is to separate tasks - the MP3-box can
only play the mp3's from a server, while you, the reader, can freely
add more files to your big-end server. Thus, the MPEG-box wouldn't
need a harddrive, nor floppy drive. It would boot the operating
system from the network (from the same server where the mp3 files are