About Metku

Me (Japala) and my brother were thinking of registering a domain. This was in February 2001. We didn't have any special purpose ready for it, just to get domain for fun. The second part was a lot harder. What should we call it? Finding a suitable domain name sounds easy but when you start checking if they are available you get disappointed. Like taking a dictionary and going through it name by name; taken, taken, taken etc.


Metku is a Finnish synonym to words like gag, joke, trick. We even asked our Russian co-workers to check that it didn't mean anything "rude" in Russia.


This was a easy choice. Here in Finland we can't get .fi -domain because we are not a registered group of people or a firm. com sounds like too commercial. By using .net we can expand to include other kinds of pages under our own domain etc.


Aah, my favourite subject. I often find people mistaking and thinking there is some guy called Metku who is doing these mods. The idea of adding these hardware modifications to was founded few months later when we registered the domain. I had made few mods already but they were hosted on my other account on another site. When I moved my personal pages to I moved those mods at the same time. This is the way MetkuMods were created.

All of the mods there are made by me, Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö. Both of my brothers help me out every now and then. Thank you Caspar and Melvana. First I tried to make mods that you could make with stuff that you have there, in your home. Mods that are cheap and easy to make. Big pictures and not so much text. The idea still works although not everybody have these integrated circuits, plexis and leds at hand.

I had to translate some of my mods to English after the GlowPad mod. Even with big pictures and all there is still use for those few words. At this point the visitor count just went thought the roof. Before that got like 300-500 visits per day. One day I saw a number over 50000. That is a lot. Thanks to my wife Stina for proof-reading my writings.

MetkuMods have been on frontpage in many big sites like HardOCP, Virtual-hideout, Muropaketti and Slashdot. I like to thank these sites and everybody who like to think that these mod have something in value and should be linked. I never even hoped that this could grow to be so big thing but glad to see that there is still room for some creative modding ;)

Where is this all happening

In the Internet of course. Where geographically? In Raahe, Finland.

28.12.2001 ©Japala

  Content in english!
  Sisältö suomeksi!


 .:Best from
A big natural white clay school and freetime project. 15-20 hours of work, about 7-10kg of fresh clay and patience :)

The characters are about 5-7cm high, about hte size of warhammer figures. The woolly mammoth is about 20-25cm high when standing on terrain.

Making the men was very hard because soft clay is hard to make precise shapes and bit dryer gets very fragile. I had to make the basic shape and pose when it was still soft and then let it dry some time (next day) Then I carefully carved the final shape and made "fur texturing" to their clothes. Making heads and faces of that size was just too hard to do so I made them hooded jackets :)

The woolly mammoth and men are currently being burned/cooked whatever, the terrain is not yet completely dry so I must take it home and let it dry on holiday. And when school begins again next year burn it to it's final bright white appearance.

After the first burning I think I'm going to paint the mammoth and men brown of some sort, the snowy landscape will be just bright white, as it will be after burning.

Spears are also going to be painted and finished later.

Would have done a progress/worklog too if I had a digital camera, these photos are taken with my big brother's cam. Took the pictures now because there is allways a risk of cracking and other nasty destruction when being burned etc.

See and vote the other pictures too :)
The front of my new case. Please check out the other pictures before you vote. josta on tarkempia tietoja mod galleryssä.

 .:Latest forum topics
Alter the input voltage
Replies: 0
Replies: 2
LCD-näytön ohjaus AVR:llä
Replies: 0
TFT-näytöstä mittaristo?
Replies: 0
Replies: 0
Langattoman hiiren paristoista eroon.
Replies: 5
CarPC/muusikkikirjaston syknronointi
Replies: 3

 .:Top Sponsors
HIS Digital

Case-Gallery (GER)
Digit Life
Digital Silence
JAT Hardware (FIN) (BEL)
Marns CDA
PC Modding Malaysia
R&B Mods
Teknolelu (FIN)

 .:Back to top Bandwidth by Mpoli

Copyright ©, All Rights Reserved.
All content and graphics in MetkuMods are sole property of Jani Pönkkö and may not be reproduced or copied in any manner without written permission from him.
All brand names, trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.Privacy Policy