Anandtech is out to do two things with this article:
1) Prove the versatility of the Xbox console
2) Prove game geeks are mentally dubious, on a good day
I'll let them explain themselves:
"The goal today is to see if we can modify an XBOX successfully to do something useful that we can't do for the cost of the modification (aside from play XBOX). We will look at a media center, a basic PC and finally, a lot at the possibility of setting our XBOXes up in some sort of cluster, with detailed steps all along the way."
Lordy, that's a tall order. And they deliver. The article is worth checking out just to see the pile of black boxes stacked atop each other, as if partaking in some plastic orgy. If you don't enjoy this read, you're dead.