So… you’ll see that I’ve now got a button on the sidebar for Paypal donations. It’s not like I’m gonna make you pay to see the site, but if you’ve found anything useful on this site, or just want to be nice, you can help me keep this going by donating a little bit of money into my Paypal account.
I’ll be updating my Hamachi guides as much as I can, but school’s got me bogged down for the next week or so. Hopefully by mid December I’ll have proper guides on how to install and setup Hamachi, and how you can have it run as a service so that it’s completely transparent. Very useful for workstations where you don’t want the user to easily see what’s running.
If you’ve got any suggestions on how I can make this site better for you, send me an e-mail! My address is nick at the domain name. Hopefully spambots aren’t as smart as you are…
Damnit all to hell… why are there so many spambots on the internet?!??! It’s really really starting to piss me off. If I actually found someone who wrote one of these stupid things, I’d take a 2×4, shove a big rusty nail through it, and have a good “talking to” with this person.
I’ve been getting rediculous amounts of spam on the comments here lately. I can probably help lower it by making people sign up for accounts, but that’s just a little annoying for you guys… maybe if it gets bad enough…
GAH!!!! *shakes fists in rage*
No… not for me, but for Lusankya. The original system came in some old dinky case, and it had only been cleaned out once before when I first saw it at my girlfriend’s parents’ place.
So I opened it all up and took everything apart. I removed the heatsink from the CPU, and took my trusty box of Q-tips and rubbing alcohol and removed the old thermal paste. God I hate it when they use crappy stuff and it sticks like glue. Anyways – after removing the thermal paste, I took the heatsink and washed it in the sink with the brush to get rid of the dust in between the fins. Yes… I know it sounds funny, but it’s a solid block of aluminium. As long as it’s dry when it goes back on the CPU, nothing can happen.
So… a dab of AS5, heatsink back on, but without the stock fan. That thing, as surprisingly quiet as it is, is still too loud. So I took my 80mm SilenX fan and put it blowing onto the heatsink. I’ve got an Antec 2650 case that I used for all the new parts, and I swapped out the 120mm fan that it had for a 120mm Antec TriCool.
Aside from all the standard installation procedures, the last part of it all was to suspend my hard drives. I took a picture of it last night, but I forgot my camera at home, so to get the idea, you’ll have to look here. Aside from silencing hard drive enclosures, it’s the ultimate is making those drives quieter – and believe me – there’s a point where your hard drives are the loudest part of your system.
That all being said – Lusankya has a new home. She’s running SETI@Home right now, and temperatures are the lowest I’ve seen of any desktop system. I’ve just gotta see how much power the system actually draws from the wall. It definately can’t be much…
So… I’ve always had a hard time coming up with names for my computers. It’s always been something like “Laptop1″, or “ParentDesktop”. You know, boring crap.
So I’ve come up with a better system. Every item in my network now has a name from the Empire in Star Wars. Since I run everything from my laptop, it’s called Executor (it’s the name of Vader’s Super Star Destroyer). My server is named Death Star because it’s big… And my test rig is named Lusankya – another SSD.
Now I’ve just gotta come up with a name for my router… and yes – my router needs a name. It feels left out.
EDIT: Wow… the rest of life caught up with me… I’ve officially named my router HyperSpace. w00t!
So I edited the theme a bit. It’s just a bit wider, but in my opinion, it makes things look nicer. Now the text isn’t quite a crammed in as it used to be. Most people are running at a width of 1024 or more these days anyways, and if they aren’t… well… umm…
Thanks goes out to Jean-Sebastien for editing one of the image files. I suck at Photoshop, so every time that I tried to do it, it got screwed up.
Let me know what you think!
About a month and a half ago, my girlfriend’s parents’ computer started acting strange. For whatever reason, it would never get past the login screen when booting, but it did this consistently. I checked everything that I could, but didn’t have any idea as to why it was happening.
Anyways, in the end, I had no idea what was wrong, and I was having troubles re-installing Windows XP on there. Ultimately, they ended up paying for new computer parts, which I put together into a nice system for them. Compared to the old thing, it flies.
So now I’ve got this PIII 700MHz at home, and I need to find a good use for it. I’ve basically decided that for the time being, it’ll be my test platform. I had a 512MB stick of PC133 RAM lying around, so now it’s got a total of 512MB+256MB+128MB=896MB of RAM. Should be good for a while. If I want to test any software or an unattended XP installation, I’ll use it. The network card also has WOL (Wake-On-Lan) support, so I can suspend the computer, and then start it up remotely. Then, once it’s up and running again, Hamachi starts, and I can connect to it through Remote Desktop. I can install my programs, play with whatever I want, and then when I’m done, put it back in standby.
Oh – and anyone who says that PIII is too slow for XP – let me tell you, it’s just peachy. All XP needs to run decently is 256MB of RAM. 512MB will make it much better, but if you just surf the web or write documents, 256MB is fine.
So, I had been having some troubles with my battery lately. I had first noticed that the wear level of the battery was quite high (15%) after only 4 months. I called Dell about it, and they told me to monitor it, and then let them know if the problem persisted.
I checked again, and now it’s at 23%. Not only that, but when it’s fully charged, and I unplug it, it immediately reports a charge of 95%. When it’s down to 20%, it’ll drop to 7% right away. Kinda sketchy behaviour, no?
So I wrote a fairly detailed support request letter to them on tuesday explaining my problem. I give them all the technical details I can think that they might need, and wait.Today, after I was done my lunch, my cellphone rings. It’s one of Dell’s Technical Support team, telling me that he was reading my e-mail, and he wanted to confirm what my problem was. I say pretty much what I wrote, and without any hassling he says “Ok, we’ll replace your battery for you.” He said that it should take about 2 business days to ship, so hopefully it’ll be here by Monday or Tuesday.
Yet another reason I’m happy I went with Dell when I bought this laptop. Their batteries are covered for 1 year under warranty, although they aren’t covered under my extended CompleteCare warranty. The CompleteCare is a great deal though. For $300 CAD, you get three years of extended warranty that includes accidental damage.
You spill your coffee on your laptop? No problem.
It drops off the table? No problem.
You get a power surge in your house, and it fries your laptop? No problem
Need I say more?
My friend sent me this video a couple of days ago. I put it up on Google Video for all to enjoy.