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Generic performance metrics mean less and less in servers

Computing has long promoted performance metrics as a means of visualising performance of a system. Back in the day it used to be MIPS (millions of instructions per second) then for a while it was the processor’s clock frequency. AMD was the first major chip maker to move away from frequency by offering “performance ratings” […]

Western Digital TV Live Ethernet

Perhaps a glaring sign of assumption leading to a mistake, I had thought Western Digital had put a gigabit Ethernet controller on its WD TV Live device. After all why wouldn’t you? The device can clearly play back high definition content and Blu-Ray discs can transfer up to 40MBps at present. To my shock after […]

Expansys’ poor (non-existant) packaging

Expansys, a large mobile phone seller is a company that I’ve recommended to many – though most baulk at the thought of dropping 200 quid or more on a unsubsidised phone. In the past I’ve heard back from those I recommended Expansys to with nothing but compliments so when it came to me ordering a […]

New file server

In the quest to keep up with my file serving needs here at Crapple HQ I’ve very recently looked to upgrade our current storage solution. The problem isn’t performance, in fact quite the contrary. It’s the requirement of space, especially to hold high quality (and more increasingly high definition) video. Also because I’m paranoid, mirroring […]

The birth of a new Cheetah

Or rather fresh out of hospital. Last week I sent my broken Seagate Cheetah 10.7 drive back to Seagate and mentioned how surprised I was to get an email back within a few hours of it being delivered to their UK offices saying my replacement drive has been shipped. Today that drive arrived by DHL. […]

Seagate return policies

Recently I was going through a load of my old hard drives and came across a fairly new Seagate Cheetah 10,000 RPM SCSI disk drive. The unit was a 10.7 so it’s not terribly old and certainly within the five year warranty. Upon plugging it into one of the (older) Adaptec 29160 adaptors I had […]

Tight fit!

Yesterday I wrote about a chipset heatsink I bought for an upcoming 975X motherboard. Well that motherboard arrived today (38 quid off eBay, such a bargain) so I got on with installing the heatsink. Thermalright provide enough bits and pieces, including three mounts for those that use studs to hold down the cooling device and […]

Chipset heatsink

I recently purchased an used motherboard off eBay which came with a fan to cool the chipset. This is quite frankly rubbish as it will eventually fan and before it does so, it will make a load of noise and shift a lot of dust. So I purchased this rather nifty heatsink for the 975 […]

New power supply unit

I recently built a machine to replace my current workstation with components I had lying around. The only thing I needed to purchase was a new motherboard as the two units I had in the lab were less than reliable. The machine itself isn’t cutting edge but it is fast enough, being comprised of the […]

Securely deleting hard drive data

As part of clearing out my lab, I had a large amount of hard disk drives which are now too old ( >5 years) to be used in any production server. Although these drives work and have been through a tough life (being on 24/7 in a server environment) they really did well. I must […]

iMac screen found!

You may remember (although I’m sure you have more important things to do) that I ended up with an Apple iMac which had its screen hit with a hammer. Utilising the external display output I managed to get OS X setup dilly dandy and everything was fine. Except one of the fans would shoot to […]

Mini-displayport to Dual link DVI actually works

After my previous post about the problems faced by users with the new dual link DVI adaptor for new Macbook users, I finally purchased one so I could use it on one of my Apple Cinema displays. I figured that if it would be really bad, I’ll end up getting a refund. To my surprise […]

Dismantling big iron

As part of my bid to be green (and also save a packet on electricity bills) last year I decomissioned both of our Compaq Proliant “big iron” servers. These truly were giants. The first one which was the master server providing Samba, FTP, SSH tunneling, gateway, firewalling and HTTP proxy services was being dismantled today. […]

24″ iMac LCD screen

A couple of weeks ago I was handed a battered 24″ Core 2 Duo iMac (aluminium body) and asked to remove the hard drive. Someone had taken a hammer to the screen and the guy wanted to get his data back but had no inclination of keeping the iMac itself. So I asked him whether […]

If true…

The Steve Jobs really is a knob-end. It seems after some pretty thorough investigation the latest Macbook Pro which uses the NVIDIA chipset and GPU contains the same faulty soldering (lead based) which caused so many problems for so many manufacturers earlier this year. More info is available here. I was curious as to why […]