Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

A Promise


I did promise earlier on in a comment to do a HowTo on setting up Apt-Cacher-NG on Ubuntu Server, that HowTo then being my post for PostaWeek. However, this week has been incredibly hectic and full of unexpected twists, taking a turn for the worse yesterday when I realised my server had crashed. And crashed […]

I recently got an Xbox 360, not a new 360 S, but the older 360. The ones that tend to cook themselves after a period of time ๐Ÿ™„ Well anyway, over the holidays, I had wanted to take a motherboard I had lying around, a PCI graphics card, a cheap network adapter, shove it all […]

In this howto, I’m going to run through how to install Ubuntu Server (10.10 Maverick Meerkat) and set it up as an Encoding Server, controlled via VNC and SSH. Obviously, encoding performance will depend greatly on your hardware. For this setup, I’ll be using an Intel Celeron 2.4Ghz with 256Mb of RAM. This is on […]

A Few Issues


I mentioned earlier that my laptop is now running Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick on a Compact Flash card. What I had forgotten to mention, were the few issues that have cropped up with the laptop. The first is the fact that I still havn’t been able to get the internal Wifi card working yet. There has […]

Copy Cat


Ok, so perhaps I’m being a bit of a copy cat, but really, this seemed like such a good idea that I couldn’t resist. Yup, an 8GB Compact Flash card, and a 2.5″ CF-to-IDE adapter. โ‚ฌ23 for the lot. Add one laptop, and you’ve got a poor man’s SSD ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s cooler, lighter, faster, and […]

Well, about a week ago, I passed one of those major milestones in a person’s life, an 18th birthday. Somehow I’ve managed to survive on this planet for 18 years, in spite of the millions of different ways a person could meet their end in the run of a normal day. And for my 18th […]

Remember that new old system I bought? Yup, this one. I’ve finally gotten around to experimenting with it. First things first, as always, backup the harddrive with clonezilla. But as I mentioned before, for some reason Clonezilla wouldn’t boot >.< A surrogate machine, a drive swap and five minutes later I have one lovely blank […]

Time for a new computer that is! Following in K.Mandla’s junk saving footsteps, I managed to pick up this nice little system at a local charity shop, for โ‚ฌ5 ๐Ÿ™‚ Did I say junk? I meant, some people’s junk ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a Dell Optiplex Gn, and from what I can tell it’s no more than […]



Over the summer, I dropped a laptop. Well, really, it just slide off my lap, and before I knew it, smacked the floor. In it’s side was a USB drive, and Murphy’s Law dictates that it would have to fall on it. The flash drive seemed to absorb the shock, and the laptop was fine. […]

Server Videos


Today, after returning from a few days up the country, it was time to give the main server what I call a “Soft Service”. Basically, cleaning some of the dust out of it, without shutting it down. This means temporarily stopping the CPU fan, which I know I can do for a certain amount of […]