Posts tagged Computer

Steam Play

I have been using a Linux Desktop machine as my primary computer for many years now. The applications I use day to day are mostly open source and run natively on Linux or through WINE.

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Stable System?

I think I can finally say I have a stable system once again. After the Ryzen RMA replacement of my Ryzen CPU to fix the “Performance Marginality Problem” I noticed that I was still getting some regular system lockups/freezes when it was left idle.

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Ryzen RMA

This week I finally decided to send away my Ryzen 1800X CPU for a warranty replacement. I had a CPU made early in the production cycle (2017 Week 12) and it was affected by the “Performance Marginality Problem”. Once it became apparent that it wasn’t going to be fixed by a bios microcode update a warranty replacement was always going to be an option.

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Ryzen PC Backup

I finally decided to perform a backup of my new Ryzen PC running Fedora 26. Normally I wouldn’t leave it too long between backups especially if I have made significant changes. My new PC presented me with a little bit of an issue, I couldn’t run my backup software.

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A New Computer

This month I gave up on waiting and ordered the remaining parts for a new PC. The build process was as easy as expected. Having learnt my lesson of having to maintain a system over many years; I took my time when routing the cables around the case. The result is one of the tidiest case layouts I’ve ever put together. Less obstacles means cleaner airflow inside the case and less noise.

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The Wait

The problem with buying technology is that there is always something better on the horizon. I am about to build a new PC. I have been about to build it for over a year. I have been buying some parts that will stand the test of time case, fans, optical drive etc. Some of these parts are 12 months old, some 6, some a matter of weeks. But I need to get the important bits, the CPU, the Motherboard and the RAM.

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Bookmarks

I use Firefox as my web browser. I’ve been using it for years. During that time I have accumulated a huge amount of bookmarks. In being able to migrate my Firefox profile by copying it between machines and between installs my bookmarks have migrated too. Some I can’t remember why I even bookmarked them in the first place.

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Closing Windows

Today I finally made the decision to close down my Windows 7 machine and remove it from my primary computing location. It was February when I last used it and since then it has only been used for the occasional game or to run a PCB design tool.

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The Accidental Screenshot

Whilst having a clean up of files I noticed a number of screen shots I had taken over the past 12 months. In total 12 screen shots, only one of which I actually intended to take. So what is the big deal about 11 unwanted screen shots? Well those 11 images add up to 16.3MB in size. Not a huge amount when you think of hard disk sizes in the terabytes but its still additional unwanted data that gets included in my backups. It is interesting however that I seem to accidentally hit the print screen key about once per month on average.

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Tidying Up

Starting off a new year always seems a good time to get a few things in order for the months ahead. Today I have tacked my email inbox. I have been building upon my list of filters for years such that most of the mailing list items, special offers, online order confirmations etc. all get sorted automatically. The filters never remain perfect as a company might change the email address they are sending from or retitle a newsletter. The result has been a spam folder filled with things I want and an inbox full of clutter.

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SSD Research

I had a spot of luck this week when I purchased an early Black Friday deal on Thursday evening. I wasn’t intending to buy anything but I knew when the deals were starting and decided to have a look. I am currently awaiting delivery of an Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD. I had seen this earlier in the year (around March) and it looked a nice drive but too expensive. A 50% price reduction can change my mind.

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Bash Exploit

Well I read this article whilst I was at work. Upon getting home I started up my Fedora machine and ran the following check to see if I was vulnerable.

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Chromebook to Ultrabook

Over the weekend I spent some time removing ChromeOS from an Acer C720 and replacing it with Fedora 20. Although I still need to add a few more tweaks to the setup I have ended up with absolute bargain. I purchased the C720 as a refurbished model, this was to save a few pounds and to get a 32GB SSD rather than the 16GB version available from the Google Play store. The Fedora install and handful of applications I needed only take up around 5GB of space leaving plenty to work with. Battery life is excellent. General desktop usage easily manages 6-8 hours, streaming video/using the wifi would appear to reduce this somewhat. So for £165 inc delivery (plus a weekend of setup time) I can say I am very happy with my purchase.

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Cooling Things Down

Summer is approaching and the weather is getting slowly warmer. This brings with it the annual problem of having a computer in the bedroom kicking out heat and making it too warm. Another issue that had been causing me some bother for a few years is the power settings on my graphics card, a Radeon HD6850, when running Linux. I use the open source radeon driver as keeps improving overtime and has enough of the performance of the closed source official driver for my needs. The one thing that has been lacking in my particular case has been the dynamic adjustment (radeon.dpm) of the card to keep it running cool. I have been forced to manually set the card to a low power state each time I reboot the machine. Failing to do this means the card boots up running full speed and quite happy to warm the place up. The downside is that I am always in the low power state and any tasks that might make use of a bit of extra power never get it unless its specifically enabled.

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Tmux - Solving The Problem Of Window Names

I was lucky enough to get a book on using tmux for Christmas. Following through the examples I noticed that I was not getting the expected behaviour when attempting to set window names.

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System Email

On my Fedora system I collect the system emails to my user account. This results in a selection of daily emails outlining statuses which I am prompted to deal with whenever I launch a terminal. In the past I have used the “mail” command to read and delete the messages. It is not the easiest mail reader to deal with however. The fallback has been to use Evolution which is part of Gnome. I have never been a fan of Evolution, instead preferring Thunderbird. Thunderbird does not support the maildir format used by the system email and as such has been ruled out. I am going to be trying out Mutt, it is a command line reader that I found already installed on my system. The interface is structured unlike “mail” and even lists the shortcuts for commonly used commands. For my needs I don’t need to configure Mutt to do anything. I did find a couple of links that may prove useful in making Mutt your primary email client.

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Keeping My Hat On

In my previous post I outlined my thinking about moving from Fedora to OpenSuse. I installed OpenSuse 12.3 onto mylaptop and had a play about. The installer was clean and easy to use and everything was setup with the minimum of effort.

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Goals For July 2011

The June 2011 has resulted in a few tasks backing up due to lack of time, resources, money etc. July will be the month for reorganising and getting back on track.

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Countdown To Fedora 15

Countdown image removed.

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Windows 7 + CUPS - Problem Solved

I have been trying to get my Windows 7 (Pro) machine to connect to the CUPS printer on my Linux server. Whilst it used to work with Windows XP (Home) via IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) I was having no luck with Windows 7. One reason for the problem is my network security and firewalls. I lock down everything unless it is actually needed. This means that all the auto discovery services on the network can’t talk to each other. Still knowing the IP address and ports of the relevant machine/service to connect to is normally enough to get things working. Not in this case however. For some reason either at the Windows or CUPS end the IP address was causing a problem. The problem being that the it wasn’t being resolved to a machine name when trying to setup the IPP connection.

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Refactoring Email

I have been using email for many years now. Over that time I have changed between mail clients, addresses, operating systems and spam filters. Whilst I have been able to keep on top of filtering mail into folders it finally reached the point today where the the mess of filtering and folders needed a clean up.

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No More Gentoo

Over the past month I have been getting to grips with using Fedora 14 on my Laptop, Netbook and Desktop. The install replaces the previous Gentoo installs. My primary reason for switching distribution has been updates and time. To keep machines upto date with security patches Gentoo needed to recompile alot of packages in some cases. This for some things could take time to compile and compile errors would sometimes occur. When things didn’t compile it sometimes broke the system in such a way that it would be unusable until it was fixed, this could mean waiting a day or so, especially with the compiling errors. So enough was enough, Fedora with its pre-compiled binary packages was the answer.

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Arduino + Ethernet Shield + Linux 64 Bit = Headache

I have been trying for the past few hours to get the simple web server sketch working with an arduino board and my recently acquired ethernet shield. All seemed to be going well the sketches were uploading to the board and I was able to ping the ip address over the network. Why then could I not connect to the device to see the generated output? Much time has been spent looking at different libraries and other peoples sketches looking for alternative ways of doing the same thing. Each time my sketch would stall whilst trying to read the client data. A single line of code which for some reason would stall the program execution.

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The Rodent Confusion

For the past few weeks I have been having some performance glitches with the way my mouse interacts with my Linux machine. The mouse would move and the buttons operate normally except for when trying to press and hold the left button for example. The action would appear to terminate after a few seconds and reinitialise. This behaviour was making it impossible to move windowed applications around the desktop. Today however I have solved the problem, which is good from the point of view that it solves the issue and also it means I don’t have to spend the next 48hrs recompiling Gentoo and all my applications.

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Thunderbird 3 Bug: A Workaround

I recently upgraded from Mozilla Thunderbird 2 to the new Thunderbird 3 release. For a few days everything was working fine with the new default settings. I have a few email accounts which Thunderbird fetches mail for and I didn’t want to use the new Smart Folder mode. So I changed back to not using it. Everything appeared ok, until the next day. I returned home from work to find no new email. This is highly unusual as there is usually some for of advert for an online store showing me the latest offers, especially around christmas time. This lack of email continued for a few days, to begin with I attributed this to my ISP who were reporting problems with the email system. Today after 4 days with no new mail it was time to explore more options within Thunderbird and try to find a solution to the problem.

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Mailserver Project - October Update

The mailserver project which I have been working on for many months now is getting to the point where it will soon be taking over the role of hosting all my email. No problems have been discovered over the past month and my upgrade script to regenerate the security certificates worked perfectly. A recent update to Dovecot, the IMAP system, means that a little more testing is in order due to modifications made to the config files.

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Mailserver - Another Stage Completed

Over the past couple of weeks I have been moving the mailserver project closer to being ready for actual use and another milestone has been passed. I have now reached the stage where my hotmail and gmail accounts are collected onto the server and made availiable via IMAP.

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Kernel Upgrade Day

It has been a long time since I last updated the kernels on my linux machines. I had managed to keep the software up to date but the kernel upgrades are always a little more involved. Today is the day that they were all updated, all the software updated and rebuilt. Optimising the kernels is a little more time consuming and it may take another attempt on my main machines to get rid of any extra drivers and features that are not required.

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Quick Mailserver Update

I have at long last done a little more work on the mailserver project. The latest thing to report is the addition of dspam to filter out spam. In addition to this clamAV is also integrated.

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Battery Failure Season

Let me start by outlining the recent issues I have been having with electronic devices. Usually they behave as expected and under normal circumstances and change in this normal behaviour is easily recognisable. Problems occur however when multiple events coincide and reveal a change in behaviour or problem. Such an event recently occured; my previous post explained the issues I was having with Xorg Server. When updating my sever and power desktop I ran into an intermittant issue with sporadic keyboard lag. I initially attributed this to the usage of Synergy to share the keyboard and mouse between the server and desktop. The synergy setup used the linux server as the host sharing it’s keyboard and mouse with the Windows/Linux Dual boot desktop.

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Mailserver Project: Another Update

I was hoping to begin this month with news that my mailserver project was reaching the milestone objective of being secure and working, alas it is not to be. The good news is that over the past month I have made significant progress and am in the final stages of securing and testing.

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Windows Vista - Still Crap

In the past few weeks I purchased some new Anti-virus and Firewall software from ESET to replace my expiring & bloated AVG install. The first machine to get the upgrade was my XP desktop machine; everything went well. I was impressed with the lighter feel to the software and the added fact that it didn’t seem to be hogging the system resources quite as much. A weeks trial later I decided it was stable and usable enough to be used on my laptop; running Windows Vista. The install was painless and the software scanned my system and there were no obvious issues.

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September 2008 Hurt My Wallet

Well its the end of September and it has been an expensive month. Part of this is down to my wreckless IT spending the other down to an automotive parts supplier.

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Mailserver Update

I posted a few weeks (possibly months) ago that I would get my guide to setting up a mailserver onto the site. Unfortunately I ran into a few security realted problems that needed to resolved. The good news is I have made plenty of notes of the process and it should just be a case of typing them up.

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Another One Bites The Dust

It’s that time again when another peice of my IT equipment has died. When I say died it’s more akin to requiring the replacement of several major organs at the same time. Thurday night I was going about my usual activities of checking email and surfing the web with my windows desktop and 24/7 linux server.

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Never Blindly Copy Code

I have been developing my own iptables firewall scripts for my Linux machines. On the whole the process has been going quite well. Part of my research into the firewall rules involved buying a few reference books, one of which contained what claimed to be a very secure script. I copied the base rules over to use as a base to add my own rules to and things have progressed very well.

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I Hate Windows XP Home

Over the easter weekend I have decided once again to setup my network just the way I like it. Up to this point everything is going well, the Samba shares on the linux machines are at last accessible through the firewall and the Linux machines can access the Windows shares. Now the problems start.

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Gentoo Linux - Toshiba Satellite X200/X205 (part 6)

I have been happily using my notebook without problems since I posted my last update. I was enjoying using it so much I decided to take advantage of the low RAM prices and upgrade from 2GB to 4GB.

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Xorg Mouse Configuration

Yesterday I purchased a mouse to use with my notebook; I lead such an eventful life. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be worthy of mention, most mice are plug in and use. My mouse however needs to work with Linux and here in lies the problem. Getting a mouse to talk to Linux is getting easier the left, right and middle buttons usually work as well as the up down scroll. It’s the additional buttons that cause the problems.

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Secure Hard Disk Erase

When a hard disk dies the main priorities are to ensure that there has been little or no data loss and getting the effected system(s) back up and running. The faulty drive is removed and placed to one side. What happens to this drive next? Is it casually discarded, finding its way into the nearest bin?

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Belkin Switch2 & Linux

The Belkin Switch2 is a range of KVM switches to switch between 2 computers. Some of the range support usb keyboards and mice and include stereo audio switching, it is these particular models which are of interest.

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Gentoo Linux - Toshiba Satellite X200/X205 (part3)

The Frame Buffer/Nvidia/Xorg problem

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Gentoo Linux - Toshiba Satellite X200/X205 (part2)

Kernel Config [gentoo-sources, 2.6.22-gentoo-r5] Still alot of uneeded things in there and probably a few needed things that aren’t. It does boot though and will provide a base from which to expand from.

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Gentoo Linux - Toshiba Satellite X200/X205

I have recently acquired a Toshiba Satellite X200-20S laptop. Whilst it shipped with Windows Vista it was never my intention to run it as the primary OS. The primary OS for this machine will be Gentoo Linux.

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Lack Of Pictures

I know I said I would upload a few pictures of my computers and I still plan to. I tried taking some pics with my phone but they didn’t turn out great. I will aquire a better camera and try again.

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Computers Of The Future

Check out the following link to a rather interesting interactive table demo. Yes it is Microsoft based and not running Linux but considering it from an interface point of view it has its merits.

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Project: Dark Sleep

The past couple of nights I have been taking steps to block the light escaping from my 24/7 pc. It is surprising what a few bits of black duck tape can do. LEDs on the network cards and other status lights on the rear of the case are the big offenders, as are the power and activity lights on the front.

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Can A Person Have Too Many Computers?

I built myself a Gentoo server some time ago now but I have never used it to its full potential. It has certainly been useful as far as learning experiences go but it spends most of its time powered down. My problem would seem to be my attachment to my windows machine. It still runs all the 24/7 services I need and all I do is turn the speakers and monitors off when I don’t need it.

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Synergy Problems & Workarounds

This weekend I have been setting up synergy to work between my XP desktop and one of my Gentoo Linux boxes. Both are running version 1.3.1 of synergy with XP being the server. I ran into a couple of issues; now solved, that are common enough that others may find my posting of a solution useful.

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Home Server Build

The recent release of the Intel Core 2 Duo has resulted in a price war with AMD. The result, falling processor prices on both sides. I’d been monitoring the situation for a couple of weeks and this weekend the prices were right for me.

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Teaching Myself Python

All that free time I had when tired of looking for jobs had to be applied to something. I received a Learning Python book for Xmas and decided that since I had a working computer again it was time to put it to some use.

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Galactic Civilizations 2 Arrived

The game I had been waiting for arrived a few weeks ago. It was well worth the wait and caused me to have several long gaming sessions ( i.e. more than 5 hours at a time). The new job means I will have to settle for a few shorter sessions when I can fit them in but its a game I will keep comming back to. Incedentally the 1.1 release is currently in beta testing so in maybe a week or so I will have an even better game to play.

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What Happend To Project Zombie?

Well it didn’t exactly rise from the dead as planned. I got to the stage where I was in need of a desktop machine, the laptop was becomming a bit restrictive. The release date of Galactic Civilisations 2 was closing in too which wasnt helping my struggle with less than optimum hardware.

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Time For An Update

After frequently posting in January I failed to maintain the pace in Febuary and March. With the end of March in sight I feel it is about time to pick up the pace again. Alot has happened and its about time I made a note of it all.

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GalCiv 2

Galactic Civilisations 2 is soon to be released. Why am I telling you this? Well, GalCiv 1 was one of the best strategy games I have played in years. It was a well constructed game, it was distributed by the creators as a download and it was under active development for 12 months after the initial release to bug fix, balance gameplay and add a few new features. With developers who have designed a game for the players and listened to their opinions to make it a better game I can’t see how Gal Civ 2 can fail to be anything but a huge success.

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Project Zombie: Update #3

It’s dead again, I went out of the house only to find it had shut itself off whilst I was out. The best bit is it didn’t just shutdown, it fucked the new powersupply too. So I am having to RMA the powersupply back to DABS.com where they will take 4-6 weeks!!! to resolve the matter and give me a refund.

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Project Zombie: Update #2

Well the new powersupply seems to have done the trick as I am writing this on the resurrected machine. I’m still not 100% happy with it though. When powered down the IDE status LED on the front of the case stays dimly lit, as does the LED on the CDRW. My investigations lead me to believe this to be a fault on the Secondary IDE channel and/or problems with one or both of the CD/DVD drives. The IDE LED is related to the actual IDE cable, where the drive LED seems to be related to the molex power connector. I suspect some damage to the drive from the old power supply or degrading capacitors leaking a little. I am going to monitor the situation, hopefully it will not be an issue and the system will run for another few years.

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Project Zombie: Update #1

Well the new motherboard arrived this week, so it got installed and improved the situation. It failed to solve it though. The new motherboard enabled the system to post info on each reboot, even though it proved not to be the solution it enabled testing of the other possible causes much much easier.

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Project Zombie

Well an interesting development has taken place on the dead computer front. Whilst browsing for some new case fans I located clearance motherboard nearly identical to the one that I belive has failed on me. When I say nearly identical I mean a slightly better model than the current one. The best bit is the price, about £23 including delivery. It’s an ammount I can afford to lose on a chance like this. If it works however it could keep the system running for another 3 years or longer. The item isn’t due to arrive until next friday so I wont have any news before then.

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The Computer Saga

Well after the death of the computer and yet more attempts to fix it I finally gave up on it. On the plus side I now have a case free to build a new system in. I removed all the components and cleaned it all out. It’s almost like new again.

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More Job Applications Away

Well the hunt for a job is all the more desperate since the failure of my primary desktop machine. Its taken me all day but I have crafted two applications with all the trimmings (to please the HR department no doubt, they have to justify their existance some how). I bet I will never hear from them again, the usual scenario with this type of thing. Lets hope anyway.

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R.I.P. Computer

It had to happen at sometime it’s just an inconvienience that it happened now. My primary computer has passed away, :(. It started to make the odd noise that had me concerned about the status of the main hard drive. I rebooted to run scan disk only for it never to successfully boot again. I suspect the hard disk controller on the motherboard to be at fault. My data is safe and has been backed up. I tried repeatedly to revive it, with cold starts, resets and a clean out with compressed air but with no sucess.

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Aims for 2005 - How did I do?

Back in January I posted up the following aims for the year. I decided I might achive some aims rather than fail at new years resolutions.

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7 Flavours Of Vista

Winsupersite.com is carrying a run down of the expected versions of Microsoft Windows Vista, to be released Q3/4 2006.

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Quality Hardware

A thunderstorm provided some interesting activity on the power grid. In the home the lights briefly dimmed and a few appliances were caused to reset/reboot. One surprise however was my main computer which remained unaffected. I initially thought this was down to the surgeprotected extention blocks. However i concluded this was not the case as an audible power discharge was heard through my speakers and through the rebooting of a freeview box both of which were surge protected.

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The Week That Was

It’s been a different type of week. Not really a bad week but one where stuff occurred that usually doesn’t. It being half term for the school kids seemed to have upset the balance of Nottingham city centre. Monday I wandered away from the university building to mix with the rest of the public. I wish I hadn’t bothered. The place was full of people, trying to wander about was incurred the same level of difficulty as the Christmas shopping usually does.

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Damn You 2.6.8-gentoo-r3!!!

One of the fun things about Gentoo is how easily it breaks and what fun one has fixing it. I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to mount the floppy drive so i could copy data across. After a several hours trawling through the Gentoo forums I stumbled across a similar topic. Within that topic was a post from a developer saying “upgrade your kernel. floppy support was broken in that one, sorry”. A simple solution, an upgrade to 2.6.9-gentoo-r9 solved the problem. Now however I’m left with a new one. Upgrading the kernel sources means I am now left without a graphical environment as X.org refuses to load. I have a sneaking suspision the nvidia drivers are to blame.

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Anybody Need Any RAM??

I purchased a load of RAM off ebay the other day. I’ve got more than I need. So if anybody is after a few sticks of 32MB PC100 SDR RAM, make me an offer and you can have some.

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Windows XP SP2

Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available via windows update. Although is was reported to be available sooner it was only a restricted distribution. Problems you are most likely to encounter are with the Firewall. You may find that some of your programs stop working, these will most likely be the ones requiring internet access. Configuring the firewall to allow these programs through will solve this.

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Ad-Aware SE

A new version of Ad-Aware has been released. The improved scanning engine can find more little nasties on your system. I ran the old version with the latest updates, followed by the new version. I found an extra 60 nasties.

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Shocking Statistic

I was browsing through the Web Builder(Issue 5) section of .net magazine (Issue 127 September 2004), when I saw a statistic on screen resolutions people use whilst surfing the web.

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NTL Now Faster :)

I noticed today that those kind folk at NTL have finally decided to speed up my connection. I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while but with no confirmed date it came as a bit of a surprise. My 600k line is now a 750k line and its not costing me anymore :). Now I just need to find a way to use it all. I’m sure I’ll manage.

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Lack Of Net Access

Its been a troubling Sunday. Problems with the Netgear DG814 ADSL Modem Router have resulted in a loss of conection to the net. I was suffering withdrawel symptoms. Not because I sit on the net allday, but because I coulnt use it for things when I wanted to.

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The Sexiest PC Ever!!!

This is ORAC3. I have included one picture here. I suggest you take a look at the closeups. The attention to detail on this thing are incredible. It truely is a work of art. Its as near to a perfect looking pc as I can imagine.

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New WinMX In Beta Stages

Slyck is running an article about the new beta versions of the WinMX P2P filesharing client. The WinMX Beta Page is reporting the beta testing timeline. Download WinMX v3.52 beta 3.

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NTL - Turbo

I’ve known for a while that NTL are speeding up their connections this summer 150k to 300k, 600k to 750k and 1M to 1.5M. It was only after flicking through the July issue of .NET that I stumbled across another upgrade. The article describes a turbo button that lets the user (for a fee) speed up their connection to 1M to 2M for a certain time. It sounds an intersting idea, for those who might need to get a new linux distribution downloaded a little quicker.

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Laptop Keyboards

Computers maybe getting smaller and faster but keyboards are getting slower. The keyboard on my laptop cant seem to keep up with the rate at which i type :(. This is a problem with web addresses as it tends only to recognise 2 or at worst 1 of my w’s in www.

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Protect Your Computer

I get asked many times how best to defend a computer against the internet. Well todo you all a favor here is my recommended defence applications

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Darn Time On Damn LCD

This morning my sleep was interrupted by my dear mother. She used words like “get out of bed you lazy bastard and do something with your life”. I promptly went back to sleep. A while later my eyes opened and I gazed across the room at the nice LCD displaying the time. 11:30 I read. Oh bugger, I better get up and get sorted then. It was only after putting my lunch in the oven i came upstairs and glanced at the radio controlled time piece on my desk. It read 8:40. It looks like during my blurred visionary stage that I mistook the 8 for 11. Ooops.

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LCD

Today I was pleased to see my package had arrived. Quite a surprise as I had not expected quite so soon a delivery. Still after hooking up to my serial port I can now display things on it. The current setup is the time and winamp song list, looks very nice. But it can also do pc stats and anything else i can be bothered to get it to do.

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Here It Is

Here is my new bloo PC, Its called Heather cos its blue like Heather’s eyes.

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About Time

I finally got round to building my new pc yesterday. Problems with networking have meant I have only just managed to get the thing to connect to the net again. But I’m back anyway (yay!!). More details tonight.

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Parts Arrived :)

When I had about given up hope of ever seeing my parts anytime soon, they arrived. At about 7:30 this morning the delivery chap turned up and handed over the parcel. Inspection of the Parcel revealed that the delivery chap was not entirely to blame as my street name had been incorrectly printed on the lable. The Address was however correctly displayed on the invoice which was also visible. Still they are here now and this makes me happy:).

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Where Are My Parts?

According to the website i ordered them from the order is now complete. It gave me a delivery date of the 14th (5 days ago). I am beginning to panic. There is alot of value in that package and I don’t want to loose it. Me thinks a phone call to them might be in order. They are not going to take money out my account and give me nothing in return.

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Over The Limit

Whilst NTL are going on about restricting my Bandwidth usage I have decided to take advantage of the current situation and d/l as much as possible. So far in the past 36 hours I have overused what NTL say is my 14 day excess bandwidth allowance. I paid for an unlimited service and that’s what I’m going to use😀️.

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Solved?

Last night I spent a few hours repairing my receive data partition on one of my hard drives. This drive is on my problem machine. The faulty partition structure, I hope, was my problem causing the blue screens. If I can maintain 2 weeks of up time without any blue screens I will assume my problem is solved. Until then the clock is counting.

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The Time Is NOW!!!

The time has come for service pack 3 to be banished from my machine. Service pack 2 will be put in its place. Hopefully this will rid me of the Blue Screens of Death and restore reliablilty once again.

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Lets See If This Makes You Happy

In yet another attempt to debug my pc and eliminate the Blue Screens of Death I have installed yet more new drivers. This time its chipset drivers for the IDE channels and AGP slot. If this doesnt fix it I have a good mind to insert a large quantity of H2O directly into the case to see how it likes that.

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Technical Fault

DON’T PANIC!!!! Right now that’s sorted I should tell you that your good friends at NTL are having a few problems☹️. It looks like they have been chasing a technical fault in the Nottingham area since 11am this morning. Not that it means much to you monkey people in chimp land. It just explains why web pages are not always loading first time today. I’m sure they will have their army of engineers on it (some poor chap called Pete who has by now had enough and wants to go home to his wife, Matilda, who has made him a nice meat and potato pie).

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I Am The Bargain Hunter

Great news everybody!!! Well not that great but not that bad either. I have just placed an order for a powersupply for my new pc. Wow!!!, I know its not quite what your thinking but stay with me on this one. After shopping about a week ago I found it available from an online store at the maximum saving of £8.24 after delivery. So you can guess that i was going to order from here anyway.

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PSU

Today I have been looking at purchasing a power supply to sit in my case which should arrive next week some time. Having decided on the Antec 480W True Blue PSU i ventured round several sites selling the product. Overall when priced up with VAT and Delivery costs I could save a maximum of £8.24 by purchasing from one retailer.

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New Case

I have placed an order for my new pc case today. I am purchasing the Lian-Li PC75 Aluminium Full Tower case with side window. It may be a costly purchase but this is a case thats gonna last and has space for me to fit a water cooling system in the future. I just need to finalise the rest of the internal components then I will be ready to start building a monster of a system.

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Ad-Aware

Ad-Aware is an excelent program. It has found no end of adware on my system. This is my freshly installed system which should have been as clean as possible. I now run it daily as I generally find that after the spam has been in my inbox it has usually left a few cookies.

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Sorted

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NTL Cable

NTL have been prating about with the cables again. Today I was left without net access for several hours. During this time I became quite distressed at my lack communication with the outside world and had to engage in face to face conversation with another person. This was distressing in itself and I spent the next few hours crouched in a corner hiding my face from the chaos around me.

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