Tag: hardware

New Dev Servers!

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Ok so a friend of mine posted a thread on FWS about selling some of his old servers that he had colocated in the US [he is from the UK]. The servers although not that powerful were super cheap and I could not resist getting them. Now you may be asking yourself one of 2 things.

  1. What is the use of 2 more computers that you have
  2. Why the fuck do I care.

To answer #1 these new servers can be used to demonistrate many different tips tricks and mods that can be done. Such as home VPN servers (if you don’t know what is a VPN by now, Google it bro), Media servers, Home Web Servers, Proxy Servers, Clustered computing,…ect..ect..ect..ect.

To answer #2 it will allow me to get mods done on a topic that everyone can do. I mean come on we all have that old closet pc that does nothing right?

The new servers specs are as follows.

  • Dual AMD 2800+
    2GB of Ram
    250GB HDD
  • Buzz – 301
    Dual AMD 2000
    3GB of Ram
    2x 80GB HDD

*Both are rackmount servers not normal mid tower pc’s*

Not the best but about average for your home closet pc. Now I am going to be able to show different things on a whole range of different hardware. Because on top of those 2 I also have some other hardware that I will be able to use.

  • P4 2.4 Ghz
    1gb ram
    120gb harddrive
    *Tower*
  • P4 3.2Ghz HT
    NEEDS RAM
    250gb HardDrive
    *Tower*
  • P3 650Mhz
    512MB Ram
    20gb HardDrive
    *RackMount*
  • Dual P3 800Mhz
    1GB Ram
    2x 9.8GB SCSI Drive
    *RackMount*

So I have hardware in a range of ram and processor configurations not to mention the ability to run anything in a VM on this wonderful Phenom I have :).

As of right now the servers are still in a holding position. They should get shipped out sometime today from the datacenter and if they do get shipped today on time then they will arrive to me on the 29th. Then I get the fun task of getting all of the computers on the same network playing nice and not sounding like a jet is sitting in my office area. Pictures soon!

-Tracker

[I am taking ideas for stuff to do with this hardware other than trash it. Submit them to me HERE]

Building a new Desktop PT.1

I love building computers. Not only do I love building them, but also taking them apart. Tracker and I [Dark] have striped an entire computer down to nothing in just 1 minute flat. Thats no joke either. When building a new Desktop there are many things to consider. These are just some of the ones on my top priority list.
1. OS
An OS is a very funny thing. If your like me you want a Hack-n-tosh. At the same time you want to run Windows 7 and a Linux distro. OSX is very picky I hear about running on special hardware, atleast if you want it to run well, so maybe you really want to get an Intel processor with an ASUS motherboard because I hear they work best. Now for Windows 7 your also going to need a decent card, not to mention OSX. Linux is happy on almost any system so really if you wanted to you’d be fine getting lower specs.
2. Uses
Different uses of a computer are also important to me. Can I make this computer a Home server? Or will it only be able to surf the web? Will it be an HD movie machine or a gaming PC perhaps? I love all of thee above so my new machine is going to have to be powerful in many areas. But if maybe I wanted to make a simple computer for lets say, Boxee? Then I would be able to not spend so much money.
3. Lifespan
Lifespan is important because even if your computer is outdated before its even shipped (and it is) it still should last you a good 3 to 4 years, hopefully more, but that is very unlikely in these times where everything it obsolete the moment its created.
4. Hardware release dates
If you buy something the day it comes out its extremely expensive, but if you wait to long then its outdated and worthless. So your pretty much playing russian roulette and hoping you don’t shoot yourself later on down the road.

-Dark