Atom Server Complete

So after some painstaking construction and setup and configuration I finally got my Atom server up.  Now originally I was going to show people how to build a computer using that setup, however I realized that the computer had a preinstalled power supply, a…

Boot from USB Nightmare

My motherboard and RAM came, and while I’m waiting on the case I’ve been attempting to rig it up with another power supply to get the ball rolling. I’m having terrible difficulty making a bootable USB, mainly because my laptop’s charger cable died so…

What would you do with 48 cores?

AMD is hosting a contest, and I thought I’d give it a shot. Using Computer Modeling to Promote Scientific Innovation Given 48 cores of AMD computing power, I would set up an open-access super computer at my university, San Jose State University.  I would…

Taking apart an external harddrive

So I had an external harddrive collecting dust on my shelf. I used to use it before I got a new external which covered everything I needed and more.  I wanted to find a use for this drive and with my recent purchase of…

Coming soon to a tech blog near you…

I’ve got some big plans for the website.  I’m assembling a consortium of posts that will all be themed around the central subject of amateur computing.  I have been taking apart and putting back together computers for about 8 years now, and I’d like…

GuruPlug

In doing some of my final research on the home server I stumbled across this awesome little gadget. The GuruPlug is an all-in-one linux server solution that fits in the palm of your hand and plugs into the wall like any other AC-DC power…

Blashphemy!

So I’m still looking into replacing my giant server with a budget of $200.  Currently what I have so far is: Intel D510 Motherboard/CPU combination 2x1GB OCZ DDR2-800 RAM Apex MI-100 Mini-ITX case with 250W PSU This brings me to about $160, well under…

Amazon is the best

If you’re going to buy something on the internet, go out of your way to make sure you buy it on Amazon. Some products you might be able to get cheaper elsewhere, but I doubt it. Take my recent purchase as an example. I…

School Projects

In terms of Formula Hybrid, we’ve been making slow but steady progress on our hybrid car. We’ve got motors mounted, and the front two wheels have been assembled completely. Once all the break rotors are remade and the bearing issue is resolved, we will…