Yearly Archive: 2004

It’s been a year

I can’t believe that Plague has been churning away for a year, hosting! In a totally unintentional celebration of that event, I’ve replaced the storage on this drive with something a bit more modern, replacing the LVD-80 drives with Ultra-160 drives and adding a ton more storage. I’ve also taken the opportunity to ditch Windows Server 2000 and replaced it with Windows Server 2003.

Currently the drives are set up with two 18 gig drives in RAID-1 storing the main system files, applications and data, a 9 gig drive to hold the Windows 2003 CD-ROM image, the swap file and temp directories. The last 80 gig drive will be used purely for storage and ftp access for replaceable data like patches and other sharable data.

There’s still a ton of work to be done to get this server back where it was before the upgrade, but it should shake itself out over the next couple of days.

Current Specs/Stats:

Supermicro SC822I-400RC 2U Server case with 400w PSU
AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (1.4GHz) Processor
Thermaltake Slim Volcano 8 SE Heatsink
Soyo K7v EM-PRO Motherboard (with integrated Video, LAN, Audio)

768 MB PC133 Crucial RAM (1x 256, 1x 512)
Adaptec SCSI RAID 2100s controller
2x Quantum Atlas II U-160 10,000rpm 18gb SCSI drives in RAID-1
Quantum Atlas II U-160 10,000rpm 9gb SCSI drive
Quantum Atlas V 10kII 10,000rpm U160 80gb SCSI Drive
Slimline 56x CD-ROM

A machine for my mom using an acrylic PC case

My mom asked me to build her a new PC and I decided to put it into an acrylic PC case to liven things up.

Where I rock

Once upon a time there was a “Where I rock” thread on [H]ardOCP, so I took these pictures of my manland.


LAN Party Time!

I’m prepping manland to have the fellas over so the five of us can drink beer and shoot each other in the comfort of my own home. Two PCs and three laptops over low latency gigE to my local Devastation Quake server will give us the gibs goodness…


My humble network.



My DSL connection to the outside world.



The gigabit “core”.



Additional ports for the laptops.


Manland set up and ready to go.

Traveller MySQL databases now live and in color

Added the System Search and Library Data databases and I’ll be adding more data to both databases as time goes on, but there’s still plenty of info available now. These features basically give me an excuse to teach myself PHP/MySQL and how to build a decently performing dynamic web page.

Also finished up the third session of the campaign log.

Locust water cooling

A while ago I was messing around with some unused water cooling parts and decided to build a poor man’s Koolance Exos. One the one hand, it cost me less than $5 to build (since I had the water cooling parts handy) so the “poor man” bit was correct, but as far as performing like the Exos, Heh heh heh…


The $5 reservoir. Made from a plastic jar from Tap Plastic, two 1/2″ OD PVC barbs with threads for two PVC nuts. Add some silicone sealant and let dry.



The radiator – an oil cooler from an Acura, I think it was.



View from the side. I took out the elbow joints because they restrict flow. I originally had placed them to avoid kinking, but when I get this hardware (or something like it) into a rig, I’ll probably use some Swiftech coolsleeves to prevent kinking instead.


The ad-hoc setup.




The poor-man’s Exos in operation. What a waste. Heh. It’s quiet and keeps things cold. That’s about it.

Headcrash Hardware

Current Specs/Stats:

MSI K7D Master-L Motherboard
Dual AMD MP 2000+ (1.67GHz) Processors
Kingston 512MB PC2100 ECC Registered DDR
Diamond Viper v770 Ultra TNT2 32mb Video Card
4x Quantum Atlas IV Ultra-160 9.1 GB 7200 RPM SCSI HD
2x Quantum Atlas 10kII Ultra-160 9GB 10,000 RPM SCSI HD
Compaq 5304-128 Smart Array Controller with 128mb Cache
Aopen HX08 Full Tower Case
Enermax 465W Power Supply
20x CD-ROM
3 120mm Vantec Stealth fans
1 120mm Global fan
2 80mm Panaflo L1A fans
4-port Baybus