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by dancingsnails
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Seeking input on planned router build
Replies: 8
Views: 9531

Re: Seeking input on planned router build

I'm quite happy with my Ubiquiti edgerouter lite for $99. I haven't tried installing clamav on it, but it's Debian based, so it should be possible once you enable the right repositories. It's a nice (fast) router, if you don't mind dropping to the CLI sometimes. It uses 6 watts or so. jhahn@ubnt:~$ ...
by dancingsnails
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Atheism and yoga
Replies: 16
Views: 8205

Re: Atheism and yoga

The Sedlocks who are suing the Encinitas school district are Christians who have some bizarre belief that Yoga meditation will corrupt the kids in the school. As an atheist I can't imagine any other atheists being bothered by Yoga (as opposed to what's clearly worse - having to pledge to our flag un...
by dancingsnails
Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Piece chipped off hard drive PCB: RMA or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 5643

Re: Piece chipped off hard drive PCB: RMA or not?

Most of the small capacitors are likely used for isolating power supplies for components. If a capacitor is missing then that component will be a bit more susceptible to errors when the board can't respond to sudden changes in power requirements. (Like on any clock pulse) There's also likely to be e...
by dancingsnails
Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Removing glue SAFELY from a motherboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 2439

Re: Removing glue SAFELY from a motherboard?

You can safely clean with isopropyl alchohol. Anhydrous isopropal is commonly used to clean non water soluble flux off of pc boards after soldering. You could use soap and water too, just make sure that you remove battery first and rinse when you're done with distilled water. Make sure that board is...
by dancingsnails
Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212532

Re: HP MicroServer

If you just want to install a graphics card so you can add an extra monitor - and not for gaming type use there are some cards that you could use.

Matrox P690 Plus LP is 11 watts, fanless and is supposed to be able to drive two monitors
by dancingsnails
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 212532

Re: HP MicroServer

The graphics card supposedly consumes very low power so this then means the server cannot handle a 3rd and 4th drive. An ATI HD5450 may be low power compared to other graphics cards but it still uses 150 watts at idle. I have my doubts that it really makes sense to use anything other than the built...
by dancingsnails
Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Please don't put another Moron in the White House
Replies: 256
Views: 45448

Re: Please don't put another Moron in the White House

[quote="andyb"] Even then, the total votes for the Conservatives is 6 to 3, Looks like Obama and Co have a a lot of work to do swaying the mind of some of those 6 voters :D Hard to know from this, since we're still in the primaries. Not much point in voting for Obama, since he's probably the only on...
by dancingsnails
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Please don't put another Moron in the White House
Replies: 256
Views: 45448

Re: Please don't put another Moron in the White House

Currently there's a lot of hot air coming out our batch of Republican candidates. I think it will be tricky to silence them as some of them are on edge of being unstable already.
by dancingsnails
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Please don't put another Moron in the White House
Replies: 256
Views: 45448

Re: Please don't put another Moron in the White House

You're propounding bizarre ideas without much in the way of rational backing. It's reasonable to assume that you're doing so out of ignorance.
To be fair I should say "without anything that comes across as rational backing".
by dancingsnails
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Please don't put another Moron in the White House
Replies: 256
Views: 45448

Re: Please don't put another Moron in the White House

In Nazi Germany it was a racist kind of social Darwinism, and a horrible culling of 'substandard' people. It was spoken and overt. It's not really the same as the economic kind. The latter is present as a current of thought in most places, especially when you have laissez-faire, unregulated economi...
by dancingsnails
Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Please don't put another Moron in the White House
Replies: 256
Views: 45448

Re: Please don't put another Moron in the White House

Some bizarre ideas about evolution in this thread. Reachable, you could really benefit by reading a bit about biology. Also the connection between Darwinism and Social Darwinism is pretty tenuous - and I don't think there have been any (non fringe) proponents of Social Darwinism since the fall of Na...
by dancingsnails
Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Fanless workbench-style PC: feasible?
Replies: 12
Views: 3991

Re: Fanless workbench-style PC: feasible?

Also it may not be completely silent. Just because there are no moving parts doesn't mean there won't be noise from vibrating inductors and such. Without any case they may be audible - and not a good kind of audible either.
by dancingsnails
Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cold fusion ressurected?
Replies: 30
Views: 29589

Re: Cold fusion ressurected?

I'd say you're being too cynical and not cynical enough. It won't be sabotaged because no-one in the industry is going to believe that there's anything to sabotage. It's most likely just one more energy for nothing scam. There are too many gullible investors willing to be ripped off over this kind o...
by dancingsnails
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: SPCR Announcements
Topic: Re: Mike's final sign-off - POSTPONED
Replies: 70
Views: 89888

Re: Mike's final sign-off

That is very sad. This has been a great site for many years. Much of the information that's been generated here, I don't think you could find anywhere else. Thanks for putting this together. I hope you find a buyer. In any case good luck and have fun with you next adventures!
by dancingsnails
Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: sound damping material on hard drive
Replies: 13
Views: 2192

Re: sound damping material on hard drive

Personally, I'd pick it off with my fingers (grounding myself first, to one extent or another, depending on the humidity), then I'd clean it with isopropyl alcohol and a cue-tip.
by dancingsnails
Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: sound damping material on hard drive
Replies: 13
Views: 2192

Re: sound damping material on hard drive

If you need to, you can clean it with isopropyl alcohol. It's often used for removing flux from pcb boards. Just be sure and use anhydrous.
by dancingsnails
Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: intel atom d410 & d510 video capabilities
Replies: 8
Views: 3918

The d525mw is hopefully coming out soon. It'd give you a little bit more headroom.

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Innovation- ... 534&sr=8-1
by dancingsnails
Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 5400 or 7200 RPM drive for media storage?
Replies: 15
Views: 4953

Serial read and write speeds aren't that different between 5400 rpm and 7200 rpm drives since you get get higher densities with 5400rpm drives. So backup times shouldn't be that different. Where it makes a difference is in random access speeds
by dancingsnails
Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU/Chipset for a small factor headless server?
Replies: 9
Views: 2616

I'm waiting for the boxd525mw board to come out.
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Innovation- ... 534&sr=8-1

With one of those 4gb high density ddr3 memory modules, it should be pretty low power.
by dancingsnails
Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low-power switch?
Replies: 9
Views: 13773

One reason (other than wanting to save money, or be 'green') I try for lower power is that the UPS that powers my server (that runs email etc) and internet based phone, handles a longer power outage.
by dancingsnails
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does CPU temperature affect power consumtion?
Replies: 11
Views: 3338

It's not obvious to me whether temperature would change CPU efficiency - as long as the CPU is running at a constant voltage. If it were just a matter of the increased resistance, the power loss should go down as the temperature goes up (until the CPU stops working because appropriate gate voltage l...
by dancingsnails
Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 130W ATX power supply + 120W AC adapter 54$
Replies: 153
Views: 123060

Anyone attempt to modify a notebook power supply for use with this DC-DC, such as the Dell 90W adapters which can go for <$20? The newer Dell AC-DC bricks appear to be very efficient, but there is also an extra "data" pin which I am not sure if it can be ignored. There isnt exactly that much data a...