June 13th, 2001

belize

Computer Noise

I hate computer noise.... fans and high-pitched hard drives (of which I have way too many) both drive me crazy.

I moved my LJ dev server into the storage room so I wouldn't have to hear it.

However, that just made it easier to hear the high-pitch ringing of my 3 disk in my linux box.

I could replace power supplies for $65 each to super-quiet ones, but I don't think that's bad part. (maybe I'll do that also... I don't know)

I'd move my Linux box to another room, but I need to plug in my monitor and peripherals.

I see two solutions:

1) Make a thin-client ... celeron, no processor fan, quiet case fan, boot from network. Then I can move linux box far away. Replace windows box' power supply and processor fan with quiet ones.

2) Move linux box's RAID array into LJ-dev and NFS mount it. Con: dependency on that machine.

Anyone have any experience combating computer noise?
belize

Mac!

I have me a Macintosh!

I got a VNC server on it, so now I can control all 3 of my desktop machines with one mouse and keyboard ... very neat. It takes a long time to move the mouse from one side to the other, though, so I had to turn up my mouse acceleration.

Now to fix some Macintosh LJ bugs.....
belize

mac go crash

My mac locked up. That didn't take long.

heh. :-P

Update: crashed again! (but this time the power button doesn't even work! woo! time to pull the plug.....)
belize

headache

I have a headache.
Tired.

Gonna go run in the park.... might make both worse, but I'm hoping the exercise will do me well.
belize

woo-hoo!

good run ... not long at all, but enough to give me some energy.

sneezin' like crazy now, though ... all that pollen. should have taken some claritin first. I haven't used it lately since I haven't been leaving the house much. which kinda sucks, btw. but what is there to do? .... oh, today I went and returned books. got a whole $8.50 for 4 of them! pathetic. but then I went and visited blythe at work, then went to true value to get stuff to build shelves on my wall.

oh, I got off-topic. back to the subject of "woo-hoo" ... my laptop shipped! it should be here in a few days.
belize

Laptop questions

Two laptop questions.

1) I need a power adapter for my car. Does this look good? Anybody know of better/cheaper ones? This looks neat, but I understand that DC --> AC inverters aren't terribly efficient. Would it be safe to use one for a prolonged period of time while the car is running? I assume the alternator would keep up. Who knows electrical stuff?

2) Anybody have a copy of Partition Magic I could borrow? I need to resize my laptop's Win2K NTFS partition down so I could make space for Linux. I think I'm going to make a big ext2 partition for mp3s so I could use Explore2fs to access them from Windows, then the rest will be ReiserFS.

Update: DC to AC to DC is stupid. Getting the one Sherm suggested at Office Depot. And Partition Magic I can get free from school.