Friday, August 20, 2010

rig

recently built new rig... after days/weeks of research, updating myself with current trends, reading reviews, price monitoring, lots of spreadsheeting to optimise selection of parts, contemplating, pondering... decided to bite the bullet and just build an acceptable, relatively future proof and upgradeable system...

selected modular power supply so that wont have cables sticking out everywhere. I can attach only cables that i need...


lots of goodies (except paper washers, maybe thats too yesterday) with the motherboard, eventhough its a cheapo kind


after processor and memory installed...


something new i thought i'd try is to have proper cooling solution. here's some thermal paste


applied thermal paste over the processor's surface...


then mounted heat sink onto processor. thermal paste helps fill the gaps between heat sink and processor, better contacts mean better heat transfer from the hot processor into the many fins


attached a fan onto the heat sink to help dissipate the heat away... fan has jagged edges that reduces noise when spinning at high speeds


graphics card came in nice black box gold text packaging


managed to get the version 2 card for the same price as the version 1 (because version 1 stocks were gone)... version 2 has cooler design


case stripped of its side and top covers. 3 huge fans at the bottom sucks air from bottom of case, cools insides then single fan on top blows hot air out... 3 in, 1 out means there is positive pressure build-up within the case, keeping dust from entering. fan on top has golfball surface texture that creates micro vortices, reduces air resistance. Vertical air motion (from bottom to top) means that as air gets heated up, its density reduces and it can rise faster; increased air movement means better heat dissipation... thermodynamics put into action... such a sucker for marketing...


3 big fans also come with air filters for dust management


slotting hard drive is like slotting a book into a shelf...


finally after everything installed...


funny thing was that the case has no speakers, so theres no characteristic beep when the system starts up, no beep in older systems usually indicate a problem with start-up... so when there was no beep in this new system, i suspected something must have gone wrong, besides, nothing showing up on screen...


also contributing to the confusion is the touch sensitive control of the monitor... it was not powered on in the first place... so after turning it on, and restarting, i get the 'good' blue screen to set up settings... relieved the hardware installation works...


installed windows, then ran some tests to see if things were working okay...

Friday, August 13, 2010

whoaaa long time no blog

more than 2 months ago...

why? cos bz flying around here and there

did some work at adelaide, on first day, task was to transfer a piece of equipment from table, to mobile table (trolley), as follows:


100kg equipment too heavy to handle alone, no body around to help (cos everybody went home already)... also trolley was higher than table, definitely need to lift it, so use some technology:


after some sliding about etc etc... managed to get equipment onto the other table, everything neatly arranged, all good to go, just need to slide under the yellow roof... or so I thought...


Clearance missed out by 2 cm... so cannot fit under... w t h


I also made sugarcane juice...


I placed my acids in the cupboard, as told... they were happily sitting there when one day a sign went up saying they cannot sit there... dont understand why cannot tell me in person, I'll happily remove them, have to put up big big sign announce to whole world that I'm breaking the rules


Wanted to melt some wax in a beaker... but suddenly... the beaker decided to drop its pants...

... and so I got molten wax spilled everywhere... zzz

On the way to the airport, spotted this...

the word TRAP can mean so many things...

Friday, May 28, 2010

oom

on monday, spent 5 hrs writing report - on such a roll...

for the next 5 days, no mood write anymore... consumed too much energy

Sunday, May 02, 2010

undecided

i notice i blog only when sick/bored/sian
wat a depressing blog this would be then

...

body is undecided whether to be sick or well

fri: well - little did i know wats about to happen
sat: sick - sore throat, all out flu symptoms
sun: well - go out breathe fresh air
mon: sick - light sensitive, sunlight hurts eyes, feels like theres a partial clot in head... blood cant flow so throbbing headache
tue: well - although weak
wed: sick - ears, nose blocked, cannot do work at all...
thur: well - can do work abit
fri: sick - keep being careless and disorganised, no mood do work...
sat: well - can go see jazz festival, watch movie
sun: sick - sleep 12 hrs still feel weak and tired

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starving to save money is not a very happy/wise thing to do
yet...

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in other news... had to sit for some online test when i notice:


...sick how to do test !?

also...

...this particular company acknowledges intersex gender unlike others

and finally...

many times hv I been told to chill
but i think its the hardest thing to do
is there a 'how to chill for dummies' book?

Friday, April 23, 2010

theres some flu going around...

try 50, too high
try 25, too low
try 35, too high
try 30, STILL too high... 4 days gone just trying...

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dota losing streak record 0-17

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spill water
try grab tissue to wipe
tissue wont detach from other tissues
tissue box fall
spill even more water

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start calculations
discovered mistake
stop calculations
fix mistake

restart calculations
discovered another mistake
stop calculations
fix mistake

restart calculations
program crash... omg

restart program
start calculations
computer shut off randomly... omg

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photostat paper
paper jam

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in other less sad news...


bottle with string looks like friar tuck


opening a bottlecapped bottle of sesame oil


simply aim lights + luck = interesting shiny bits

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finally i can do off-camera lighting... must be some peculiar interest, using umbrellas etc...

Friday, April 16, 2010

at the supermarket the other day...

i discovered the awesomeness that is a ONE LITRE preshafruit...


also, instead of just 'orange juice', they've got the actual species of orange...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

this box has...

... cute aspect ratios