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yabba_hh: in that case, unless yer willing to send him a pic of yah naked holding a bunch of daffodils or summat artisitic, you'll have to rely on me to nag him on your behalf
yabba_hh: btw, if you do decide to send him a pic of you naked holding a bunch of daffs , send me a copy ...... I need summat for my next blog post
topanga_be: I don't even send a pic of me with clothes
yabba_hh: no worries, my visitors are used to weird posts, send me a picture of you inside a box
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dan_acc: how's the recovery going?
yabba_hh: not bad, only 1 site currently offline ( that I give a fuck about ) but I need to rehome it to uk or germany ( needs a linux box ) ... and then I might rehome my blog
yabba_hh: you wanna know the ultimate irony?
yabba_hh: the ultimate irony : out of all the sites mine is the most damaged ( not the irony ), and I've lost most of 6 weeks post
yabba_hh: because I made fuck all posts in the last 6 weeks they're all on my "homepage"
yabba_hh: I happened to have tested it in ie, so I have it in temp internet files
yabba_hh: so, ie actually has a use .... guts me to say that
yabba_hh: yeah I know
dan_acc: you're resurrecting your posts from IE's cache
yabba_hh: don't ever tell anyone .... promise?
yabba_hh: *phew* thanks mate, where should I send the bribe?
dan_acc: add that to the list of beers you're going to buy me when I pop into Blackpool next
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Well, I've been quiet this last month because I've been a smidge of a busy bunny playing with servers. After melting a cpu and slightly toasting it's replacement on one server I then had to start migrating our server in the USA and as this also involved an OS change things were a tad complicated. The situation improved rapidly when a certain person ( Whoo shall remain nameless ) managed to firewall the new box ........ so well in fact that even the technicians couldn't get in and they had to re-install .... anyway, I got a day off so it wasn't all bad
Once we finally got back in, and I bankrupted Nick, I then had to try and move everything from one box to another ...... made slightly easier with the 10Mbs transfer rate ..... mind you, that just meant I could cockup faster .... about the fourth time round I managed to remember most sites, hey there was 18 of them huh? ..... so now that majority of the sites are on the new server, and mostly intact and running the same way they used to, I should get time to play with some code ...... that moment was shortlived.
After gaining some space on a new server for a project that Scott and I are working on, I set to work playing with code ...... briefly ...... I soon realised that the server the space was on wasn't good enough, yay, another migration .... and yet another one that involved moving a whole account. The good news was it wasn't me who had to do all the migration as it's not one of our dedi boxes. Whilst all this was going on Lycos decided that they prefer to live in the dark ages and so I also had a server to cleanup and shutdown .... mind you, I bet the cpu will be glad that I'm no longer toasting it.
To totally round off my month the FG decided to bring out the latest release of b2evolution ..... fantastic, now I have a forum full of bugs to work through ...... roll on summer when I can wander back into the field, this winter stuff's a bit to much like hard work!
Lets hope your month's been quieter ..... ohhh and don't even mention the window, the garden or the bloody fence
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You know, the main reason that we get on is that we each consistently get proof that the other is weirder than ourselves
Note : I don't sell pond pumps! If you're looking for a pond pump then visit the Pond Pumps section of my mates online aquatics shop ;).
The guilty party.
A tad ago I got a brand new computer system from a place called Chillblast, which is based just over the wall in Glasgow. It's a hell of a system, a nice little pentium dual core 3.0 with a pair of matched corsair 1 gig sticks, 1/2 terrabyte of western digital sata drives ...... ohhhh, and it was water cooled! ........ which was a great gimmic to brag to my mates about. So, for the best part of a year I've been toddling along on my chilled beast, with it's cpu ticking over between 35°C and 45°C, with the motherboard about the same temperature and all was happy in the world ......... until 3 days ago.
The water pump died on my cooling system, which I caught on to real fast ...... mainly because the temperature meandered through the 80°C mark ( at which point all sorts of alarms and bells went off ) ... skipped through the 90°C's ....... and the system promptly turned off at 100°C!!!!! ..... Now, whilst this is an exceptionally fast way to shut a system down, I don't recommend it. As you can imagine, this was a tad of an upset for me, I had to wait 15 hours before the shop was open and I could attempt to get this resolved ....... 15 hours of no pc!!!!! No worries, I'm mummys brave lil soldier, I can survive that long
After sleeping in as long as I could, and then sitting by the phone watching the second hand meander round the clock face with as much patience as I could muster I eventually decided that anybody who said they worked for a living should damn well be at work .......... The good news was, they had an answering machine which politely informed me that most people don't consider dawn to be an appropriate start time, and would I mind phoning back in a few hours when the dew had evaporated? ....... The second hand gets really boring after the first few hundred revolutions ...... Anyway, eventually they answered ( "they" is a guy called Martin ..... anyone who puts up with a blonde like me deserves naming ).
We can rebuild it.
Martin is an incredibly helpful guy, and very patient. He'll even explain things in monosyllabic words so that I can understand. He very helpfully explained to me that the company that makes the water cooling system that I have had gone bankrupt, and that he was unable to replace the pump!!!! WHAT!!!!! ...... So, now I'm facing sending my pc away to Glasgow for the best part of a week .... so I've text'd Nick, and he's off on one trying to buy a backup pc so that I don't turn into a gibbering wreck ..... and then I remember that Martin's still on the phone, and, unlike most companies, he doesn't invalidate your warranty if you undo the side of your pc ...... in fact he encourages it!
So, I asked Martin what could be done about things, only to find that the solution was simple. I could be reverted back to the stock cooling system with no problems at all ( and he'd happily refund me the cost of the cooling system ...... which I'd forgotten to ask about ) "it'd need to be a real intel heatsink and fan though" ...... how cool! I got sent all the extraneous bits when my system was first delivered, so I had those ..... remember how I said Martin encourages you to take the side off yourself?
So ..... now I've got the side off and Martin's talked me through everything that I need to do to remove the old pump and *snap* in the "real Intel inside" heatsink and fan ( btw Martin, when you said "you have to apply a tad of pressure", you weren't fuckin' kidding! ) and I've hung up, got my screw driver and toilet paper ( to clean the paste off the chip huh? ) and I'm ready to rock and roll.
After a fair amount of pushing, I decided I had the clips the wrong way round, so I pushed my graphics card back in ( which had popped out cos I bent the board that much ), turned the clips around, tried again and everything went like a dream! Not only had I managed to convert my chilled beast back into a beast, I'd also gained two inches on my biceps from fitting the heatsink .... with a smug look on my face, I hit the on button and watched windows meander round it's merry path trying to work out what a silicon implant was.
During one of my more "control freak" moments of the windows start up, I clicked "ok" in an aggressive manner on an alarm window that was politely informing me that my cpu would prefer that it wasn't associated with temperatures in excess of 80°C ....... 80°C!!!! .... damn ..... so I went to find some bacon and eggs ... as you can imagine, I wasn't a happy bunny. My system now ran at about 65°C to 75°C instead of the 35°C to 45°C that it used to run at
Ready to test drive
Well, technically they don't, but I haven't posted about pond pumps for ages, so I was just reminding google that I should be on page one ....... anyway, it does involve a fish tank pump, which is close enough ...... so, I'm a smidge of an unhappy bunny, when I remember that I know somebody who owns an aquatics shop .... and apart from many other things, like dahlias and stuff, they happen to have pumps .... and I need a pump ..... and not all blonde ideas are screwed, just most of them ..... so, I packed my disconnected cooling system into my bag, and wandered off to the field.
Barry, if yer reading this, turn away now ....... cos I got Gary infected with my plan and we spent the whole of his brew break playing with buckets and pumps and shit .... oh yeah, I owe you for a pump ...... ok, now that Barry's gone, my reasoning was simple. It was the pump that was gone on my system, so I needed a new pump, and I had a mate that stocks pumps from 100 litres an hour to "urm, we appear to have emptied the ocean", and I needed a new pump .... I may be blonde, but 2 + 2 is only a slightly rigorous but achievable challenge. So, after fannying about in the warehouse for a tad, playing with various sized pumps, we decided on a 400 litre an hour thing .... all we needed now was some tubing and a bucket.
Plenty of room for beer
Not us, but we did need to crack open a tube of silicon ( another £1.20 I owe yah, if yer reading ). From a scraps bin, we found some couplings that would allow us to pass a hose through the side of the tub we settled on using, so that was the inflow taken care off. A few cups of hot water and some biceps enhancing and we managed to stretch the original tube onto the pump outlet .... of course, boys and their toys and all, we had to test it ..... then, being anal, we had to test it without the cooling system in the loop.
Being the technical guys we are, we decided that we couldn't see much of a difference in the pumps outflow, once it was connected into the loop with the radiator and the knackered pump, so we decided that we were on to a winner ..... God loves a trier and all that ...... apparently .... so, then we ran round half the town trying to get some paste stuff that you're meant to put on a heatsink before slapping it on a chip and firing up ..... we wanted to look professional
Ok, it doesn't look pretty .... and it's certainly not as "self contained" as the original system ..... but I'll make allowances ...... *hits the on button* ..... now, like most people, I have a load of temperature and fan sensors and shit scattered around my system ... some of them even work ... and I have some software that sparks up with those readings ( the same software that gives the polite "excuse me, your chip asked me if I could possibly interrupt you and mention that it's feeling a smidge on the warm side" notices ) ..... and I was watching it like a hawk, not that I've seen many 6 foot hawks, but I'd imagine I looked like one if one existed
23 degrees!!!!! WOW!!!! Now that's almost cold enough to throw your beer in, and I made sure I got a big enough bucket to fit in a 4 pack huh. To give you a comparison, the previous watercooling ( which, admittedly, didn't have 50 litres of reservoir on it ) used to hit about 40°C on start up, drop to about 36°C and then eventually wander to 42°C ish for a running temp ..... Our "Bodge it Sons & Co" system started at 23°C degress and has finally ( after several hours ) managed to find 32°C as a running temperature. The air cooled version on the other hand made some great bacon
Chilled to perfection.
Having studied the events and outcomes of the last few days, with the same dedication that I give to other complex stuff like breathing and things, I've come to the following conclusions ( you can come back now Barry )
Those of you that know me know that I'm not a "get yer shit from here" commission whore ( hey scott, notice the total lack of amazon links? ), but I've been really impressed with Chillblast from day one, and that's never been dented when I've had problems. ..... Martin, thanks for putting up with a blonde and I hope this post generates some sales for you
And Scott ( from the pastel palace ) thinks he makes long posts
Ps. Martin, my chilled beast lost it's overclocking when the pump died ..... so, you gonna send me a cool chillblast case badge for my bucket, or do I need to send it to you for the install?
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