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  05:39:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 233 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, BOINC

My TARDIS has rematerialized

Also among today's UPS deliveries...was the RFE'd CPU fan for my Dell Dimension XPS (Gen 2) named "TARDIS". (my Windows laptop was named "SIDRAT")....though I been reusing the names on other devices lately.

Namely, the Time Machine partition at work is called "LKC SIDRAT" (the Mac is named "LKC"), and the Time Machine partition at home is called "LKC TARDIS". Not sure the naming is as accurate. The work drive is a 2.5" 100GB 7200rpm drive, while the home drive is a 2.5" 160GB 5400rpm drive.

Anyways...CPU fan installed, and the computer is back up and running. While without the CPU fan...the other CPU fan was running ~2400rpm (up from its normal <900rpm) and the CPU temperature in the upper 60's....Celsius. Now I have BOINC running full out and the CPU temperature is reading 52.... &#58;&#62;&#62; the new fan is showing ~2500rpm and the remaining original fan is ~1700rpm.

Put BOINC back to preferences....things should gradually drop back. Not sure if the old fan will go under 1000rpm again. It had always been a bit weird on what speed it would run at....seems unless it breaks 1000, it stay below...leaving the Fan 1 to do most of the work.

Though it is strange that the lower CPU fan is the one that works harder than the higher CPU fan. There's probably something about the fan shroud that makes most of the air over the CPU heatsink pull down across it.


  11:18:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 130 words  
Categories: VoIP, Networking

Xantrex PowerSource 400


Today's UPS delivery showed up...and among the items was a Xantrex PowerSource 400.

I acquired this to run the items in my 'network' closet'.

The items in there are my DSL modem, Linksys WRT54GS, Sipura SPA-3000 and the base for my Uniden cordless phone.

My Kill-A-Watt meter had reported the load at 11W, but it doesn't even register on the load meter on the Xantrex PowerSource 400. Wonder just how much life I'll get off of this?

The manual says 8W load will give 55h of run time, while a 25W load will give 15h of run time. Nothing in hard to say how long it'll last really...but it'll be over a day, eh?

I wonder if I'll invest in additional units, to cover my online activities during an extended outage.


  05:20:10 pm, by The Dreamer   , 44 words  
Categories: Appliances

Coming Soon... new washer and dryer....

I pulled the trigger and ordered it from

I'm getting the LG WM2455HW and its matching DLE5955W.

Darn the site is down at the moment....

Anyways....its done, now to wait for its delivery on January 27th.


  09:53:21 pm, by The Dreamer   , 250 words  
Categories: Appliances

The latesting thing... go is my washer. It had been in rough shape since I got it, it was free. And, I always intended that after I became a home owner, I would probably buy that dream washer and dryer.

But, the cost of becoming and being a home owner was a bit steeper than I had anticipated, so I was pushing my luck and saving for the real dream washer and dryer.

Evidently, it wasn't meant to be. &#58;&#46;&#46;&#40;

I came home from work today, and found that my washer wasn't where it was supposed to be. The laundry inside wasn't on the sides and was still pretty saturated. Further inspection seemed to indicate that the washer was leaking, possibly for some time.

I moved it back into place and watched it carefully as I redid the final rinse and spin....and soon there was a fresh puddle under the machine. Perhaps the leaking was a relatively recent development...but long enough to have made the mess that I had found behind it. This also means that replacing the washer is a higher priority than I would like. It'll pretty much be a shop and buy a new washer (and dryer) this weekend kind of thing.

I guess I don't need the top end in front load washer and dryer, nor having it tricked out with every option. But, still it should be a decent sized front loader with the features at least the features I know I need now.

Hmmmm..... &#41;&#45;&#111;


  10:08:46 pm, by The Dreamer   , 316 words  
Categories: iPod, Software, Computer, BOINC

Starting to hate Apple as much as Microsoft

Apple is rebooting my Windows computer almost as much as Microsoft is now.

Today's reboot was brought to me by Apple...and my computer wouldn't come up after it. &#58;&#35;&#35;

Seems strange that the CPU fan died during this cycle...but eventually that's what it complained about.

But, seeing as it was down, I decided this was the excuse to open it up and replace the CMOS battery....and blow out some dust &#59;&#68;

It didn't help resurrect the CPU fan fault. &#58;&#42;&#42;&#58;

It seems to limp, guess I have to disable BOINC for a while.... And, see about getting a replacement fan for it.

Darn Dell seems to use some special, odd ball fan that is hard to find...doesn't even seem to be available from Dell. Good did identify some sites that carried pulls of the fan. So, I bought one. Kind of expensive...$119...though $58.33 is for next day shipping...which will hopefully put it on Monday (along with a few other items I'm expecting UPS to bring me that day).

Guess I need to see about getting a new computer, and not try to stretch any more life out of this one. &#58;&#96;&#40;

I suppose I might consider getting an iMac and VMWare to run the one Windows application that I know isn't available on the Mac, which I use daily (and have yet to find an easy way to convert from it...guess Microsoft needs to hold some of its users hostage.) Though I also have a few other Windows only things, that I may also have trouble giving up.


Of course, I do have that Gateway GT5636E.....

Though I'll probably want to buy different bits for it a dual DVI video card. Though I guess I can scrounge the SCSI card....wonder if the other bits that I did get for it will still have a place in it then. &#58;&#63;&#58;


  03:05:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 189 words  
Categories: VoIP

Private Phone is being discontinued....


Got a voice mail today, that my private phone service is being discontinued -- February 19th, 2008. &#58;&#46;&#46;&#40;

I have the option to keep the number by transferring it to Packet8 for $19.95/month + whatever hidden unfees, etc. &#62;&#58;&#45;&#40;

Not sure what I'm going to do yet....finding local numbers was a problem when I moved here, but I don't really need another VoIP service. If I could port to Vonage, that would be one thing. But, not really interested in adding Packet8 service.

Plus its just the Voicemail service that I was useing....since I have issues accessing the voicemail for my Broadvoice service using their service....

I suppose I could go back to a regular answering machine...seems the new cordless phones come with these whether you need them or not. Though don't know if getting off of 2.4Ghz is such a high priority. And, I would lose out on getting an SMS at work when somebody leaves me a message....though the WAV file attachment is useless, since the audio is so low and the Blackberry won't play it back natively.

Guess this'll need some more research and thought.... &#58;&#63;&#63;&#58;


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