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by Cadmus
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mounting a half-slim SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 3194

Re: Mounting a half-slim SSD

The use of the bay isn't a problem, it's got 4x3.5" you can access through the front and one 2.5" internal, so it's meant for a system drive to nestle in at the bottom. As for sticking it somewhere else that does seem like a good idea, but as it's a 'bare board' type SSD (see pic in above ...
by Cadmus
Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mounting a half-slim SSD
Replies: 6
Views: 3194

Mounting a half-slim SSD

So I'm building a home server/NAS and I picked up one of these as a boot/system drive http://www.transcend-info.com/industry/products_details.asp?CatNo=2&SerNo=9&ModNo=6&Func1No=1 . So I have this thing and a 2.5" mounting bracket... and I've suddenly realised I have no idea how the...
by Cadmus
Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Thinking of buying a netbook
Replies: 4
Views: 1275

Re: Thinking of buying a netbook

To clarify on 'emulation' I was thinking things like MAME, ZNES, and DOSBox.

As to budget if I can get it for under £200 (yes I'm in the UK) I'll be very happy. Might be able to stretch to a little more, but given I've seen eee 100Xs for less than £150 I'm confident I can do it.
by Cadmus
Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Thinking of buying a netbook
Replies: 4
Views: 1275

Thinking of buying a netbook

I'm thinking of doing a lot of travelling in the next year or so and was thinking of getting something lightweight that's easier to work with than my phone. My major wants are that it should be Linux-friendly, have a good battery life, and reasonable build quality. I won't be playing games[1] on it ...
by Cadmus
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: wxPython: Struggling with some of the concepts
Replies: 2
Views: 1021

wxPython: Struggling with some of the concepts

Ok, so for making little helpers, trackers, loggers, and other such useful utilities I've taken to writing applications in wxPython. Now my Python is reasonable, but what I'm struggling with is the hierachy and conceptual layout of the wx elements. It's not helped that the tutorials vary wildly in c...
by Cadmus
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Making a more effcient NAS/HTPC setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1986

Making a more effcient NAS/HTPC setup

Ok, so at the moment I have a single rather overspecced NAS-cum-HTPC, running a low-end Core2 of some sort with a few hard disks added on, an old GeForce 7 and that's about it. Now seeing as I recently found out that 1W = £1 per year I was thinking of splitting it into two machines. One NAS/bit-torr...
by Cadmus
Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: *SOLVED* I need to corrupt a text file.
Replies: 5
Views: 4069

Re: *SOLVED* I need to corrupt a text file.

One thing I've been known to do with HD images when I want to test recovery tools is use dd to stomp random parts of the file... I wonder if there's enough of a demand to make a filer-fucker-upper? A small script which given how much of the file you want wrecking heads to random parts and overwrites...
by Cadmus
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Video Converting
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Video Converting

I use Handbrake myself, seems to swallow anything I can feed it, you can do batching and have presets for certain targets.
by Cadmus
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Online storage servcies
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Online storage servcies

I've been thinking about how in spite of my constant reccomendations to people to back up more often I've not been so good myself. Does anyone have a service they'd recommend? My requirements are fairly small, probably < 1GB. Rsync access would be nice as I trust it (and could use duplicity to ensur...
by Cadmus
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: HTC Wildfire VS HTC Desire (UK)
Replies: 1
Views: 1016

HTC Wildfire VS HTC Desire (UK)

So I'm looking at after 10 years on PAYG going to a contract and a smartphone. These two are available on the same terms from Orange but the Wildfire has about an extra £100 of freebies available. Has anyone had a chance to compare thse side by side? Would either suit my needs? What I'd like is &sdo...
by Cadmus
Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Onion Rings
Replies: 73
Views: 9257

Re: Onion Rings

From the UK here, don't forget our second national dish is a lovely bit of crunchy deep fried fish and chips (though personally I'm not so keen on mushy peas). I think everyone loves a bit of deep fried food. This whole thread is making it more likely I'll visit the chippy on Friday though...
by Cadmus
Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Is my motherboard PCI-e v1 or v2?
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Is my motherboard PCI-e v1 or v2?

I'm thinking of upgrading my 8800GT to someting with a little more oomph now I have a bigger monitor. However what I can't seem to figure out is whether my motherboard is PCI-e v1 or v2. It's a Gigabyte P35 DS3 and I got it about 15 months ago, problem is I can't seem to find enough information to e...
by Cadmus
Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 639952

Re: EVE Online

Is there an xkcd corp that would be willing to take on 3-4 UK gentlemen looking to do the 14-day trial? We've got little interest in acquiring wealth and more in seeing what the game has to offer.

We're cheap!
by Cadmus
Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: cycling
Replies: 199
Views: 151856

Re: cycling

Assuming he's made it back safely I know some people who can give good UK-centric advice on touring and kit at outdoorsmagic.com forums. It's focussed more on hiking but there are some cycle tourers and a good stove is a fairly universal thing regardless of transport.
by Cadmus
Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 276705

Re: The Liquor Thread

Definitely true at my local house of cocktails. One I'm fond of is a Yellow Bird, quite sweet but nowehere near as heavy as some other cocktails. I think it's the Galiano that does it.
by Cadmus
Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 276705

Re: The Liquor Thread

A friend put me onto scotch recently, and generally getting a £30 bottle in when there's a special occasion and having it last a few weekends when shared does make it a treat. I'm still learning what it is I want from a dram. Initially I found myself on the sweeter Speyside malts, but there's someth...
by Cadmus
Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: How much coffee do people drink in a day?
Replies: 97
Views: 34790

Re: How much coffee do people drink in a day?

During the week I have a cup when I get into the office while reading through mail and such. If I need to be alert for most of the evening (usually role-play) I'll grab a cup with food at around 7-ish. On the weekend it's usually a cup as I get up after a lie-in and maybe another cup or two during t...
by Cadmus
Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building a new machine for a friend
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Building a new machine for a friend

I think you are forgetting the MB and case. Just a note of caution, in my experience Intel MBs are very good while they last, which is 6-10 months. I'd go for GIGABYTE, ASUS or NVIDIA [They still make motherboards, right?]. I'm budgeting ~£70 for a motherboard which seems to fit onto the price curv...
by Cadmus
Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building a new machine for a friend
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Building a new machine for a friend

I see what you mean about the Phenoms being cheaper, the X4 9950 seems to be at a price sweet-spot right now, combined with a solid 4850 (seems to cope with heat better). It turns out 64-bit Vista is cheaper than 32-bit, what sort of devices have caused problems for people? And I'm still unsure on 5...
by Cadmus
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Building a new machine for a friend
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Building a new machine for a friend

I'm trying to build a machine for a friend, but I'm hitting my usual brick wall of having not looked for 6 months and lost what's happening with graphics cards (and most other hardware) We have a budget of £500-600 so I'm looking at a Q6700 based machine for gaming. I'm just worried that I've been g...
by Cadmus
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: How much heat to destroy a hard disk?
Replies: 38
Views: 10664

How much heat to destroy a hard disk?

Simple question, how hot would a furnace have to be destroy the platters of a hard disk beyond doubt? [list=]Would glass platters make a difference? What other materials are used in HD platters and how would this change things? Is it even necessary to melt them, will sufficient heat destroy the magn...
by Cadmus
Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 62200

Re: Facepalm TV

Edit: I wish Iron Man had included an inertial compensator layer in the suit, because that would have been awesome. There would have been goo and bodysuits and suchlike. I'm pretty sure in the Ultimate line he's seen with goo and fluid on him as he exits a suit, I can't remember whether it's some s...
by Cadmus
Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Netbook recommendation and the state of netbooks
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Re: Netbook recommendation and the state of netbooks

Is the 1005HA very new? Couldn't seem to find much on it, hopefully the price will stabilise and The Reg will have a review before I'm ready to buy. I do note Maplins have the 901 going for a good price, and in some ways I'd prefer an 8.9" screen for portability reasons. My only real concern is...
by Cadmus
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Netbook recommendation and the state of netbooks
Replies: 15
Views: 1432

Netbook recommendation and the state of netbooks

It's been bonus time of late and I'm thinking of geting a netbook for use when travelling. Now netboooks have moved so fast that even reading guides from 6 months ago makes me think I might be missing something good. I want one for: Watching videos/music (assume I can transcode anything I want to wa...
by Cadmus
Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Solar Gaming and Linux
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Re: Solar Gaming?

So it seems the powermonkey's maximum output is 700mA or so, assuming that's measured at 5V then it's power is 3.5W, the GP2X power requirements at peak are 3.3W, so a voltage regulator would have to be 94% efficient! Of course that is the worse case scenario, according to the GP2X wiki the maximum ...
by Cadmus
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Solar Gaming and Linux
Replies: 1
Views: 624

Solar Gaming and Linux

[Sorry if this is rushed, I just lost my 20-minute post :( I'll neaten this up and add more details when I have time and as ideas come in] So I hear good things about the solarmonkey/powermonkey for topping up cell phones while travelling. Could you use one to power a small games/vids/music unit, li...

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