MSI motherboard woes

About a year ago, I built a computer based upon the MSI P45 Neo3-FR motherboard. I chose it because it offered the ICH10R chipset with Intel Matrix fakeraid (but that’s a whole other story). Overclocking At the time, I was disappointed with the board because I was not able to overclock – not one tinyContinue reading “MSI motherboard woes”

Guidance for cyclists on bike lights

You might wonder what there is to discuss about bike lights. But in my several years as an urban commuter cyclist, and with my fascination for toys such as bike lights, I’ve made some observations which might prove useful to other cyclists. What you need Before you go out and buy a light, decide whatContinue reading “Guidance for cyclists on bike lights”

The temperature in my loft

I recently (mid October) moved my home server into my loft, as its constant noise under my desk was getting on my nerves. However I found that with a large area of roof exposed to the sun (even the weak Autumn sun), and practically no ventilation the ambient temperature fluctuates enormously. In October when itContinue reading “The temperature in my loft”

Building a bottle battery

If you read my blog, you’ll have seen my recent review of my RSP Asteri 2 bike lights. I talked about making a bottle battery, and now I have. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos after the first couple of steps but never mind. What you’ll need I used the following parts, but you canContinue reading “Building a bottle battery”

Review: Cat Eye Strada Cadence

Over the years I’ve had a number of cycle computers. Most have been Cat Eye, although some haven’t. It’s clear to me that Cat Eye make the best cycle computers – both in ease of use and in build quality (which is rather important when it will be subjected to rain, sun, vibration, heat andContinue reading “Review: Cat Eye Strada Cadence”

Nagios plugin for TEMPer USB thermometer

As I said in a previous post, I finally got my TEMPer USB thermometer to work on Fedora, thanks to a patch by Tollef Fog Heen that has now been incorporated into the Fedora kernel. I’m not familiar with C so I only made minor tweaks to Tollef Fog Heen’s code, which returns a temperatureContinue reading “Nagios plugin for TEMPer USB thermometer”

TEMPer USB thermometer on Linux

Some time ago I bought a cheap USB thermometer called TEMPer. I was disappointed to find that it didn’t work on Fedora. It would only work on Windows using a poor piece of proprietary software. I eventually found the blog of Tollef Fog Heen, who had managed to get his TEMPer to work. Unfortunately hisContinue reading “TEMPer USB thermometer on Linux”

Review: Promise SmartStor NS4300N NAS

I decided to buy a NAS and remove the disks from my home server. I didn’t want to spend too much money, since this was one of those non-essential projects. But equally, I didn’t want to spend too little and get something that would break and destroy all my data with it. Eventually I decidedContinue reading “Review: Promise SmartStor NS4300N NAS”

When does a netbook stop being a netbook?

I came across this article today, which asks the question “When does a netbook stop being a netbook?”. I have thought about this question in the past, and so I read the article with interest. I was one of the early adopters of the Asus EeePC 701, which was truly a “netbook”, in the originalContinue reading “When does a netbook stop being a netbook?”

Upgrading to an SLR. Perhaps.

So I’ve been playing with my new camera, a 35mm Canon SLR. I rather like it. For me, film will never win over digital for convenience, but I’ve enjoyed using the SLR so much that I’m strongly considering upgrading my Fuji Finepix S9600 to a digital SLR. Cost aside, there are several disadvantages in upgrading,Continue reading “Upgrading to an SLR. Perhaps.”