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 it […]Read more "The temperature in my loft"
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 can […]Read more "Building a bottle battery"
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 and […]Read more "Review: Cat Eye Strada Cadence"
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 temperature […]Read more "Nagios plugin for TEMPer USB thermometer"
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 his […]Read more "TEMPer USB thermometer on Linux"
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 decided […]Read more "Review: Promise SmartStor NS4300N NAS"
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 original […]Read more "When does a netbook stop being a netbook?"