Posts Tagged ‘build’

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Sometimes the most useful tools are not the most elaborate tools.  So it is with one of my favorite little software programs ever.

I do a lot of remote work on our computers…our file server, HTPC, and kitchen pc all do not have a normal keyboard and mouse, and the file server doesn’t even have a monitor.  This means I spend a lot of time remotely controlling these computers when it’s time for updates or whatnot.

One of my biggest frustrations is not being able to see what the hard drive light is doing.  Did the button I just clicked do anything?  Why’s the computer so slow?  Is something running in the background?  Enter one of my favorite tools, DiskLED.

DiskLED is a simple little program that puts a flashing icon down in the system tray.  You can set it to use any number of system variables, but I just like the basic on/off of the hard drive light:

Incredibly useful and I have it on all of my pcs I use remotely.  I even put it on PC’s I’m troubleshooting so I don’t have to strain to see the case.  Highly recommended.  Best part?  It’s FREE!

http://www.sepago.de/e/research-development/downloads/diskled

Just wanted to post a follow-up on the new server.  It just hit 11 days of uptime without a reboot and I’ve had no issues…temps are all good, all the other computers can access it, backups are running on schedule, and CPU never really breaks 50%…which is pretty good for a 600 mhz Celeron.  I had my doubts as it seemed like dated technology (even if it WAS a brand new chip) but it seems perfect for a file server.  Wish I could do an estimate on power savings, but I imagine they’re pretty big.  My office now gets pretty warm with the A/C off, but I just turn it on about 30 minutes before I have to start working and it cools it off nicely.  All in all, it appears to be a very sturdy pc.  Woo hoo!

I decided it was time for a new file-server…both because the existing file server is large, consumes a lot of electricity, and forces me to run the A/C in my office 24/7. Solution? Build a new low-power pc that will fit in a closet in the house, store more data, and run on less electricity. This is the story of the build.
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Inspired by the “original” (I think?) iPhone Kitchen PC, I have now completed my own: a touchscreen, cabinet undermount PC to handle all the tasks I could think of in the kitchen. While I hate the “look at me!” aspect of this post, I admit that there is an element of pride in my final result, as well as several things I found to work very well.  So click through to read about the build!
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