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Heat Sink Obsession.
First up, What are all them copper and blue things in my computers...
sticky heatsinks
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Heat is the enemy of electronics, and the cure is heat sinks. I some times get over zealous with them. If the chip is worm to hot to the touch, it gets a block of copper. If the chip is cooking eggs, it gets active cooling, if not replaced with a cooler running part. The ketch 22 is, making absolutely certain beyond any question of a doubt that if the sticky stuff doesn't hold or otherwise, The metal heat sink dose NOT short out any thing it could passably try to touch while in operation or failure.


Stubborn Fan, and "Y" plug fix.
making the tool
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fixing the stubborn plug.
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I find that hot gluing a dead plugs pins in place in a dummy drive, then using that plug as an alignment tool while hot gluing fan plug pins in place, makes plugging the fans into the power supply much easier. It is important that the alignment plugs pins be as centered as possible every use. Never let the glue in the alignment tool get hot from rapid use, the pins will try to stray whatever direction the wire in the attached plug is nudging them if the glue melts. Add to that, most hard drive plugs are only rated for fifty plug/unplug cycles. If the Alignment plug tool feels loose, make another one from a dead PSU, don't risk wasting all that hard work over a over used plug.


The Hubs
Yes that is allot of computers in one place to connect to BOINC's servers, thanks to lots of hubs and a proxy server, there all happy with lots of work to do.
DS108 working
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DS108 upgrades
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This DS108 hub had been running 24/7 for over two years since I got it used, before I decided to open it up and look around. The black heat sink got a little worm for my comfort, so I opened up the case for some air flow, then got distracted by all them cute little sticky copper blocks.

Micronet open
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fan power regulator
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This hub dose the job fine, considering it is connecting computers to a modem that only supports Tbase10. I figured I'd try an internal convection heat sink on the cover setup for cooling the hubs guts, works beautifully so far. Unlike the DS108, this hub dose NOT have any kind of voltage regulation in side it. That floppy drive thing behind it houses a LM7805, caps, and chokes, so the hub can operate directly off the on site power buss. The regulator is identical to the picture of the 9v fan regulator on my power supplies, just with a fuse and allot of heat shrink stuff. 

Etherhub16s open
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Etherhub end
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This was a Tbase10 rack mount hub that was given to me. After replacing almost the entire power supply board, and deleting the unused 12V rail from it, the hub worked again. The hub seams to have two separate 8 port chips linked together some how, I put the chip set heat sinks on them for good measure.

WRT54G shot
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WRT54G mod
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WRT54G guts
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This is a Linksys WRT54G, with some cooling mods. I've seen allot of Consumer Linksys switches and routers die from prolonged heavy network loads. The design fault seams to be a serious lack of cooling for the voltage regulators chips.

Why dose no one make a Tbast100+ hub or switch with ALL the plugs on the back, and a Network load "Bar Graph Display" on the front? not a blinking idiot light, a full fledged no stop watch required, network load/utilization Bar Graph Display. Centrecom use to have them on there Tbase10 MR820TR hubs, Why not on faster hubs and switches?


When NEZ has an upgrade.
When NEZ gets an upgrade, there usually is an international shortage of a particular processor for a few months.
NEZ upgrade
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This is just a joke involving the #1 BOINC user, and some fab pictures I found on the net.
Please just take the joke for what it is, a joke. I am NOT "NEZ", nor do I know the entity known on the boinc-forums as "NEZ".

Thats Just Cool
cool mouse pointer
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That is not my hand, however it's just cool.


What in Gods name is that buzzing!
buzzing drive slides
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The drive slide things are cool I guess. However when there clipped in a row at the bottom of the case like a bank of reeds, ready to resonate and buzz to the beat of every thing else in the computer. I think not, delete.


It light's up well, and looks cool. for the first three months.
Saitek "E se" keyboard
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The Saitek "E       se" keyboard. after three months of heavy use, the paint started to ware off the keys. Probably wont happen with light to no use. I should have used that fingernail polish trick on these keyboards. No you can't have my keyboards with out paying me the $55/each I paid for them. I'm keeping my keyboards. The Saitek's seam to love drinking coffee, gets the gunk out from between the keys.


You can't fix stupid. That tab is/was there for a reason.
broke PATA cable
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I guess round hard drive cables lack the strength of ribbons. Tugging the cable rather then the tab, will break the fragile tinny wires. Then no hard drive will work on the cable, without replacing the cable. Why did I bother replacing the hard drive in this computer, the hard drive cooked with the cable.

So why do people insist on slamming the reset button on there computer. So it will break in the engaged position, forcing the computer to never start up again till the reset button is fixed. Good thing I have a hot-glue-gun. It's made of plastic, get a clue!

Apparently reinforced pored concrete furniture is the only thing some people wont break.


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