My cheap gaming rig

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I’ve been to several LAN parties recently, and have been getting a very accurate understanding of how much a pain it is to lug around a 30lb case, 30 inch monitor, and all the accessories.  I’ve looked at gaming laptops;  they all seem too expensive, too expensive, and too slow compared to something I could build myself, for cheap. Continue reading “My cheap gaming rig”

Accelero S2 Installation on nVidia 8800GT

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In an effort to modernise my gaming rig, I purchased a second nVidia 8800GT to compliment my first.  Benchmarks and reviews indicate that this setup yields comparable performance to many of today’s more expensive offerings.  This is a log of the installation and testing of the cards. Continue reading “Accelero S2 Installation on nVidia 8800GT”

Gentoo on the Fujitsu P1620

Recently I picked up a Fujitsu P1620 on eBay.  I’ve grown to really appreciate all the hardware in it, and consider it grade ‘A’ hardware, except for a few gotchas in Linux.  This serves as a document for those who are seeking to gain full hardware functionality of a P1620 in Linux. Continue reading “Gentoo on the Fujitsu P1620”

Installing Windows Vista/7 the lazy way!

Have you ever needed to perform a Windows install, but lacked the necessary hardware to do an install?  After ridding my house of optical drives, and having a limited number of large USB drives, I devised a way to install Windows without the use of either!  By using Linux’s wonderful KVM application, it’s possible to install Windows 7 on your hard drive with nothing more than a Windows ISO.

Warning:  This information comes without a warranty.  I won’t guarantee support if you break your hardware.  I’m not responsible for anything you do with this information.  For entertainment purposes only.  I’m probably lying. Continue reading “Installing Windows Vista/7 the lazy way!”

Tiling Window Managers: A Comparison

Over the past few years I’ve been trying to find the perfect window manager for me. Some have had the correct features, but terrible behavior. Some turn me off with painful programming languages. Others have horrible authors who are bat-shit insane.  What follows is a chronicle of my progression through various window managers, and a brief overview and review of each. Continue reading “Tiling Window Managers: A Comparison”

AlwaysInnovating Touchbook Photo Gallery

The AlwaysInnovating TouchBook is an ARM-based netbook that also has a removable keyboard base that contains a second battery.  I was hoping that though one, I could experience what ARM hardware could bring to the traditional Intel-dominated netbook market.  Today I received shipment of the AlwaysInnovating TouchBook.  Here’s the unboxing and subsequent first-boot. Continue reading “AlwaysInnovating Touchbook Photo Gallery”

Snow Leopard Preview

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I decided to give Snow Leopard gold master(10a432) a try on my fancy Macbook unibody.  I had become accustomed to some of the particular quirks and performance of Leopard 10.5 on my hardware, and wanted to see what new features or performance I should be expecting for the next release of OS X. Continue reading “Snow Leopard Preview”