More Home Server

In hospital again, got the flu, but without an immune system it hits like a truck, delirious all day monday. Turns out my worst anxious nightmare is remotely installing windows. Least i got a nice cell for 48 hours.


So today while shaking like a leaf (swear it’s the hospital food, done more damage then good) Redid a few more bits for the server, 350 watt PSU with a massive fan, nice n quite, Radeon 9200 se gfx card, hooked up a bunch of drives, 6 in total (one 2.5″ ata in hiding), the bottom 20Gb will be the system drive in the future, right after i get the vt6410 raid card to show me some drives! then i can finally put the owncloud database on the raid so OS experiments won’t need a huge re-sync.

Then it’s getting carpet glued to the out side of the case! StarBoyz style, if style is the right word, that ought to do a pretty good job of sound insulation, will have to add an extra intake fan down low on the case along with a dust filter.


potential gaming machine, i love mechwarrior2: mercenaries and carmageddon perhaps it’s time to build small rig specifically to play these old win98/dos games? sick of trying to remember how to get wine to play carmageddon.


only thing wrong as far as i can find is the power board, which is only a tenner on ebay.
board probably died trying to charge pretty dead battery.


or the motherboard is gone, not convinced i should go down this route, the celeron 3 ghz processor is a 70 odd watt design, very hot twin fan, not much performance.

My own server

Wanted my own cloud server, so i built it, hello 1998 hardware!


Something missing there..


Remember always button up everything before checking have you left out anything really important…


Next part was getting extra power for the ati x800 graphics card, not a proper project with out some soldering.


Why extra power? now at this point i was awake for something like 28 hours (dodgy kidneys and coffee, don’t do it kids) so for some reason i built the hard drive caddy with five drives, despite only 2 ata ports on the mobo, any way one turned out dead anyway, i now have 4 healthy maxtors.


Sexy meccano hard drive caddy, really not doing much for heat dissipation, but right now nothing much happening on the drives and there under 40 degrees, so ok for now.


After all that? turned out it was a dead memory stick, ran fine for 3 days anyway..



Specs now are Gigabyte ga-7vt600, athlon xp 2400, ati x800, 1280 ram, four maxtor ata133 hard drives.

Right now i have two drives raid-0’d, one hdd doing nothing, and one as the system drive. will try to get the system drive on a usb stick of some sort so i can free the drives , they will be arranged in raid-10, i could use the speed of raid-0 but the ata cables (two drives on one cable) restrict the speed to make that pointless. and i don’t really need 480 GB’s of space either 240 is loads since i don’t count movies as vital backups.

setup OwnCloud in ten minutes, works great even on the android

Future? build UPS, make it quieter, water cooled cpu, fanless gfx card, air filtration system (briggs and stratton air filter 😀 ) better/quieter fan in the PSU. Maybe a dedicated raid or expansion card so i can skip the usb system drive..


Lovely and warm in ma server room now

Three Wheeled Shenanigans

Cad course is working out great for me, found a guy their who own his own engineering shop, i’m designing a supercharger for the runner and the tuk tuk 🙂

In the last month or two i have actually done something, niki’s intruder chain for one was quite a bit worn out.

Head is off the gpz500, gasket looked okay, hmm

Found this in the garage, nice pipe eh?

Manly carbs stick out sideways. folding pegs for heroic corner action.

Oil cooler for the massive engine, not sure what size but it has to be at least 125 hope fully 150cc

And a top box, it has to have a top box lol

Sarge spent 3500 euro and this pile of shite.

neither of em can actually fit in the sidecar..

i nicked the seat 🙂

5 wheeler?

5 seater!

I’d like to meet the man who design this steering damper, then do something horrible to his right arm.

Wherer to start with the slagging? the front.

front brakes siezed. (sarge didn’t notice)

steering damper only works going right. (design fault)

steering damper limits lock. (design fault)

no reverse.

engine puking rusty coolant all over it’s self. (sarge didn’t notice)

rear air shocks have been replaced with hagons from a kiddies tricyle (not a millimetre of suspension travel,sarge didn’t notice)

the chair suspension is off a trailer, indespension, no damping at all.(design laziness)

rear brake (the only brake) requires you to lift your entire leg up to reach it and then stand on it and hope you don’t lock up. (pain in right leg, sarge thinks he’s having a heart attack)

over sized rear tyre rubs drive shaft.

gearchange design is so cave man, harley would be proud.

engine shake’s like a bastard under 2000 when you open up the throttle.

engine barely pull’s first gear, new clutch soon.

can’t see out the windscreen.

the wiring.

neither of them can properly fit on the bike, the drivers back rest actually squashes sharon right into her own back rest, and the back of sarges back rest is just a rusty pointy bolt.

I’m sure i could extend this list by alot, but the vitriol is running out.

Whats it like to drive? painful, the steering is direct like a go kart, but is stiffer to correct it to the right thanks to that fucking steering damper, so one arm hurts more then the other, neck hurts from craning it to look over the screen. your whole body is knocked left to right by the chair, can you imagine trying desperately to hold the bars straight, while the their swaying (not turning) violently? it’s like a permanent tank slapper. I’d love to see what a properly done sidecar might handle like, if my tuk tuk manage’s to out handle this thing i may revise my statement about all sidecars designers mothers.

So sarge again has blown a chunk of some one elses money on a pile of shite, what the hell could i have done with €3500? in six months i could have turned it into 10,000 easily provided i didn’t get distracted by building a twin engined hayabusa unicycle. topped with an inflatable duck.

engine management check light

you need it to be out these days to take your driving test, so fecking annoying, bulb is a little led soldered to the board so I filled the hole above it with chewing gum, take that opel corsa! and Irelands stupid laws!.

Sat and looked at these for a while, yellow one has a dead four stroke engine and the blue two stroke one has dead electrics, could I make a series hybrid motorcycle out of these? big capacitors are quite cheap compared to battery’s just need an ac controller that can handle 230v.

Then we went to stick niki’s 500 back together, paint is way too soft but it looks good from miles away.. will get some pics soon, phone battery died 🙂