Back From Vegas Extra

I made it home after a long day of travel. Airport security let me through with my new home server – a 1U dual P3 800Mhz Compaq rackmount that I scored from the guys at UNIX surplus. Yes, it was my carry-on personal item.

Somehow I missed the MIDI tesla coil last month. Thanks to [skuhl] for sending it in. It’s a solid state coil that’s modulated to create one bad-ass midi box. The videos are worth checking out.

[martin] tells me that the Pentax k10d firmware has been hacked for polish menus. I’ll let you guys sort through it, I’m honestly too tired to deal with translating it right now.

[Alex] re-cased a macbook power supply to repair a slightly ripped out power cable. Those power supplies aren’t cheap, so it’s worth noting.

By the way, I’ve got one of the midnight research wicrawl CDs, so ask nice if you want me to put up a torrent.

47 thoughts on “Back From Vegas Extra

  1. That telsa coil is pretty awesome, i don’t know too much about that sort of thing but it would be awesome if somehow you could control where the arc ends up when it fires.

    the mac book adapter? very handy. I almost threw mine out. I am going to do that this weekend… after the adapter is fixed, I intend to charge the sucker up and use one of those wicrawl cds that will so nicely be posted on the net ;) *wink*wink* :)

  2. Bringing computers through security can be a fun experience.

    Not only can they be really heavy and painful if worn in a backpack, but it was also the first time I ever had any issues checking in.

    I just love dumpsters in the close proximity to the mit campus they have the best stuff

  3. wow a torrent of the new wicrawl would be so amazing. I was there this weekend too, i just wasn’t able to shark on one of the CDs, although i did manage to get a few t-shirts!. Good find! Thanks!

  4. Please put up that torrent, and either send me a link or just put it up on the page. Paweeeeeeseee :)

    And, I saw that tesla coil in person, or one like it. That is some scary stuff.

  5. yes, torrent please! after the geeks rushed the stage to snatch up the livecds I tried to find the .iso online (the midnight research guys said it’d be up), but it hasn’t been posted yet.

    unix surplus had some good deals. i ended up leaving with an old Gateway Pentium 266 laptop in a nice Targus leather case from the Hacker Foundation auction for $15 ;)

  6. Man, I don’t Envy you trying to get though McCarran Airport with that thing. As a Vegasian (My word, noone else can use it or I’ll sue ya!) I know the nightmare that is that airport. But to throw my vote in, Torrent Please!

  7. Hey, you should post some pictures of your new home server when you get it set up. Perhaps I’ve been perusing the modding websites too much, but I love seeing the guts of boxen.

  8. Your “new” server looks like a Compaq DL 360 G1. If so, check the power supply date. If it is the same vintage as the server I suggest replacing it. You MIGHT still get Compaq/HP to replace the supply. These had the wrong type grease on the fan bearings and heat/time would cause the grease to evaporate and the fan to seize. This caused overheating and shutdown. Our servers like these wound up going to the scrap metal company as nobody wants them. I believe we have two or three left in service. Mostly these servers were just a pain. G2 and beyond were fine.

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