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    Hardware scavenging, modding, programming, webdesign, UNIX.
  1. scavenger

    830 security

    The only reasonably secure method includes several wide and long pieces of bent metal, thick bolts, and a concrete slab. And don't forget to protect your equipment against EMP's, water, fire et cetera as well. Yes, I'm serious. And no, I don't need to renew my prescription for Haloperidol.
  2. There are too many forms of ATX, don't you think?
  3. Thank you. I thought so too. But some descriptions of the STC-T01 are misleading in omitting ATX from the list. I suspect some people looking for an ATX case might quickly scan through the specs and choose to buy another case. It is occasionally very important to state the obvious.
  4. I've got the STC-T01 myself and I've only seen the RC-810 on the web. And what exactly do you mean by 'full atx'? Now there's atx, extended atx and micro atx among others... Do you mean atx or e-atx or what? And does ATX not fit in both the RC-810 and the STC-T01? I'm not talking about 'full' or extended atx, but plain old ATX.
  5. Just for the sake of clarity: I was speaking only about the STC-T01 & RC-810. A comparison between other Stackers would also be a good idea, but the most confusion exists between these two.
  6. So is the STC-T01 referred to as the 'CM Stacker' without any further attributes, as it is the original model? And what's that about the CM Stacker ( = STC-T01 ? ) not accommodating the ATX form factor? I've been under the impression that the case supports E-ATX and BTX et cetera in addition to ATX. Have I got it right, or does this confusion arise from the fact that the description of the case often omits ATX, support for it going without saying? I must say that CM has not exactly made the differences of the two models that clear, as the specs aren't directly comparable (both the the site and case packaging contain a few minor, yet misleading errors). I would like to make a small suggestion to CM: a side-by-side comparison with complete specs & pictures of the essential details + a table listing the differing parts in highlighted text would be great. I myself spent more than a month browsing the CM site, reading reviews, and examining the printed (and laminated ) product flyers, because I just couldn't decide which one to get. Luckily for CM, I was pretty certain by then that a CM case it is, but I could have turned elsewhere, had I not instantly become addicted to the looks of these elegant giants.
  7. I've never worried about voiding warranties, and I often open a brand new piece of equipment (like an external usb hdd enclosure) to see just how operpriced plastic and empty space can be. Seldom have I had any reason to regret this 'carelessness'. Well, I mostly go only for slight overclocking (e.g. Athlon1200 -> 1305), but I do oc most of the time. I've got several PIIIs (600,650,700,733,800...) pushed a couple of hundred MHz over their normal speed. The 7xx and 800 cpus easily clock to ~980 - 1022 MHz. Torturing old hardware -- what great fun. I meant that ofttimes I might go for something because it's hardcore or macho, rather than choose the cheap, yet otherwise comparable option. I think I'll opt for the Opteron. I might have the ability to choose from several batches of varying age, so do you have any tips or general rules of thumb? This kind of bonding with ones hardware is what I expect to experience. For the aforementioned reason: I completely would. Newer Intel hardware just isn't that lovable. I tend to focus more on the time beyond the present moment, therefore I rarely employ haste in adjusting my original evaluation of a given brand.
  8. You can surely find some, can't you? Why not try it on tin cans, paint buckets et cetera? You can learn the technique with pretty much anything made of metal (avoid pressurized containers, though ).
  9. I agree with you, but you could easily do a 'casemod' on a regular shoulder case to meet the same criteria. The cost would be something in the range of 0-20$ and the project would require perhaps a couple of hours.
  10. Is that the panel of a 900? I've got one and that window/mesh sure is ugly. Luckily the CM folks knew better when they made the STC-TO1 and made a round opening in the panel, though I've been thinking of replacing the stock mesh with a semi-opaque charcoal acrylic with a flat mesh the size of the fan in the middle (the stock mesh is convex and looks more like a speaker).
  11. Looks nice, but the price? I'm ever so happy for finding three high quality (leather and stuff) laptop shoulder cases for sale for the price of 6 EUR a piece. They were new, unused, flawless, and stylish. And yes, they were legally purchased.
  12. Because I'm an AMD man. Because every DDR module I own is made by Kingston. I've got dozens of various SDRAM modules (32,64,128,256,512), though, but I'll use them to build a bunch of OpenBSD firewalls, routers, servers etc. (I also have dozens of old motherboards and <1GHz processors). What else would one do with 100 and 133 MHz RAM? I could go for whatever is on the market, if I only have the money, but I'd have to sell the ones I have and buy something else, since I need every cent to build the system(s) I'm currently working on. I've read a review of an AMD Quad-FX setup compared to an Intel one of comparable computational power (don't remember what the exact Intel setup was), and the only real difference was that the AMD setup used twice the amount of power! But I'm still an AMD man. Then 'what me worry', eh? What exactly do you mean by 'if'? Perhaps, then, I'll settle for the size of my member and not go for the macho-FX. Athough I must say, that the AMD Opteron always sounded hardcore. But from whence has reason had anything to do with choosing components? Exactly.
  13. How about those hinged handles that you see on band equipment, like large speakers and stuff?
  14. I've looked at them and they look nice, except that they don't have too many standard PCI slots... and what's this I hear about Kingston's RAM & DFI boards not being a good combination? I could get e.g. a DFI LanParty UT RDX200CF-DR for under a hundred euros, but it's not exactly a server type of board, although it's got 8 SATA connectors and a built-in "RAID" -- but the maximum amount of RAM is a pathetic 2 GB. And I'd be mostly using UNIX, so I have to check the hardware support carefully. So far I've had relatively few issues. The main problems have been 3G cards w/HSDPA and those bloody ATi gfx cards. I'll get the best I can afford, but building a 12 disk RAID kinda tightens the budget... But at least I got the best case available (in my opinion): the STC-TO1 with three 4-in-3 device modules and a crossflow fan! In case I do have 'some' spare money, I might consider the FX-62 or even a dual FX-74 setup. I want to build a system worthy of the case, but without too much 'bling bling' and only occasionally leaning towards overkill in the hardware department. My system has to be failsafe: redundant power (2 power supplies + ups) and data safety, although the three sets of 4 disk stripes, with a total of 12 disks in a RAID 0+1 just might be serious overkill (and frickin' expensive as well!). If I win the lottery I might get 12 1TB SATAII disks. I couldn't care less about the graphics card as long as it works, is widely supported in the OS world, and looks nice with a 20 - 21" monitor with an above average resolution.
  15. And do invest in an anti-static wrist strap & mat (in case you already haven't).