Technical Insanity

So, I thought this would be a little bit of fun aswell as a bit educational. I have some parts lying around, and I wanted to give this a shot. I want this system to be able to:

  • Burn ISO images of single layer DVD
  • Burn the contents of a folder to DVD
  • Duplicate discs
  • Create ISOs of discs to HDD or network

All of this should be available via a remote interface, and all options should be able to use multiple drives.

So thats the idea, first step is the hardware. Here are the components I will be using:

  • Lian Li case (It was recently made redundent) (4x 5.25″ bays 2x 3.5″ 3x 3.5″ HDD bays)
  • 350W PSU (Not branded)
  • 300W PSU Codegen
  • PSU Tester (to bring the second PSU online)
  • AOpen AK77 Pro-A 133 Motherboard
  • AMD Athlon 2100+ XP
  • Arctic Cooling Copper Silent 2 (CPU Heatsync and Fan)
  • 512MB DDR 400 (That’s PC3200) (Thanks to Steve Peace (
  • nVidia GeForce MX-440 8X 64MB
  • Realtek RTL8169S Gigabit Ethernet NIC (Unfortunately no boot ROM)
  • Fujitsu MPC3065AH (6.5GB) IDE – This will be the system drive
  • Maxtor 90651U2 (6.5GB) IDE – Temp drive (For disc images)
  • Pioneer DVR-109 IDE
  • Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7170A IDE (Only reads/writes DVDs – It was free)
  • Toshiba Samsung SH-S182 IDE
  • NEC ND-3550A IDE
  • iTE IT8212F IDE Controller (2 channel)
  • Floppy Drive (was already in the case, dont need the bay and I can’t see a blanking plate)
  • 2x 120mm fan

As I have a floppy drive, might consider grabbing that as a boot record…

Ok, so I’ve hooked it all up, and mounted the PSU on the top of the case (temporarily) with cable ties and black tape.


( Click pics to see bigger versions )

Now that its all together, lets see if it boots!

It didn’t at first, but I reseated the memory and now it runs as expected. Now for the software!

Everyone in this world is significant, often more so than you would think. If you asked ten married people, for example, how they met their wife, how many of them would tell you an obscure story about how they bumped into them whilst shopping, she dropped the eggs and they started talking? Such a simple act introduced two people that otherwise would never had met.

Annother example could be that you got lost in some obscure town when you went for a drive, but instead of asking for directions, you pulled the sat nav out of the glove box and hit the big “take me home” button. You never went to the little coffee shop that was the only one open that sunday and sat with the girl at the coffee bar and asked, “Where the hell am I?”.

Has technology made us less social? Is it removing those little meaningless interactions with other people? How many times has a GPS or some other piece of technology got in the way of meeting someone who you will now never meet but could have been the best mate you would ever find? Or did she sell you the GPS?

I need this link to be active.

Here is a link over to the project page, I will edit this post soon!

It really is amazing the lengths people go to, just to avoid doing something. For those who do not know what procrastination is, here are a couple of definitions:

> the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time
> dilatoriness: slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it

Sound familiar? Thought it might!

So far I have updated my website, posted countless (alright… quite a few… I really can’t be bothered to count them) entries on twitter not to forget various other bits of code and website trickery.

It is amazing how ones prorities can so easily be altered, just because you dont want to do it. Yet it is the thing that needs to be done the most.

On with the coursework I guess…

My static page with html, css and php seem to no longer cut it for me. I have never got around to actually writing my admin area. I have decided to use a combination of word press and a wiki instead.

This, however, was not my idea. Steve Pearce put me onto the idea. I have had a small blog which I have only recently started to use. It does seem to be one of the easier ways of doing things.

Alot of areas of this site shall remain. The projects page will move into multiple pages in a projects catagory for instance, but they will still be located at as this allows very easy management of files. Including updates and news items, although I may add a framework for my projects in the future.

As you may notice, this site is more than a little bare… or should I say less than…

Over the next couple of days I will be building up the entries… you can always subscribe to the feed to keep a check on whats going on!

My name on the internet is Viperfang. I live in a 3 bedroom house with my mum, still at college, cash is a bit tight, and I spend most of that time on one of my computers.

Every time I go online i use it to sign into almost everything. I think I have done this to the point where I respond quicker to viperfang than my real name.

I think that when I am on the internet I am a different person almost. Like split personalities but not so extereme. Maybe just a more confident, happier person.

I feel the need to start a blog.

As a general rule, I hate them. Who want to hear about people lives? All they do is whine about how bad their life is, or how great the latest equivilent is.

“How is this different?” I hear you say. This will be about experiences that may help other people when they encounter the same problems. Be it installing linux on a specific piece of hardware or a week end project that ends up burning the house down.

I hope you enjoy whatever tutorials, reviews and other ramblings that appear on here.

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