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Bits of tech news and a caption contest

December 15, 2009

A wee bit o’ tech today.  I had a public display system – really just a computer with a very big screen – that kept shutting down because the video card was overheating.  There are five of these beasties in our building, and the ATI video card cooling fans fail every now and then.  The system is an industrial piece of equipment with a gaming card, so the consumer-grade component gives up first.

The systems are built in a rack-mount 2U server case with three large intake fans, and have a single-processor motherboard, so if anything they’re over-ventilated.  In the past I’ve just replaced the video card or the cooling fan thereof, but decided to try something different this time.  I removed the GPU heat sink fan and shroud, exposing the large copper heat sink, then cut plastic air dams to redirect the output of one of the three cooling fans just to the video card.  After a couple days, the system hasn’t shut down once, and unlike the tiny fan on the video card, the case fans are made for continuous use.  So I hope that will be a more long-run solution.

The other bit of tech news is that I just transitioned my desktop machine to Windows 7.  In 6 months we’ll (hopefully) be building our lab image on 7 so if there are any lurking dragons I need to know about them now.  Plus I’d rather look like an idiot in the privacy of my desk and not while leading orientation sessions for the shiny new operating system.

Mind you, that’s my work machine that’s now running 7. My home machine is still running Linux.

Caption Contest: help out this adorable kitty with a caption for her dilemma…

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  1. December 15, 2009 at 21:03 | #1

    I try to avoid video cards that have fans. The things run so hot that it will take a few minutes for them to burn out once the fan fails. Nvidia usually defaults to 105 C being the “slow down” point. Besides, passively-cooled cards are much quieter.

  2. December 16, 2009 at 01:21 | #2

    Is that your bebbe?  Aaaooowwwwahhh!  So cute!  Alas, I can’t think of a clever caption… overwhelmed by cute… strength…failing…

  3. December 16, 2009 at 16:37 | #3

    Okay, from my friend Sean:  “Day by day, she trained up for the full cow…”

  4. JA
    December 16, 2009 at 16:46 | #4

    Mama, is that you?

  5. Karen
    December 16, 2009 at 21:11 | #5

    All that milk and none for me!

    Do keep us posted on how Windows 7 works for you.

  6. December 16, 2009 at 21:29 | #6

    Play with empty?  Tip glass?  Play with …

    BTW, I’m going to Hackintosh my Gateway laptop.

  7. December 16, 2009 at 21:31 | #7

    Oh, one more thing …. WHERE IS ALL THE STUFF THAT BELONGS ON THE TABLE?  (ducking and running away :lol: )

  8. December 16, 2009 at 23:26 | #8

    LOL – some good ones!

    I will be writing Win7 posts.  A couple things I noticed today that annoyed me:

    1. When using Windows Explorer to view a network share that is not mapped as a drive letter, the folder view does not expand and collapse.  Instead, you have to enter and leave the folders, very inefficient.  XP did not have this problem.

    2. I wanted to save a file to a network folder (again without mapping as a drive letter) and was not able to figure out how.  No doubt I will find it but it was quite easy in XP.

    3. At first attempt, it didn’t seem like icons stayed over logoff when parked on the second monitor.  They all rush over to the main monitor at logoff.

    One thing I like a LOT is that when alt+tabbing through open programs, the program itself comes up as you go.  When you have a lot of windows open, this is more helpful than just a row of icons.

    Didn’t see any way to have multiple desktops.  It might have that capability buried somewhere, I hope so. It’s one Linux feature that I really miss in Windows.

  9. December 20, 2009 at 00:13 | #9

    In Windows you have to download a separate program to have multiple desktops. Try searching Lifehacker.com for a recommendation for an application.

    Here’s my caption:

    … That milk was poured for me right?!?!?

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