Monday, January 30, 2006

You know you're a geek when...

- you consider shop assistants to be search engines, pre-planning queries to ensure you get the most relevant results for minimum effort.
- the last time you visited a bank was when you opened the account.
- you order your pizza over the Internet.
- you have never met your best friend face-to-face.
- you talk to your mates via Skype, VOIP and TeamSpeak.
- you own more game CDs/DVDs than you do music CDs/movie DVDs.
- your curtains are always shut.
- you drink more cola than you do water.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Asterisk - The free PABX!

We've spent the last few nights configuring our new Asterisk @ Home installation, and it's working great. The web-based administration console makes it a doddle to configure the large feature set offered by Asterisk.

Check it out...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Xmas Rox!

Well, look what I got for Christmas...

Nice, huh? Yep, that's right, it's a new Thermaltake Soprano PC case. This thing has five hard drive bays, two 3.5" removable media bays, and four 5.25" removable media bays. It has a 430W power supply and seven PCI/AGP/PCI Express slots. It's a beauty!

I did my first bit of case modding too: I added a couple of 300mm blue Cold Cathode Fluorescents (CCFL) to jazz the thing up.

Jaycar sell both the tubes and the inverter boards pre-wired, so all I had to do was put a 4-pin Molex connector on the end of the power leads and mount it all. There's one CCFL behind the support that runs horizontally, underneath the power supply, and another sitting at the bottom of the case. I cut up an old reflector from a small fluorescent tube, and mounted that behind each tube to reflect the light in the right direction. A simple mod, but it looks great!