Geekery Datacentre Project Completed

When it was but a closet
When it was but a closet
The Initial Setup
The Initial Setup
And Finally
And Finally…

Shortly after moving in to my house, I opted to use a room for my Geekery (formerly known as “Nerdery”).. I dedicated circuit for power installed to make this closet remotely suitable to set up my hacky server “rack” (AKA Ikea Shelf) in.

 

Update (Apr 26)

This hack has been posted on Hackaday, Howtogeek and geeknmod (I suppose some others too). Coolness.

 

Snap

After several months I couldn’t stand the sub-organization of it all. I wanted to be able to close the closet door (which had cables coming out of it) and I felt I needed some substantial air-flow through the space. Thus the “Datacentre Project” was born.

 

n-birds

Like any good geek, I opted to also use the project to explore some other things. You know, n-birds with 1 stone. So by incarnating the Datacentre, I indirectly explored Google Sites, Picasa and Elementary Woodworking.

 

Time

It took me of the order of about 40 hours to complete the whole thing from start to finish. Much time was spent planning, measuring and driving back to the hardware store for some small thing(s) I needed more of.

 

Journal

As I said, I used the project to also explore Google Sites. Thus, I made a kind of journal with detailed notes & photos here.

 

On the Layout

The layout I ultimately built out was done so to enable me ideally easy access to the innards of all machines in the space. I can (tightly) negotiate my body between the machines and switch things up without having to move anything (that’s epic). I have a pair of cables I can attach to any of the machines (poor-man’s KVM) so I can get at their consoles if I’m having remote problems. I’m considering making a narrow set of drawers that can be rolled in and out of the center cavity. I’d put cables and things in those. The only other thing the space could probably use, is more cowbell!

 

Looking Back

In hind sight the whole project took me far longer than I expected. Like in many other areas so much time went to in planning (which ended up being a highly iterative process as I’d think of new things as I’d be about to implement a previous idea). I must add, I don’t really like the LEDs, except they ended up being functional. Ideally they’d be white or a whitish-yellow. But that wasn’t an option.

Liquid-Fluoride Thorium Reactor

I went to a Protospace talk recently where I listened to a wonderful 4 hour talk about Thorium based reactors. Suffice to say it was time wonderfully well spent. I’m so energized and psyched. I’ve really liked Nuclear power in the past, but that’s given way to this even better alternative. Seems a great deal safer and just all round “better” in every dimension.

Here’s an early video from the talk. A buddy is working on a refined version combining multiple angles (some of which I filmed).

For more highly satisfying information about LFTR reactors, go here.

Throwing Down an LED where the Potential is great

I saw this post on Instructables where someone asked how they could add an LED on to a high-voltage source. And for reasons I can’t explain, I just felt compelled to take a crack at it…

Read more “Throwing Down an LED where the Potential is great”

Webserver replaced, again..

Howdy, so I’ve returned to hosting my site on a professional connection rather than over my lameo home setup. I’ve grown tired of n00bful downtime due to power outages, ISP outages, people tripping over cables or gnomes screwin around.

As such, dawning.ca is now hosted on a server I’ve got running down in Texas with the valuable help of Linode. That’s all for now folks.

Update

I ran in to some interesting configuration problems with this new server that was causing it to frequently run out of memory. I *think* I’ve resolved those matters with some real help of this article.

Arduino Independence

Getting the Arduino Processor to function on a breadboard

The next step in my HypnoOrb project is to figure out how to get the Arduino microprocessor (AKA ATMega168) that makes the whole thing work function with as little hardware as possible. Thanks to this awesome site, I found, I now know what I wasn’t doing right before finding that document. I hope making a reference to that helpful tutorial here will help others find it faster than I did. Have fun!

Arduino Processor on a breadboard
Arduino Processor on a breadboard

Arduino on a Breadboard
RGB LEDS under a bag