Passively-cooled CPU Thermals

The Completely Silent Computer I built relies entirely on passive cooling.  Some folks are keen to know how well (or poorly) it works in the real world.  Can it adequately cool a loaded system, or does thermal throttling make it pointless?  Well, it’s time to find out. As can be seen in these images, the […]

Does Pinnacle Ridge change anything?

With AMD’s 2nd Generation Ryzen processors now released and tested, I figured it was worth reviewing the Completely Silent Computer article and seeing if I would have done anything differently if I were building the system today.  The short answer is ‘yes’. In 2017 AMD released the 1st Generation of Ryzen CPUs with the codename […]

Mute Trolls on Wowhead

Play World of Warcraft?  Use Wowhead to do your research?  Participate in discussions on their forums?  Sick of the trolls that live there?  Wish there was some way you could make their posts just… disappear?  Well, there is. To start with, it is unfortunate that Wowhead doesn’t have an official way to block/mute other users. […]

Completely Silent Computer

I’ve been trying to make my computers quieter for nearly three decades.  Custom liquid cooling loops, magnetically-stabilised fluid-dynamic bearings, acoustic dampeners, silicone shock absorbers, you name it.  Well, last week I finally managed to build a completely silent computer.  Without further ado… Say hello to the Streacom DB4 — a 26x26x27cm case that doesn’t have […]

Perl and OpenGL on Ubuntu

Want to write a Perl program that uses OpenGL for graphical output?  Running Ubuntu?  Can’t work out how to install what you need to get even a basic program working?  This is your lucky day.  Read on. Perl is the duct tape of the Internet.  Most folk think you’re restricted to using Perl on the […]

Chassis Intruded! Fatal Error… System Halted.

Got an ASUS motherboard?  Are you having problems booting sometimes?  Do messages regarding ‘chassis intrusion’ get displayed on your screen, and stop the boot process, even though no-one has opened the case?  There might be a simple solution. Chassis Intruded! Fatal Error… System Halted. The first time I got the above message I was a […]

Syntax Highlighting in nano

Trying to edit certain files using nano?  Looking for better syntax highlighting?  Been advised that you can clone a github repo and ‘just’ install it?  Not sure how to proceed?  Read on. The GNU nano text editor is installed on a staggering number of Unix-based systems.  It’s light and friendly.  It’s also smart enough to […]