Computer lab tool kit phase 3 IMG_2136 (1)

Computer lab tool kit phase 3 IMG_2136 (1)

Shopping List:
Grounding mat w/ cable and alligator clip
Ethernet to USB adapter, drivers
Bootable USB stick/(thumb)drive w/ utility sw
Additional USB drives/sticks w/ BIOS updates, etc.
Large paper-clip ready to reset, force DVD/CD disc ejects, etc.
Thermal conduction putty/grease/stuff
Grounding strap w/ cable and alligator clip
Shirt-pocket digital multi-meter
Magnifying glass
Plastic putty knife for prying open plastic cases w/o scratching
3M Magic tape + dispenser
Overly complicated screwdriver bit handle w/ #2 Philips bit
Additional driver bits, Torx, Philips, blade styles
Small sockets w/ bit-to-1/4" adapater
long-reach diagonal cutters

Explanation:
Phase 1 and phase 2 kits are on the lower left.
Starting at the upper left:

Grounding mat with wrist strap. Doesn’t actually have a connector TO ground, you’ll note, but does keep you and the workpiece at the same potential, so better than nothing. Now you appreciate the little chain that drags on the ground under the carts and chairs in some labs.

Some people and their environment and wardrobe choices generate more electrostatic potential than others. I know a guy who used to lead with his car keys to the latch seat on the door jamb, whenever he went through a doorway at the office. One key would arc to the bare-metal plate the door latches on. He drew arcs that made audible "pop!" sounds if he didn’t offer a low-impedance path, and the arcs hurt. Could have had something to do with polyester suits. I prefer cotton.

The mat can’t hurt, might help. If the workpiece’s grounded cord is plugged in, use an alligator clip haywire to connect chassis ground to the mat. Or touch the chassis ground with one hand while working. Or connect the mat to ground at a grounded outlet- the North American 3 wire receptacle ground connection take a standard "Banana" jack. (A forthright Canadian friend uses the word "jill" in place of "receptacle"… the counterpart to a "jack". Suit yourself)

Ethernet (RJ-45) to USB adapter. More than two connectors and a wire, there’s Ethernet transmitter / receiver hardware in the body of it, and USB receiver / transmitter hardware too. Just like you’d expect, these have their own MAC and you may have to make that known (depending on how your network runs). Sadly, I haven’t yet seen a PXE boot setup that accepts the external adapter’s MAC. But I have over-written the adapter’s default to have the adapter take the place of a failing-but-not-completely-broken built-in NIC…
Note ROM disk with drivers.

Partially-unbent paper-clip, size large. For resetting things with recessed reset buttons, forcing CD/DVD drives to eject, etc. Its on a badge-clip and attaches to the lanyard with the bootable USB stick. Save the last one you made and you don’t have to find another paper clip when time is of the essence…

Small tube of thermal putty. Better quality heat-sink-and-fan assemblies come with a dab already in place, and it will squish and flow when heated. If you’re reusing a heat-sink when upgrading the processor on something, you’ll need your own supply. It does dry out, so put the cap on after cleaning the surfaces. Don’t buy the big, economy, size, unless you really use it frequently. I don’t like to let an open tube go more than 6 months.

Non-conductive ruler. Wood or plastic. A metal edge on a wooden ruler is OK, but an all metal ruler is unnecessary trouble.

Grounding strap – wrist band to aligator clip, use with mat or separately, see discussion at top.

Pocket-size volt-ohm-(amp)-meter, aka VOM. Cheap. Something to read what you expect to be +/- 5V, 120 VAC, 240 or 208 VAC, +/- 12, 3V lithium cells for CMOS memory, etc. Built-in leads don’t fall out or break off. Some alligator and/or "ball clip" jumper wires will help if you need to secure one or both ends. Ammeter functions in these are usually too few mA to bother with, but if you use it, get some replacement fuses, its a "when", not "if", situation.

"Magic" tape dispenser. For mending or sealing paper and cardboard. The "magic" 3M tape can be written on with ballpoint pen, vastly superior to shiny tape.

Large multi-bit screwdriver, with Phillips, regular, Torx and socket ends. For unusual jobs, where it is worth having the right tool for the fastener. You can’t buy an assortment of ‘bits’ without getting all the regular blade and Phillips sizes in any event. I prefer a dedicated handle and a bit that doesn’t come off, but I don’t have 1.3 meters of wall space to hang them all on.

Phase 4 exists, it includes a small, sharp, knife, coffee cup and coaster, cup or can for pens, pencils, plastic flatware, skinny tools; duct-tape, vinyl tape for color-coding, extension cords, a Brother or similar label maker, zip-lock polyethylene bags, nickel-plated anti-static bags, boxes and bins for organizing stuff, extra monitors, keyboards and mice. Broom, dust-pan, small-but-powerful vacuum cleaner (Mighty-mite from a garage sale, or similar). Speakers for your radio / computer / phone audio when acceptable. I don’t favor headphones in the lab, may people do. A water bottle or large plastic cup.

There are also consumables: tie wraps, facial tissues for blowing your nose and cleaning up surfaces, paper towels / napkins, light cardboard tags to attach to stuff that has a story. Blank CD/DVD media. A notebook.

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Trouble In The Message Centre

Trouble In The Message Centre

Trouble In The Message Centre by Blur

Posted by eskayfoto on 2017-02-26 12:15:20

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It was bound to happen.

It was bound to happen.

SimCity 4 Rush Hour at full HD resolution on a 52" television.

Posted by reindeerhelmet on 2010-09-26 20:24:01

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20150317 – Thailog – 0 – 0 – full case tour – MVI_0306 (shrunk) (CUT OFF ON FLICKR–VIEW FULL ON YOUTUBE INSTEAD!)

20150317 - Thailog - 0 - 0 - full case tour - MVI_0306 (shrunk) (CUT OFF ON FLICKR--VIEW FULL ON YOUTUBE INSTEAD!)

A full video tour of the awesomeness of my new computer case & motherboard. Prepare to geek out at a way-too-detailed level. However… I wish something like this had existed when I was looking to seleect this case. I would have bought it much faster!! So, here you go guys: A rank amateur tour/review of your case.

This is also the first time I ever brought a computer up to speed without deploying it first: It’s sitting on my ping pong table with a wifi card in it. No wires other than power. Good thing, too, because things didn’t work out at first, I had to ship my motherboard back, and ultimately, had I deployed it before building, I would have had to deploy, undeploy, and redeploy, and that sucks. Physically getting a computer into my setup is taxing.

My case: By far the best I’ve ever owned, though it has a fatal flaw with harddrive noise in certain harddrive cages, and I wish the windows were bigger, and I wish the color-cycling could be automated. But still: This NZXT Phantom 820 Series case was $199.99 from NewEgg. "CA-PH820-M1 Matte Black St" / 2 yr warranty / Steel & Plastic / Power Supply Mounted: Bottom / Motherboard Compatibility: Micro ATX / ATX / Mini ITX / E-ATX / XL-ATX / Side Panel Window / Expansion: External 5.25" Drive Bays:4 / External 3.5" Drive Bays:No / Internal 3.5" Drive Bays:6 / Expansion Slots:9 / Removable Filter / Front Ports: 2xUSB3.0 + 4xUSB2.0 + Audio + SD Card Reader / Fans: 1x140mm Rear + 1x200mm Front + 1x200mm Top + 1x200mm Side Fan / Side Air duct: No / Dimensions:25.59×9.25×24.09" / Weight: 32 lbs / Integrated HUE lighting for illuminating the exterior/interior of your enclosure with option to turn on/off and allow you to customize the colors at your heart’s content / integrated 4 channel digital fan controller with 15 watts per channel and LED indicators that progressively gets brighter on higher speeds / easily removable air filters located in the top+front+side+bottom to prevent dust entry / Adjustable interior pivot 120/140mm fan slot for directional airflow / Removable HDD cage and large storage capacity for 6 hard drives / Stylish acrylic window with a view to show off the interior of your rig / Unrivalled Cooling Capacity to mount up to nine fans for a maximum airflow / Rear I/O white light for visibility in dark environments with a toggle switch / Extruded right side panel for an elegant look and achieves 36mm clearance for cable wire management / Equipped with a stylish pedestal that lifts your enclosure off the ground for increased airflow.

Clint.
building computer.
ASRock X99 WS motherboard, Enermax Revolution87+ power supply, Intel Core i7 5820K CPU, NZXT Phantom 820 computer case, command line, computer fan, harddrive cage, lights, monitor, screen, wires.
Thailog. video.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

March 17, 2015.

Posted by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) on 2016-05-10 16:19:48

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Inside Phenomenon (3D Crossview)

Inside Phenomenon (3D Crossview)

The inside of Phenomenon — the PC which processed this picture — taken while blowing dust out of it.

I treat my computers like ships: I give them names. Being the first AMD Phenom-type (class?) machine I’ve had, I called it Phenomenon.

I have another machine that’s twice as powerful now (named Atlas, if anyone’s curious), but — like a Galaxy-class in a Sovereign-class era — this older quad core still holds its own well.

This version is for crossviewing, no glasses needed.

If you don’t know how to view these, here’s a guide:
www.neilcreek.com/2008/02/28/how-to-see-3d-photos/

Posted by 狐☯忠 ❂ Fidelis on 2012-01-01 23:23:05

Tagged: , computer , PC , tech , technology , circuit , circuitry , wire , wiring , phenomenon , 3d , stereo , stereogram , stereoscopy , stereophotography , crosseye , crosseyed , magiceye

All Tangled Up…

All Tangled Up...

The wiring situation at the back of my computer… mainly thanks to all the external harddrives. I could also do with doing a bit of dusting I guess.

Glasgow, Thursday 8th February 2007.

Posted by Crimson Glow Photography on 2007-04-08 21:18:16

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Cable Nightmare

Cable Nightmare

A little help here….

Posted by akralik on 2009-05-08 20:32:48

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