Tag Archives: Hardware


Got a new gadget the other day, it’s a GPS, a Garmin etrex Legend HCx, it fits great in the palm of my hand and on my bike. I’ve uploaded City Navigator Maps and gave it a testrun today and it works like a charm. Navigating by the map is not that easy, it’s to small, but I changed the interface to show me turn by turn navigation and that helped a lot.

I’m about to try the TOPO maps of sweden since I’m going hiking there en about a month, I’ll let you know how the unit baves under those conditions.

Solidstate fans?

It almost doesn’t make sense. But if you take this:

Shrinks it and stuffs it next to you CPU or GPU you will have an almost silent airmover. Apparently it moves more air and consumes less power than a traditionally fan.
Look at this:

It must be producing a lot of ozone though. Ans isn’t there something about ozone and rubber? Or Ozone and headaches?
I dont know, I just know I want one, now please!

By the way, please do not comment on that guys hair, even if we are talking about fans :-s

Netgear EVA 8000 HD

Some time ago I bought a Netgear EVA 8000 HD, it is a media player that plays multimediacontent on an USB disk or your network. I quickly realised that the firmware it was born with was bugridden and not quite ready. It is save to say that I was a bit disappointed. But mutch to my surprise I discovered that not only was I not alone in my disappointment, Netgear was developing the software for this player rather aggressively! The first update fixed a LOT of bugs and I have become a betatester for Netgears developmentbranch of the software and they ship a new betafirmware approximately once a a week.

It is turning out to be an interesting, rather than disappointing, piece of hardware 🙂


I completely forgot to mention that it runs Linux!

New stuff

Got a new laptop the other day. A Dell XPS M 1330. It was delivered with Vista but that was soon fixed! A Debian netinstall CD and it was humming along happily after a few hours 🙂

It was more or less effortless to get all the hardware running under debian. Card-reader, Nvidia graphics, Intel wifi, stuff just worked… I bit boring actually… The only challenge was the fingerprint-reader and that quickly stopped being a challange after I discovered fprint , theres even a .dep in experimental. It integrates nicely in PAM.

I think the iwl module underperformes a bit, but rumor has it that it should be fixed in kernel 2.6.25 (which has just been released).

Bits and pieces…

I have been a bad boy! I have chipped my xbox and installed a new dashboard and xbmc a really sweet mediacenter. It plays almost everything and it looks cool doing so!

Oh, and I’m leaving for Norway tomorrow, wont be back for a couple of weeks, see ya 🙂

Hardware faliure!

end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 11047335
end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 11047335
end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 11047335
end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 11047335
end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 11047335
end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 11047335

times several thousand…

/dev/hda is one of the harddisks in my desktopmachine. I/O error means something is severely wrong. Spent most of yesterday trying to get backups before the bastard died completely, I think i succeeded. I have replaced the drive with a new 200 GB Maxtor series 10 and are creating a partitiontable right now. Then it is time to role the backup back on… Wish me luck!


I’m not the only one with the opinion that it is allmost to hot, my server seems to think the same thing.
So I bought a fan, only to realize that there is no where to mount it in my cabinet. Now i’ve bought a dremel and I’m about to drill holes in my server… Four small ones and one really big one, wish me luck.

An update, the operation succeeded, I have drilled and cut and grinded my server and there are now several new holes in it.