Doom Averted

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Saturday, September 27, 2008 | Published in

Problem solved. Those nice folks at Aria, where I bought the board, managed to find me a replacement retention clip. All that was required was screwing it into place on the board, re-thermal pasting the CPU, then wrestling the cooler back into place. Everything seems to work fine and all is once again quiet in the land of Rob :)

I do like it when things go smoothly....

God DAMN it!

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Tuesday, September 23, 2008 | Published in

So here I am, merrily shooting terrorists on Call of Duty 4, when I hear a thunk from the general direction of my PC. I have a quick look, nothing obvious, carry on shooting. Two minutes later the computer dies. Totally switches itself off. Switching it back on results in it thinking about starting then turning itself off again. Cue much swearing and knashing of teeth. I open the box only to discover that part of the catch on the the CPU cooler retention bracket has snapped, and that the thud I heard was my CPU cooler giving way to gravity. Bugger. Luckily the board is a week inside its warranty (and boy would I have been pissed if this had happened next week...) so I've sent photo's off to the retailer and am now awaiting my fate. Will they be able to produce a decent socket 939 board for me (another ASUS A8R-MVP would be nice so I don't have a system rebuild to deal with on top of this)? Or am I going to have to bite the bullet and modernise? Either way, I really can't be bothered. Hopefully they'll just send me a new retention bracket. We'll see.

Have some pictures of motherboard doom.







Finally getting started.

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Monday, September 22, 2008 | Published in

I've finally started back at uni. Thank God! I'm generally not one for getting bored, but nearly 3 months of sitting inside watching it rain has really been tedious. It's freshers week this week, so lots of mostly pointless 'fun' getting to know you exercises. Despite the fact that this is my 3rd year at the uni, and I pretty much know what they're going to tell me, I'm technically starting a new course. This means I have to sit through all of it again to pick up the few vital bits of information given out, like our time tables. I suppose there could be worse fates, but I have a horrible feeling that it's going to be another couple of weeks before we actually start getting on with it.....


Once things have started properly I'm planning on getting myself a digital dictaphone and using it to record lectures and, assuming the uni doesn't forbid me to do so, put links to them on my sites for the others on the course. So there will problably be a university section appearing on there soon to hold these, and anything else of interest.

More web server

Posted by : Rob Stevens | Friday, September 12, 2008 | Published in

I haven't had a lot of time to keep up with my security reading of late, hence the lack of security based posts. Hopefully that will change fairly soon once I get back to uni (only a 9 days to go, thank god...). I have, however, finally gotten the secure area of my website working. I have no real need for such a thing and there's little of interest in there, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment. This is the sort of thing I'm likely to cover next year, so it's probably a good idea to start becoming familiar with this area. Kept me entertained for a little while at least. The main problem I'm having in setting things up is that it's a pain testing the site from a public connection. As results from accessing things using my internal network are not a genuine representation of what people are going to be seeing accross the internet I've had to resort to a getting friends to test things for me, and logging onto a different net connection every time I get a chance. Fun and games. It all seems to work now anyway.