DIY Home Network Attached Storage Project #2

With the success finding the LGA775 motherboard, my next hunt will be computer casing. One problem was my disappearance senses of hunting computer parts really drive me a bit crazy. There are simply a lot of brands and nice styling designs out these days. Since I am building custom NAS system, my primary requirement will be quiet and have better cooling feature.

Gentei Kits Shop Review

Premium Bandai hobby toys are nowadays a must hunt among the collectors. While majority buyers know their way round getting it from GK Gundam Kit that based in Hong Kong. There are times you may miss the opportunity pre-order or fully booked and even went out of stocks.

Sure, we can search through Japanese shops using Rakuten system. But some shops may not shipped internationally and require to pay more using Tenso forwarder services. I can guarantee you that buyers might even encounter higher mark up amount can’t be acceptable. Gentei Kits may be your last location to seek out.

DIY Home Network Attached Storage Project #1

Building network-attached storage system is something I wanted to do a long time. The existing computer parts that I use for Linux OS are simply outdated which limited to 32bit software. Having hardware able to support both 64bit and over 4GB memory ram including SATA Hard disk drive are always best choice.

Since I already have Intel Pentium processor (less than BND$20.00 at eBay) and 4GB DDR3 memory ram I got from Kingston reward in the past. My first task is to find an affordable Intel LGA775 motherboard suitable for use for NAS build and allow possible further upgrade.

Finding LGA775 motherboard is very challenging and tricky in Brunei. I want to have a convenience way when it comes sending for hardware warranty so I willing to support the local market. However, my only condition is as long the prices are reasonable with good warranty. Turns out not the case and some of them dare took advantage quoting me outrageous price for special order, which is nearly 50% mark up. I simply cannot accept such amount that makes no sense scaring me away entirely as customer. It’s more like I am buying at eBay of some sort. If they think using the statement “because it’s an old motherboard” would affect on me, they are just huge mistake.

Of course, there are alternative ways to get. I don’t plan to get the second hand from eBay because the demand for LGA775 model will continue to exist in the market at least for another one more year I estimate. So I have to look into Malaysia market with my friends help. Finally a long patience wait, I got ASROCK G41C-GS R2.0 in hand with very good price cover with three years warranty.

The motherboard itself is new designs revisions that support both DDR2/DDR3 memory ram up to 8GB that meets the requirement needed to build a nice NAS system. It really does pack a lot of nice stuffs for such value so I think better off getting another one as backup for my gaming rig in case something happen in the future once I have enough budget.

Old Computers Reboot with Open Source #3


This is the second Linux OS 32bit test on the old custom PC I assemble. Peppermint Five was released last month built on a Long Term Support (LTS) code base, Ubuntu 14.04. It was a right timing to find out the lightweight distro that aim design for speed. So the question is, how well does it really perform? I got to admit, it’s good.

Old Computers Reboot with Open Source #2:

shot_lubuntuAfter success assemble an old PC from working hardware parts previously. I finally run a couple hour of test on the Lubuntu to see how well it going to perform and stability last Friday. Before that, here are the hardware specs information builds for the test are Pentium 4 2.4Ghz (Socket 478), EPOX EP-P4MKI mATX, 1GB Kit DDR RAM, 80GB IDE HDD and Geforce 2 MX 64MB Geforce 5500MX 256MB.

How good is Lubuntu in my opinion? Not entirely satisfactory. Despite many good reviews on the distribution by the Linux community, it is not entirely the true lightweight version as describe. Of course, I ran a full update before testing and moreover, my setup exceeds the system minimum requirement too. Still, it performance are very slow in many scenario for normal tasking and also discover the Python process somehow using high CPU load for no reason. I am no Linux expert, so I have to check on the web for answer.

It appears some program is causing the Python using high load CPU. I do not know as you need to run the terminal and do some command typing to trace the culprit. To be honest, the solution weren’t really helpful because you have to either kill it manually to resolve the issue or install program to reduce the CPU load. The problem will continue to come back once you open another programs so this is too troublesome for normal user.

I will continue seek out others and read more user comments on various Linux news sites for better suggestion on the lightweight Linux rather entirely reading the reviewer only. My next test will be Peppermint, Majaro and again, Linux Mint Debian version.