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Fun with PVC pipe

by on May.22, 2009, under Family

When I was a young I got a bag full of 3/4 PVC pipe cut to different lengths with a bunch of fittings for my birthday. It was such a cool gift! As a dad, I could not wait until I was able to do the same for my son. It only cost about $30 to get 20 feet of pipe, pack of 90^, pack of 45^, pack of Ts, 3 sprinkler heads, 2 3/4 valves, and a few other bits.

Joshua called it “Sprinkler Machine”

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Mounting a 2.5″ hard drive in slim floppy bay

by on May.08, 2009, under Hardware

I have been looking for a way to move to removable 2.5″ boot/root disks on our servers. I am using all of the 3.5″ removable trays for storage leaving only a slim floppy bay in the case.

Supermicro 836S2-R800V

Supermicro 836S2-R800V

After much searching I found Thermaltake ST0002Z, a dual 2.5″ hot swap enclosure that mounts in a standard 3.5 inch floppy bay.

Thermaltake ST0002Z

Thermaltake ST0002Z

The two hot swap bays are actually 2 units that are bolted together making it very easy to take this apart and get yourself a nice 2.5 inch SATA bay that will fit in a slim floppy bay.

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