Spiders in the basement

Just like the last scene in arachnophobia, this spider tried to attack me twice before I shot it. With the camera.

I took this picture in my friend’s basement. For some reason it was attempting to use my head as an anchor for its web, which I avoided purely by chance. After seeing how large it was, I decided to grab the camera.

Rebuilding my computer

Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been “upgrading” my old Dell M166a into something a little faster. Since there is a lot of noise where I work, I wanted a quiet PC. So, I decided to give water cooling a try. Here are some (actually, quite a few) pictures of the construction and results.

But first, the finished product.

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My router finally crashes

After a record (for me) 261 days of uptime, my router finally crashed.

That’s my router. Its an old 50MHz 486 running Coyote Linux. Note the floppy-drive window modification (you get to watch the head move back and forth while it boots up).

I was actually logged in remotely when the crash happened, which was disturbing because I had to wait the rest of the day before being able to find out what had happened. I thought that either

  • the motherboard died,
  • the power went out, or
  • the house had burned down

Fortunately, my curiosity had gotten the better of me 2 Saturdays ago and I peeked at the uptime (it was 251 days then). The terminal was unresponsive to keystrokes when I got home today. So, I assume it went 261 days until, again I assume, its logfiles got bigger than the ram disk.

Maybe this time I’ll make it a whole year.