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Project Absinthe – Part XVI

Contents: All articles in this series A bit has happened since the last part of the build log. Let’s start off with what’s been in the news, and that’s the release of the GTX 970 and 980 chips from nVidia. Absinthe will be getting upgraded to that as well. Likely that’ll happen later this year, […]

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Beta Orionis – Part IV

Contents: All articles in this series First order of business for the build was getting it out of the 750D case and into the Zalman. That started with getting fans put back in, as I originally pulled all the fans out of the Zalman to max out the fan space in the 750D. I installed […]

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Beta Orionis – Part III

Contents: All articles in this series I have not had a lot of luck with power supplies over the years. They are the one part I have had to replace more than anything else in the last 16 years I’ve been working with computers. And unfortunately the most recent casualty is my Corsair CX750M. What […]

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Follow-up on FedEx

The response from FedEx to the complaint I filed wasn’t exactly all that helpful: Thank you for contacting FedEx. We regret any inconvenience this has caused. Our records indicate that there is an existing request for this package to be held at our station for pick up. Your package is going to be held at […]

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When overnight isn’t, Part II: FedEx screws up this time

This is the e-mail complaint I sent to FedEx through their contact system, Tracking->FedEx Ground->Re-routing of shipment, as a complaint: Good day, I placed the order for the given tracking number on 9/12/2014 to be delivered for Saturday delivery on 9/13/2014. Upon receiving the e-mail that the package had been picked up and was on […]

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Beta Orionis – Part II: New fans

Contents: All articles in this series I got to work pretty much right away after picking up the fans from my local FedEx Office. I also made sure to test all of them out of the box with another power supply to ensure none were DOA before installing them. To hold the fans in place, […]

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Beta Orionis

Contents: All articles in this series With Absinthe complete – well, pretty close as of the time I write this – I’ve started planning out a similar build for my system. Absinthe got its name from the green lighting, and the blue lighting in my system has lent to the potential for several different names. […]

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Teach hackers to not hack!

We need to teach people to not hack instead of teaching people to not get hacked! – Said no computer security specialist, ever… Just as guys learn how to overtake women in order to rape, computer hackers learn their trade in order to cause harm to others – the "black hat hackers" including the ones […]

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Games for Windows Live (GfWL) and Windows 8.1

If you are: Running Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Pro Trying to log into Games for Windows Live Marketplace because you have a game that requires it (such as GTA IV), then before you will be allowed to log in, you need to make sure the account you are using on Windows 8.1 is connected to […]

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Computer build tip: External enclosures, revisiting cable management

A lot of your time in building a computer is going to go into cable management. In October 2013, I upgraded the power supply in my wife’s computer from a Rosewill 500W supply to a Corsair GS850 in preparation for higher-end upgrades coming down the road. In making that changeover, I spent probably three hours […]

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