While there are many items that are more worthy to post here, I choose a mundane thing to post, simply because it requires no effort at exactness of language to make the post. I think that’s part of the reason why I avoid blogging about personal items. It requires such effort to write precisely what I’m thinking, that by the time it is written, the effort put into writing was larger than the effort put into the original doing. Hence my recent focus on living my life, and not committing my life to this most digital of media.
Anyway, the point of this post. I run several PC’s at my house, and the noise is a bit annoying. I’m on a campaign to rid myself of that noise, one moving part at a time. I completely silenced my router/firewall machine this past weekend. I removed the power supply and CPU fans. Then I replaced the harddrive with a 512mb compact flash card ($30 brand new!).
Now the machine is completely silent. It routes my packets and protects the machines in my home from the big bad internet. It makes no noise in the performance of its duties. It’s actually a bit eerie to turn the machine on. It doesn’t make any of the normal noises that a machine makes in spinning up drives and fans when it is given power. It simply boots.
Perhaps it’s something that you have to experience in order to understand. Regardless, tres cool. I suggest the de-fannification of computers to anyone (assuming your heatsinks are adequate for the job using only passive cooling).