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Message 1905045 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 6:38:06 UTC
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Hi folks,

I think that this is the right forum to post this announcement, and I hope that posting a video link doesn't violate this forum's rules.

I've built a retro-style, dedicated BOINC processor farm and made a video of it. Although it's just a single-machine farm right now, more machines will be added going forward.

It is, in effect, a big "case mod" that's been a lot fun to design and build. And, it does a lot of work.

My video heavily promotes BOINC, and shows SETI@Home work units being crunched.

The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndop7QiNzTU

Thanks.
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Message 1905046 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 7:17:28 UTC - in response to Message 1905045.  

The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndop7QiNzTU

Welcome Mossy! Watched your you tube video, great job! :-)
Just made the link clickable.
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Message 1905048 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 7:31:20 UTC

Now that is trick.

Thanks for sharing.
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Message 1905135 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 18:19:22 UTC - in response to Message 1905048.  

Too cool!

I want to buy one!
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Message 1905137 - Posted: 6 Dec 2017, 18:30:19 UTC

Meowwow.
That is beyond way cool!
I can see that much time and effort was put into that project.
Very nice fabrication on the custom enclosures.

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Message 1905228 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 0:02:54 UTC

Very cool, and I love the soundtrack for this!
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Message 1905230 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 0:09:40 UTC

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Message 1905255 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 2:12:56 UTC

Hello all,

Thank you all for your supportive comments! It's been a challenge and a lot of fun to build.
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Message 1905346 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 17:18:52 UTC

BTW.....what is that clicky keyboard on the main console?
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Message 1905351 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 17:47:12 UTC - in response to Message 1905346.  

Hey Kittyman,

It is a "CM Storm QuickFire Rapid - Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Cherry MX Blue Switches", and the keycaps have been replaced with a "DSA "Dolch" Keyset" keycap set.

https://www.amazon.com/Storm-QuickFire-Rapid-Tenkeyless-Mechanical/dp/B0068INSUM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512667720&sr=8-1&keywords=B0068INSUM
https://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-dolch-keyset/

It has a nice feel and sound. The Dolch keycap set is of very high quality. The only immediate issue was that the keycap set covered up the LEDs in the SCR LK and CAPS LOCK keys, but no big deal. You can fix that by drilling a very small hole in front side those keycaps.

I use the 10-key version of this keyboard at work (with stock keycaps) and after a about a year I've found that the lettering on the most heavily used keys start to fade/wear off and it sometimes sends bogus characters that I didn't type. Due to this, I'd give the keyboard about a 6 rating in a scale of 1 to 10. You'd think that a gamer keyboard would be extremely durable. Maybe the newer version of this keyboard has these problems fixed.

I'm not seeing any evidence of this wear with the replacement keycap set, but this keyboard doesn't have continual use and wear and tear.
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Message 1905352 - Posted: 7 Dec 2017, 17:50:54 UTC - in response to Message 1905351.  

Thanks! I shall check that out. Love the 'old school' sound it has.
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Message 1905455 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 0:55:48 UTC - in response to Message 1905255.  

Wow...nice build.

Reminds me of way way back when I started in IT. I was a Computer Operator on IBM S/38s and AS400..(and a 4341).
Stone age technology by today's measure but it was a blast to work with.
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Message 1905460 - Posted: 8 Dec 2017, 1:41:14 UTC - in response to Message 1905455.  

Mithotar,

Thanks. You probably recognized some of the hardware I used, then!

Of all the IBM systems I've experienced or used in my career (S/360, S/370, 43xx, 30xx, System/3, /32, /34, z Systems), I never experienced a System/38 or an AS400, but wished I had. I hear that the S/38 was a really slick machine and I love the look of it, but its RPG III was a really strange beast compared to RPG II.
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