I had an old gaming PC that was originally built back in 2011 that I have not used for a while. I recently decided to rebuild it adding an SSD and move it into a newer case. It's an Asrock Xtreme9 motherboard with a Sandybridge i7 3930K CPU.
This thing is still a beast ten years later.
As you can see, the newer case (which I was given for free) is huge. That's a full ATX motherboard and look at all the space...
I ordered some thermal paste in preparation since this thing was built back in 2011.
When I arrived home from work this evening my thermal paste was lying just inside the door on the rug. I excitedly got to work right away disconnecting wires, removing panels and finally removing the heatsink. I cleaned everything up and slapped some paste onto the 3930k cpu...
Next up was the heatsink pad. Gave it a thourough clean and applied a thin layer of paste
Very carefully I refitted the heatsink
Once I was happy with everything I refitted the fans to the cooler and was ready to fire the PC back up.
You have probably spotted a Raspberry Pi 2 mounted on the inside top of the case. This is a side project I have going where I'm powering the Pi from a spare 5v rail on the PSU.... More on that in another post.
I have been booting to a console login rather than a desktop environment on my laptop, choosing to use the console only to achieve daily computing tasks. There are no distractions so you focus more on what you are doing. My laptop's battery lasts a lot longer, and probably the greatest benefit is that I'm learning more about Linux than I usually would.
Life in the TTY isn't perfect though so I've had to do some configuring. I had to fix the terminal font and size since it was too small. I use Void Linux, so for me this can be set in: /etc/rc.conf.
I installed the terminus-font package and then I added the line:
to my rc.conf. Now reading my laptop screen is a bit more bearable.
Some programs like vi/n/vim, htop etc... don't clear the terminal after quiting, so I aliased them to simple shell scripts, for example:
#!/bin/sh #Clears TTY after running neovim nvim $1 clear
I saved this as: tvi(as in tty-vi) to a hidden folder in my home directory which I have labelled .bin and added it to my directory path. All I have to do is run:
Now when I quit out from editing, I'm left with a nice clear terminal. I repeated this process for other programs that I use regularly. I'm not sure if this is even the right way of doing it but it's the solution I came up with by myself.
So I have been using Google fonts on this site and at first I thought this was cool. As time passed by, however, this has started to annoy me. Knowing that each time the site is loaded, connections are made to Google's servers and cookies are placed and no doubt some form of tracking is going on... Fuck that. I felt motivated enough today to do some work on the site, install the fonts used onto the server and update all the HTML/CSS files
Since I was still motivate to tinker with stuff, I also tweaked the script that I'm using to create the blog posts and update the index.html. The script is pretty simple but effective and it was written by Luke Smith. You can download it from his site HERE
Did a bunch of other stuff that no one gives a shit about, trying to keep myself occupied. I'm still waiting for the laptop that I ordered and struggling to not get too anxious about it. I have one more shift at work tomorrow and then I'm off for 3 days...
If the laptop comes while I'm off work I'll be pretty pleased.