Another Motherboard to Add to the Pile

AMD ATX Motherboard versus Atom Mini ITX Motherboard
Old AMD ATX Motherboard vs New Atom Mini ITX Motherboard

The old AMD socket 939 motherboard that my Ubuntu Linux file server was running on finally gave up the ghost last week. Because replacements are harder to find for older processors, I decided to try a different router and went with an Intel mini ITX motherboard and Atom 330 processor.

What’s neat is that the heat sink with the fan isn’t cooling the processor, but the northbridge chipset. The actual Atom 330 processor is underneath the fanless heatsink next to it, which tells you just how little power it’s using in comparison.

The Atom Mini ITX motherboard inside the case
Mini ITX Motherboard Inside Case — Lots of Room to Grow

It’s amazing how small this little guy is, especially when compared to the motherboard it’s going to replace. I’d almost go as far as calling it “Mac mini” small. It’s pretty comical to see how much space there is surrounding it in the Rocketfish tower case I had for the box.

So far performance has been good, both from a file serving perspective, as well as trying out general desktop performance under Ubuntu.

A Li’l Guppie for Big Jobs

Li'l Guppie Multi-Tool

I’ve been using the Li’l Guppie Multi-Tool that my sister bought me as a Christmas gift from ThinkGeek all day, and I’ve come away with a lot of respect for the little guy.

While the included tools aren’t really meant to replace your nice, rugged toolset, it’s nice to have a multi-tool device that can hang from your belt like a carabiner for all those quick little fixes you need to do in an on-site technology support job like mine.

Plus, the little fish design makes for a good conversation starter with clients who see me using it. Thanks, Sis!

Apple Abandons Macworld Expo

The tech news sites are all abuzz with news that Steve Jobs will not be making the opening keynote address, along with the announcement that Apple will not be taking part in Macworld Expo after this year.

I understand that companies like Apple, Adobe and Belkin would decide to skip the large amount of money that the average convention costs them in terms of marketing dollars, but at the same time, I have to wonder if it’s possible for companies to be losing out in the long run with these short term savings.

WordPress 2.7 Update Available

While my Macbook downloads and installs it’s updates, I’m spending time on my other system updating the blog here to the recently released WordPress 2.7 update.

While there shouldn’t be much difference from the outside, other than some performance enhancements, the back end looks to have a completely updated interface, which should make bloggers happy. Or angry. Or both.

This may be the motivation to start looking at a new layout for the site, since I’ve used the current design for nearly 5 years.

Mac OS X 10.5.6 and Safari Updates Available

I’ve seen that Apple now has updates for both OS X and Safari available now, so that’s currently what my Macbook is downloading.

Reading through the release notes, there’s the usual “improves performance and reliability” bullet points, though I’ll be interested to see how well their claim that MobileMe will update within a minute of any changes being made pans out.