Hardware Summary


  • Server: Asus P5W DH Delux, Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz, 2GB Ram, 3TB R5 array
  • Download Laptop/DC: Samsung M50, Centrino 1.7Ghz, 2GB RAM, 17″ screen, 250GB SATA drive
  • Main PC: Asus P5Q Pro, Core 2 Quad, 2.4Ghz, 8GB RAM
  • Workhorse: Asus P5B Plus, Core 2 Duo 2.6Ghz, 4GB RAM
  • Netbook: Packard Bell BG45-U-300, 12.1″, Core Duo 18.Ghz, 4GB RAM, 320GB SATA drive
  • Netbook: Samsung NC10 for long plane journeys :-), 10.1″, 1.6Ghz Atom, SSD 64GB

Hardware Cfg

I have a four way DVI KVM which handles the majority of the setup, and means I don’t have a plethora of keyboards & mice. Networking is provided by a gigabit switch into which I have a broadband router connected to a 10Mbps Blueyonder connection. Audio is courtesy of a Sherwood AV amp and a pair of Gale speakers – as they were a lot more cost effective than the small tinny speakers that you could buy at the time (and the AV amp was only gathering dust). Screens are a Dell 2407 Wide Gamut 24″ & Dell 2408 Wide Gamut.

More details in the Technology area.

Software – I tend to run Windows everywhere (Windows 7) – I know Macs and Linux are good alternatives, but it is just what you are used to or perhaps what you tend to use in your job. What I do find extremely useful is VM Server and Vplayer. So I can trial out sotware on either platform and in the case of VM Server, I also use this to host some of the more permanent apps.

I have a “test” instance of WordPress is running in it’s own VM, and I’m playing with Gallery 2 in another. If I want to try a new application, I typically install it into a VM to isolate it. Some software sits permanently in a VM because I like the portability between laptops, desktops and work – it also makes rebuilds a lot easier as you just have to copy the VMs back.

Storage and backups – I got burnt 6+ years ago when I had all my digital pictures on a server and no backup. The server crashed, NT decided it could not find the MFT and I sat there staring at a 10GB bifgoot drive and wondered what i was going to do. Fortunately I had the foresight at the time to rip the disk out, place it on a shelf and buy another disk. Some four years later, I managed to recover all the data I wanted but of course I always learnt my lesson.

So with R5 Hw controllers relatively cost effective, all my important data is stored on here. I then do a series of D2D synchronisations for a short amount of history / offsite protection via a 4bay eSATA, and further storage in qnap and thecus Nas heads.

Out of the current 3TB, about 15-20% is used for digital pictures (alas growing, not shrinking), 20% for backups of other peoples’ data, 5% work related, 50% Media (can’t be bothered loading DVDs so I just rip n store, ditto Audio CDs ), 10% Software / Drivers / PDFs etc. It soon goes 😉



  1. You’ll never get a woman until you take this page down

  2. Says who honey?
    Love Cyndi

  3. What about the all important photography gear?

    I convertel to Mac 9 months ago using VMware to VM for windows . and guess what.. windows still crashes.

    I just bought the new Canon 5D Mk II – what a fantastic bit of kit!!

  4. 5D MK II – Cool – you should have great fun with it. I’ll see how the finances are later in 2009 before leaping 😉

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