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Master Geek

# 21148 17-Apr-2008 09:44
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I'm starting this thread because I like geeky things and have a few computers in my home doing interesting things..... some I'm not even sure where they are, but I know they're there 'cause I can ping 'em!

So here's my home setup, whats yours?

My Laptop - Ubuntu 7.10

My Desktop - Ubuntu 7.10

Raid Storage - Ubuntu 6.06 Raid 5 in hall cupboard.

Television - Mythtv on freeview DVB-S (with projector), with videos mounted off the RAID, EPG comes in over the air (no unreliable internet XMLTV feeds).

Security - Ubuntu 7.10 on a PC in the attic running "Motion", 3 cameras, taking jpegs of movement outside the house. Also running lighthttpd and natted from my router so I can see the pictures from an XHTML page on cellphone (dydns).

Music - MPD running on the security machine with audio out to the home theater and office stereo, MPD allows me to control the playlist from any device, I have clients running on XP, Linux and Java (from the cellphone over bluetooth), so at a party I can "next track" from the cellphone !

Also have an old modem plugged into the raid box (because it was closest to the phone line), and a python script that looks for "RING" on the serial port and sends MPD a PAUSE command, this means that when the phone rings the music stops, very handy !

Windows 2000 Development server - MSSQL & ASP.NET.

Photoframe - Old toshiba laptop (CDS320? - 64mb ram, running damn small linux, with a PCMCIA network card), running a script to wget images from the development machine intranet site, the development machine gets them from the raid box photos directory - where we put all our digital camera shots (ASP.NET program), the .net program selects newer images more often than older ones, so the photoframe simply wgets the same URL every 3 minutes and a new picture is displayed.

Backups - An old machine with 2 drives running FreeNAS, located in our (detatched) garage, getting rsync'd with the raid array each night on a cron job.

Lounge laptop - Ubuntu 6.06 - very old machine, good for googling in front of the TV.

Wireless - WRT54g running openwrt linux and also WDS to share the signal with the mohter-in-law (5 houses away)

mother in law running ubuntu 7.04 (on a nice new toshiba laptop), old laptop photoframe (as above but rsync'd off her laptop) and also xnet (plugged into ger WRT54g), she has no telecom line at all. (we can also ssh into her photoframe and add pics of the grandchild !)

Wife's computer XP - needed for her Visual Studio work and also canon multifunction on USB.

Temperature - Outside and inside monitored by two DS18S20 one wire serial temperature sensors, connected to the serial port of the security machine, the outside one monitored by a cron job to send my wife an SMS via clickatell if the garden gets near frost temperatures. (so she can wake up and put her frost cloth over the plants).

- Now in mothballs as i-talk was crap....

Homemade GSM > PSTN interface
on bestmate using an old carkit with the mute relay to engage the line and two impedance matching transformers.

I'm sure I've missed something, should probably buy a grunty box and virtualise all this (none of the main PC's above are more than a P3 / 256 ram).


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  # 124321 17-Apr-2008 10:47
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Currently rationalising and downsizing the amount of geek gear.

Leaving me with:
Macbook 2.4GHz Penryn
Sanyo 42" Plasma
Pioneer Home Theatre
8" Digital Photo Frame
Netgear WGR614v WiFi
Network hard drive 250GB
USB Hard Drive 320GB
Belkin WiFi Bridge
PS2 + 33" TV for kids
Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
iPod 60GB Video
iPod 30GB Video

other various bits and peices.

Ditching several PCs acting as servers and spare PCs. Ditching Asus EeePC, and lots of other stuff too. (Already sold).

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  # 124349 17-Apr-2008 11:41
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I think I can tell about my "going to be" geeky house Tongue out

Here is the setup I am going to build soon,

1) iMac 20"
2) TimeCapsule 1 TB
3) Airport Extreme Express (for the extra users/devices/air tunes)
4) Apple TV
5) Macbook (currently own this)
6) iPhone (will get it atleast after it comes with 3g support)
7) iPod Nano 4GB (currently own this)

I will be certainly installing Windows Vista Ultimate in Bootcamp and that would be something similar to this


Desktop : Intel Quad Core Q9400 2.66GHz - 8GB RAM - 500 GB + 500 GB HDD - NVidia GeForce 9800GT - LG246WH Flatron Display - Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V
Virtual Machine : Powered by Hyper-V and VMWare Workstation
Laptop: HP dv7-3004TX Entertainment Notebook PC | HP Touchsmart tx2 1119au - Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Mac: iMac 21.5" Snow Leopard
Mobile : iPhone 3GS


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  # 124367 17-Apr-2008 12:59
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It is not what you have - it is how you use it Wink

Anyway - list is;

HP Slimline PC (windows vista home premium) and 22" momitor
Dlink DI-624S (with printer/storage off this)
HP Mutlifunction printer
ipod with more storage than I require (can not remember the number)
Sony 42" 3LCD tv
Sony Surround sound with wireless rear speakers (DAVFX999W)
Sony DVD recorder (250 GB drive)
Playstation 2

Tony may be rationalising however I have no need to do this and limited room for expansion due to -

1 wife (lots of years)
3 kids (aged 7, 8 & 10)
1 cat (3 years)
1 dog (15 months - smaller than the cat)
2 goldfish (3 months)
1 rabbit (2 weeks)

I am now also thinking about openning up a petting zoo if anyone is interested.

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  # 124384 17-Apr-2008 13:38
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I'm liking the info here, could be a good place for people to get ideas ;)

I've got a study/home office upstairs which is my man-zone so to speak:
-Apple 24" iMac (last white revision)
-2x 500b Western Digital Mybooks, one connected to an Airport Extreme as an AirDisk for Time Machine, the other connected locally for extra storage.
-19" Dell LCD extending the iMac desktop
-Dell Optiplex 745, headless, running Windows Home Server.  Hoping to sell this with the monitor at the moment.
-Canon LiDE90 Scanner
-Linksys WRT300N router.
-Toshiba Tecra A7 (for work, but i have a port replicator in the office for working from home).
-Netgear HomePlug AV 200Mbps EoP adaptor running ethernet downstairs to the Media Center and Xbox 360.
-Energizer battery charger (all aa, aaa, and 9v batteries in the house are rechargable)
-Brother HL2040 mono laser printer

I also use the study/garageband as a kind of home studio too for my:
-Takamine acoustic guitar
-BC Rich Warlock NJ series electric guitar

Then there's some bits and pieces throughout the place:
-Apple Macbook
-Acer P4 tower (wanting to use it for WHS but need to get a SATA expansion card)
-Asus EeePC 4G
-Apple iPhone 8Gb on Vodafone
-Apple iPod 30Gb 5.5G
-Okta Touch
-BlackBerry Curve
-BlackBerry 7130v
-BlackBerry 8707v
-Vista Media Center PC (specs elsewhere on GZ)
-Xbox 360 Elite
-BlueAnt Supertooth Light
-Toshiba Regza 32 LCD hdtv (720p)

Like everyone else I'm sure I'm missing some bits and pieces in the list.

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