New Home Automation Server
It’s time to replace my ageing home automation server with a new PC. You can tell that the old one is dying because it’s started to slur its words as it announces various events of interest like a car coming down the driveway, or the fact that it announces an event 10 minutes after it happened. I think the hard drive is provably failing again, seems to be a design fault of that old small form factor Dell where it cooks the hard drive.
Anyway, being somewhat conscious of the power consumed by my main machine (a dual-proc Xeon 3.2GHz), I’ve been waiting anxiously for the Pentium M or Core Duo chips to reach the desktop. Motherboards for both have been around for sometime and there’s the odd news story about a manufacturer in Japan actually shipping complete systems but until now there’s been very little over here beyond the bare components and a DIY assembly job.
Recently however I found someone who is making Core Duo desktops to order and I’ve ordered one up. Here’s their web site: http://www.gcworkshop.com/parts/intelcoreduopc.htm
I’ll let you know how it works out.
Wed Jun 14 2006 05:10:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)