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:

I’ll let you know how it works out.

Wed Jun 14 2006 05:10:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

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