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About Phas3L0ck

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  • Gender
  • Location
    NorthWest, U.S
  • Interests
    Modifying, building, and repairing PC systems, and soon exclusively servers... Data hunting and archival, brokering unique file transfers... Russian hardcore rock music (mostly SLOT and some TKN)... Collecting various information and parts no one else can find... Criticizing every design made by every company there is to determine everything that they GOT WRONG-- especially on motherboards and chassis assemblies... The oldest form of reverse engineering-- taking thing apart to study them and possibly mend some design flaws... Architectural engineering in CAD, CAE, and EDA software... System dynamics...


  • CPU
    Single Xeon E5 2603 V4 (planning upgrade to dual E5-2687W V4)
  • Motherboard
    Tyan S7086
  • RAM
    16GB Kingston DDR4 2133 (upgrade planned for 512GB across 16x 32GB Samsung DDR4 2400)
  • GPU
    NVidia K4000
  • Case
    Tyan KGN70
  • Storage
    Intel S4610 960GB SSD (OS) & 8x 6TB Seagate Enterprise v5 SAS in RAID-10 (database/storage)
  • PSU
    Dual Redundant 1+1 770W (760W 12v rail, custom DPS-770 (750W 12v rail)
  • Cooling
    8x 60mm fans- passive cooling
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX 5.1 (SB1570)
  • Operating System
    Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

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  1. That's true, but IMHO plastic is plastic. I like metal, but it causes problems by adding a conductive surface. ...and we're waaay off-topic. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions that are IBM-related. (Let's talk keyboards by PM)
  2. HHKB is junk! The Japanese have some great technology, but not everything of theirs is nice... I agree, MX is not strong at all (except I have yet to try and feel the MX green switch) and they may be plastic, but so are the keys on a keyboard. Really, what else are things supposed to be made from? Metal? Ceramic? Concrete? I only need one vendor to get the design right, and Leopold came pretty close.
  3. Dude... the fact that you even took the time to write that response... it's like meeting myself from another universe! Yeah, I looked at almost all known brands before making my final decision. Leopold is much nicer in design than others since they have a more compact case (but unfortunately is very difficult to open) and relatively square keys (they're actually almost sharp on the edges!) But the thing I really can't stand aside from the MX Red switches is the entire bottom row-- the one with the CTRL, ALT, spacebar, etc... keys is simply too low. I know the keys are shaped differently for every row, and that's not a big issue, but being a HUGE user of hotkey combinations, the entire bottom row is annoying me to death (except the spacebar, ironically) and makes it hard to punch in a specific combination for some things-- or I hit the Windows key when I'm aiming for the Menu key (which never used to happen with other keyboards) AND Leopold only gives you one Windows key, and you can use a DIP switch on the bottom to choose which side you want it on. (Mine's on the right because I use the right side more often, and there's and alternate combo for the left side) Another mild irritation is the Function key placement being a little over a centimeter too far to the right of where I usually have them. But hey, this is the closest thing I could find to decent. Why can't everyone just make a simple TKL keyboard, with good, strong switches? *AND DON'T EVEN START WITH ME ON DUCKY!!!* ---------- I think they might do it eventually, but I could always scour abandoned buildings to get lucky with an SSK, and later add on a low-profile expansion to include the missing Windows and Menu keys I need on it.
  4. Don't you remember the days of viruses passed around by floppy disk? True story. And what if someone manually types the virus into your system. It can happen.
  5. Agreed. I still have my explorer shell set to look as much as possible like Windows 95/98/2K because it was much easier to navigate. Windows XP had the luxury of a minor upgrade, but that went away as soon as Windows 7 came out. I use a combination of Classic Shell and other modifications I did by hand like killing ballloon tips and taskbar thumbnail view. Took some experimenting to get it right, but I have it mostly perfect now. I haven't tried them either. Would be interested in getting my hands on one, but don't really care anymore. A Model F on Windows 10? I dare say that's "selfie-worthy" and totally badass! Yes yes I'm very well aware of the Model M remake, but I've completely lost interest for two reasons; 1: When I first encountered the Model M out of luck, I also acquired a KB-8923 at the same time and preferred it over the old one-- not only due to the inclusion of the keys the M lacked, but also the considerably smaller footprint and less "heft" with equally comfortable keystrokes, despite it having the accursed "rubber domes" which were surprisingly springy despite what they are. 2. I just dropped $200 to get a special version of the Leopold FC750R-PS TKL keyboard with the "Blue-Black" key color (think dark mode) and I still have to replace the awful MX Red switches with MX Green, which will be another monumental task on top of scraping along to build my server, and then hopefully resell the used MX Reds to recover some of the cost from replacing the switches-- but first pray I have good enough tools and skills to do it right, otherwise it'll be painful as hell to repair. As much as I would love to get my hands on the IBM SSK model (Unicomp is working on a new one) I've already spent whatever extra I had on something that still isn't finished yet, so that's not happening anytime soon.
  6. @RpgforAS400 Ok that makes sense. For reference, you can run any version of linux on vmware as long as it's x86 or X64 directly. ARM is not yet possible, but planned for the future. And you can run linux as the host and install VMware IN linux to run a Windows VM. That's a nice feature to have. Ah, so you're an AIX guy, that makes this even more fun! I happen to have a copy of the AIX 7.1 installer from something I found a few years ago. And I have AIX 4.3.3, 5.3, and 6.1 in storage too. Beyond you? I don't think so. I may have years of experience with PC tech, but I'm still just getting started with servers. It's only slightly easier for me because I specialize in hardware, instead of wasting my time writing software no one wants. Haha, I love dinosaurs! Both literally and metaphorically. Dinosaurs are cool, and lots of fun to see and learn about. In terms of old technology, I'm a huge fan of IBM tech-- mostly the 90's generation of PC hardware. One of my favorites was a 300XL (I think) with a Pentium-2 Klamath core at 233MHz, and about 96MB of RAM (expandable to 384MB) and could run windows 95 or 98, but I found Windows 2000 Advanced Server edition to be more stable and feature-rich, and getting updates for it was easy with my personal WSUS server. I'm also fond of the world-famous original keyboards by IBM; the model-M, model-F, and the KB-8923. As much as I would have loved the model-M, it didn't have the windows keys or the newer menu key (which I use very frequently, being keyboard-oriented for most tasks) so I went along with the KB-8923 until parts of the aging plastic broke and it had to be tossed.
  7. @RpgforAS400 I've heard funny stories like that; people get so attached to the Windows GUI that anything the slightest bit more interactive than CDE is like a variant of Windows to them. **I'm looking at you, X-window system!** Sounds fun. Never heard of Hercules before, but a quick search says it's an emulator of some sort... What flavor of linux do you prefer? I know there are very few choices for an IBM system outside of RedHat (RHEL) and SUSE (SLES)... Last I checked, using AIX in VMware is not possible, because AIX runs the proprietary POWER architecture, and VMware only uses AMD64/Intel-IA32 extensions. But it is possible to emulate the ancient version-1 (and maybe v2?) of AIX, due to the timing and availability of software and hardware archetypes back then. I will compile transit information for the i OS and AS/400 data, and send you details via PM once I get my machine up and running today. In the meantime, have a look at my profile to see my server's current and planned specs. You're not the only one building something cool, but very few besides us can do what we're doing.
  8. Sounds like fun. I'll be honest, though... I've been looking for a way to offload some stuff like this from my own database for years, and find someone interested in taking it-- someone who hopefully understands it. The i OS 7.3 folder alone is like ~170GB (compressed) and everything else is miscellaneous AS/400 service data, extra software, and and older version 6~ of i OS. If you want, I can send the data over to you. You certainly would have more use for it than I ever will.
  9. Hey there! I never thought someone would search for this post, much less find it. Neat that you know your way around the system-- that must mean you're a seasoned technician of... can I say late 40s-early 60s? (just guessing, but people who know IBM especially are typically older folks) I'm not sure either what I can do with it. I don't even know how it works. Would have to double check, but I don't think my lucky catch includes any manuals. I literally found all of this i OS 7.3 (and under) stuff by accident while I was scanning FTP servers years ago. I don't believe the server even exists anymore-- I searched and never found it again. 70 days? That's not bad. But still kinda sucks if I ever wanted to use it. I'm guessing you have access to the current versions of IBM software, then, do you? I heard i OS 7.4 came out... what's that like compared to 7.3?
  10. UPDATE: Finally made the counterpart for the prototype I showed earlier, and while it may be ugly as h3ll, it works. I assembled a MultiCat cable to act as the bus bar for main power, and terminated the signals with Molex CP3.3 just because I was curious about what it would look like and how it would feel. CP3.3 is perfect for the signal lines on this prototype because the terminal pins are fairly large and easy to crimp onto 20, 18, and 16AWG wire sizes. The only thing I don't like about CP3.3 is that, not only do you have to press the release button to insert the connectors together as well as disconnecting them, but on the sides of that press button there are pegs that make it difficult to keep your finger there and apply the necessary pressure. This is likely the last time I'll use obscure connectors on a power cable-- even a prototype. Don't mind that extra black wire hanging out in the open-- it wouldn't fit (surprisingly) in the largest available MultiCat terminal pin, but that's okay since it's a common signal and isn't always necessary. Enough screwing around; now that I know how to arrange the wires, my next prototype will be a completely custom direct-wire only version of this. In the 2nd prototype, a direct run of 12AWG copper (pure, stranded) across each power rail like a real bus bar will be used. The only problem I have to solve is insulating each rail on bare wire, given the close proximity of each connection. For those of you wondering, there will be a 3rd protoype; a pre-final test assembly that combines the ideas of the first 2 layouts. In version 3, the plan is to assemble the whole thing with a hand-made interposer-- the entire ATX plug will be short soldered against a strip of PCB prototyping board, with attachments made to a new connector intended to be used on the final design.
  11. That makes sense I guess. Now that I think of it, we could retrofit existing 12v lines with buck-boost converters on both sides to alleviate some of the heat involved in high current/power. But yeah, there's not really a point for most stuff.
  12. Seriously? Did you even read the full post? Or just the title? For ATX, Multicat and MegaFit. For EPS... custom. requires a special patch... more on that in a later post. 18-pin? HAH! HP did it with 6 or 7. WHAT? Where did you get that from? Only the bloated ATX consumer bricks have more than one 12v rail. I'm talking about what runs in servers!
  13. Actually, what connector gets used is ultimately the decision of the developers. The only reason motherboards follow the Spec first and foremost is to get them certified, and be more appealing for commercial use in existing infrastructure. PSU makers aren't always bound by such strict requirements, and can usually do what they want. (except in the case of companies that stick to ATX for their customer base) Server designs go their own route in terms of power delivery, and makers like Supermicro have gone as far as doing away with connectors all together and soldering wires directly to the distributor board-- they still have the standard plugs to match with the motherboard, but still, they do whatever they feel like. First thing, yes. Second, amen to that. And third, according to my calculations, and using the current Spec as a reference, the ATX connector block should be capable of anywhere from 250-300+ Watts, just for the 20/24 pin link alone. Lastly, 24V wouldn't work since boards would need a completely redesigned VRM and years of testing on components and new designs...
  14. Oh, the old drive connector? Yeah, I've wondered about that since day-1 of building and rebuilding computers. No idea what to replace that with. Look around for a small 4-prong connector that can handle more than 4 Amps and let me know if you have any ideas on that one.