Nvidia EVGA 780 GTX superclocked with ACX unboxing

Submitted by admindm on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 17:22

Recently I built a mega gaming PC. Very close ot the top of what AMD can put out before the price gets silly. I was very impressed with the PC and it came at a good time. I had decided to start doing unboxing and review videos and this seemed a good time to start. I really like this card. It felt really well built. I now have the poster on the wall. It outperforms a Titan a little and is much cheaper.

The system was built on an Asus Sabertooth motherboard and they are awesome. Check out the video on the graphics card though. Its a fantastic card.


Drupal 7 Update Manager Clogging up Admin Pages

Submitted by admindm on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 14:43
Drupal 7 update manager cuuasing slow pages

As many of you Drupal 7 website administrators will know you can often find your site slowing down considerably once you have installed a lot of modules. For anonymous users this is less of a problem. The bit that is irritating for Drupal admins is that its the admin pages themselves that seem to take all the time to load. Some people even report admin pages taking over a minute to load. When adding a single piece of content can in some cases mean 3 or 4 page loads this can be unbearable.

Naked Wines Partner

Submitted by admindm on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 14:50
Naked wines voucher

Naked wines voucher offerMulgrew Enterprises has now partnered with Naked Wines to bring you an amazing offer on some great wine just in time for Christmas. Lets face it we are a tech company, we don't sell wine but we are fans of it and we know most of you will be getting some for Christmas. All you need to do is click on the voucher image opposite or go directly to Naked and type in the code. Its not single use either so you can pass it on to all your friends.

The Drupal 7 Superguide

Submitted by admindm on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 18:55

Drupal 7 GuideDrupal is a pain in the backside to setup on a home web server. It is fairly straight forward to set up on most of the popular shared hosting platforms. This is because Drupal has a fair few requirements and on a shared hosting platform most of these requirements are already set up. Many of us want to host our own website, partly just because we like to experiment. This is exactly my own mindset.  However you need to know a little about linux to do this because most of the drupal guides and documentation are written by Linux pros who have forgotten that Windows users and the rest of the uninitiated have no idea what sda1 is let alone how to sudo to root and install php5-curl with apt. Sound like I'm talking rubbish? Good thats exactly why you are here.

Antec Nano Diamonds for everyone

Submitted by admindm on Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:35
Antec nano diamond formula 7

Antec's nano diamond thermal compounds are superb. Especially when you can tell the missus you have bought a box of diamond. I've tested the formula 7 most of all and we use that on almost every PC we ship. As a minimum we use Formula 6 which is excellent but does not stand up to such temperature extremes. That sentence does not really do Formula 6 justice since its got a very wide stable temperature band and excellent cooling.

I've tested it in my workhorse PC which has an AMD FX-6100 six core CPU, 8GB RAM, a GTS 250 and two OCZ SSDs on an ASUS M5A99X EVO motherboard. All at stock settings. I was previously using Arctic silver as my thermal compound before discovering diamond based compounds and these were excellent. The diamond suggests that best performance is achieved after a few thermal cycles so you need to get your PC up to temperature for a while and then let it cool a few times. I initially checked the temperature was OK and then checked back after a week to see how it had gone. It was 4°C Cooler.

Bridging the Gap - Wirelessly

Submitted by admindm on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:09
Draytek Vigor Ap800 access point

Review of Draytek Vigor AP800 + Unidirectional Aerial ANT 2510 

I've used a Draytek router before. It was amazingly good. It takes around 10 seconds to reboot, which if mind blowing. The Netgear WNR2200 I've also tested on the same connection is pathetic by comparison, and I'd consider the Netgear to be a decent router. The Netgear takes well over a minute to reboot. In fairness the Netgear is an entry level router and the Draytek is a top of the line model. The Draytek also had hugely impressive wireless range and speed and after some through testing of the WAN interface it trounced every other router I tested both in latency, throughput and reliability.

Recently I was called upon to bridge quite a large gap. I was told to use whichever method was most cost effective, wired or wireless. Running cables would really have cause a massive jump in cost and disruption as the only feasible route would have been to dig up the yard. Wireless it is then. 

Installing Windows From SSD Part1

Submitted by admindm on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 16:53

Ever since I started using SSDs I've noticed the longest step in installing anything was how long it took to copy the files from the CD/DVD, after that most things are pretty much instant. With this in mind I thought I'd try installing from an SSD. I'd already read about installing from USB stick so I figured it wouldnt be too difficult to adapt the process and shave off loads of time from the install process.

Cloning Ubuntu Server

Submitted by admindm on Tue, 10/18/2011 - 16:26
Ubuntu server setup

I've spent the morning experimenting with cloning my Ubuntu LAMP server. My existing server is a virtual server setup with virsh. Both host and guest are Ubuntu server 11.04. The host is setup with nothing but the requirements to run virtual servers and control it via ssh so I don't have to leave the monitor connected. The guest is a LAMP server running a couple of Drupal sites. The server I'm setting up now is running on a Windows 7 x64 host through virtual box. I'm testing this so that in the event of a hardware failure of my host server I have a backup server ready to go.

Windows 7 Unattended

Submitted by admindm on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 21:19
Windows 7 unattended logo

Well I thought it was about time I started posting a blog of activities in the workshop. I test a lot of software on my PC and it was looking a little long in the tooth. It runs on Windows 7 and has been since release. Back in the days of XP I had an automated install disc which reinstalled Windows and all my commonly used programs with virtually no intervention from myself, it even included all the Windows updates and my device drivers. All I had to do was select the target hard disc drive and wait less 40 min. Almost all the software I used was installed automatically.