My Setup

Here you can find information about various things.

Shed and work area:

A lot of the time not at work or asleep is spent in my shed. It is quite small and quite full.

I expect to find a bigger place with in a year or so.

When it was quite empty in 2003 after a huge tidy up:


October 2006. Quite full now and there are shelves built in every possible place:

All photos for the museum section are taken on my work bench with the set up shown below.


The camera mounts on the tripod whose top is just visible on the edge of the white sheet. Florescent tubes provide a good even light. I use a Canon Powershot S80, Manual settings and remote capture (Camera controlled by the computer and images saved directly to the hard disk).



Click here to see how my desk has developed into this over the years.

Primary Computer:

IBM eServer xSeries 345, 2U Rack server
Dual Xeon 2.66GHz CPUs
3GB Interleaved ECC RAM
Dual onboard Gigabit Ehternet
Dual redundant power supplies and redundant fans
Ultra 320 SCSI, 5i RAID controller with 6 36GB 10,000rpm U320 hot swap drives
PCI-X Firewire800 for external hard disks
Sound from external USB sound device
Matrox Parhelia 256MB PCI-X Graphics
Philips 200P6IB 20" and 200P7EB 20" LCD Monitors (DVI-D interface used)



Secondary Computer:

Sgi Zx10 Visual Workstation.
Dual Intel Pentium III, 1GHz
3.5GB interleaved ECC RAM
2 PCI-X Gigabit Ehternet Cards
Onboard Dual Channel Ultra3 SCSI
HP NetRIAD 3 Channel Ultra2 SCSI card
Nvidia Quadro 2 Pro 64MB Graphics


Configuration when it was my primary computer


Other Computers. Used for experimenting:

VIA EPIA M11 (Left)
C3 1.2GHz CPU
On board USB2, Firewire, LAN, CF Card reader and PC Card Slot


Audio System:

Amplifier: Image

Fisher CA-350. 50W/8ohm x2. Provides nice clear sound. Active crossover can be seen on top of amp to the left of sound blaster USB sound card.

Speakers: Generic 'Mini System' (Maybe a bit bigger than mini). Model FE-707E


Sub: Generic cheap car type sub with thrown together MDF box. With an LM3886 based amplifier.

CD player: Pioneer Laserdisc players found on the museum page.

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