Web Server

He's the workhorse of int13h, he's the unofficial 7th member and more importantly he was mostly gathered from skips. Ladies and Gentlemen it's my pleasure to introduce the one and only GIBSON!

Now I realise on the surface he doesn't look that impressive, but his rag-tag exterior belies his focused intent. Plus all that fragile tape goes a long way to covering it up. The first clue to his awesome capability I'm sure must have caught your attention. The custom power supply configuration. This alone is a wonder of modern electronics. Observe the masterful use of AT and ATX that when used in the right combination offer 700W of drive spinning, processor melting, fan rotating goodness.

Note the jaunty cut of the PSU pass thru cable, he is truly a server who knows his own mind and not afraid to express his true nature.

This 'leads' us nicely on to cabling. Now when constructing a server for 24/7 reliability it's important that you use only the highest grade components. Not only that, but it's a really good idea where ever possible keep the connectivity loomed in a tidy and safe manner. Under no circumstances should you have large clumps of power cables freely dangling out of the side of the chassis or IDE cables poking out of the top. This just invites disaster.

Where ever possible you should jam large amounts of free cable into any free orifice. This unfortunately has the detrimental affect of reducing any airflow to zilch. For this reason it's worthwhile considering a well planned and ingeniously devised cooling system. Or alternatively just say bollocks to it and tape a bloody big fan to the front of the chassis.

Hard drives are important. Not the make, or even the specification. No, the only important factor to remember when spec'ing hard drives is how many and how the hell can we jam 'em into what is in essence a desktop case. The key to this lies in the ancient art of bodge-fu. By ripping the hell out of the 5.25" drive bays we've managed to cram 6 3.5" drives in there. Observe the very stylish mounting screw placement... almost as if it was made for it.

Seven, that's right bitches seven. More than half salvaged from skips and repaired by Voodoo. The rest were brought brand new because the aforementioned skip/voodoo combination meant the originals weren't destined for long in this world. So, with seven IDE drives you'd be expecting some hardcore IDE RAID loving? You'd be wrong.. IDE RAID is ghey (gay?) Instead we utilise some on-board DMA-33, on-board Highpoint DMA-66 and a Promise ATA-100 pieces of processor dependant wank.

Luckily to get round this unnecessary load we installed a BP6 with two celery 500's. Of course we needed to stick some big ass heat sink and fan combo's on them. VOS-32 was the order of the day... however due to a slight motherboard modification (hmmm) by Nightmare you'll notice the wire ties holding the fans on. Top!

If you squint a little and turn your head to one side it looks just like a monkey's todger... no I mean you might be able to make out the processor fan that we 'attached' to the BX chipset. We did originally come up with a reason for this but due to it's bullshit nature it has long been forgotten. We just couldn't be arsed to remove it again. Also incidentally, may I draw your attention to the ISA AWE-64 sound card. Feel free to ignore it's existence... we have.

So there you have it, by following the little pointers you've picked up in the last couple of paragraphs you too could own a state of the art webserver just like ours. The important thing to remember is innovation, skill and perseverance aren't even remotely required as long as you've got mungs(tm) of fragile tape.


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