Home Development Workstation - Part 3
See also ...
Ok, here's where we put the rest of these boxes, switches, wires,
and other assorted doo dads in their place. Again, the witty reader will
note that I am following along with Jeff Atwood's Build
a PC posts from last summer, just adding some color commentary and my
own personal notes.
Hard Drives, Optical Drives
- When disassembling the case, I found one of the silicon
grommets on the lower drive cage was a bit munged. Antec is great, they
think of everything - the bag o' miscellaneous parts had a few spare
Click on the picture for a full-size image!
- The drive cages in the Antec P182 are pretty sharp. Those
silicon grommets are an anti-vibration feature. It took me a bit to
figure out exactly how to install the actual drives - this picture
should help ...
Click on the picture for a full-size image!
- Note that I put my start-up Raptor in the first position, and
the 500GB Caviar in the third position. I had talked to some folks
about doubling up and mirroring for security, and I may still do that
in the future - just leaving space, seems like the decent thing to do.
- I could have stayed consistent with the clean red SATA cables
that came with the motherboard - but that blue cable from the Raptor
box was just so cool looking ...
- The P182 has USB and FireWire ports located up front - the
cables for those are in the same bundle as the leads for the LEDS. The
motherboard came with additional hardware to make these "visible" out
of the back of the machine - more extra stuff to stash with the
- There's also a pair of wires for audio hookups - HD audio and
AC'97. I found something on the motherboard for the HD Audio, but I'm
drawing a blank on the AC'97 connector. I know it's high-quality audio
for something ... ah well, a future project.
- For optical drives, I took an idea from the Tom's Hardware
walkthrough, and put in a pair of DVD-RWs.
- Supplying power to the fans and drives is just a question of
picking out the right one from the myriad spilling out of the Corsair.
The real trick was hiding the cables and closing up the case - an
adventure in folding. There are plenty of tie-up options built in to
the Antec, which made the task easier - it's really a super case.
Well, now it's finally ready to go. As noted last time, I know it
boots - now I just need to download the Ubuntu Hardy Heron CD ISO and
get installing. But that's a different post - possibly. This blog is
meant to be geared towards the application of technology to business,
and vice versa - not a tech haven per se.
So what observations can I make as I survey the piles of spare
parts and packing materials?
- Evolution is a Powerful Force for Change: The
advancements made in something as mundane as the case that holds it all
still delight me. Slide out drive cages, anti-vibration and noise
reduction all over the place, and spaces to make cable management
easier. If you haven't looked at the guts of these machines lately, you
will find that the "state of the art" never stopped innovating and
- Standards-Based Hardware: Making the "Case" for
Standards-Based Software? Ever since the days of the XT clones, these
machines have been designed for interoperability with different parts
manufacturers. Still, the wide variety of vendors, coupled with the
degree of fit for all of these components - makes a strong value
statement for available and accepted standards. When all manufacturers
agree on the base requirements, and differentiate based on features,
functionality, and price (all together), the result is
higher-capability machines for a very reasonable price. Makes you want
to do the same with all of the systems getting designed and built at
- The good and the bad about being a hands-on tech
manager (January 25, 2005)
- If you want to be more than a programmer, stop
programming (April 8, 2005)
- Turning a new page, and working on that home
development environment (July 27, 2005)
- Analog and Report Magic Log File Formats
(September 10, 2005)
- A blast from my past - game programming for the
TRS-80 (October 5, 2005)
- SQL Hack for Reporting Project Phase and Status
(December 19, 2007)
- Tomato Firmware - Upgrading my Wireless Router
(March 22, 2008)
- iTunes Upgrade Freeze Resolved - and an Enterprise
KM Observation (May 3, 2008)
- Home Development Workstation - Part 1 (May 13,
- Home Development Workstation - Part 2 (May 15,
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