Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sleeving My SATA Cables

First sleeving attempt
So after looking around at some stuff to do with my computer, i found some cable sleeving and heatshrink tubing to go with it. I got some black sleeving and matching heatshrink. After the fastest delivery i have ever had (24 hours!) i stood with my 6 meters of sleeving, and realized it was a bit too much (was expecting an average of 1 meter per cable).
Being the know-it-all i am, i just dove head first into sleeving my cables. I put the sleeving over the first end and cut if off just before it reached the plug. Then i simply proceeded to put the heatshrink on and use a heatgun to shrink it around the sleeves and plugs. It went surprisingly well! Here is an image of the first attempt:

Non-removable SATA cables:(
I moved on to the next cables, the ones on my hot swap bays (my Corsair 900D has one hot swap cage with room for 3 drives). I found out that the SATA cables on the hot swap bays are not removable. After pondering whether to replace the hot swap cage with a regular cage, and buy new SATA cables, i decided to just take the cage out and sleeve them as far up as possible. This is the result of that:
First hot swap cable sleeved

It was a bit more difficult, as the heatshrink didn't have a plug to hold on to at the other end, so i had to heat it up enough to squeeze it together to try and hold it there. It worked though, and in the end i had all 3 SATA cables sleeved.
All 3 hot-swat cables sleeved

I did the 5th and final cable in my computer, and discovered a thing. The heatshrink would not hold on to the sleeving. After googling about for a couple minutes, i figured out what i had done wrong. Before putting the sleeving over the cable, it's best to use a lighter to slightly burn the ends. It not only helps with fraying, but also creates a small "lip" that helps the heatshrink hold on to the sleeving. After doing this to the 2 cables who had "broken" their sleeving i reapplied the heatshrink and plugged it all in. This is the final result:
With camera flash
Using case lights, with camera on night mode

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Titanfall Beta! First impressions and gameplay

I got into the Titanfall Beta, so i obviously played the heck out of it with the free time i had during the beta period. Although i have my entire opinion in my video below, i will give you a summary in text. Overall, the game is really fun, and although content is a bit scarce, that's to be expected of a beta. The gameplay is fun and it seems balanced, which is impressive considering they have giant mechs and auto-aiming pistols. The game also seemed fairly bug-free, and the graphics, while not up to Crysis standards it falls more in line with CoD or Battlefield. It also runs well, so you don't need a top of the line GPU to play on medium or high settings. Well, thats all for now, if you want to know more, i have a walkthrough and first impressions video right below, and a really awesome piece of gameplay below that.

Walkthrough and First Impressions

Flawless Gameplay

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Docks, Docks, all the Docking Stations!

Docking stations? What is so interesting about docking stations? Well, on its own, its usually not interesting, but pair it with something to dock, and you get a marvelous bit of overseen technology. But how can a simple dock really make a difference? It depends on how you use it. For me, i have 3 docks i use on a daily basis.

This is my current alarm clock, an old iPod Touch 2nd gen.
It sits on my night stand and it's loud, it's bright as heck when the screen turns on in the morning and best of all. It's really easy to set up: no fumbling with buttons to set the time, and i don't need scheduled alarms since i often wake up at different times. It also serves as a reserve notification for emails, in case i miss the notification on my phone or it's muted. 

This is my old smartphone, a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx. It serves as a backup phone in case there is a problem with my S4. It also does really well as a music player, both local music and internet radio. In case my phone is somewhere else in the house, i can still receive notifications on this phone. This it a little more advanced than a normal dock, because it has both HDMI output, audio out and 3 USB ports, so it has a lot of possibilities in case i should want to use them. Right now its only connected to my big stereo speakers (Dali 104 floor standing speakers).

This is my newest addition to the flock, a dock for my primary phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4. This is a really simple dock, since it has no feature other than charging, but it does charge both the phone and an extra battery. This is a really neat feature, because the S4 doesn't have nearly as much battery as my Motorola, so i can easily use the battery in the S4, then swap it for the extra when it runs dry, and then charge both the main and extra battery at once, in a really neat and easy manner. It stands neatly to the left of my Motorola dock (cant show you since i only have those 2 phones to take pictures with) which is right above my keyboard.

That is all for my small dock collection, these are the [semi]creative ways i currently use older devices that would often be thrown out when something new comes. Feel inspired? Is it stupid to keep older devices around, or does it look cool?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Steam In-Home Streaming Beta!

I just got invited to the Steam In-Home Streaming Beta, and to put it shortly, its really impressive. It definitely has it's problems, but as a beta, it has plenty of potential. I uploaded a video going over and demoing the streaming function. I was streaming from my gaming rig to my fairly dated laptop.
The video is below, alternatively you can find more videos on my Youtube Channel

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gaming Rig Update!

I recently got a bit of new gear for my gaming rig. The new additions include a Corsair Obsidian 900D, Corsair AX760i, Corsair H100i, 8x Corsair AF120 Blue LED and 1x Corsair AF140 Blue LED. Thanks to the new hardware, my computer is now properly cooled and i have overclocked the CPU from 3.2 to 3.7 GHz and the GPU from 800 to 900 MHz - GPU Memory from 1250 to 1350 MHz - Power +20%)

Here is a picture of it:

Image quality is fairly bad, so here is a full size link:

With those additions, my current setup looks like this:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @3.2 GHz (overclocked to 3.7 GHz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i (2x Corsair SP120L in push and 2x Corsair AF120 LED in pull
RAM: 8 GB Kingston HyperX
Motherboard: Gigabyte 870A-UD3
HDD: 128 GB Samsung 830 SSD (Windows and games)
HDD2: 1 TB HDD (programs and downloading)
HDD3: 3 TB HDD (media)
NAS: 2 TB HDD + 3 TB HDD (media and backup)
GPU: Club 3D Radeon HD 6950 2GB (overclocked - GPU 800->900MHz - GPU Memory
1250->1350MHz - Power +20%)
Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D
Case Fans: 1x Corsair AF140 LED Quiet Edition Blue
Case Fans: 3x Corsair AF120L
Case Fans: 8x Corsair AF120 LED Quiet Edition Blue (2 of which are on the top mounted radiator)
Power Supply: Corsair AX 760i fully modular digital power supply
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Monitor: 24" Dell ST2421L @1920x1080
Mouse: Razer Mamba 2012 Edition (for gaming)
Mouse 2: Logitech MX 3000 laser (long battery life for normal non-gaming use)
Keyboard: Crappy stock HP keyboard (soon to be replaced)
Mouse Mat 1: Roccat Hiro (35x25 cm)
Mouse Mat 2: Razer Goliathus Extended Control Edition (92x30 cm)
Drawing Tablet/Touch Pad: Wacom Bamboo
Speakers: Hercules XPS 5.1 70
Speakers2: 2x Dali 140 with Denon amp
Headset: Astro A40 2013 with Mixamp Pro
Headphones: Bose In Ear 2
Backup headpones: Astro A*star
Controller: XBOX 360 Wireless Controller
Capture Card: Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition (recording to my external HDD via laptop or streaming via laptop)
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D
Internet: 40/40 mbit Fiber (actual performance up to: 95/92 mbit 4-7 ms ping)
Network switch for my room: Netgear 8 x Gigabit lan switch
Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB Black (32GB microSD) with S-View cover
Backup Phone: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (with docking station)
Laptop: Dell XPS M1530
-CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 @2,5GHz
-Screen: 15,4" @1680x1050
-Ram: 4GB
-Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT
-HDD: 500 GB @7200 RPM
-Mouse: Logitech Anywhere MX
-Dock: Kensington USB Dock with Ethernet and VGA
-External Screen: 15" @1024x768

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Star Citizen

Star Citizen is hot, like if it was a real object, I would burn my hands. What is Star Citizen? It is a space simulator in the making by the famous Chris Roberts, known for several other space simulators including Freelancer and Wing Commander. This one is different in that it is completely crowdfunded. Its already broken the record, and is now the most crowdfunded project ever, breaking over $30 million ind funding. If you are interested, you should definitely head over to robertsspaceindustries and check it out. If you are unsure, i will have 2 videos under here showing some of the early releases of the hangar module, as well as more videos on my youtube channel

A look around the Deluxe Hangar and the 300i and Aurora LN ships


A look at the MISC Freelancer and some decorations in the hangar

New Youtube Channel!

I opened a new Youtube channel called ZeroteTV. There I upload lots of different stuff, whatever i feel like, really. Mostly that amounts to gaming content, but i might occasionally do other content as well.