Re: Tivo, Fair Use, Video-in-the-Cloud, and Vidster

From: Karl Anderson (
Date: Wed Apr 04 2001 - 11:41:29 PDT

"Gary Pupurs" <> writes:

> > Big problem with using computers for DVD players (same goes for PS2 :-( )
> is
> > the fan. Too loud.
> Then you don't have your surround sound cranked up high enough!
> Seriously though, wouldn't a higher quality aftermarket quiet fan in the box
> inside a component cabinet (ie, not out in the open) be quiet enough? Can't
> be much worse than the fan in an LCD projector, I'd think...

Fan's nothing compared to the hard drive.

I've been searching for a computer that I can, er, sleep next to while
it's running. PC Power & Cooling makes a quiet power supply & CPU
fan, they post dB levels. The HD is still way too loud. I got a
sleeve made by a company called Silent Systems which helps, but isn't
good enough (it was a totally overpriced crock of shit - a plastic
foam filled box with metal plates that stuck out to radiate heat, but
for some reason my HD never got too hot while in it). Root filesystem
over NFS worked, but took too much tinkering; I gave it up the 2nd
time I upgraded redhat.

I even tried making an enclosure out of plywood & sound dampening
foam; nothing that allowed enough circulation made a difference.

I'm resigned to waiting for solid state drives to be more affordable,
or waiting to be sufficiently deaf in that frequency. Or getting a
home office, I guess.

Karl Anderson 

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