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

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Wed Apr 04 2001 - 16:30:15 PDT

You should check out Samsung hard drives, they have some that incorporate
silencing technologies. I use one in my PVR and it is probably the quietest
hard drive I've used (IBM are the loudest). Maxtors are cheap, but have a
tendency to develop high-pitched whine over time.

Karl Anderson wrote:
> "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

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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