Wish Lists

Curious what I think are the ultimate boxes (at least what's within my budget)? Here are what I'm looking for in my next box. I keep them periodically updated as prices change and new technology rolls out.

Right now I think I'm leaning more towards a more compact model. LAN Party portability is a plus, and I might even get more bang for the buck... plus it looks really cool to boot... I know there are more recent technologies out there so far as processors and mobos go, but I think fitting into a micro ATX case is more important to me than dual-core or SLI. So follow the link below for my updated list.

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Common RAID Levels

Short for Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks, a category of disk drives that employ two or more drives in combination for fault tolerance and performance. RAID disk drives are used frequently on servers but aren't generally necessary for personal computers.

  • Level 0 -- Striped Disk Array without Fault Tolerance: Provides data striping (spreading out blocks of each file across multiple disk drives) but no redundancy. This improves performance but does not deliver fault tolerance. If one drive fails then all data in the array is lost.
  • Level 1 -- Mirroring and Duplexing: Provides disk mirroring. Level 1 provides twice the read transaction rate of single disks and the same write transaction rate as single disks.
  • Level 2 -- Error-Correcting Coding: Not a typical implementation and rarely used, Level 2 stripes data at the bit level rather than the block level.
  • Level 3 -- Bit-Interleaved Parity: Provides byte-level striping with a dedicated parity disk. Level 3, which cannot service simultaneous multiple requests, also is rarely used.
  • Level 4 -- Dedicated Parity Drive: A commonly used implementation of RAID, Level 4 provides block-level striping (like Level 0) with a parity disk. If a data disk fails, the parity data is used to create a replacement disk. A disadvantage to Level 4 is that the parity disk can create write bottlenecks.
  • Level 5 -- Block Interleaved Distributed Parity: Provides data striping at the byte level and also stripe error correction information. This results in excellent performance and good fault tolerance. Level 5 is one of the most popular implementations of RAID.
  • Level 6 -- Independent Data Disks with Double Parity: Provides block-level striping with parity data distributed across all disks.
  • Level 0+1 -- A Mirror of Stripes: Not one of the original RAID levels, two RAID 0 stripes are created, and a RAID 1 mirror is created over them. Used for both replicating and sharing data among disks.
  • Level 10 -- A Stripe of Mirrors: Not one of the original RAID levels, multiple RAID 1 mirrors are created, and a RAID 0 stripe is created over these.

Bandwidth Speeds: LAN/WAN

28K Modem   28 Kbps
56K Modem   56 Kbps
ISDN 1B (64K)   64 Kbps
ISDN 2B (128k)   128 Kbps
Cable Modem   300 K - 3 Mbps
DSL   128 K - 7.1 Mbps
Frac. T1 (384K)   384 Kbps
T1   1.5 Mbps
10BaseT   10 Mbps
T3   44.7 Mbps
100BaseT   100 Mbps

Bandwidth Speeds: BUS

Serial Port   115 Kbps
arallel Port   400 Kbps
Fast SCSI-2   80 Mbps
USB 1.0   1.5/12 Mbps
SCSI-1   40 Mbps
Ethernet   10/100 Mbps
Firewire (IEEE 1394)   100/200/400/800 Mbps
USB 2.0   480 Mbps
Gigabyte Ethernet   1000 Mbps (125 MB/s)
ATA 133   1056 Mbps (132 MB/s)
PCI   1056 Mbps (132 MB/s)
Serial ATA   1200 Mbps (150 MB/s)
1X AGP   2112 Mbps (264 MB/s)
Fast & Wide SCSI-2 (DT)   2560 Mbps (320 MB/s)
4X AGP   8448 Mbps (1056 MB/s)
8X AGP   16896 Mbps (2112 MB/s)
PCI Express x16   32000 Mbps (4000 MB/s)

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Muppetopia Update

Just did a quick update to my home network diagram, simplified it a bit, taking out peripherals like the printers (which wouldn't transfer from the Visio to image format, annoying) though not all these systems are online just yet. My corner of the basement is still a mess, but at least the network is up now...

Last Update: 20050729

MUPPETOPIA

As you can see from the link in the section below, we have called our network "Muppetopia" and named each computer after muppets. Noticed I hadn't updated this list in awhile, so I did some editing. So far we have:

  • CrazyHarry (my new gaming rig); WinXP Pro, AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 1GB Corsair XMS DDR PC3200 Dual-Channel RAM, 2x 36.7GB Western Digital Raptor SATA 10000rpm RAID0, 120GB Western Digital 7200rpm, PNY nVIDIA GeForce 6800GT 256MB
  • FozzieBear (my workstation); WinXP Pro, P4 1.6GHz, 1024MB RAM, 45GB + 120GB HD, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128MB
  • Beaker (Donna's computer); WinXP Home, P4 HT 3.0GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2
  • Scooter (internal file/print server); Win2000 Server, PIII Xeon 733MHz, 384MB RAM, 9.1GB Ultra3 SCSI HD (OS), 160GB RAID1 HD (Files)
  • Zoe (my personal laptop); ThinkPad 600E, RedHat Linux 8, PII 366 MHz, 128MB RAM, 6.4GB HD
  • Zoot (internal app/game server); WinXP Pro, P4 1.7GHz, 512MB RAM, 20GB HD
  • Gonzo (Katie's computer); WinXP Pro, PIII 866MHz, 384MB RAM, 15GB HD, ATI Rage Fury 16MB
  • Rizzo (Carrie's computer); WinXP Pro, PIII 866MHz, 384MB RAM, 15GB HD, ATI Rage Fury 16MB
And I have plans to add other boxes (as in I already have the unallocated hardware on hand) but I'm not going to list them, as that keeps changing (my plans for them, that is).

If we ever have the money to buy Donna a new laptop, I think we might call it Pepe (though that's what I call my old iPaq). Or Robin.


Broadbandreports.com

I like to browse the forums here under the username "dongyrn". (Actually you will find me under that name on most of the forums I participate in.) There's a tremendous amount of info, on ISP's and areas and such... Here are my favorite forum areas, listed in the footer are some links on me.

I joined the DSLR Team Discovery, helping in the fight against cancer and juvenile diseases. Basically volunteering my spare CPU cycles to help process molecular research in an effort to create new drugs that fight these diseases.