• FrankenMac: Cobbling together a Mac Pro

    7 days ago 0 comments

    Over the last few weeks i was given permission to scavenge some parts from the pile of dead/retired Macs at work.

    These old Mac Pros ran our recording studios, and did a cracking job at it at that, for years before being upgraded to more modern machines.

    The base model I'm working on is an early 2009 model, based on the configuration of it. I've added some RAM to take it up to 4gb for now, and have added the later-model Radeon graphics card to replace the Nvidia GeForce GT 120 that was in it.

    Tomorrow I will see if it posts; if it does it'll be time to wipe the drive, reset admin bios passwords and reinstall an operating system.

    I'm in two minds whether to use it for my brass recording work (it would be an absolute beast to use with my Behringer X18 mixer) or to use it as a server.


  • Hackaday 2018 Contest Entries

    04/13/2018 at 19:48 0 comments

    These are the projects I have entered into the contest - please give them a like and a follow!

    #Digibone 

    #DINternet 

    #Flask Jukebox 

    Any and all likes are greatly appreciated; I'm really looking forward to investing all seed money into parts for my projects.

    Cheers!

  • Pi Tower Idea

    11/24/2017 at 11:40 0 comments

    I've just been looking through some Prototyping and cluster stuff for Pi and Arduino type boards, and had an idea

    It would be pretty sweet to get an little old PC case and stuffing a few boards in there.

    They could be powered by the case's PSU, and could have their GPIO pins routed to breakouts on the the back (where the PCI slots are) or the front (to the disk drive slot for some kind of easy access prototyping bit).

    A KVM could perhaps handle switching between boards, or one board could act as a master and either SSH or VNC into the other onboard devices.

    for Arduinos and  suchlike the i2c bus could be taken advantage of, allowing all SBCs to be able to communicate with them. Ethernet shields could also be an option for some boards.

    Connectivity - a network switch could be added inside to handle networking between the boards inside, with a port routed to a connector on the back for internet/other network access. A HDMI Switcher would also be a great addition to allow output switching where needed.

    An i2c display in the front of the case would be great for feeding back networking information and displaying what device is connect to what.

    Perhaps I'l be able to look into doing something like this in the future...