|The first stage of
testing out any electronic project is known as the "smoke test".
It's a simple test: you just plug the gadget in, turn it on, and
see if there's any evidence of smoke. If you see any, turn the gadget
off immediately and try to figure out why.
Careful to get away after you plug it in, Song!
As they say in the fireworks industry, "Put
on ground, light, and get away!"
|Steve has adopted
the traditional role of Product Management in the final stages of
a complex R&D project.
Cerveza Dos Equis!
|Bob is doing the
typical management thing. Hey Bob, this is no time to RTFM, turn
the blinkin' thing on already!
|The cube simply waits.
Implacable and unperterbable. You will be assimilated. Resistance
The RAID controller
is online here asking us what we want to do about configuring
a RAID array. I was so shocked the thing came up I didn't take
a picture until it had gotten this far into the boot sequence.
Sadly, we didn't
get much further than this. Things kept locking up and generally
misbehaving. My only clue was some angry chirping from the system
|Not to worry. I know
I'm a complete idiot where building a computer is concerned. Fortunately,
I have a book that is ideally suited to my level of comprehension.
After having rectified
the problem (those beeps tell you what your trouble is if you
know how to decode them--that idiot book came in handy!), Bob
is now the Master of the Cube.
Well, maybe not
(Voice from afar,
"Captain I dunno how much longer she'll take it!")
After getting the
BIOS configured properly, we slapped the Windows XP CDROM into
the drive and proceeded to install. Kicked back in our chairs,
feet up, and drinking beer, we were rudely interrupted from our
smug satisfaction by a little problem, courtesy of William H.
Gates III, the pencil-necked billionaire.
It seems we have
to load a RAID driver so XP will have somewhere to be installed.
Billy G's contribution is to ensure that its completely impossible
to do this from the CDROM--you must have a floppy drive.
DOH! I HATE WHEN
I had left floppy
technology out of the cube, figuring it was hopelessly antiquated
and inappropriate. Seems I would have to make a quick trip to
the local electronics store and buy one.
Stupid Bill! Stupid,
The stupid, primitive
device is connected. I know understand Spock's pain in trying
to "construct a mnemonic device from stone knives and bear
skins." For the time being, I refuse to install it in the
cube. It will remain a temporary parasite, connected as needed,
and put away in a dark place when not.
says a very John Cleesy voice, "does that say 78 thousand
Takes a bit of time
to format too...
If Bill G. thinks
he can thwart my plans for world domination with a simple floppy
disk, he is sadly mistaken!
Or, as the evil
computer geek says, "Yes! I am invincible!"
Yes! Come to Pappa!
Come on baby!
Houston, we have
Windows XP is here!
|Here are some final
pix after its all running. Fear the cube!