October 24th, 2006


Blue LEDs? Why?

The last leprechaun gremlin is now dead. Last night, I popped into PC World in Cambridge (local computer shop: "no demand, guv, no demand"), and picked up a Socket A CPU cooler, and a motherboard chipset fan. Both needed replacing, with the fans stuttering, and the overheat alarm wailing any time I turned the volume up. I've just fitted both, and apart from the fact that I deeply loathe fitting Socket A heatsinks (it requires a combination of delicacy and brute force in a restricted space, with easily damaged components nearby), it's all gone OK, and is back to working properly. I'm now running Seti to get both processors running at maximum to check that there's not going to be any more heat problems.

Ignoring the fact that the CPU heatsink is very slightly crooked (it's wedged against another heatsink, being somewhat larger than what it replaces), I have one question. Why, oh why, does it insist on having blue LEDs in the fan? What earthly good does that do? It looks really daft in an office.

So what is the thermal capacity of copper vapour?

Modern hi-performance coolers utilise copper as the contact material between the heatsink and the CPU. Copper can absorb a lot of thermal energy, but it is not easy to dissipate the ventilated copper base. Akasa has developed the ventilated copper base, this allows the fan to directly cool the copper base.
Err, yes. I'm not sure I want a lump of metal to be dissipated anywhere near my electronics.

The Apricot Village

If you google on "The Apricot Village", the top entry will take you to the web site for Aynho village, which is where I spent the first seven years of my life.

I do remember it as being a particularly attractive place, but I really didn't know until now about the apricot trees at all. Isn't it odd how sometimes you don't really find out about somewhere you've lived until years after you've left?