Joshua is crawling

February 16th, 2015

Joshua has just started crawling. And he’s fast!

My very own server room

February 15th, 2015

Now all I need is a cinema room and my dream house is complete!

Quote of the day

February 15th, 2015

“I like Darth Vader. He’s nice.

And he is angry”

  • Oscar (15 February 2015)

Lego: Snail

February 15th, 2015

Inspired by Beautiful Lego, a book that’s part of the Humble Bundle this week

My snail isn’t quite as beautiful, but it took long enough to find the antenna!

Oscar loves Star Wars

February 13th, 2015

Caroline says: “Oscar loves this! He’s saying very proudly & in awe ‘that’s my mummy’ and ‘that’s my daddy'”

My work here is done!

Oscar performing his Christmas songs

December 10th, 2014

Sorry about the terrible filming; Oscar is wearing a red santa hat, and green jumper!

Woburn Safari Park

November 15th, 2014

Oscar’s had Chickenpox for the last week, so we looked for something fun to do that would have limited contact with other people. Safari – you’re not even allowed to leave your car!

Lego Helicopter

November 2nd, 2014

Mummy got Daddy and Oscar a Lego Helicopter. This is us building it together.

Oscar’s Quadcopter

August 16th, 2014

I just got back from a trip to Hong Kong, and got Oscar a nicely age-approriate toy… a remote controlled quadcopter. Lots of fun!

Computer case that can hold lots of hard drives

July 13th, 2014

I’ve been looking for a while for a not-silly-expensive, normal-ish computer case that can hold lots of hard drives.

I’m building a home NAS, and want the flexibility to fill it with lots of hard disk drives. Normal decent home computer cases can hold about 5 hard drives (3.5″ bays), plus 3-4 CD drives (5.25″ bays). I just want lots of room for HDD, so looking for a case with lots of 3.5″ bays.

Here’s a write-up of my findings, in case it’s of use to anyone else…

You can also get HDD enclosures that fit in the 5.25″ bays, but hold HDD instead:

  • 4-in-3 adapter for about £30 puts 4 HDD in 3 5.25″ bays (4-in-3), with a big 120mm fan cooling them. (It’s a faff to change the drives around with these, but the cooling is good)
  • 5-in-3 adapter for about £28 puts 5 HDD in 3 5.25″ bays (5-in-3), also with a big 120mm fan cooling them.
  • Fancier ones (costing ~£120+) are hot swappable, and provide better cable management etc.

It was surprisingly hard to find many cheap options, but my hunt has lead me to the following.

  • Antec 1900 (about £170) has 12 3.5″ bays, plus 3 5.25″ bays, so could hold up to 17 HDD, with a 5-in-3 enclosure. It’s a huge case – 700mm tall
  • Antec 1200 (about £120) has 12 5.25″ bays and zero 3.5″, but comes with 3 3-in-3 5.25″ to 3.5″ adapters. This one is great if you want to start with decent capacity (9 HDD), but also the option to scale up to 20 in the future (for about £120). Still big – 650mm tall
  • Antec Nine Hundred Two (about £75) is similar to the 1200, but has 9 5.25″ bays, and adapters for 6 bays come in the box. Could hold up to 15 drives (with 3 5-in-3 adapters, totalling about £85 extra) – normal sized at <500mm tall
  • Fractal Design ARC XL and Fractal Design Define XL (£100 or £85) are similar to each other. Both have 8 3.5″ bays, plus 4 5.25″ bays, so could hold up to 13 HDD. Not too big – 570/560mm tall