Posts Tagged ‘Hardware’

The First-Timer’s Guide To Building A Computer From Scratch

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

If you’ve never done it before, the idea of building a computer from the ground up can seem very intimidating—but it’s one of the most satisfying projects a tech enthusiast can take on.

Being more of a software gal than a hardware geek myself, I was the only Lifehacker editor who had never built a PC from scratch. So when I needed a new PC late last year, I took the plunge and built my custom system. I’m so glad I did—the project turned out to be one of my proudest accomplishments of 2008. If you’ve cracked open your PC before to install a new hard drive or TV capture card, but you’ve never built a whole new system from the ground up, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are my notes for first-timers who want to build instead of buy their next computer.

Link: LifeHacker

Hack Your Wii For Homebrew Apps & DVD Playback

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Despite the fact that it ships with a DVD drive, for whatever godforsaken reason, the Nintendo Wii doesn’t support DVD playback—until last week, that is, when a homebrew hacker released a tool that enables DVD playback on your Wii. The best part? You don’t have to crack open your Wii or disturb your hardware in any way to install it. Let’s take a detailed look at how to softmod your Wii with the Twilight hack to run homebrew apps. Then we’ll show you how to install the Wii port of the open source media player, mplayer, to turn your Wii into a DVD (or should I say WiiVD?) player.

Link: Lifehacker

Set Up Your Firewall With Firewall Builder

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Firewall Builder (fwbuilder) is a graphical application that can help you to configure IP traffic filtering. It can compile the filtering policy you define into many specifications, including iptables and various languages used by Cisco and Linksys routers. Separating the actual policy you define and the implementation in this way should let you change what hardware is running your firewall without having to redefine your policy for that platform.

Link: Linux

Ease Linux System Administration Tasks

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The Puppet project allows you to issue system administration commands to one or more machines, and will smooth over the differences between distributions for you. For example, if you want to install MySQL, that action should be your primary aim, and you shouldn’t have to worry about if the machine is running Maemo, Ubuntu, or Fedora.

Puppet frees you from thinking about the hardware architecture a system is using, what Linux distribution it runs, or where that particular machine happens to store its Apache DocumentRoot by using a declarative language to specify the system administration task that you would like to perform. Puppet has many built-in facilities, such as classes, which allow the different details to be smoothed over when Puppet rolls out the system administration tasks you have declared.

Link: Linux