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Analog Tachometer PC Mod

michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the when-kde-system-monitor-isn't-enough dept.

Hardware 222

greenape147 writes: "BurnOutPC has this review of a tachometer modification for your PC. The tachometer, made and sold by Xoxide, works via the serial port and displays the CPU utilization in RPM's! The classical look of this external tachometer is really nice to see after the "window phase" everyone seems to be going through. Not to mention the fact that analog meters are so fun to watch. Currently supported in Windows NT/2000/XP, a GNU/Linux driver is in the works."

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Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167467)

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Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167578)

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Re:First PAGE WIDENING post! (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167477)

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Re:First PAGE WIDENING post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167486)

are you a moron ?
it doesn't widen the pages at all
are you using some shit microsoft browser ?

Re:First PAGE WIDENING post! (-1, Offtopic)

(outer-limits) (309835) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167624)

As you are no doubt aware, this could be easily fixed with a simple patch. By entering page widening posts, for IE users, you are only showing your infantile futility in trying to express your dominance. If the patch had been applied, it would not work. For god knows what reason, it has not been applied, but your puny little brain fails to appreciate what is readily apparent and obvious to 99.99% of /. readers.

Given that most readers ignore the ability to exploit such a simple and fixable bug, one can only conclude that you have nothing better to do than produce the equivalent of a new born infant playing in his own shit. If that is amuses you, it is also obvious it only amuses you and and slowly growing band of like minded individuals. (Last count 2 and growing, maybe there may be even ten out there who can emulate your prodigious mental feats).

first spork ? (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167469)

I have not heard from the sporks for a long time now, are they dead (as sbeef, of course ?) or are they just on strike ?

Is there an open sdk for constolling it? (1, Interesting)

Phosphor3k (542747) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167470)

Title says it all. I won't buy it unless I can reconfigure it and or use it other operating systems.

Re:Is there an open sdk for constolling it? (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167525)

You apparently won't buy anything that you can reconfigure or use on other operating systems, if the current state of Open Source business is any indication.

And what is constolling? And how does Analog Tachometer PC Mod say it all? Idiot.

Re:Is there an open sdk for constolling it? (1)

mini me (132455) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167897)

I suspect it isn't that difficult of a protocol to reverse engineer.
Would be neat to do different things with it though, like bandwidth monitoring or use it as an actual tach for racing games.

FP! (-1, Troll)

fsmunoz (267297) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167471)

Frost Pist!
It wasn't that hard, really...
Propz to all undead bitches.
Suck it down!
--
.::filesystem::.

Bloody Persistent cookies (-1, Offtopic)

fsmunoz (267297) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167491)

Sorry about this, my co-worker thought it would be oh-so-funny to use my browser when I was away, and being a recent /. convert what else would he try to do?

It's interesting that the thing most new ppl know about /. is all this FP stuff... anyway it is so widely known that I guess it has become an integral part of /., and something thatn most ppl would strange if it stopped happening :)

I guess there could be a new subsription option... FP that couldn't get modded down AND that if indeed first post would give a bonus of +50 page views :)
cheers,

fsmunoz

Re:Bloody Persistent cookies (-1)

Klerck (213193) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167514)

Yeah! I'm really sure it was your coworker! Fucking homo.

Go get raped.

Cheating? (4, Funny)

Lord Puppet (300347) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167472)

When you want to sell the computer, is there a way that you can cheat and roll back the tachometer?

"Oh, this baby's practically brand new..."

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (2, Informative)

soupforare (542403) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167484)

A tachometer measure revolutions per minute(rpms) you're thinking of the odometer (which is part of the spedometer 90+% of the time), which measures miliage.

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167567)

Unless I'm totally off (which is usual), an odometer is really a tachometer, for it measures (sp?) a car's wheel rpms, perhaps with an added last stage to sum revolutions up until they make a mile and them zeroing them again.

BTW, why do you US folks still use miles, feet, inches, noses 8-) etc.? Is there another country in the world that uses such a messy system? Last time I checked, even the English were ahead of you in this field (they're using the metric system).

I thought I've heard about the metric system (aka international system) being chosen for use in USA a long time ago. Am I confused?

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (2, Interesting)

MrFredBloggs (529276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167574)

"Last time I checked, even the English were ahead of you in this field (they're using the metric system)"

Not when it comes to miles per hour. Also, we drink pints of beer. This possibly isnt relevant in the states, where you apparantly get funny looks if you drink more than 2 pints in a day, for some reason.

Drug sales are a curious mixture of both. Think thats something to do with harmonisation with Europe!

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (0, Offtopic)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167608)

Yeah drug sale mixtures for weed drive me up the wall. You usually buy in grams for your daily needs but the next step up is an eighth. An eighth is 1/8 of an ounce or approx 3.2 grams. The next step up after thaty is an ounce. But then you often go back to kilos. Its nuts.There needs to be an ISO standard for drug measurements.

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167758)

"or approx 3.2 grams"

or 3.5 grams. then theres 28 grams in an ounce, or is there 30? depends. its 100 in holland, apparantly! how many ounces in a 9 ounce bar? 9? wrong - more like 8.5. I`m sure most deaths from drug dealing arent from people being deliberately ripped off. its just all the converting to/from standards!!

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (1)

gazbo (517111) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167789)

Hmm...been a while as I don't do weed anymore, but it always used to be stranger still:

Smallest common measurement is a 'teenth, then an eighth, quarter, half, ounce. Then it goes odd with a 9bar, followed by a KG.

But...when buying skunk, it's usually grams.

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (0)

DirtyTroll (566579) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167923)

I shit on your haircut.

You are wrong. People who buy and sell weed typically use these units: eighths, quarters, half ounces, ounces, quarter pounds, then pounds.

However, you mentioned drugs, and this is good. You are +1 insightful. Thanks for posting.

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (5, Funny)

Rand Race (110288) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167751)

In the States you get funny looks if you drink pints at all, especialy 20 oz imperial pints rather than 16 oz US pints (and your ounces are 4% smaller than ours). And plenty of people down a six-pack a day, which is more than three imperial pints. Hell, you can buy single bottles of beer over here that are more than two imperial pints in capacity (warning to visiting brits, you will NOT like a 40 of Olde English 800).

Drug sales are mixed on this side of the pond too. Pot is always measured in standard, coke is always measured in metric.

My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's how I like it!

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (0, Informative)

by FortKnox on (563942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167607)

Please read Dictionary.com [dictionary.com] to get this definition [dictionary.com] .

tachometer n.
An instrument used to measure the rotations per minute of a rotating shaft. This is the automotive definition

or

tachometer

\Ta*chom"e*ter\, n. [Gr. ? swiftness, speed (fr. tachy`s quick) + -meter: cf. F. tachom[`e]tre.] An instrument for measuring the velocity, or indicating changes in the velocity, of a moving body or substance. Specifically: (a) An instrument for measuring the velocity of running water in a river or canal, consisting of a wheel with inclined vanes, which is turned by the current. The rotations of the wheel are recorded by clockwork. (b) An instrument for showing at any moment the speed of a revolving shaft, consisting of a delicate revolving conical pendulum which is driven by the shaft, and the action of which by change of speed moves a pointer which indicates the speed on a graduated dial. (c) (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the velocity of the blood; a h[ae]matachometer.

Metric vs. imperial (1, Redundant)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167911)

FWIW

There are currently three countries that have not officially switched over to the metric system (depending on your definition of "switched over" -- try driving in England if you don't want to use MPH). They are USA, Liberia, and Myanmar (also known as Burma). This makes the US the only industrialized country to not have officially adopted the metric system.

However, anecdotally (because I didn't grow up in the US, so can't confirm this from personal experience), I understand that you will often find the metric system being used in education, science, etc. For example, I know someone who was a chemistry major at Penn about 40 years ago who had to use the metric system for everything during her studies.

Re:Metric vs. imperial (2)

hawk (1151) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167950)


>There are currently three countries that have not
>officially switched over to the metric system
>depending on your definition of "switched over"
>-- try driving in England if you don't want to
>use MPH). They are USA,


Depends upon your definition of "officially." We've "officially" switched many times, it's just that we're not going to let some central government push us around on the issue.


The first round wad during the Jefferson administration, when he issued an executive order to put us on that silly semi-10 based system. We didn't due it then, and it doesn't look so hot to us now, either . . .


Just look at how much trouble it's caused--playing with those silly french units has already cost us at least one mars probe . . .


hawk

OT: .mil is metric.. (1)

Joseph Vigneau (514) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167983)

I understand that you will often find the metric system being used in education, science, etc.

The US Armed Forces uses the metric system [army.mil] , as well. So even grunts in the field deal with meters and liters and such. I guess it helps greatly, since they spend a lot of time deployed in places that also use the metric system... :^/

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (1)

oyenstikker (536040) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167586)

How bout an 'odometer'? You can tell exacly how much use a used computer has seen.

Re:Cheating? -Tach not odometer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167980)

Leave it to a /geek to miss the humor or technical inaccuracies.

Holy Shit! (-1, Offtopic)

Black Rabbit (236299) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167479)

First Post?

Re:Holy Shit! (-1, Offtopic)

Black Rabbit (236299) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167490)

Thought it was too good to be true!

Wasting your moderation points? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167485)

Tell jamie to fix the bug, and you wont have to waste your moderation points! HAHAHAHAHAA bitches!

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WARNING - INCORRECT LINK ABOVE ! - MOD DOWN !!! (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167508)

<A HREF="goatse.cx">
looks like you forgot the http:, you m0r0n,
let Klerck do it instead of AC-trolling !

you truely desserve the pink triangle and to be
sent to Joseph's winter camps in siberia where
your ass will teach you how a great virtue
patience is.

BTW - for those who want to meet the goatse,
the right link is http://goatse.cx [goatse.cx] ;-)

Oh, the humanity! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167495)

This is pretty cool product, but I have these visions of computer geeks, who as a group can barely manage to use a fork without injuring themselves, trying to cut holes in PC cases with power tools and horribly maming themselves.

What they really need is a miniature version that fits into a 5.25" drive bay, without the need for major case surgery.

Re:Oh, the humanity! (1)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167716)

Not all geeks are.. well.. geeks. Here in crappy ole Iowa, we recently had our first really big lan party. I saw ALOT of case mods. When I talked to the kids that had done the mods, most of them didn't know what linux was, and couldn't do much with their box other than word proccessing, play quake, and IRC/IM. *shrugs* The world changed somewhere along the line.

Re:Oh, the humanity! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167823)

Sorry, but kids who don't know what Linux is and are as limited in their PC usage as you describe are definitely not geeks. Hell, I bet none of them even smelled like week-old pizza.

Re:Oh, the humanity! (0)

DirtyTroll (566579) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167985)

I shit on your haircut.

An Iowa lan party isn't much of a step up from wrestling greased pigs, is it, farmboy?

You are +1 insightful. Thanks for posting.

Yahoo has a stroy about it too. (-1)

by FortKnox on (563942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167497)

Check it out here! [slashdot.org]

Re:Yahoo has a stroy about it too. (-1)

by FortKnox on (563942) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167509)

Screwed it up... [yahoo.com]

Bump the idle up? (1)

Thakandar2 (260848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167501)

If this means what I think it does, I'm going to have to bump up the idle of my Windows machine just like I did in my Honda. It just kept dieing when nothing was happening...

Or would it be the other way around, and I'd redline every time the BSOD pops up? Maybe thats when I miss a gear, I know that messes up my RPM's big time.

Useless for my DUAL MP1900, When will offer (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167502)

Useless for my DUAL CPU AMD 1900, When will they offer support of two tach meters.

I guess if you have one cpu this might be cool, but not if it uses a lame way of judging unutilized cpu time.

Supporting most of the common OSs instead of the ones they offer now would be good, but if they cant, then at least offer source example for systems developers to write driver code to support it.

Could be fun on Macs too.

But with dual CPUs you might as well just use screen based utilities.

Re:Useless for my DUAL MP1900, When will offer (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167551)

Actually, you don't need two... a single tach wih dual needles would look much cooler!

Re:Useless for my DUAL MP1900, When will offer (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167589)

Her is the solution for you : put it in your ass and say "I'm a big faggot"

already slashdotted :( (1)

CProgrammer98 (240351) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167505)

What I can see of the website, it looks dreadful, but that could be because of the gazillion mySQL errors he's got plastered all over the page. Very unprofessional looking. Looks like his config can't handle more than a few database connections.

Anyone get a mirror ?

Re:already slashdotted :( (1)

shayera (518168) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167518)

I didn't even get mySQL errors, I was just left
sitting on that oh so informative IE error,
telling me the site has gone byebye, is not to
be found, I might have mistyped it etc..
Ah well, probably the guys are sitting looking at the revs on their webserver, going 'whoaaah' :)

Re:already slashdotted :( (1)

qubezz (520511) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167571)

Bet that mySQL server is hitting the redline right now!

Re:already slashdotted :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167771)

Those aren't mySQL erorrs. Due to the slashdotting, his tachometer spun so fast his computer flew away.

Re:already slashdotted :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167852)

haha, no the site is down, the hosting is down fokking hwgn.

btw this is the owner speaking of burnoutpc.com

Schweete! (4, Funny)

Chuqmystr (126045) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167506)

But when will they come out with those little tripple-gang under-dash mounting gauge thingies that were so prevalant in POS pickup trucks and Cameros all throughout the '70s and '80s? And just what would they measure? CPU and case temp and voltage? What's next, Pep Boys and Napa Auto stores end up with a cheesy PC hop-ups isle? Oh the humanity!

/sbin/fsck -U micro$oft

your .sig is gay (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167523)

bash-2.00$ echo micro$oft micro what about attaching an heavy stone to your neck before diving in some deep lake ?
(preferably in North America where the resulting pollution will positively affect your widow's stock options)

Gah! (3, Funny)

Neon Spiral Injector (21234) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167507)

So what does this have a big assed shift light, even though you're driving an automatic transmission? There are enough "riced" out cars around now. Leave the computers alone. This in no way adds performance.

Add a turbo or nitrous oxide, overclock or supercool. Not these useless mods.

P.S. It is RPM, not RPMs, and expecially not RPM's.

Re:It's not RPMs (5, Funny)

scorcherer (325559) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167527)

$ rpm -qa|wc -l
573

Dunno about the rev/min, but my PC has 573 RPMs.

MOD THIS UP (I know you won't - am I evil ? ;-) (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167543)

minus wc, yes...
why don't you just let adults troll instead of trying to get their attention ?

mods on crack !? (-1 : Pathetic) (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167550)

this was *not* funny and whoever wanted it to be modded up was...
Aw.. shit.
OK, I admit, I *am* scorcherer and I didn't desserve such shitmess (+1 : goatse)

Maybe I'd get some mod points if I played on words...
"Anal Taco-meter" someone ? ;-)

Re:Gah! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167562)

and especially (not expecially)...

Re:Gah! (1)

jlanng (130635) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167568)

RPM's is more correct that RPMs, but yeah both are wrong. - J

Re:Gah! (-1, Offtopic)

ahertz (68721) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167693)

What? No!<br><br>
<a href="http://www.angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif">ht tp://www.angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif</a>

Re:Gah! (0, Offtopic)

micromoog (206608) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167731)

There are enough "riced" out cars...

Just because you drive an obsolete stock Mazda with a high-output yet delicate-as-eggshells Wankel engine, you feel you have the right to make racist comments about other cars?

Holly s**t (0)

fabiolrs (536338) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167511)

Next step on PC mods are Nitros for extra power (aka overclock)!!! ;))

Excellent News (-1)

l33t j03 (222209) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167519)

Currently supported in Windows NT/2000/XP, a GNU/Linux driver is in the works

This line could be attached to every single commercial software release, forever. Much like stability, speed, a decent web browser, a decent relational database, security, tech support, a good file system, etc., everything in Open Source is always either 'in the works' or 'available in the next release'.

You people have bullshit in spades.

Idea I researched last year... (4, Interesting)

Niles_Stonne (105949) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167520)

I thought that this would be a rather interesting project to do, but never really got around to making one.

On Windows something like this is quite simple, as all of the information is available in HKEY_DYNAMIC_DATA (think that's the one). A driver for it would simply need to poll the value(s) of interest and output them to the serial port.

On the hardware side of things a simple D/A converter could be used to convert the data to a position for the gauge. Perhaps add some memory or a random function to it so that it would maintain a level or have a nice little "bounce" to it.

Note that ANY dynamic information could be displayed on it, not just processor usage. I thought about getting one of those old rotary switches and mounting it next to the guage, allowing me to select different things to watch on it. After all, processor useage on my system is rather unexciting - it's been pegged at 100% for over the last year. You could track disk useage, netword throughput(really useful), or any number of other values. For a listing of them look in the "Performance Monitor"(?) application on windows 9x/Me.

Re:Idea I researched last year... (1)

iusty (104688) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167603)

On Linux something like this is quite simple, as all the information is available in /proc/stat (with per-cpu information for SMP boxes). A driver for it would simply need to poll the value(s) of interest and output them to the serial port. :)

Other external monitoring tools? (2)

Mattygfunk (517948) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167534)

This could start a whole new line of pc monitoring tools.

How about a cpu temperature gauge for overclockers.
or
A cpu odometer to give a running tally of exactly how many clock cycles it has done over its lifetime.

Coming soon to a ThinkGeek ad near you.

Re:Other external monitoring tools? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167569)

I am thinking more a steam pressure or a BTU guage for the old Althon.

BTU = British Thermal Unit

Re:Other external monitoring tools? (1)

tps12 (105590) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167595)

How about a cpu temperature gauge for overclockers.

Or just Athlon owners who live someplace warm.

A cpu odometer to give a running tally of exactly how many clock cycles it has done over its lifetime.

That would be cool. I'd estimate normal workplace use at 1GHz * 9 hours * 1% average usage * 260 days =~ 850 Gcycles/yr. So you'd probably want to measure it in Mcycles, so you can see the numbers move.

Re:Other external monitoring tools? (2)

daniel_isaacs (249732) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167686)

When I was using BeOS on a regular basis, I would just turn oneof the CPUs off when it got too warm. God I miss that OS.

Re:Other external monitoring tools? (1)

CProgrammer98 (240351) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167625)

Windas users can get a mouse odometer [introspectsoftware.com] that measures how far your mouse has travelled in whatever units you chose, as well as measuring things like how far your mose has climed various famous tall landmarks. Fun for a while.

PAGE WIDENING CRAPFLOOD! SUCK IT DOWN! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167544)

THE PAGE WIDENING CRAPFLOOD WILL CONTINUE UNTIL JAMIE FIXES THE BUG [sourceforge.net] . Should take
him all of about 5 minutes. Why wont he do it?


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"Linux" driver, not "GNU/Linux" driver (4, Funny)

Frothy Walrus (534163) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167548)

since drivers deal with the kernel and not userspace apps, RMS can keep his grubby little mitts of this one. i'd call it a "Linux" driver.

Re:"Linux" driver, not "GNU/Linux" driver (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167591)

If it's serial port, the driver is done in userland. Duh.

Re:"Linux" driver, not "GNU/Linux" driver (2)

Snootch (453246) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167817)

If it's serial port, the driver is done in userland. Duh.

Not necessarily. Just to name the first example I can think of, the parallel-port printer driver (lp) is in kernel-space. It just uses the low-level parport hooks. I would guess that this would be kernel-level too, as that would also be more expandable (other things, like CPU temp, etc, that it's easier to get from inside the kernel, unless you want to mess with /proc, but by that time it's a userland daemon, not a driver).

Fluctuation (4, Interesting)

1984 (56406) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167557)

Erm, wouldn't this thing be sat there twitching the whole time?

CPU usage fluctuates from near zero to 100% depending on what your box is up to, and a subsecond basis. Surely this'd only be good for a machine with a fairly constant load?

Re:Fluctuation (1)

justinstreufert (459931) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167687)

How about averaging it over several seconds? That's what uptime(1) does.

If you did, like, 5 or 10 seconds, you'd have a good idea of what was going on without the needle constantly slamming into the limits. (If you think about it, on the lowest level, CPU usage is either 100% or 0% all the time...)

Justin

Re:Fluctuation (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167747)

I kinda thought that was the whole point: you monitor the load in near real-time, you know, like most CPU monitors. It's not like a speedometer, though it'd be funny to see an odometer attached to the hard drives to see how much life is left on the cylinders! :)

Re:Fluctuation (1)

Ramadog (535075) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167776)

I made a cpu load indicator for my server using 10 leds driven by a spare printer port. The code I wrote samples every second then sets the appropriate number of leds. It is setup so the leds stay on for that period. This gets rid of any transients in the cpu load while giving a usefull indication of the load.

YMMV (4, Funny)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167558)

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase
"Your Mileage May Vary" now doesn't it? ;)

NO, it doesn't... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167931)

It's a tachometer, not an odometer.

Been there, done that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3167575)

Me and some mates made some for fun several years ago. We used tachmeters we found in junkyards, you're better off making one yourself rather than buying it, don't be a wimp.

One small flaw... (5, Insightful)

Daniel Rutter (126873) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167577)

I have, of course, just attempted to scam one of these to review on my site [dansdata.com] (most recent pointless case-mod widget review on Dan's Data: this one [dansdata.com] ), but I can't help but think that there's a basic flaw in the idea.

Namely - aren't most modders and overclockers running the distributed.net [distributed.net] client, or some similar background task, which keeps our CPU utilisation at 100% all the time?

I could draw a tachometer on the front of this PC, and it'd be 100% accurate :-).

SELF PROMOTION - MOD DOWN ! (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167592)

And BTW, pc modders are rice boys [riceboy.com] !

Re:One small flaw... - nope: just drop nice part (1)

reneky (31046) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167641)

At least for the linux version, you'd just drop the nice part of the cpu usage. With dnetc running at nice priority it would still be relevant.

Re:One small flaw... (1)

bkhl (189311) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167893)

It would be simple to modify the driver to not count that particular process. (Provided source is provided.)

It only goes to 8! (5, Funny)

Performer Guy (69820) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167580)

I want one that goes to eleven.

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/9177/

burnoutpc's tachometer (2, Funny)

MrSpiff (515611) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167593)

burnoutpc's tachometer must be going warm now, they've been slashdotted :/

HP and toptools (1)

gruntvald (22203) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167600)

to my amazement, when I first started checking toptools, I was able to connect to an HP server and not only see it's load remotely, I could check the CPU temperature.

How to build your own? (2)

Hanno (11981) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167617)

I have to admit - I have *no* knowledge
whatsoever about car electronics; I don't even
have a car.

But I like this idea. Is it possible to build such
a unit oneself using a standard analog RPM display?

some follow-up mods (4, Funny)

mlas (165698) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167635)

  • a dipstick that measures free RAM by the depth of brown viscous goo
  • a peep [sourceforge.net] plug-in that makes revving noises as cpu cycles increase, and the sound of burning rubber when an app is launched
  • and heck, why not a temperature gauge with a probe attached to the CPU for all you overclockers out there?


If this keeps up, it won't be long before you start seeing aftermarket replacement chips to improve your computer's performance... oh, wait...

Re:some follow-up mods (1)

glennk2001 (522682) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167728)

and how about a manual transmission shifter box to switch from regular/turbo?

Re:some follow-up mods (1)

selfish (230525) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167800)

Hey, did those older computers with "Turbo" switches actually DO anything? And if so, why wouldn't you want your computer to be running as fast as possible anyway?

The Turbo button always kinda frustrated me, but it made a light go on and off, so the entertainment from that negated the frustration. :-)

Re:some follow-up mods (1)

cybergibbons (554352) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167824)

Turbo was the normal state (the rated processor speed), and the other setting was slower. This was to allow programs from older computers that used clock cycles as a timing mechanism to work on newer PCs.

Try playing any 286 game on a Athlon or P3 and you will see the problem.

turbo switches (2)

hawk (1151) | more than 12 years ago | (#3168010)

The first couple of turbo switches even made sense--they could drop you back down to the 4.77 clock of the original pc. After that, though,thy tended to just drop you back about 25% from full clock.


Early games relied on loops and instruction execution for timing--they knew how long something would take, and how much time had elapsed b y where they were in the code. Double the clock, and things ran (roughly) twice as fast, making interactive games hard or impossible.


I'm not sure this made it into the 286 perio, but if someone figured that that was as fast as desktop/home machines were going to get . . . (i.e., believed the line that the 386 was only for servers, ever . . .)


hawk

Shifting (1)

Chayce (199487) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167702)

Great so I now know when I can shift games without redlining my CPU

I have this vision (2)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167750)

Of getting one of those add on guage clusters sitting on top of my monitor with a cpu tach, a hours guage (hours of CPU usage), and a temp guage.

I can finally get back at all those old folks I work with who scoff at me when I say that tweeking your computer is the same thing they did 30 years ago when they messed with their cars.

What would be nice... (4, Interesting)

tom_newton (179430) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167784)

..is a USB version - advantages being: No serial-port theft (I use all of mine, ta!) and if you have internal USB headers there'd be no shonky cabling out back. Bonanza.

I wonder if there's a USB device class for this sort of thing?

ls /dev/usb/wasteoftime/ ;)

Might be a bad idea (2)

mikeage (119105) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167785)

I dunno... I like to keep my CPU relatively stations... seems even 1 RPM could lead to some rather twisted pins, unless the case was spinning too... and wouldn't any high velocity rotation be bad for the drives? Plus, who would want a spinning computer? ;)

What will they think of next? (1, Redundant)

cecil36 (104730) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167822)

Now that we have the CPU tachometer, I wonder if we are any closer to making computer cases look like car dashboards. I'm wondering if it would be possible to:
  • wire a mouse to an odometer to measure miles traveled
  • put a temperature gauge on the case to measure the heat inside
  • use a fuel gauge to measure free disk space

Next thing you know, Kelley Blue Book [kbb.com] will be adding computers to their price lists.

Deja vu all over again (5, Interesting)

Observer (91365) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167828)

(Warning: contains nostalgia ;)

Old-timers among us still remember the days when mainframe consoles had lamps indicating the mode the processor was operating in. The old Univac machines used to have a green indicator for "guard mode" (unprivileged user mode) which was typically quite dimly lit but would flash into prominence when a compute-intensive task was active - or when a program was wedged in a tight loop. After you'd worked with one of these machines for a while, you got used to the behaviour of the lamps and of the rows of Blinkenlights on the maintainance panels and took notice if the patterns looked abnormal: quite often this was your first warning that something was going wrong that would need investigation later.

To return somewhat to the topic, I remember working in the late 1970's on an prototype of the first of these mainframe systems that lacked the customary indicator lamps. I was puzzled for a while by a cheap analog 'Vu' meter balanced on top of one of the cabinets, with a few components soldered to its connectors and a couple of wires trailing back inside: one was clipped to the frame, the other to one of the many wire-wrap pins on the processor back-panel. The meter didn't seem to do anything, but all became clear when I was running a compilation a day or so later: the meter reading went up to 80 percent or so for seconds at a time. Yes, an ingenious engineer had worked out how to fit a guard-mode indicator to the new range machines; sadly, it never made it to the production models and a little piece of computing history came to an end.

Of course, today I run the Windows task manager so I can tell when the braindead browser on this company-issue PC is wedged and must be killed and restarted. So much for progress.

Just like my car! (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167891)

Now my Window$ machine can flash a "Service Engine Soon" light at me. I'll have to put some black tape over it to fix it...

That's nice, but... (4, Funny)

dracvl (541254) | more than 12 years ago | (#3167989)

...the really cute thing about the case mod was the Pac-man eating the reset button and LEDs.

Check out the picture [yimg.com] :)

Ack! RPM not RPM's or RPMs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3168002)

RPM = revolutions per minute

Doesn't revolutions per minutes sound pretty stupid? How about revolutions per minute's.
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