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Comment Coworkers... (Score 1) 94

My coworkers would burn me at the stake or worse for overclocking one of our work machines.

They're mostly Dual Socket 2011 with as many cores as possible, and all the memory they can hold.

Not really conducive to cranking around on stuff, lol.

The computer is the cheapest part of that setup; the software is over 100k a seat, the guy in the seat, much more, lol.

OTOH, My personal gaming PC has been running an i7-3930k at 4.7GHz since about 2011 until now on a heat pipe cooler, ~63ÂC max.

I bought myself a closed water cooling system for Xmas, 3x120mm Fans and radiator to match.

I'm going to see if I can get my system to hit 5Ghz; if it dies, I have an excuse to upgrade. :)

Comment Disks... (Score 1) 201

The 5.25" 360k Full height Single sided drives that were in the OG IBM XT computers could put twice as much on a Double Sided Disk, if you cut the notch on the opposite side of the case.

As was said, you couldn't write to the other side of the disk without cutting a notch out of the case. :)

The capacity of the drives went to 1.2MB, Still single sided, then 720k and 2.44MB, just before the conversion of pretty much everything to 3.5" disks.

One thing I've noticed; 30 years in, some of my old 5.25 disks read just fine, few of the newer 3.5 disk set worked. :)

Comment Re:Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. (Score 1) 275

Mercury is a bummer, but if you want bright colors, you want some mercury vapor in there as a charge carrier.

The fun gas is Helium; it's a beautiful orange color.

It's used as a cooling gas; one of the rules I learned was "If you see your equipment glowing bright orange, Don't open the door to the lab!" :)

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