Please note that this blog is still being expanded on. When a completed version is published we will inform you! Feel free to read the run-down so far and get your Twoolr account but be aware that not every feature has been covered.

Yesterday, I was checking my TweetStats as I do most days just to keep up on what was going on, how well I am doing and just to make sure my addiction to Twitter had not died. I have always liked TweetStats as it is quick, convenient, aesthetically pleasing and intuitive! Until now I have not found anything that remotely compares. All other sites either do not have as much data and detail in the statistics; do not have nice, easy to understand graphs; and do not cover as many stats as TweetStats does.

The new player is called Twoolr. I managed to get access to the private beta and here is my review (if you want your access to the private beta read to the end of this blog).

Twoolr requires that you login with oauth whereas TweetStats allows you to just type your username in. Each has their induvidual advantages. By just being able to type any user name it saves time and cuts out the need to login; it means you can check the stats for other people; and it means you can access your stats anywhere (even where twitter is blocked). However, using oAuth gains the advantages of being able to access private data that TweetStats cannot.

First use of Twoolr (understandably) takes some time to start loading tweets. This is common with statistical sites as they need to crawl back through your tweets to gather as much data as possible. Unfortunately sites are limited to only being able to find a maximum of 3200 tweets thanks to the Twitter API Limits. This is a bit annoying for me as I have almost 10 times this limit in tweets; when I sign up for a new service like this, I would love for it to go all the way back. Since it does not do this my stats only cover a few days and I cannot explore all the features.

Image showing a progress bar that you are presented with when you first Login

The wait at First Time Login

Once Twoolr has loaded your stats, you are presented with a page where you have 2 choices for types of statistics as well as some basic stats at the top. The two options keep the statistics organised and will be more useful as the site expands to cover more statistics. It does however mean that the site is more complicated and quickly accessing all your stats can be more difficult. One of the nice features of TweetStats is that all you statistical charts about you tweets are on one page; you can view everything all at the same time.

Homepage after logged-in

You are given to areas of stats with some quick stats at the top!

The quick stats that you get on the homepage of Twoolr. Has statistics about Tweets, Tweets/Day, Tweets/Month, Friends, Followers and your Friend/Follower Ratio.

The quick stats that you get on the homepage of Twoolr. Has statistics about Tweets, Tweets/Day, Tweets/Month, Friends, Followers and your Friend/Follower Ratio.

Before going any deeper into the site, let’s see what we get with those quick stats. On the left you get stats about how many tweets you have and how often you tweet. This is based off of the number of tweets you have and the time since the date you registered to twitter so is an all-time average. For me these are statistics that I like to see. Although TweetStats do show the same statistical information, you have to wait 8 hour before you can update it, whereas on Twoolr, I have noticed that the statistic are update instantly which is a nice feature (as long as it is not wasting API calls on every page load – if it is then there should be a certain amount of time that the information is cached for so that it does not steal API calls).

On the right hand side of this, you get stats about your friends (people you follow), followers and a friend to follow ratio. Friends and followers can both be viewed on you twitter page without going to Twoolr, but is nice to have that quick reference. The feature, I do like is the friend to follower ratio. Not many sites have this but this is important if you want to be a credible Twit; the higher the number the more credible you will be seen to be. This information also updates with the other information when you load the page!

To better utilise this information, I think Twoolr should introduce statistics with a day-by-day graphs to show Tweets per day (average), Tweets per month (average) and information about followers and friends. The Tweets per Day and per Month statistics would show a daily graph of how you have affected the value of each on that day. This is a feature I have not seen anywhere before and would be unique to Twoolr.

For the statistics for friends and followers, both of these could be put on the same graph using the left hand axis with the friend to follow ration overlaid using the right hand axis. This may be very complicated to achieve and might look messy but I think that would work well. Another graph I think would work well would be a scatter graph with values taken from each day after signing up with followers on one axis and friends on the other axis. This would allow people to view if there is a correlation between how many followers they have and how many people are following them.

In the usage statistics, there are 4 sections for statistics: Frequence, Repartition, Clouds and Clients Used. To view each of the sections they must be expanded. This (in my opinion) is a bit of a pain and unnecessary, however there is the show all option.

The Usage Statistics page

The Usage Statistics page

The first section, Frequence (probably better named Frequency), shows how much you have been tweeting recently. This is similar to the TweetStats view that you would get when zoomed into a specific month. I would like to check what the graph would look like zoomed out further but at the moment there are not enough statistics on me for this to be possible!

Chart showing my Tweets, ReTweets and Replies per day.

Chart showing my Tweets, ReTweets and Replies per day.

There are a few things that I particularly like about this graph that makes it better than the one found on TweetStats. The first point is that it breaks it down into Tweets, ReTweets and Replies so you can see a more precise picture of what sort of tweets you are sending. Secondly I prefer the interactive graph over the click to zoom funtion on TweetStats. The interactive chart means you can pick a very specific data range and also zoom in/out to see the data in a way that best suits your needs. One thing about this graph is that I cannot help but think of Google stats which use the same graphs. 😛

The next statistics are in the “Repartition” section (which would probably be better named “Distibution”). This section has 4 sub-sections and shows the accumulation of all tweets logged at different times (hours of the day, days of the week, weeks of the year and months of the year). I find these sorts of statistics helpful when you want to analyse when you tweet in general rather than in a specific space of time.

Graph showing the number of tweets sent at each hour of the day

Tweets sent at hours of the day

Above is the graph showing how many tweets you have sent in all the time that twoolr has been logging at each hour of the day. This graph is available on TweetStats as a bar graph (which I feel is more appropriate) but it does not have as much detail. Like other graphs, this graph is spilt into Tweets, RTs and Replies. Similar data is shown for the days of the week, weeks of the year and months of the year.

Graph showing tweets made on Months of the Year

Months of the Year

Graph showing tweets made on Weeks of the Year

Weeks of the Year

Graph showing tweets made on Months of the Year

Months of the Year

Unfortunately, despite the fact you are given lots of statistics as shown above there is no way to find out exactly how many tweets you sent in a specific Week, Month or Year. TweetStats’ main graph shows how many tweets are sent in a specific month which can be zoomed into to see a specific day. Twoolr currently only provide tweets on specific days (in their Frequence section). In the Frequence section I feel that (like in the Repartition section) there could be choices at the top for Day, Week, Month and Year.

The next section of this page is the Clouds section. Clouds are a service that many websites offer so it was interesting to see how Twoolr would use these. Most sites build a cloud then display it to you and that’s it; Twoolr however continues to build on that customisability of data so that you can find exactly what you want.

An example of a Term Cloud

A Term Cloud (Also includes Hashtags and Replies)

Bellow the Cloud type option and above the actual cloud you will notice a bar with two sliders on it. You can adjust those sliders accordingly to set the number of occurrence of the words in the cloud; for example, above it is set to “50-100” so any terms in the cloud will have been mentioned between 50 and 100 times in your stream. This helps you quickly adjust your cloud to get the terms you want. For example, by lowing the limit you get rid of commonly used words like “a” “the” or in my case “:)” (clearly because I am such a happy person :P). By increasing the minimum, you get rid of a lot of words that have been used just once. To properly analyse the cloud, you must adjust these to your needs otherwise you are shown too many results. Here is an example with a slightly wider range (10-1237):

An example of a large Term Cloud

A large Term Cloud (Also includes Hashtags and Replies)

The reason I went with 10 as the base for the query is that if you go any lower the cloud can get ridiculously big! As mentioned you also get your “Hashtag Cloud” and “Reply Cloud” which are pretty self explanatory. The Hashtag cloud shows you most used hashtags and the reply cloud show who you mention most (rather than just who you reply to).

An example of a Hashtag Cloud

A Hashtag Cloud

An example of a Reply Cloud

A Reply Cloud

One great feature about the Clouds on Twoolr is that once you find an interesting item in the cloud, you can then click on it and get a cloud generated for tweets which contain that term, hashtag or reply. This is a great feature for going into deep analysis of your tweets. If I were to use this I would use it for analysing the tweets (and getting a cloud) for my tweets that mention a specific user to see what sort of terms you use when communicating with them.

The last thing in the Usage Statistics are the “Clients Used” stats; this is a fairly basic stats that is also found on TweetStats. This pie chart simply shows which clients you use for interacting with twitter and what proportion of you overall tweets they consume. On TweetStats this is displayed in a bar graph but I think that a pie chart is more appropriate. One thing I would like is the ability to find out an exact figure for the number of tweets sent with each. Currently you can hover over a segment and get the percentage that it takes up but not an exact value (on TweetStats it is the opposite); it would be nice to be able to see both!

A pie chart showing which clients I use most

Clients Used

Although I have mentioned various times about RTs being shown, Twoolr, shares a common bug with TweetStats; it only classifies old style RTs as a ReTweet and does not include the new-style RTs which is a bit annoying but will be fixed soon enough, I hope. Another issue where RTs and Replies are shown separated is the Tweets statistic; in my opinion the Tweets statistic should not include replies and RTs if they are separately accounted for but they appear to do so.

You may have notice that through this rundown of Twoolr, some of the terminology on the site is not in perfect English. This is because the site is designed by a French man but I am sure that with time and user feedback these minor issues will be ironed out. This does not impact the user as they can fully understand what is being written about.

Another bug that is consistent through out the site is that whenever a username that has numbers in it is used, that stats will show the username only up to the point where the numbers begin. For example, “@person123” would be displayed as “@person”. This can cause some confusion and should be fixed.

Overall, I feel that although TweetStats is more feature rich at the moment and that I do preffer it, that since Twoolr is still in Beta that there is a long way to come and that when Twoolr goes public that it will be an overall better website to be able to privately check your statistics on but for sharing purposes, TweetStats wins as it requires no authentication to view stats.

I have been generously given 30 tokens (invites) to give to 30 of my readers! If you want access what you have to do is quite simple:

  1. Ensure you are following me, @flungo, on twitter (it will not work unless you are and you should be following me anyway).
  2. Follow this link
  3. Click “Sign In”
  4. Check out Twoolr 🙂

It is that simple! If you have any problems or comments please leave them bellow. If you have any recommendations or feature requests also leave them bellow and I can pass them on! Let me know what you think of the site!

I will update this blog as i discover new things or changes take place so watch this space.

When viewing this blog post, you may notice something slightly different. If you cannot work out what it is, it is that the blog is now wider! Rather than being 800 pixels wide, it is now 1024 pixels wide. This extra width gives more space for photos and videos and allows a more immersive experience when reading my blog posts. Please let me know your thoughts by commenting and taking part in this poll:

I have good news to announce! The Facebook page is now up and running and has been set up to automatically post new items onto this page! There was a bit of trouble getting this working as most Facebook WordPress Plugins would only update profiles and not pages. I eventually found the solution and this feature is now running so that you can get the latest updates from my blog on your Facebook News Feed! All you need to do is go to my page and become a fan!

As well as this, there is also a new dedicated Twitter profile for all site updates to be posted on. This provides a few advantages for the site! First of all, if you want updates from my site without all my other updates, then follow this account and blog updates is all you will get! Secondly, my main twitter account is regularly in TwitJail which makes me apprehension about blogging at these times and the update will not be posted, however with a seperate account it is near impossible for this to happen and it means that when my main account is out of TwitJail I can ReTweet the post when I am out!

Please follow the new Twitter profile and become a fan on Facebook!

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Today has been an extremely productive day here on my blog! I should be in school but thanks to the snow, I have not been in school after the first day that I returned on Tuesday. Earlier today, I was thinking about my blog and trying to think of ways to make my URL shorter so that when my tweets are ReTweeted on twitter and shared that the URL links do not take up as many characters. While pondering over this I tried to come up with some clever short URLS but everything I could think of was taken or too expensive due to an expensive TLD.

I then realised that the short URL that I should have is so simple, and has been quite obvious for quite a while. On most social networking sites,  I use the username flungo which is short, simple and appropriate to me (the ‘f’ is for Fabrizio and the ‘lungo’ is from Lungo, which when put together makes Fabrizio Lungo which is my name :P) so I purchased the domains, and (the .info one was simply because the domain was cheap) .

I have now set those domains up so that they all redirect to (which you are presumably reading this blog on) as I have already built up a lot of SEO with the current domain and do not want to loose that by having multiple domains all hosting the same blog, or by changing the default domain. I have also set up (the shortest of the 3 domains) as my URL shortening base! All tweets that are posted on my twitter account from this blog will be using that shortened URL from now on! I will also be working to integrate this into other parts of the site including with the tweetmeme plugin that is used on the site. I hope to also make short permalink available so that readers can share the blog posts with the respective short URL!

This is the first post that should be tweeted using the URL Shortener so this is actually a test post; hopefully it works 🙂

UPDATE: It appeared to tweet correctly however I have now modified the format of the tweet that is posted to make it clearer!

A little bit late but all my blog posts are late at the moment! Since this is late I will make this post about twitter lists as quick as I can! If you have not seen this new feature on twitter, a list is basically a group which you can make with a bunch of people in it and it will create another timeline for all these people. Other people can then follow these lists and you can follow other people’s lists but what is the point in lists and what can you use them for?

For the person making the list there are 2 main purposes (that I can see):

  • Organisation – You can organise the people you follow on twitter into groups so that it is easy to keep up to date with certain things. You may already use grouping methods in other applications and this is a brilliant way for doing the same but through the twitter website. This can also be handy when needing to find people in a certian group or when you only want to know what your friend are up to.
  • Keeping your timeline clean – I don’t know about you but I am following a lot of rubbish on twitter and it takes up so many of my API calls in applications like @TweetDeck or @PocketTwit, therefore limiting the amount of useful tweets I can see and wasting my time by making me have to skip all of the useless tweets. By using lists you can move anyone that your following into a list, then view them only when you want to. This will clean up the timeline and make it more relevant! I will definitely be doing this for all the twitter games that I am following as they tend to clog allot of my timeline for no reason; when they are in a list I can view the games when I feel like joining in!

For someone who follows twitter lists:

  • Easy updates – Say for example you liked the news, but you didn’t want to go round following every news twitter user; using lists you could find someone who has compiled a good list of news lists and then follow that. If the creator of the list maintains it then it will also mean that you don’t need to search for more twitter users in the categories you are following lists for.
  • Topic based lists – If you like a specific topic, you will be able to find the perfect list for this. Another person interested in the same things may have already made a list of Twitter users related to that interest and finding a relevant list will save you time; rather than looking for every twitter user related to a topic you like you simply find the list and if it is updated you will always be getting the latest tweets from the latest twitter users in the areas you are interested in!
  • Find Twitter users – By finding relevant lists, you do not have to follow them  but you could look at who is followed in the list and pick and chose the ones you like helping you find new and interesting people to follow.

For someone on a twitter list:

  • Wider exposure – Get your twitter viewed by more people as people view lists that include you. Even if the you are not followed due to a list, if you are followed by a list that is widely followed you will get your tweets read by many people!

I wrote this very quickly and the time where I am is 00:36am, I may improve this tomorrow 😛

UPDATE: I have added a little bit to this post but not that much…. 😛

Yes… You heard me correctly! I want a Blu-Ray Burner that sucks!

No… I don’t one that’s is inadequate or objectionable!

I want a Blu-Ray drive that sucks, like how the PS3 one sucks in the Blu-Ray disk and how the Wii sucks in the DVDs! I have a DVD drive that sucks but I now want a Blu-Ray drive that sucks for my new PC! If anyone can help me find one I would really appreciate it!

Here are my requirements:

  • Needs to play and write Blu-Ray Disks with a minimum of Dual Layer burning capabilities
  • Needs to be silver (or have a faceplate that can be changed to silver)
  • Needs to be cheap
  • Needs to be of the standard 5.25″ form factor
  • Would be nice if it had a blue LED glow like the Wii 😛 but that’s not important!

Please leave your comments with advice and ideas of what I should get!

This blog is a continuation of “Started my New Computer (Day 1) – Booting

After all this the install of windows did complete and there was a happy ending to the story. Well that part at least… There is more mayhem to come but I think I will save the crazy antics of Day 2 for another blog post!

You will probably glad to hear that the rest of this story is just about a few more successes I had and about some of the plans for the future :)! This is not one of those sarcastic sentences whereby I am lying to you just so that I can tell you in the next sentence that you would be stupid to believe anything bad was yet to happen. I had done what I wanted to do for Day 1 and so the rest is just other additional bits and bobs which I did to upgrade hardware!

After using the windows XP computer for about an hour (I hadn’t played with Windows XP in so long… well not one that I was an administrator on :P), I looked at the specifications for the computer and thought about what other upgrade I could make. I then remembered about some DDR400 RAM that I had bought about 2 years ago and never used (pretty much still in the packet). I ripped open the computer, checked the specifications of the motherboard and what do you know? Not only would I be increasing the Ram to 2GB but I would also be improving the speed of the RAM. For some reason there was DDR333 RAM installed in a computer that could support up to DDR400? :S

This upgrade was simple and was done quickly enough to a good level of satisfaction! Would have been nice if I had another stick of RAM as the 2x 1GB sticks I put in only filled 2 of the 3 slots. Before any of you smart-arses say, “Why don’t you put in one of those old 256MB modules?” there was a very good reason not to. Not only is 256MB not really worth it but the older modules were DDR333 and since all 3 of the RAM slots where on the same channel that would result in the 2 DDR400 having to run at a 333Mhz bus speed.

The final upgrade I made on day one was replace that old NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 with a nicer (but not amazing by any stretch of the imagination) ATI Radeon 9250!

All that was left to do now was plan what I would do next.

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This is a continuation of “Started my New Computer (Day 1) – Case Modding

After I had done all the superficial bits of putting in the lights, it was time to get down to business! I first had to get the computer to successfully boot! Without that, the computer could do nothing (that is debatable to be honest… I mean you could sit there staring at the BIOS for a few hours… Yeah, that sounds like fun :P)!

The problem when booting was that the computer would complain about some .ini file being missing. To me the simple solution to this was to re-install windows… well… supposedly, that would be an easy option! I put in the Windows XP disk, turned on the computer, waited and was ended up back in the same position. I then presumed that the boot order was different to how I normally have PCs set-up (which is with HDD as the last thing to boot) so I manually selected the CD Drive as the drive to boot. I got exactly the same thing. This baffled me… From previous installs of XP, the screen should have blacked out and a message saying something along the lines of, “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD…” You would then press any key and the installation would start. From what I could see, this was not happening so my next presumption was that the CD drive was not working.

I thought to myself when deciding to swap but the drives, “If it is the drives then we have hit 2 birds with one stone and if not, I was going to have to replace the drives anyway because beige and silver, really do not go!”. I knew I had one drive that had interchangeable faceplates of which I had the faceplates store in a box in my loft and I thought that the drive matching these faceplates was in an old Asus barebones PC that I bought a couple of years back! This however was not the case; when I got downstairs with the faceplates and the drive I discovered that the drive was not the one that went with the faceplates.

At first my thought were, “Oh no!” as I had already gone to the effort of removing drives but after returning to my loft, digging around and finding the correct drive, I was quite please and I now had 2 drives to put in! I changed the faceplate on the soon to be silver drive and slid it in; the perfect colour! I now knew that when I get round to buying the BD drive I want for this PC that it would have to be silver. The black drive didn’t fit in so well but it was satisfactory for my needs which was to get the computer going again!

After all this I was almost certain it would work but if you are catching the trend in this blog you will realise nothing is ever that simple! I was getting the exact same problem… but then… I noticed something!!! The message I had been looking for that goes something along the lines of, “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD…” was appearing, but just not on its own page! It was appearing on the second page of the BIOS boot screens. Quickly I hit the “m” key (well I dunno which letter it was for sure but you get the idea; I pressed the first key i could get to).

Was this it? Had I finally got the Windows XP CD to boot up?

No… of course not! I tried this again, and again! It must have been at least 7 times that I tried  and nothing was happening. My thought process at the time was this:

  1. I can use the keyboard on the first page of the boot and in the BIOS settings as well as the boot selector so it cannot be a problem with the keyboard.
  2. The only thing that has changed on the second page is that the system has detected the the Hard Drives and is about to try and boot it
  3. So it must be some sort of issue with the Hard Drive!!!

I then had a little think and remembered about another 120GB (well this one was 122.9GB for some stupid reason) that I had in my bedroom! It was being used in my Media Player (which I rarely use anyway) so I went and got that, swapped over the drives and prayed it would work. Once again the same thing :(! At this point I was getting quite frustrated with the computer and was nearing the point where I would give up for the night when I went back and looked at the thought process I had used and tried to work out where I could have gone wrong!

Then suddenly it clicked! I made a big mistake by ruling out the keyboard as a problem in part 1 of my thought process! The keyboard I was using was USB and for some reason the system could regonise it on the first part of the boot but no on the second :S. All I had to do then to correct this was go and get a PS/2 keyboard! How hard could that be? Right?

Very hard actually! I spent 20 minutes searching for one that was not being used when I gave up and decided to nick (if you want to get all technical about it, it was borrowed because the keyboard has now been returned) the one from my loft sever! I gave the server my roll-up keyboard (which I recently discover was also inflatable) and stole the PS/2 keyboard.

Was that the solution I had been looking for? Yes! It worked, hooray :D! Well, it was clearly plain sailing from there onwards. If you beleived that last sentence I really do not think you have been paying attention to the sarcastic tone of this blog post where nothing can go right or be simple!

I followed the installation and it all looked like it was going well. Windows copied the files extremely quickly and efficiently and then restarted with no trouble at all! 🙂 The next part of the automated installation also went surprisingly well. But then, from out of nowhere, like a brick wall hitting me in the face I reached the product serial page. If you have ever installed windows or any other software that uses these sort of serials, you will know how easy it is to make mistakes. I read the code of the faded sticker, and typed slowly, “ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST-UVWXY” (what? you think I would actually give you my real serial? haha!). Quite pleased with the progress I had made I click next.

Then the computer said, “The serial you have entered is not valid!”

I tried again and as you may have guessed the computer said, “The serial you have entered is not valid!”

It took nearly 45 minutes to work out the serial and enter it and in the end it was all down to the letter “Q” – that bit isn’t actually made up, it was definitely “Q” causing the issues as I had typed it an “O” – I had been playing with ever other letter for the last 45 minutes except for this one “Q”! I even restarted the install twice thinking that was the problem.

After this I continued the install and go to the networking section of the install. I naturally chose for the computer to be part of a domain, entered all the information then realised, “I have no network connected to this computer, how will it find the server?” Doh! I am such a wally (or “pleb” as my good friend @MelissaAmbrose_ would say)! To be honest this was not a major problem, just an inconvenience. I carried on the install without a domain but set-up so that I would have to add one later (or just use the system-based Administrator account).

If you are wondering why I had no network it was due to the fact that I was working in my front room (I know… the front room has always been the best workshop) and that I live in a home where hard wiring is impossible and I blown 4 Advent Powerline Ethernet adapter a few months before, but that is another story (the thing you have to remember is that I blew all 4 within a week of them arriving :S).

This blog continues with the the Final Modifications

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This is a continuation of “Started my New Computer (Day 1)

When I started working on this, the first thing that had to be done was kind of obvious… You cannot have a glass window without some cold-cathode strips (which I had conveniently bought months ago with the plan of getting a computer with a glass window). I had an assortment of colours but I did not want to pick anything too garish as that was not the look I was going for. Instead I went for a pale purple. It took me a bit of time to work out the best position (especially when my dad did not like my initial idea) but after an hour, I put the strips in the place I had originally planned for them to go! One strip on the top and one on the bottom of the glass side window, hidden behind solid part of the casing. The effect of these, can be seen in the photos which are further down in this blog.

Attaching these lights actually became more of a problem than I expected. The reason it took so long was because my dad said that he thought I should try and attach the lights, inside the case so when the side panel is removed it is not attached to the main computer through a wire leading the PSU. I looked at every conceivable possibility and there was no way of doing it to get the effect I wanted!

The next problem I encountered with the positioning was where to put the inverter. The location of the inverter, to me this was obvious; there was a is a section of the window where it dips in so that a handle could be put on for sliding the panel open and closed. I instinctively went to put this here but once again, my dad made a comment about the location. Don’t get me wrong, my dad’s suggestions were valid but there was no way of logistically being able to fulfil them and they ended up wasting time.

The final problem I had with the cold-cathode lights was how I would attach them and the inverter. The actual strips of cathode came with little bits of double sided sponge on them, but as a soon found out, the glue that was on these bits of sponge was not the best glue. I resolved this issue by simply putting small cuttings of double sided tape on the bit of sponge. Next I had to attach the inverted in its chose place and this was done, once again using double sided tape, however without the aid of the sponge, the inverter would not stick, until my dad came up with a good idea! By using 6 layers of the double sided tape, I was able to create a little cushion/sponge to allow for movement and moulding of the glue around the shape of the inverter!

After I had done this i booted up and watched the lights come on with a small smile on my face. Unfortunately my sister decided to go out with her friends on this Friday night and she also decided to steal my camera so the only 2 photos I could get at the time I took on my phone and uploaded to Yfrog. Here they are:

A quick pic of the computer I am building with the ambient lights on (links to the Yfrog page)
A quick pic of the computer I am building with the ambient lights off
A quick pic of the computer I am building with the ambient lights off (links to the Yfrog page)

My dad gave one last suggestion which I have no idea if it will help at all, but I have still done it because in theory, it kind of makes sense. There are two fans on the back of the computer which were both running in the same direction (dragging air out of the case) but my dad suggested that one should be reversed so there is an inward flow and outward flow.

Phase one of the build – Complete! The next step now was to get the computer to boot.

Last Friday, I started to build my new computer (which if you follow me on twitter, you would know). However, I was not able to write a blog as my hosting account had been suspended (which you would have already known, if you follow me on twitter or tried to get on any of the FTTGroup’s sites which are hosted on Server 1). So I finally bring to you, my most amazing blog about Day 1 on working on my new PC!

To start of with I will explain what I was working with to start off with! I had inherited an old computer from my Aunt. She was no longer using the PC due to issues with overheating and a corrupted OS but knowing that this could be fixed and that some of the hardware that I would get with the PC could be very useful, I happily accepted the computer. The basic spec of the PC to begin with was as follows:

  • An AMD 3000+ Processor (with a poxy looking little heat sync)
  • 120GB Hard Disk Drive
  • 512MB of DDR333 Ram (2x 256MB)
  • An NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (64-bit, 128MB DDR and a TV out)
  • A Dial-Up Modem (How hi-tech :P)
  • A Corrupted XP Operating System
  • A cheap motherboard and PSU
  • Some basic DVD-Rom drives (Beige)
  • A boring old floppy drive (Beige again)
  • A half decent looking case
  • 2 Tri-Coulor Led Fans

The rest of this blog has now been split into the following sections:

  1. Case Modding
  2. Booting
  3. Final Modifications
  4. What Next?

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