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Building a professional 72TB NAS

Configuration and installation of an HPE ProLiant DL380 server

Nov. 22, 2019
This month I installed a professional HPE ProLiant DL380p server in a datacenter in Amsterdam, read this post to see how this was done!

Over the past few years I have been moving my data and work from local computers (mostly laptops) into the cloud. Cloud computing is done by servers in a datacenter, powerful computers that do the hard work. As my company grew, I needed more capacity. It was time to add some power to my cloud!

Saving a MacBook Air with exploded battery

Don’t try this at home - but I did

Sep. 14, 2017
Saving a MacBook Air with a swollen battery pack.

Last night I had a nasty surprise: my original MacBook Air was swollen due to an exploded battery. I immediately had to take action, for reasons of safety and to preserve this piece of modern computer history. Don’t try this at home, but if you do... read along for some practical tips.

Building the blog... in style!

Developing on a 20-year old computer with 16MB RAM and Windows 98

June 23, 2016
Find out if it is possible to turn a computer from the 90s into a modern development machine.

One must be a bit crazy to come up with the idea to build a blog (as in: actual programming) on an old 486 laptop with just 16MB RAM. I happen to be that crazy: I took my very first laptop from the 90s and decided to find out if it was possible to turn it into a development machine.

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Server (top left) connected to the computers on my desk (lower right) during installation inside my office
Server (top left) connected to the computers on my desk (lower right) during installation inside my office
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
This laptop is not supposed to have a bobble...
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
The MacBook is back alive, greeting me with its boot screen.
Toshiba T2130CT laptop with a 75Mhz Intel 486 processor and a whopping 16MB RAM (that is megabytes!)
Toshiba T2130CT laptop with a 75Mhz Intel 486 processor and a whopping 16MB RAM (that is megabytes!)
MacOS X correctly concluded that there are no batteries available, it works fine using a Power Adapter.
MacOS X correctly concluded that there are no batteries available, it works fine using a Power Adapter.
Computers on my desk powering the installation from left to right: ThinkPad X1, iPad Pro and MacBook
Computers on my desk powering the installation from left to right: ThinkPad X1, iPad Pro and MacBook
MacBook acting as monitor and keyboard of the server
MacBook acting as monitor and keyboard of the server
Server connected and online inside the datacenter
Server connected and online inside the datacenter
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Once removed the deformation in the battery pack is clearly visible
Swollen and cracked. I carefully looked for any leaks.
Swollen and cracked. I carefully looked for any leaks.
VIM running on the 486 through PuTTY
VIM running on the 486 through PuTTY
The original MacBook Air: Groundbreaking due to its thinness and lack of ports
The original MacBook Air: Groundbreaking due to its thinness and lack of ports
Never thought I would be happy to see this: the Windows 98 boot screen!
Never thought I would be happy to see this: the Windows 98 boot screen!
That bobble is not supposed to be there.., causing the keyboard to be bend
That bobble is not supposed to be there.., causing the keyboard to be bend
The 486-development machine!
The 486-development machine!
This battery is dead.
This battery is dead.
Driving to the internet: visiting XS4ALL / KPN in Amsterdam
Driving to the internet: visiting XS4ALL / KPN in Amsterdam
iLO:
iLO: "sea of sensors" enabling an extensive remote insight in the server

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