on Wednesday, 2 April 2014
I've tested and installed my computer over the last few days. It took me a good few days as I don't have much spare time besides my work. This due to the fact that I go by bike (20KM from work to home) and that takes a good 45 minutes i'd say.

However, I always loved tinkering/building with computer hardware so coming home to an unbuild computer is pretty good on me. This time everything went fine, no DOA parts nor did anything show any sign of incompatibility during the install of different distro's. There was one thing though. The Comrade, the Bitfenix case doesn't house the Mugen 4 very well.

The Mugen 4 fits, however it's a very tight fit and I recommend not to buy the Comrade in combination with the Mugen. I just put this up here so it might help others.

It CAN be made to work, but your better off saving yourself a headache by buying a smaller block. The screws on the Motherboard of my Extreme3 where blocked off. The position of the screw was in it's ideal location, meaning you will find a screwhole pretty much on every motherboard to where it was on the Extreme3(my specific case) on top of that you will have to tighten the Mugen very tight(wich I didn't bother to try) to get it to fit under the case sidepanel. This will most likely result in the motherboard flexing the way it shouldn't.

It's a super tight fit and decided in the end not to install the block. A sad thing that I coudn't install that block but happy that the computer itself works. I've build quite some computers for family and friends, even carefully checked online if the parts fitted together but coudn't find the specific combo of the Comrade and the Mugen on tech / build websites I know. It was a risk I had to take and in the end it bit me in the butt.

The OS, after trying Debian and Mint will still stay Ubuntu after all. I've been using Ubuntu for solid months on end now at work. Love it, easy to use and I know my way around it by now.

This all was a very interesting experience, as is building any PC. A fun little project that kept me busy for a good month.

on Thursday, 27 March 2014
Today is the day! I've ordered my computer parts and they are already on the way. I've got track and trace, wich is a code you can use to check where your package is. I'm super excited.

In this computer, as it is not the first I've build and will build, I get to use that Bitfenix case. I've grown quite the fan for that brand as I've build a pc for my mother that house the Shinobi. I expect this case to be of same value to build quality and cannot wait to see it when it comes in.

Then there is a hidden passion I have to confess. A hidden passion for fans that (arguably) have the best color scheme on the market. Ofcourse I'm talking about these Noctua fans. I love how they take special care, making sure they always add those nifty low noise adapters and rubber gromits. These will make the system a breeze to listen to. Now, I've ordered 3 so far, I will check if the noise from the CPU fans will be acceptable. If not, then I will have to purchase myself some more Noctua swag.

Then there is the Seasonic PSU. I've seen that over at the G+ community someone shares the same love for well build PSU's. If there is a brand that screams quality all over, then Seasonic is definitely amongs those. I would've loved to get a PSU with more juice, however this pc doesn't need it. ( photo taken from Hardware.info, Hollands best community when it comes to actually building computers )

Then there is the proc and motherboard. It was my initial choice to get the 8320-FX and the Extreme3, yet wasn't completely sure it would be compatible. Luckily someone caught my blog in time and informed me that he actually ownes a build with that proc and mobo inside it. He confirmed for me that the combination works like a charm and so I added those back to my list. My mothers pc also runs the Extreme3, I'm familiar with the product and happy for it to be back on the list.

Kingston, another A-brand that never let me down; although I have to say that my gaming pc runs Corsair's Vengeance; and that besides that pc, only one experience that can back up that statement. However. It's a great brand and it's always cool to get something from great, big brands. I didn't pick it out, but hey! It's cool!

Then there is the EVO drive. Easily the best money to performance ratio on the SSD market here in Holland. The new drives from Crucial came to the market just a few days ago, however, those are pricey and still hot to the touch. If i have to believe the benchies than these score a tad more stable than the EVO's.

Last but not least, "The Mugen" with it's killer title "PC Games Hardware Edition". Already used it, compared it against others and this is one of those products that is hard to beat when it comes to bang for buck. This little beast is meant for "Gaming pc's" but I figured that having a CPU sink is better than having that small piece of tin that AMD provides with their processors. To mention I still got 2 of those laying about, unpacked and still boxed :)

That said, there is lots for me to be excited about. I will now just shut my piehole as this post has been going on for way to long.
on Tuesday, 25 March 2014
This bug in Chrome ( i'm using Chromium as it's more stable on Ubuntu, however this bug has also been seen by me personally on OSX running Chrome ) has been plaguing me lately. It has to do with the font not rendering. What I've found so far is that it only seems to happen whenever the font, or more specifically in my case; Google font, is being loaded under the header response "304 Not modified". Whenever the fonts get loaded under "200 Ok" everything goes fine. Now, I've got no material so far to back this up, but I'm not the only one having this problem.

The appearent fix was that you could refresh using the URL, by clicking in the urlbar and pressing enter the page would load this fine or hovering over the element that contained the unrendered text to trigger a render.

After a bit of searching i found the following snippet ( that i modified to work, and absolutely work in my situation as the snippet I found wasn't working in my case but i guess i'm just saying it wasn't me coming up with this brilliant solution. ) as whenever you would resize the window the font also seemed to be triggered to render correctly, that was one of the methods I was using often in the last couple of days to get my text to render.

// Chrome fix for repainting text
$('body').css('padding-left', '1px').promise().done(function() {
     setTimeout(function() {
          $('body').css('padding-left', '0px');
     }, 10);

I need to mention that the snippet above is wrapped in document.ready(). It's a bit overkill to do a promise on css, however, I need this to work everytime without any failure and this is only a temporal bugfix; or at least. That's what I'm assuming as more people in similar situations are having the same results as sought their answer in either CSS or Javascript to fix it.

I've measured the performance before and after the fix, to me, the results were neglactable and not worth mentioning in this post. I still had pages that loaded around a solid 200-400ms so that little snippet didn't worry me in the least.
This post helped me solve a problem today that kept me puzzling for an good half hour. I was fiddling with the newline as I had to get the textarea to recognize the newline. It happends to be, to my unknowledge, that a textarea doesn't automaticly take /r/n into account. Specifcally those two in combination.

The first approved answer happened to be my solve. My journey towards that answer costed me an hour of research into why that is. I was loading my content out of a database with PHP and this dazzled me at first as when I printed the text, it would nicely make a line break. Yet, whenever I entered that very bit of code into a textarea, it didn't.

Another experience richer and more knowledgable. I used preg_replace() to convert "/r/n" into "
". I'll post the actual snippet later in this post.
on Monday, 24 March 2014
I was able to confidently compose the components to a good desktop development system. Thanks to the hardware compatibility check over at linuxmint.com. Now, it does differ from the other build, yet it stays the same at some levels.

ProcessorAMD FX-8320 Black Edition
AMD FX-6350
AMD FX-8320 Black Edition
MoboASRock 990FX Extreme3
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0
ASRock 990FX Extreme3
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm
CaseBitFenix Shinobi
BitFenix Comrade Wit
CPU SinkScythe Mugen 4 PCGH Edition36,50
GPUSapphire HD 6450 2GB DDR350,22
MemoryCrucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2C4G3D1608ET3LX0CEU
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX
PSUSeasonic Platinum Series 660 Watt128,04
SSDSamsung 840 series 120GB
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB

Total : 635.96

This system is cheaper, however, that came as a small bonus as I had no intention to make it cheaper. I just coundn't take the risk of maby buying a component that would be badly supported or somehow not work in combination with another component.

The whole linux world is fairly new to me, i'm in the learning process as they call it. Post a comment on what you guys think. I think this build is final, unless someone eyes out a component and has a better reason to buy another.

Thanks for reading!
on Friday, 21 March 2014

In this post I want to post the build that I will buy soon. This is going to be a development system and also my first step towards the future.

I'm already used to Linux. It's a fantastic system and use Ubuntu at work to develop, as i'm a web developer by trade. That's one of the reason's why I cannot wait to get my build. Now, it's not far away, however. I've made the initial build a little bit to ambitious. That, in the sense that I didn't look for compatibility when building the system online. That's why I have to give it another go. I will have to check for compatibility before adding it to my wishlist.

I'm close to having the money to actually get the components but enough time to do some proper research in what components I should invest. This is going to be a development build, so by all means, if you have an opinion on parts or about the current list of components, input is what it's all about in an community.

ProcessorAMD FX-8320 Black Edition126,-
MoboASRock 990FX Extreme382,60
HDDWD AV-GP WD5000AUDX, 500GB49,42
CaseBitFenix Shinobi54,50
CPU SinkScythe Mugen 4 PCGH Edition36,50
MemoryCrucial Ballistix Tactical BLT2C4G3D1608ET3LX0CEU60,50
PSUSeasonic Platinum Series 660 Watt128,04
SSDSamsung 840 series 120GB115,47

Total : 653,03

Now, This is what i've got so far. It might change completely. It all depends on what I will research in the next couple of weeks. I've gotten some good input from forums that I've found through Google.

I've asked a bit around and maby I can get around with an onboard videocard. My linux sources say it might just be enough. However, I want to be able to run 1080p though, as a somewhat higher resolution is just easier to work with.

I will let you guys know more when I know more. Peace.
on Thursday, 20 March 2014
Python is my next language to learn. It makes all the more sense to me as I'm going to migrate to the OS Debian soon. I will still keep my gaming machine, and will post about that later. Python.

I've been meaning to start learning this language for a long time as this language is widely spread among every industry. You can pretty much apply it to everything.

This language is easy to pick up to far and has a pretty quick learning curve. Well documentated and fast as hell when you run it through console. As a "Hello World" i made a registry class that kept instances of created objects. I'm going to play with Python in the next couple of days and check out the bigger frameworks for it. I've made a pretty cool start so far and expect to use this as a powerfull weapon amongs my arsenal of knowledge.

If there are some frameworks I should check out, then comment them. I wish to know what you guys use and what is widely used among 'Pythoners'?