How To Build a Silent Mini-ITX server

Please note that this post was written back in 2010. I’ve since built a new Mini-ITX server, and this time it’s even smaller and actually totally silent. Read all about it in the post “How To Build a Teeny Tiny and Totally Silent Mini-ITX Server“.

After I moved this site to my own, home grown Mini-ITX server, I realized that I needed a new one. The current server didn’t have the horsepower to cope with the odd request peaks I was seeing and with only half of the 1GB of available RAM being recognized by the motherboard, I had a major problem. Even though the VIA CPU featured passive cooling, the chassis fan made a lot of noise and while disabling the fan didn’t make the server too hot, it just unveiled the fact that the hard drives were quite noisy as well.

So I set off on a quest to find the ultimate Mini-ITX for a home server for my web server and mail server. The server had to be both powerful and silent, meaning no noisy power supply, no CPU fans and no clicking hard drives. The only real way to achieve this is by building a server with no moving parts at all. I also wanted to use a enclosure that looked nice enough to have in the living room. After a lot of research I ended up with the following hardware:

How to Cure a Hangover

Yesterday I was at the annual smalahove dinner that Ola organizes. And kudos to him for going through all the hard work of organizing the dinner every year for what is probably the most ungrateful pack of dinner guests you can imagine. Half of a sheep’s severed head is not the most appetite-provoking sight and as a result we’re not really giving the impression that we’re looking forward to sitting down by the dinner table.

But of course, it’s not that bad. There is not much meat on the head, but the meat you find – like the chin and a small treasure behind the ear – taste great. If you want to go wild, you can also eat stuff like the parts of the eyes and tongue. Personally, I take rain checks on both. One method we use to make the head look like something we want to dig into is to combine the dinner with massive amounts hard liquor, especially aquavit. As you can imagine, this usually results in a massive hangover as well.

How to get AFP to work with Netatalk in OS X Leopard

After I installed OS X 10.5 Leopard on my Mac I was unable to connect to an AFP share I had on a Debian Etch server. Everything had worked like a charm in OS X 10.4 Tiger, but Leopard just refused to connect.

Evidently, the reason for this misbehavior is that Leopard requires the passwords to be encrypted while Tiger didn’t really care. Because of incompatible licenses, the version of Netatalk that comes with both Debian and Ubuntu is compiled without the DHX module needed to encrypt passwords, making it impossible for you to connect to your AFP shares using Leopard.

But fear not, the nerds of the interweb have come up with a way to solve this.