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UPS Project nearly complete

Posted on October 4, 2009 by

The UPS project is nearly complete. The UPS and monitoring hardware arrived from eBay. The UPS was in its original box as advertised, and many of the components were unopened. The RBC43 APC battery pack, however, was dead. I expected as much — even if the whole unit was new, sitting idle a battery pack […]

bigger UPS mods

Posted on September 21, 2009 by

Since adding the 85ah deep cycle battery to the old conext900 has gone well, I’ve decided to move forward with the project and install and modify a larger UPS. I searched ebay and lost my first few auctions, finally I have won a dell DLA3000RM2U, which is reportedly new in the box, and so it […]

UPS using Autozone Battery

Posted on September 14, 2009 by

I have a hodge-podge of UPSes, many are loaded to 80%+ capacity, and many are > 2 years old. As such my runtime during power failure isn’t even enough to actually shut down any of the machines. Instead of buying some new ones, I decided to experiment with using a ‘car battery’. These UPSes all […]

MSI Wind PC (7418)

Posted on March 3, 2009 by

In my current quest to modernize my home server farm, I picked up one of the new intel ATOM based machines. I chose the MSI WIND PC mostly because of price. The ASUS eee desktop looks much slicker and comes mostly complete, but I was aiming at replacing my dns/firewall machines, so I didn’t need […]