Is Your Computer Stable?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '16 at 12:31 AM
By Jeff Atwood from Coding Horror
Over the last twenty years, I've probably built around a hundred computers. It's not very difficult, and in fact, it's gotten a whole lot easier over the years as computers become more highly integrated. Consider what it would take to build something very modern like the Scooter Computer
Apply a dab of thermal compound to top of case.
Place motherboard in case.
Screw motherboard into case.
Insert SSD stick.
Insert RAM stick.
Screw case closed.
Plug in external power.
It's stupid easy. My six year old son and I have built Lego kits that were way more complex than this. Even a traditional desktop build is only a few more steps: insert CPU, install heatsink, route cables. And a server build is merely a few additional steps on top of that, maybe with some 1U or 2U space constraints. Scooter, desktop, or server, if you've built one computer, you've basically built them all.
Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when their newly built computer boots up for the first time, no matter how many times they've done it before. But booting is only the beginning of the story. Yeah, it boots, great. Color me unimpressed. What we really need to know is whether that computer is stable.
Although commodity computer parts are more reliable every year
, and vendors test their parts plenty before they ship them, there's no guarantee all those parts will work reliably together
, in your particular environment, under your particular workload. And there's always the possibility, however slim, of getting very, very unlucky with subtly broken components.
Because we're rational scientists, we test stuff in our native environment, and collect data to prove our computer is stable. Right? So after we boot, we test.
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If there's one thing that can cripple many video game heroes, it's having them miss out on paying a huge bill. The debt's damage is worse than any major boss' ultimate attack, as it can cause people to lose their homes-- unless if they're an adventurer that travels a lot. In light of this scenario, I felt that it would be a great time to start on Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
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