The PC De-Crapifier

This has got to be one of the most useful tools ever. It’s called the PC De-Crapifier. The tool was formerly called the Dell De-Crapifier, but recently had a name change.

So, what’s the PC De-Crapifier do?

The PC De-Crapifier is designed to remove a specific list unwanted software in an unattended fashion. Before running, the user may select exactly what software should be removed. Currently, it is targeted for use on most Dell machines; however it will theoretically run on anything that has the software listed below.

That’s just too awesome. Every time we get a new Dell machine here at work, I spend about an hour cleaning all the crap trial software out. This tool should greatly reduce the time needed to remove all the crapware.

[Via Chris Pirillo]


New Power Supply Unit for Nightengale

One of the main reasons for moving this site to DreamHost was the increasing instability I was experiencing with my server, nightengale. The machine would lock up pretty randomly, with no warning. I’d have to yank the power cord from the back to get it to come back to life.

I noticed the power supply was quite a bit warmer than it should have been. The fan wasn’t spinning at all. The fan was only supposed to spin when it was needed, I never saw it spin. I tore that old PSU apart and the fan was extremely hard to move, and I was using my hand.

After the machine sat dormant for a few days, I decided to hit up Staples and see what they had for power supplies. Luckily they had the one I was wanting, the Antec SP-350.

This new power supply is much quieter than the old one. It’s also a whole hell of a lot cooler to the touch. I’ve also compiled a few kernels with this new PSU and I can’t get the box to freeze. The freezing would usually occur when I was compiling a new kernel or something very CPU intensive for a period of time.