Sunday, March 20, 2011

Overclock, pushups, and a desk.

Hello everyone. So I have been having some computer trouble, random lockups, memory is running at advertised speed, but CPU and GPU are both overclocked, everything ran fine for 2 months so I don't know what is going on but I dropped the overclocking down a bit to see if that makes any difference.

I did the Initial test for hundredpushups.com, managed 27 which I was kind of surprised by, page suggests that I skip ahead to week 3. I am kind of worried about driving with sore arms, I know sometimes after a long hike, using the clutch can be a bit of a struggle.

Finally for something more useful, building a desk. As I have mentioned before, I live in a pretty small apartment. When I moved in, I bought a 3 foot wide by 8 foot long banquet table from a Buddhist temple for 10 bucks. As a writing desk it worked okay, but there was no way to mount keyboard drawers, so there were keyboards all over the top, and it just took up too much room. I decided to build my own desk, this would let me custom make it to fit in a previously unused corner. A previous project left me with a 4x4 foot section of melamine coated 3/4 inch MDF, I used a circular saw to cut it to 24x40 inches. I cut a 2x4 to fit around the bottom edges to make it a bit more rigid. Then I turned to the internet for table legs, and a keyboard drawer. My search for table legs took me to Ikea, their Vika Curry legs are $3.50 each and come with all the hardware, as well as having a handy screw in base which makes it easy to transport the table if you have to move. I first looked for premade keyboard drawers, but they were all either to expensive or the wrong size. I looked on Amazon and found some Keyboard slides, you have to provide your own shelf, but otherwise it can be as wide as you want, and once again they come with all the hardware to mount them. So far everything has worked out pretty well, it is a little wobbly, I think because there isn't much weight on it, I have seen that some people make braces to hold the legs together but I haven’t felt the need. For 50 bucks in materials and less than an hour of work I can't complain.


32 comments:

  1. great blog, ill be showing my support and following.

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  2. good job on those 27 pushups brah. brb building a desk.

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  3. Not bad, posting pics of the desk once it's done?

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  4. I did the 100 push-ups about a year and a half ago. felt good man, then did the squats. I should try it again, since I've been outta shape lately.

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  5. I'd say that describes my Ikea skills to a tee. BTW...made you new blog of the day.

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  6. nice job on the 27 push ups, I think I'm gonna join in on the challenge too! I'm in decent shape but I've never tried to see what I max out at push ups.

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  7. I manage 25 pushups :).Does overclocking still make sense with good cpus like i7 quadcore?

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  8. Nice, with your overclocking did you run a stress test on your system to make sure it was stable? If not your OC may have made the system unstable.

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  9. great post. looking forward to reading your next one

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  10. Good amount of pushups, about 26 more than I could do.

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  11. Push ups always make me feel better! great blog...just started following!

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  12. push ups are great for your fitness.
    thanks for the tips

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  13. Haha oh my god, that bit about the clutch after a hike brought back horrifying memories. I was out bodyboarding in 8- to 10-foot waves, and after hours of paddling to duck-dive the massive waves, my legs were dead, and I had to wait two hours to drive home because I couldn't push down the clutch! It was the worst!

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  14. I do push-ups all the time throughout the day. It's one of the best, most natural exercises.

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  15. I should try the hundred push-ups thing too.

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  16. I quit it on week 4 haha I should try it again

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  17. really good post

    + follower:)

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  18. Great that you're building your own desk! I can't even nail two pieces of wood together.

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  19. interresting! I'm your next follower!

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