Just flipped a second system over to Frankie...
In keeping with the spirit of things, my Frankenbot systems are my two "scariest" systems at the moment:
On the left is an ABIT AN8-SLI with an Athlon64 X2 4800+. Yup, this one isn't even in a case; that's an inverted plastic "office in basket" thingy it's sitting on top of (the hard drive is tucked underneath). The motherboard, CPU, and RAM were given to me several months ago by a co-worker, with the caveat that it was really unstable. Turns out that one of the 4 original DIMMs was defective; removing the defective DIMM stabilized it. I removed another DIMM to use in my homebrewed router box, leaving the two DIMMs you see in the pic. Gotta love the gratuitous blinking LEDs on those Corsair XMS DIMMs!
On the right is an ASUS M3A78-EM with a Phenom II X2 545. This is basically my "screw around" box, that I use for various experiments. Normally it is the box I use for trying out different Linux distros; recently, it was also my router for a few weeks (until I built the previously mentioned dedicated router). Tonight it is being used to build an upgraded OS image for my web/SSH/etc. server, using Ubuntu 10.04 Server LTS. That's the software RAID-1 array hanging out the side. As I type this it is resyncing the RAID-1 array -- something glitched earlier this evening, causing one of the disks to drop out briefly; I currently suspect a loose/flaky SATA cable. It's folding during the RAID array rebuild, of course!
The years just pass like trains. I wave, but they don't slow down.
-- Steven Wilson