February 25th, 2010

Tall ships (porthole)

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To pleaseremove and pewterfish:

I'll be taking Metis will be offline in a couple of days while I sort out a new connection for it. Based on the last time I had to get BT to do something, it'll probably take me a few weeks to get it reconnected.

Thinking about it, that's probably as good a time as any to retire Metis and replace it with something beefier and quieter. Currently Metis is a roughly 10-year-old Windows-based 1.3GHz Athlon and runs IIS for a web server and occassional FTP server, RouterStats to monitor my router, VNC and Telnet for remote access, and has a fair amount of disk space for backups and suchlike. Long-term plans for it include running a media server (ideally one that can real-time transcode MPEG-2 video to FLV), fitting a TV card, and maybe adding some home automation hardware (/me waves geek badge).

Any suggestions for a very quiet box intended to sit in the corner without a monitor, run 24/7, and generally do Useful Stuff? Linux is an option as well as Windows, although I've had better experiences with Windows software.