Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Movie Shorts on DUST - Frankie

My movie pick this week is Frankie(click to watch)
Frankie is an inventor and watchmaker with severe OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
When he receives an old pocket watch, he discovers it is a time machine. 

The only problem is that he is not the only one who wants this watch. Frankie is also paranoid.
He becomes obsessed with a stranger who Frankie believes is going to steal the time machine.

An almost silent film with few words. If the ending leaves you a little confused, it's supposed to. It's about the Grandfather Paradox. Your not supposed to be able to go back in time and kill your grandparents because you would never have been born.
Frankie is a "pure-bred" sci-fi adventure with retro elements. I love the timer Frankie made that is a modified part of an old hair curler. 
Here is a wallpaper I made for Frankie. Download it and set it as your desktop background.
My wallpaper for Frankie.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bobs home made drive.

As a geek, I like speed. But, I'm a cheep geek. Spending a grand for a hard drive is fatuous. Especially when I can build one that is four times faster, for one fourth the price. 

While You can buy enterprise grade PCIe disk drives, they are pricey. An Intel 1 TB PCIE SSD drive  is over a thousand bucks.

My home built internal drive uses the same intel SSD chips mounted on four M.2 drives. The ASUS Hyper M.2 x16 card holds 4 M.2 256GB SSDs. But, instead  of just four data lanes, it puts the drives on 16 PCIe data lanes.

Some cautions here. In order to work your motherboard and processor chip must supply 16 lanes of data to the PCIe slot where you plug in the Hyper card. Most won't. You must use a Intel processor that has 44 lanes, not 16 or 28. The CPU chip must also support VROC, (Virtual Raid on CPU). VROC is a hardware RAID controller built into some i7 and i9 Intel CPUs. I used a i9-9720 chip and an ASUS Prime Delux II motherboard. The drives I used are the Intel 9720p 256GB and the ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card.

The Bios on the Asus motherboard will load a VROC extension and allow you to create a RAID-0 of the four individual Intel M.2 drives. When you install Windows 10 you can load a driver from Intel for the combined drives during the Windows 10 installation. The four M.2 drives will then show up as a single drive when you boot Windows. The drive will be drive C: so EVERYTHING will be fast.


  • 2.90 gigahertz Intel Core i9-7920X
  • 768 kilobyte primary memory cache
  • 12288 kilobyte secondary memory cache
  • 16896 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
  • 64-bit ready
  • Multi-core (12 total)
  • Hyper-threaded (24 total) 
  • Board: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. PRIME X299-DELUXE II Rev 1.xx
  • Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
  • UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. 0210 10/08/2018 
  • Intel Raid 0 Volume [Hard drive] (973.01 GB) -- drive 4, s/n Volume 0, SMART Status: Healthy
The difference between using Four lanes of data and using 16 lanes of data will blow your socks off.