Audio Post: Testing, testing…

I just saw this new feature available to WordPress.com blogs.  You can now do a post via your phone.

Thanks,
Alain

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It’s My Lab In a Box

lab-in-a-box
With apologies to Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake

Last year I decided to set up a virtual lab machine at home.  My goals were to run XenServer with multiple 64-bit VM’s to simulate a XenApp farm running in a domain in a small portable desktop case.  Taking my $500.00 budget over to NewEgg, I came up with the following (prices are in U.S. dollars from June 2009).

Quantity Image Description Unit Price Total Price
1 clip_image001 APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 Black/Blue Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 420W Power Supply $69.99 $69.99
1 clip_image002 ASRock A780GMH/128M AM2+/AM3 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

$71.99 $71.99
1 clip_image003 AMD Phenom 8650 Toliman 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Triple-Core Processor HD8650WCGHBOX

$78.99 $78.99
2 clip_image004 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

$54.99 $109.98
2 clip_image005 HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$49.99 $99.98
1 clip_image006 LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 – OEM

$27.99 $27.99
1 clip_image007 Rosewill RKV-2U 2 Port Slim Palmtop USB KVM Switch w/ Audio & Mic/ Black Shell

$19.99 $19.99
Total $478.91

Future posts will highlight configurations and environments I run from this system.

Thanks,
Alain