Category Archives: IT

By popular request: image gallery of old, custom water cooling rig

I’ve promised a few friends over the years that I’d put up pics of my water cooling rig that I made a few years back – I designed and had built (by my mum’s then partner) an external enclosure; this contained a reservoir, pump, power supply, a radiator from a motorbike and 2 large fans to keep it cool. Connected to this was a bunch of tubing that entered the rear of the case (with valves in the middle so I could take it all apart easily and safely) and connected inside the PC to a CPU block, nortbridge block and GPU block. Additionally I wired together a device that would detect the PC power supply which then connected to the enclosure power supply so that when the PC turns on so does the water cooling unit.

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First donation for ThinkTwit

I’m happy to report that last week I had a very nice surprise when I turned my phone on at the airport after a well deserved trip to Ibiza: I received a notification from PayPal to say that I’d had a donation for ThinkTwit. The donation was kindly given by Martijn Pantlin from Orgone Media and was very happily received!

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SharePoint DCOM Error on Windows Server 2008 R2

I’ve been experiencing a confusing error message on one of our servers recently which seems to be occurring every minute or so. It took me a while to track down the solution so I just wanted to share it in the hope that it may help others. The error itself is:

“The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
{61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1}
and APPID
{61738644-F196-11D0-9953-00C04FD919C1}

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Graphics card issues

So two weeks ago I was playing Duke Nukem Forever when my PC crashed – ever since I’ve been unable to boot past the Windows loading screen.

After various testing, and eventually getting fed up and passing it over to my mate, I’ve found that the graphics card seems to have fried itself. Although it can load in safe mode it seems that running on “all cylinders” just isn’t possible.

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