Revisiting my Corsair Air 740 computer case purchase

Right now, it seems like a good time to revisit my Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 high airflow ATX cube case purchase. Back on 1/30/2018 it seemed like a good idea to add a new computer case to my office. Over the years my Cooler Master Storm Stryker case has worked out well, but it was time to move to something new. That something new happened to be a Corsair computer case. The Air 740 is a pretty decent cube of a computer case. It features a glass door on one side that houses the motherboard and an enclosed side for the power supply and storage drives.  

During the build I elected to create my first Storage Space via a 3 hard drive storage pool. That effectively takes 6 terabytes of storage and pools it down to a 2 terabyte storage pool. In Windows 10 you can navigate to the Control Panel –> System and Security –> Storage Space and setup or manage a storage pool. It has worked out well enough. My primary system runs on an M.2 drive attached to the motherboard and I have a few solid-state drives plugged into the system, but my primary storage is the storage pool. You can imagine that over the last few months I have considered getting larger drives for my storage pool. Editing those pesky 4K videos just eats up storage space. 

That will end my meandering around the point for the day. Overall, I have been very happy with my purchase of a Corsair Carbide Series Air 740 high airflow ATX cube case. Keep in mind that it will need to sit under your desk and is wider than a regular ATX computer case footprint. It has worked great and was easy to cable. I thought that the lack of an external physical media drive (Blu-ray/DVD) would be a deal breaker, but I have not really missed it.   

Revisiting my Chromebook

It took a few weeks. I am finally used to writing on my ASUS Flip Chromebook. The application version of Microsoft Word from Google Play seems to be meeting my writing needs. Writing on a weblog is supposed to be about providing an ongoing narrative. Most of my intellectual efforts over the last few years have been focused on understanding the intersection of technology and modernity. A few other threads tend to weave the fabric of my intellectual curiosities together. For better or worse the only defining narrative relates to the things that interest me. The lens with which I view the world is my own. That lens for the most part is applied to the generation of prose on this Chromebook. For the most part I have been very happy with my ASUS Flip Chromebook. The engineers at ASUS need to refresh the hardware. First, the device needs a USB type C port that would replace the oddly proprietary power cable. Second, it would also be nice if ASUS sold an LTE version of the device. Those two changes would really take the ASUS Flip Chromebook to the next level.

Building custom computers

Writing a daily functional journal entry should be routine. I have been writing for years. Some of it has been interesting. Some of my writing efforts are not very personal. Other writing efforts have been. Making a transition to producing a more personal brand of prose will happen. It might be a slow process. It will be a process that starts one day at a time.

Starting the day off with an episode of This week in Computer Hardware (episode 347) featuring Patrick Norton seemed like a good idea. Over the years, I have watched a lot of Leo Laporte online programming. I have started saving up for a new computer build. My primary computer is several years old and cannot support the new generation of graphics cards. This year may be the year that a graphics card and monitor upgrade happens. Some of the new motherboards are looking pretty good these days.

I have been browsing 4K computer builds on YouTube. Some of them have looked pretty good. More than a couple build combinations have crossed my mind. At some point, one of them will probably occur. I keep telling myself that a new computer build will help inspire some deep analytic analysis.

New keyboard day

A long time ago, I purchased a Microsoft wireless natural multimedia keyboard with a product ID of wur0385. It happened long enough ago that I am not sure where the purchase was made. It might have happened in a store or it could have been an online deal. That keyboard lasted for what seemed like forever. In retrospect, any way you dice it that keyboard was a solid purchase. I vaguely remember having a gray wired Microsoft natural ergonomic keyboard in college. Switching to a wireless version was an exciting transition at the time. I’m not sure the wireless feature really added any value. Throughout the years the keyboard remained pretty close to whatever computer tower was being used.

A deal on the Amazon website convinced me to make the switch. Something was going wrong with the older keyboard. It had to be synched fairly often. That synching was a relatively new problem with the keyboard. I found it pretty annoying. The wireless keyboard age is over in my household. A USB connected Microsoft natural ergonomic 4000 keyboard is now connected to my Storm Stryker housed system. I installed the keyboard with the riser component. That feature may not be a permanent part of my setup, but so far it seems to be fairly comfortable.

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Both keyboards

 

Upgrading my desktop computer

Upgrading my Storm Stryker computer components to support 4K video will be an adventure. It may be an adventure that happens one part at time. I realized that my motherboard, RAM, processor, and graphics card need to be upgraded. The case, power supply, solid sate drives, optical drives, and hard disk drives are in good working order. For the last couple of weeks, I had been looking at the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB paired with the Samsung 28-Inch Ultra High Definition LED Monitor (U28D590D). I’m just not sold that my primary computer will be able to manage or deal with 4K content. It may be prudent at this juncture to focus on finding a great motherboard deal. Finding the right CPU and RAM to fit a motherboard is an easier critical path to an upgrade.

My next computer monitor

The Denver Zoo had open admission (free) days Friday and Saturday. We did not know about the free days on 2/6 and 2/7 event in advance of leaving the house. When we arrived at the zoo just after it opened… the traffic situation was out of control. It was a sea of people approaching the zoo by any means necessary. People were parking blocks away and walking up. We turned around and went home. It was beautiful day. We just made plans to grill out and went to the grocery store.

My current computer setup will not support a 4K monitor. The old graphics cards that are in my Storm Stryker tower do not support DisplayPort technology. That means that getting a new 4K monitor would require a graphics card upgrade. I’m not sure that type of commitment is a good idea at the moment. Prices for monitors seem to be dropped. Almost all of the technology seems to be in flux. I’m not sold on curved monitors, but companies are making them and consumers are buying them.

At various points throughout the last year, I have been thinking about downgrading to one larger monitor vs. having two smaller ones. Some of the new 30+ inch computer monitors have more than enough real estate for multitasking. For some reason, the 34 inch LG ultra wide monitors have really caught my attention. Prices on the LG monitors have dropped enough to make them a more reasonable purchase. We will see what happens, but I’m on the lookout for my next monitor.

I have been seriously looking at some Chromebooks. My VPN needs pretty much rule out the Chromebook experience. Maybe at some point that will not be a concern. If I ever give up teaching online, then my first move will be to buy a Chromebook.

Bears at the zoo
Bears at the zoo

 

Hard drive down

My sweet sweet CM Storm Stryker steel ATX full tower case holds 8 hard drives within 2 stackable, removable, and rotatable combo cages. That space affords me the luxury of keeping a number of older drives running. One of my oldest hard drives failed last week. That happens from time to time. A Maxtor brand DiamondMax Plus 9 200 GB SATA hard drive manufactured on August 19, 2003 failed last week. The drive lasted between Tuesday, August 19th, 2003 and Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. That means it was functional for 3,396 days or 9 years, 3 months, and 16 days. It was replaced with a WD Blue 1 TB WD10EZEX SATA drive.

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