Neat stuff, it’ll be fun to look through this later. I always appreciate people that document stuff they do.
I’m with you on old thinkpads. I’m still rocking a W520 that was my main computer for a long time. Things I’ve done so far:
First thing I did was replace the awful fucking thermal paste. Idle temps went from ~65C to 41C, and load went from jumping to 90C+ immediately to mid 80C’s
I’ve resoldered the power connector, and repaired or replaced a few cords.
Replaced the screen to 1080p, twice. I ruined the first upgrade after a thrip got between the layers and I reflexively pushed on it. Should have let it die and dry out and used sucked cups to make it drop down…
Replaced the fan with a better model.
Replace the keyboard a few times from wear, and many more times the nubs.
Removed whitelist and upgraded the wifi
Added a cutting edge 74GB mSATA drive for boot, and an old Evo for storage.
Added 16GB of ram
Thus far there’s simply not been a compelling reason to upgrade, and I’ve been the opposite of impressed by the newer units Lenovo has put out.
Like you, I’d need 2x nvme for error correction and actual goddamn cooling, among many other things.
Not the most detailed overview, but might be handy for someone who is planning on getting this board for VFIO and/or bifurcation purposes. It’s fine, but due to some latency-related issues that I gave up on, I just made it a basic gaming PC that finds a lot of use with a VR headset recently.
Not against all the fabulous setups that have been shared here and over at /r/homelab and /r/datahoarder, but it might be a good time to reflect on the data that you hoard and if you actually care about it.
I wrote down my thoughts on this and how I try to deal with this digital disease, and I hope that it helps others evaluate their setups as well.
I’ve run btrfs for a while in various configurations, but always felt like setting up the configuration for automatic snapshots was a hassle. snapper isn’t the best tool out there (doesn’t handle some failure scenarios all that well), but it does its job fairly well.
Do you remote backup your snapshots? I built a btrfs send | zstd | rclone cat workflow (bit more complicated, but that’s the gist) for one of my systems that’s triggered by systemd after snapper finishes, and I’m wondering what other folks do.
Personally i don’t, I’ve relied on restic to get the job done so that I can have an encrypted backup of all the files on my server. it is a bit resource intensive though, the initial scans and index building takes up quite a lot of time when you have a couple of terabytes of data.
Interesting point though, i’ll have to think about it and see if I want to do something similar with my setup at some point!
Wrote this one mainly to inspire people who might not have the resources for fancier server setups, but who have access to a cheap used laptop that they can use as a starting point to their homelab/self-hosting adventure.