Computer Build: Triangulum

I recently built a new mid-tower PC, but made some decisions worth writing about.

I had a few goals in mind when building this (over the course of a few months), but most importantly I was going to use for gaming.

Also, I wanted to run VR. And you probably already know that I’ll only have Linux installed on the PC, so that’s where my build strategy topics come in:

USB3 Hubs: What's going on?

A.K.A Why do all my USB 3.0 Hubs break?

I’ve gone through two powered USB 3.0 Hubs now, one still kinda works, sometimes, the other, well I sent that one back because it didn’t even last 6 hours during my normal use.

But then I thought,

I just burnt the second powered USB Hub I bought, am I expecting too much from them?

And I might just be expecting too much…

Today, Chrome 69 arrived on my daily driver.

I was not impressed.

You’ve probably heard, the internet is all over how Chrome started hiding the www and m subdomains, and further obfuscating the URL by hiding the protocol in an ealier release.

Today, I was horrified by the round design that plagued my omnibar. Who came up with that idea? I’d like to let them know that the current design trend is still rectangular, please do not put circles into my otherwise square-cornered UI.

However, today was not an uncommon occurrence for me, there have been multiple changes made to the Chrome defaults that I’ve disagreed with.

Luckily, most of these changes have Chrome Flags associated with them, so I’m not moving browsers quite yet.

Let’s go over those flags:

Steam Controller: 2 years later, failure

For two years, I greatly enjoyed using the Steam Controller as my primary interface for controller-based games, and for mouse and keyboard games on the couch with my Steam Link.

But now…

It’s been 3 years since my last writing on this subject.

After a great 3 years with Oak Ridge National Laboratories, I feel it is time to share the experience again, as it has taken a drastically more interesting turn.

Of the many accomplishments from ORNL over this time, the one I feel most proud about is Summit, currently the fastest supercomputer in the world.


Since wrapping up my web project from my first term with the OLCF as an intern, I was brought in again for the next two summers (and during the school year) to continue working on an idea my boss had to save huge investments in watercooling Summit.