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I got a really good haul for Christmas this year including a few computer upgrades.

My DVD burner has been failing for a few weeks so I upgraded it to a new SATA drive.

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My old drive was still IDE and I’m not sure why but it was a little sad to see a reliable format go.

Another thing I’ve been wanting to upgrade for a long while is the internal power system of my desk.

I’ve got a lot of custom parts so there’s a big rats nest of cables behind the panels. Not only does this look bad but it also doesn’t do very well for heat.

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To make this easier to deal with I got two 3 foot power strips with 9 plugs each.

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These let me secure them down with side screws and spread the plugs out over the entire compartment. It’s still a rats nests but it’s much cooler and easier to use.

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One of the reasons this has taken so long to upgrade is because I’m the only one that sees it most of the time.

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Still, it’s something that’s been on my list forever so it’s cool to have that done.

Up next I’ll tell you about the new clock above my monitors, it’s freaking great!