I happened to get my hands on an Gigabyte i-RAM drive (RAM based SSD) that I put into my big box. It is a PCI card format device that can hold 4 pcs. of DDR RAM modules and acts as a SATA drive. I have installed 2 pcs. of 1GB 400MHz memory modules into it so I got 2GB of fast disk space. It can be used as swap or for the /tmp directory. My unit however lacks the battery so it cannot be used as a storage across reboots. So I wrote a quick init script for Gentoo to initialize it on every boot as a swap drive.
Having bought an Atlys FPGA development board I wanted to use it with my existing computer setups. Most vendors support Windows out of the box and usually some RPM based distribution, mostly Red Hat. Sometimes they even might support a DEB based distribution like Debian or Ubuntu. So here is how you can make it work with your Gentoo setup.
For late night study sessions (or weekend movies) in front of the computer I wanted some light that lets me see the keyboard and provides some ambient lighting without it shining directly into my eyes. I solved this problem by mounting a 8W T5 fluorescent tube lamp facing backwards towards the wall onto the keyboard tray.
My roommate’s server was a bit louder than what he wanted so he asked me to if I could help reducing the noise a bit. By far the loudest component being the constant speed PSU fan I decided also make the RPM adjustable so we can fine tune it to an optimum speed resulting in proper CFM and reduce noise levels.