Core router bakeoff?

Karl Denninger writes:

> That is an excellent theory. The problem is, once I get PCs running
> BSD up, they typically remain up for hundreds of days, generally until
> I have to reboot them -- crashes are extremely rare. They give me no
> more hardware trouble than Ciscos. It might just be that I'm buying
> better PCs than some, but I'm perfectly happy with the results.

The largest single source of failures in PCs is a failure in the power
supply fan.

In most PCs, that will cook the remainder of the box in short order.

The fix, of course, is to have more than one fan in the box (duh!), and to
buy power supplies that cost an extra $10 so they have higher-quality fans
in them.

In general, I don't buy branded PCs. I tend to go to places where I
get to spec the motherboard, drives, power supply, case, etc. There
are a bunch of vendors that will let you work this way. Typically you
end up having to form a relationship with a particular guy at your
vendor who you know will get you what you want. Paul Vixie turned me
on to Billy Bath (who now works at Tesys) but there are lots of
others. I've done some work with a place in NYC operated by an
immigrant family, where I literally walk in and point and the parts in
the glass cases of their tiny and crowded shop. "I want THAT
motherboard, THAT case, THAT powersupply... I'll need two machines, by
tomorrow afternoon."

Typically these places/guys are very cheap, but since I'm spec'ing
every last bit of the thing I get pretty good control, since I end up
knowing every detail of what I'm in for in advance. I don't believe in
buying no-name stuff where I don't know what's in it, but its so easy
to spec the whole thing these days that you *do* end up knowing what's
in it.


I've been working with a place called CompuElectronics in Lincolnwood now
for something like three years.

The folks there aren't the cheapest, but you don't get crap from them, and
they build to order.