A great low-noise CPU cooler – Noctua NH-U12P


I have a ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard with a Intel E6600 CPU overclocked from 2.4 GHz to 3.1 GHz and this was until yesterday cooled by an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. The Freezer was a great cooler with a lot value for the money as it was really cheap and a better performer than the stock intel cooler. However when the CPU was working hard the fan speed rose from a whisper quite 800 RPM to a quite noisy 2500 RPM. This was getting on my nerve as gaming and everything else CPU intensive became something I did wearing headphones.

Noctua NH-U12P
After researching CPU coolers for a while it became clear the Noctua was the way to go when it came to low noise performance. NH-U12P is quite massive with weight of 770 grams (fan included) and the dimensions (HWD) 158x126x95 mm. It makes my ATX motherboard apear small.

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Setting up a Day of Defeat Source/Counter Strike Source dedicated server on Linux

Even though there is some information on how to setup a dedicated server source server on a Linux based system the articles are often old or to generic for my liking. I have written this article to help other people setup a Day of Defeat source (DOD:S) server on a Ubuntu 8.04.1 system.

Downloading the software from steampowered.com
The first thing to do is to download the Source Dedicated Server from steampowered. So on the linux server I create a folder on the dod user account and download the binary with the following commands.

dod@dirac:~$ mkdir srcds_l
dod@dirac:~$ cd srcds_l
dod@dirac:~/srcd_l$ wget http://www.steampowered.com/download/hldsupdatetool.bin

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Sommer School Alpbach 2008

In the period 22-31 July I attended the Summer School Alpbach 2008 in Alpbach/Tyrol – Austria. The summer school had the subject Sample Return from Moon, Asteroids and Comets, see

The town of Alpbach is everything I expected a small Tyrolean town to be. Filled with wooden houses, beautiful mountains and inhabitants in lederhosen.

The view from my window.

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