I’m researching how to best build a new small office network for a client. It’s pretty much a greenfield project and whatever decisions I make will have long lasting effects for the organization. There needs to be a core server that holds all the primary roles; VPN, firewall, file and print, directory services, etc. That sounds like Microsoft SBS to most people, but I’m not set in my ways. I’ve looked at the myriad of FOSS based SMB server platforms, including products like Zentyal, Untangle, Artica, and even Amahi. The one title that seems to stand out among them all is ClearOS (the former ClarkConnect Linux).
As I’ve been diving deeply into the ClearOS literature, I found a portion of their website that includes a picture gallery. Of course, the usual galleries exist of the ClearOS folks mixing at industry events. Some of the galleries are provided by their adoring users. You’ll see office space, screenshots — the usual fare of user pictures.
One gallery is from a guy who made his own water cooled ClearOS server. In fact, he want hardcore and decided to make his own waterblock.
Okay, that’s cool. A guy makes his own custom waterblock. So what do you house that motherboard and waterblock in? Oh don’t be so closed minded. “In” is so not the open source way. How about screwing it, the power supply and hard drive to a piece of wood and hanging it on the wall!
But wait – it’s a water cooled system. The water has to come from somewhere. If you look closely, the tubes go into a reservoir on the bottom left side of the Tux mount. But, where does it actually come from? Does a person have to remember to fill the water up in that reservoir? Of course not! The only logical way to get water into your water-cooled system is to…
…drill a hole into the bathroom on the other side of the wall and use the water out of the toilet!!
…I don’t even.
I’ll just leave the full gallery here.
EDIT: As has been pointed out by commenters Bryon and chx, it’s likely that the toilet’s reservoir is merely being used as a heat exchanger and not as a source of water for the cooling system. Photo 152 shows that this is likely a closed loop system. However, the murky water in the hoses still creeps me out.
EDIT 2: Nope, it now looks like the water in the system is being supplied by the toilet reservoir after all (thanks Kory!):
If you’ve seen anything crazier, let me know in the comments below. If you provide pictures, you can have the next blog post. =)
In closing, I think a Paranoid Parrot is in order: