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Hello everyone. I missed last weeks update due to spilling 20L of water from my of PC on my bedroom floor. That’s now fixed, so i can play games again.

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I apologise for taking that photo with a potato.

I now have the first window added to the case. It’s made of purple mirror acrylic, and is in the shape of the ubuntu logo. This took about 4 hours to cut. Then it was just a case of cut the acrylic to size and superglue it on.

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I also have my first GPU for the build. An old nVidia 250 gt that i sparkle painted.

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To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsor(s): IceModz.com
Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

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Hello everyone,

This week the project has progress quite a lot. To start with, I’ve finally made the case handle. This was done using a “Cobra weave” and used roughly 3 meters of purple paracord.

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I’ve also soldered and sleeved the fan controller from the case. The molex power pins now just have to be glued into a plug, since i broke the clips that normally would hold them in. This will be used to control the brightness of the LEDs.

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And now the big news. The UV LED strips from IceModz are now here. They appear to be a violet colour, but they also make fluorescent things glow. My strips are 45cm long, but you can buy them in Red, Blue, white, green, yellow/orange, UV or RGB, anywhere between 3cm and 500cm long and with 30 or 60 5050 spec LEDs per 100cm. They are insanely bright too.

They are adhesive backed and will come either with a 3 pin fan connector (what i got), 4 pin fan connector, or a 4 pin molex plug. The wires come pre-sleeved (in glossy black shakmods sleeve), but i will probably sleeve the wires myself so it matches the colour scheme better.

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Next week i should have some off the windows and cut-outs made, stay tuned for more.

Forums this is on: http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=54532 http://www.overclock.net/t/1395747/case-mod-ubuntu-pc

To sponsor me, email me at noskcaj@ubuntu.com
Current sponsor(s): IceModz.com
Help fund this (Please): http://www.gofundme.com/39uhgg

Testdrive is a tool for managing the testing of ISO files, by default, the ones for ubuntu. It acts as a hub for downloading/syncing, creating VMs, and creating live USBs.

It has not had a particularly active development, and is missing a few features that would be really useful. Therefore, with the help of Howard Chan, i will be running a hackfest on the program on August 10th. The wiki page for the hackfest is at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Testdrive/Hackfest . Below are the details.

Time
10:00–16:00 UTC, Saturday, 10th August, 2013 with G+ hangouts run from 10:00–11:00 UTC and 14:00–15:00 UTC.

Location
#ubuntu-quality on freenode and a G+ hangout.

How can I participate?
Show up on IRC and/or G+ during the scheduled time
Put your name on the list of things that need doing

Who to contact:
1000-1200UTC: Noskcaj, 1200-1600UTC: smartboyhw

Where do i get testdrive?
If you want to translate, use the launchpad page. The best way to get the code is the bazaar branch at lp:testdrive, so run bzr branch lp:testdrive to get it. The PyPI repository is at https://pypi.python.org/pypi/testdrive is you need a different way to get the source.

To Do List: (To add yourself or see a newer version, go to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Testdrive/Hackfest#To_Do_List )
Improve Documentation on wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Testdrive
Write manpage for testdrive-gtk
Translate (Some languages are completed) (If you need a translation file to be made, contact Noskcaj)
Get UbuntuGNOME into testdrive (lp#1170618)
Remove or fix Parallels (lp#1171045)
Change the time testdrive resets to (lp#1171054)
Add netboot to testdrive (difficult) (lp#1077158)
Add VMWare support (lp#527161)
Allow download speeds to be limited (lp#703349)
Increase available Storage space (lp#1183153)
Increase available RAM (lp#1183153)
Make Testdrive able to boot PAE ISOs using Virtualbox (lp#940755)
Fix the gui options for setting RAM to “Other”
Fix the gui options for setting Storage to “Other”
Make testdrive able to launch an CD/DVD Burner
Package testdrive for debian. debian bug #718365
Package testdrive for other distros

What can I expect as part of the hackfest?
A opportunity to learn and get help with python, PyPi, gtk, bzr and general testing stuff.
Noskcaj complaining about timezones
Bad sound quality
Seriously, a good time!