10 Bay Tower 3

The imposing metre high, 10 bay server tower that has worked tirelessly for the best part of 20 years is finally experiencing hard disk reliability issues.

ECR Tower Badge

The ECR badged server started life in 1995 with a Pentium motherboard with a SCSI interface running Red Hat Linux. 10 years later Red Hat changed its hat to a Fedora.

 RedHatLinux                              Fedora Project

When the migration to Fedora was inevitable I installed Fedora Project – the client version as I no longer required a server version in 2004. Fedora Project was installed on one SCSI drive and Microsoft Windows XP Professional on the other. Soundcards, CD-ROM drives and DVD writers and extra RAM  were installed over the intervening years. Unfortunately, I have recycled far higher spec motherboards in the last 5 years.  I will have to keep my out for a suitable replacement motherboard. The PSU (power supply unit) may not match the new connectors so it may be for the shelf.

I spent an hour this afternoon setting up and testing Windows Remote Desktop Connection for my Raspberry Pi B+ running Raspian.

XRDP in the dark

I used xrdp – X Remote Desktop Protocol  (server) – it is a Linux version of the Windows Remote Desktop Server, formally Terminal Server. The X refers to the X, X11 usually referred to as X Windows which originated from MIT back in the 1980s. The xrdp implementation is based on the work of FreeRDP and rdesktop and utilizes the Remote Desktop Protocol to present the user with a Graphic User Interface (GUI) on his/her laptop or PC without the need for a monitor, keyboard or mouse to be plugged into the Raspberry Pi .

Glowing Wireless Raspberry Pi Model B

Needless to say, a power supply and a network connection, WiFi or otherwise is required to actually connect remotely. I used a smart phone backup power unit.

It should be all plain sailing provided Raspian is installed properly and xrdp is installed and running without any errors.


I sincerely hope 2015 brings everyone the happiness and contentment they desire.

I have a spare Can-O-Worms™ that used to belong to my former school standing idle in my back so I going to put it up on FreeCycle and hope some school or community garden wants it. The future owner will have to buy some worms as my guys are busy munching away in the other wormery. Ordinary earthworms will do the trick but tiger worms eat almost everything and are available from Original Organics Can-O-Worms.jpg Wish me luck!