Disabling the Blue LEDs on the Antec 900 PC case

The Antec 900 is a great case especially if you're running 2 or more video cards.  It supports up to 4 intake fans (two 200mm in front, one 200mm on the side and one 200mm inside the front) and 2 exhaust fans (one 230mm monster/"Big Boy" fan on top and one 120mm rear fan).

Despite the number of fans the case runs relatively quiet for the amount of cooling it provides.  These fans are larger than the standard 80mm so they can provide much more airflow even though they're running at lower RPMs.

The only thing that I don't like about this case is that the 2 front fans come with extremely bright blue LEDs without an off switch. Not a great configuration if your PC is in your bedroom facing your bed. Normally I'd just put a book or piece of plastic in front of the LEDs but since these LEDs are attached to the intake fans that's not an option.

Fortunately these LEDs can be disabled pretty easily. Cutting one of the wires, as pictured below, connected to each of the 3 LEDs makes this otherwise excellent case suitable for bedroom use.

First Week at Microsoft and Escaping Virtualization

After driving across the country I'm finally starting to settle into my new job at Microsoft.  It's only been a week though so I'm still in the honeymoon phase.  Good god they use technology here, it's awesome!

A few firsts:
  • First time ever having the option of using software as a work/desk phone.  Office Live Communicator truly rocks!
  • First time ever logging onto a domain from a copier/scanner/fax machine.
  • First time successfully using PXE boot without suspecting the network was really running on a dial-up modem. It was, and is, blindingly fast (usually).
Escaping Virtualization

Since testing involves installing lots of builds I've gotten to work with several virtualization programs.  They all seem to default to a different command sequence to 'escape' back to the host OS:
  • Virtual PC uses right ALT. Not really my favorite as it takes my hand off the mouse.
  • VirtualBox uses right CTRL.  Ditto.
  • Hyper-V uses the truly draconian CTRL+ALT+LEFT ARROW. Yikes!