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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit: C: Drive Shows Dirty, Windows 7 CHKDSK Every Boot

I have been really satisfied with the Dell Studio XPS 13 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit that I purchased at the beginning of the year however recently the C: drive displays dirty on boot thus triggering a chkdsk. The problem is that sometimes the boot screen would simply hang at 1 second left before the chkdsk would run. This would happen regardless of if I hit a key to skip the chkdsk or if I let the chkdsk run. Below I describe some of the things I have done to get around this problem.

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Graphing GPU Temps with Gnuplot on a server

If you have been keeping up with the development on our tools server you will know that we just did a big rebuild and I was looking for a way to monitor the GPU temperatures. Yesterday I wrote a article about how to get these temperatures on a linux server which does not have a X-server installed. Alex is currently writing some custom Cacti plugins to monitor temps but in the meantime I decided to figure out another way. I have never needed to use Gnuplot for anything and I figured this was as good a time as any to learn.