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Sunday, August 28th, 2016
I met with my facilitator to figure out a game plan for accomplishing the project. We set basic guidelines for what needed to be done, such as the number of computer being built and the overall budget.
I’m kind of hoping that what happens from this point on will be somewhat easy. The most difficult part will be abiding by the strict budget. I’m needing to keep costs as low as possible, and building a good computers are very costly.
Monday, August 29th, 2016
I began working on the “framework” for how I plan to ultimately get a computer plan together. I sat down and created a list of all the games and programs we would like to run, and got feedback from my crew members as well.
I feel like this current list of requirements is very optimistic. I don’t think we will be able to get everything we want in terms of quality, and I will most likely need to trim the list in the in the future due to cost if nothing else.
This is the list of games/programs we want to run and the estimated system requirements
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
I began to put together an actual list of what I wanted to get into these computers. This is most likely the most expensive build I will have. It has a great video card, Windows 10, and an amazing processor.
I’m being very optimistic with this build. It may pass, but with this, I can scale down to more cost-efficient builds instead of trying to scale up.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016.
This is the first meeting where I was able to present the proposed builds to the rest of the crew. I want these builds to be accepted by both the adult leaders and the members. I got acceptance from the boys, but the adults wanted me to come up with another, cheaper build.
The hardest part I have set myself up for is getting the project doubly approved by two different groups. The adults want to spend as little money as possible, but the boys want the best machines money can buy.
This is me consulting with the guys of the crew to see what they had to suggest for changes.
Thursday, September 15th, 2016
In an effort to find a build that would be the most cost-effective, I hosted a Skype call with one of the boys and an adult who both had experience in computer building in order to get a consensus.
The hardest issue was conflicts over good candidates for graphics cards and processors. It was a battle between durability and increased performance, both of which were important, but I believed that durability was the best in the long run.
This is a picture of the skype call alongside the build that we were working on revising.
Friday,September 16th, 2016.
I proposed my 2nd build to the Crew Committee. My facilitator pointed out that the price was still pretty high, and we could not swing it. I need to make some changes so that It can be slightly less expensive all together.
The compromise did dash my hopes a bit. One of the big issues with our group is trying to expand hardware-wise. With a reduced count from 8 to 4 computers, this does limit that. Also moved everything to be bought on Newegg.com to ease purchasing supplies.
We held a victory pose after getting the details hammered out!
Saturday, September 17th, 2016. 1 Hour.
Today I met with my Facilitator to go over my 3rd build, and he decided that it would be pretty good, and approved it. He recommended that if I have the time I should wait for some computer part sales.
Saturday, November 20th 2016. 2 hours.
Today was the day when I finally bought all the parts for the computers. I waited until now so I could save money with the Black Friday deals available online.
I was very nervous throughout the entire two hours, because after this there was no going back. I was afraid of screwing up something and was really scared.
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Over the past two weeks, all the parts had been steadily accumulating at my house for the computers. At the meeting we held tonight, we put together all the computers and we had no problems upfront.
Similar to the purchase, I was really afraid of what was going to happen tonight. Everything went surprisingly smoothly. We had Crew members and friends show up to help. Some of the newer people learned something and the job got done.
Saturday, December 11th, 2016
Now that the computers were assembled, my cousin and I got together at his house and we began to fill out paperwork for the rebates on all the parts we bought.
This part of the job was mostly just manual labor. Nothing stressful or hard. I hope all of our rebates go through though, as some of the requests wanted lots of information. We should save about 200$ if all the rebates process correctly.
Friday, December 24th, 2016.
Tonight was the night we were planning on trying out the computers for the first time, by running them and making sure everything was in working order. We immediately found out we were having issues with our OS, Linux not working correctly, and we did not have the correct monitors for our computers.
These problems are big and important to deal with, but hopefully shouldn’t be a huge problem to correct. I think we will need to fine tune Linux to get it working correctly. I’m also conflicted about what to do about monitors, I'm not sure if we should try and use converters or get new monitors entirely.
Friday, January 10th, 2016.
Tonight we held another maintenance meeting on the computers, we did some work on our cart that our computers are stored on, and we figured out what the problem with Linux was, and it should be solved next meeting.
We mostly cleaned up the cart to be tidier and more organized. Im hoping that this time we can actually get Linux working, as right now this is our only way to get an operating system on the computers.
Saturday, January 11th, 2016
Had one more meeting with my Project Facilitator to go over the results from the past two Crew meetings. He was happy with the results of the build days, and we also discussed the issues we’ve had so far.
After talking with my facilitator, I know that I need to look around for discounted or free copies of windows for the computers, since Linux isn't working out very well.
Friday, January 28th, 2016
We finally got the computers running! We got Linux installed by installing directly onto one hard drive, then simply copying to the others. We sat down for the first time and actually played with the new computers, and everyone was happy with the results.
Im very happy that I got the computers up and functioning now! I was hoping I didn’t just build 6 husks of computer parts, since they sat so long unoperational. Most everything worked out here in the end, but I still got a few minor problems to deal with.
Our new computers set up on our supply rack.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
I had the last meeting with my facilitator to close the project today. I informed him that the computers were fully functional now, and we could use them at the meetings finally. He said that we still had work to do, but the Senior project was complete in his opinion.
I am so happy that this is all finally over. I’m also proud of the work I put in now that everything is working and we can actually do stuff at our meetings again. I’m really happy I did this senior project as opposed to something elsed build, and he decided that it would be pretty good, and approved it. He recommended that if I have the time I should wait for some computer part sales.
Over the past two weeks, all the parts had been steadily accumulating at my house for the computers. At the meeting we held tonight, we put together al