[This worklog is written in the persona of an Aperture Labs employee, I have no connection to Valve Software or any subsidiaries, this is just a mod! Apologies for any time/info inconsistancies with the 'real' Portal timelines. All updates will be posted as normal in the thread, but also in this main post, to ensure a contigous storyline] [08:45-1997-10-05] All has been quiet recently since the [CLASSIFIED] events. Our team leader has designated a new project to our team. The project is a replacement for the aging Aperture Labs Personal Access Computer - Alpha (ALPACA). Recent and future upgrades to the GlaDOS systems have necessitated a replacement terminal. We have been provided with the following CAD image to work from: Planning and design work will commence based on given dimensions. [16:54-2010-08-01] After years of delays, due to [CLASSIFIED] the hardware configuration has finally been agreed upon. For some reason the components were sourced from outside Aperture but I digress. 2x AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 @ 2.2ghz 'Italy' Core 1x ASUS K8N-DRE mainboard 4x 512MB DDR400 RAM 1x Gigabyte nVidia GT240 512MB 1x T-Win 1U 400w Power Supply Unit The sound card has yet to be finalised. [15:27-2010-08-05] Chassis manufacturing has begun! Due to this product still being a prototype all chassis components will be hand made from 3mm acrylic. The lines may look shoddy but I assure you (and my superiors!) that this is the masking tape making it appear this way. I attach my to do list: Code: -Cut side viewing window from orange transparent acrylic -Manufacture Top, Rear and base Panels -Install standoffs -Source a replacement Hard Disk Drive -Source replacement sound card -Sleeve 1U Power Supply Unit -Source 2x 100mm fans and 2x80mm fans The to do list may not be complete but it has satisfied my superiors so is listed as such. [11:58-2010-08-06] Progress has been made. Testing the new hardware to ensure correct fitment has commenced. Please see below: As you can see we may have to machine a groove in the side Aperture Viewing Window to ensure Graphics Processing Unit stability. The hardware fits like a [CLASSIFIED] in a [CLASSIFIED] On a side note - How are we going to get these retail units out to Aperture Customers when the Labs are locked down due to [CLASSIFIED]? Seems a pointless exercise but if it's what GlaDOS wishes I suppose. [12:18-2010-08-07] More progress has been made! We're pushing through this quite nicely. The base panel has been completed. Just need to design a PSU mount. Unfortunately the PSU is a different form factor to the original ALPACA unit. Everything has to be custom! More work for me.. Side viewing 'aperture' has been mostly completed, just need to devise a mounting mechanism to hold the piece in place. This window needs to be removable to access the hardware, however. That's my shift over - afternoon lockdown has commenced, the party escort robots are standing at the door advising me to leave. NOW. [14:17-2010-08-12] Been a hectic week with other projects taking up the team's time. Issues with recently obtained test subjects, the works! Although from one test subject we did obtain this normal size "M-ATX" cabinet with which to do 'X86/X64' testing for optimising o². The size difference is amazing considering the circuit board dimensions! Here's a board size comparison. The Blue is the size board we are using for o². The orange is the comparison unit. [Initialise] >Initialisation complete, begin GlaDOS client terminal boot test >CPU1 OK >CPU2 OK >MEMORY OK >HARD DISK OK >GPU OK >GCTBT RESULT OK ... ... +Begin GlaDOS installation >Installation complete -Welcome back test subject, shall we begin testing? [2010-08-15-21:16] >Continue stress testing >RUN "hyperpi /32M /4 cores" >Testing... >Testing... >20 Minute update, all cores ≤ 65 degrees >Test complete >SHUTDOWN The team seems to be happy with the hardware so far, less than teething issues than the ALPACA unit. My team leader seems to be happy. We have been warned by GlaDOS that one of our team may be selected for testing soon, so this project must be completed with haste!