Disaster preparation is something that most people are very concerned about, but it becomes different when dealing with a nuclear disaster. When a nuclear disaster does strike, it’s always best to have the ability to construct machines and items that people need for their basic needs. Food and drinks storage, a makeshift home that prevents radiation and a solid communications system would be a good start. One of the most important gadgets that a person must have after a nuclear disaster would be a computer system. People can still get connected to the Internet through WiFi, so if you have the ability to build your very own computer system, then you’d have no problem communicating with other survivors.
There is just one small bit of problem with the idea. As of right now, only a few people know how to build their own computer system. Most people rely on the expertise of computer technicians installing their machines in the comfort of their own homes. A Do-It-Yourself computer system would probably be an invaluable commodity at this time. Building your own computer from metal scraps and bits seems too much of a fantasy, but fortunately, there are already some DIY computer systems available nowadays. I was quite shocked when I was surfing the Internet and I actually saw one for sale!
You could actually buy these DIY computer systems today and keep it in your basement until a nuclear attack miles away from your home wakes you up in the middle of the night. I know it’s farfetched, but you never know. That’s the whole idea of disaster preparation; to have everything you need when you least expect the disaster.
As part of your DIY kit, always make sure to have the following:
- Screwdriver (crossshape)
- Antistatic Wrist Wrap – This keeps static charges away
- Torchlight – Computers can be a pain, especially if you’re installing it in a dimly-lit room. Make sure that you have a torchlight prepared.
- Extra bolts and nuts – Should you lose the ones that came with the kit.
Now, there are two things that you should install in your computer system carefully. Those two things would be the motherboard and the CPU or processor. Installing the motherboard is easy. Just find the screw holes on your motherboard, find the corresponding holes on the motherboard plate or tray, place a standoff in each of the holes on the tray and place the motherboard in a way that you can now see the holes on top of the standoffs. Last thing to do would be to fasten a screw through each of the screw holes . The motherboard usually comes first, since this is where you’ll be installing the processor, video, and sound cards. But this time, we’ll just talk about the motherboard and the processor, since the other components are easier to install.
As for the processor, most people take their time in choosing which processor is good for their system. However, if you are in an environment where radiation is a primary concern, then you’ll have no choice but to make do with what you have. The CPU and motherboard go hand-in-hand, so you shouldn’t have any problems installing the CPU. However, different processors have different forms and installment directions, which brings me to an important question below:
Is it a good idea to actually buy an extra processor if you’re expecting a nuclear holocaust?
Well, I think you alreay know the answer.
About the Author:
Jessica Greenberg is an avid blogger from San Diego, California. During her office day-offs, she usually hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop while updating her blog Wordbaristas.com.