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Here's my latest note from Facebook:

My new computer
by Eleanor Catherine Blair on Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 14:04

Specs for those as might be interested: Motherboard/CPU: ´╗┐´╗┐Intel DH55TC inc Core i5-660 3.33GHz 4MB Cache/Graphics

  • Case: Mini Tower ATX Case High Efficiency 80
  • Power supply: Zalman ATX 600W Power Supply Ultra Quiet
  • Hard disk: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM 32MB SATA
  • CD/DVD writer: Samsung Internal 22xDVD-RW SATA Black
  • Memory: 4 x 2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM
  • Graphics: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 HDMI Dual DVI DP DX11
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM DVD

And I stole the wifi card out of my old machine :)

Used Windows Easy Transfer and an external USB drive to copy over about 70GB of data and setup from the old machine. Still have to install quite a few programs by hand, but did Firefox and Putty this morning along with McAfee AV and I was pleased to see all my Firefox bookmarks and so on have been preserved - and the wifi card still works. Thankfully I've developed a habit of saving the installers of programs I've downloaded and installed, so they were all in one directory ready for me to run again :)

I'm seriously looking forward to seeing how Starcraft II runs on this.

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Nice quite Saturday with much geeking, and finishing the book I started on Friday, with curry and The Commitments in the evening. Slightly spoiled by waking up on Sunday and discovering computer won't boot. We unplugged everything, opened the case, checked nothing had come loose and then tried it again and now it's booting OK. Stupid thing.

We intend to spend the afternoon at Shelford Feast.

lnr: (deely-boppers)

Or at least that's what I was going to say this afternoon. But Paul kindly gave me and my boxes a lift home, and just as I was heading out to help Andrew move some of his own boxes Richard arrived home, and I said he could play if he wanted. And I got home to find my box had been transformed into a computer. He's even installed Firefox and Putty for me.

So I've installed some anti-virus software under the site-license from the university which allows staff to use it on their home machines, I've run windows update, I've coped all the images off my camera, and I've installed Quicktime and Realplayer and tested them by playing home-movies of rockets, BBC 6music, and videos of OK Go.

I suppose next step is to plug the mp3 player in and see what happens :-)

Wheeeeee! Shiny.

Oh and at some point I'll see if I can re-size the NTFS partition that's taking up all the hard disk and put Ubuntu on the other half. Oh, and I can't believe I don't have a "geek" icon.

lnr: (staring duck)

I was hoping it would arrive on Monday (since that's what they told me last week) but now they're saying tomorrow and I believe them a little bit more. We'll see. I'm going to have to work out who to complain to precisely once it has arrived, so I've gathered together all my emails on the subject and worked out the timeline of the whole sorry episode. It's a bit long.

timeline )

lnr: (duck)

OK, I changed my mind a bit, and it seems there are now three main options:

a) Get bits from Aria. This lot is just under 200 quid inc vat and delivery:

  • Abit UL8 939 5.1 Sound/LAN onboard
  • AMD Athlon64 3000 Venice Retail Socket 939
  • 2 x Kingston 256MB PC3200 400Mhz CL3
  • 160GB Maxtor D/Max+10 133/7200 8M
  • (plus a compatible AGP card from Mobbsy for 15 quid, and help from rjk in assemble and install :-)

b) A Dell Optiplex GX250, with Celeron D 330 via the university's 2005 agreement is just over 300 quid.

c) If I hang on a month HP will be getting the next tender and I'll be able to get a complete Athlon64 3500 system with 1GB of RAM for somewhere halfway inbetween.

The last option is very close to winning, even if it does mean no computer at home for a month.

lnr: (bridge of sighs)

Does this lot for approx 230 quid inc vat sound sensible?

  • Abit UL8 939 5.1 Sound/LAN onboard
  • AMD Athlon64 3000 Venice Retail Socket 939
  • Kingston 512MB DDR PC3200 Non-ECC DIMM
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home OEM SP2
  • 80GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+10 133/7200
  • 200GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 8MB

(My motherboard died, if I'm replacing it should do memory/cpu at same time, and I'd quite like a working Windows at not *too* expensive and am thinking of switching to Ubuntu to give it a try and don't have a huge amount of disk so....)

Edit: Perhaps bigger disk, brings price up a little to 250 quid, and at least one person recommends avoiding Maxtor.

NB: Windows is *not* going to be my day-to-day OS, this machine will be running either Debian or Ubuntu 95% of the time or more.

lnr: (corset)

Yesterday afternoon Mike and I threw caution to the slightly damp winds and decided to take ourselves and our bikes on a trip to Newmarket. It's nearly 3 years since I last did it, and I was a lot fitter then, but I still remembered the route I took - directly there along the A1303 and back through Exning, Burwell and some of the other villages that way to Quy. These days the N51 route exists, so we thought we'd give it a try. And that let us find the T-junction which I've often seen pictured which has a noraml road sign pointing right saying 6 miles to Newmarket and the N51 sign pointing left saying 15 miles! You soon realise why, as at almost every point thereafter where there's a choice the cycle route goes the opposite direction to that which you'd expect. At one point taking a detour 200 yards uphill then 200 yards back down to avoid the main road through the village. The best bit though was in Burwell I think, where following the signs took us round in a loop back to an earlier bit of the route. I suspect one of them must have got turned round slightly. At this point we gave up on trying to follow them and just followed the roads, which weren't so very big or busy. We came into Newmarket through Exning anyway, and arrived at 4:30. Ah, teatime thinks I, but no - it's a bank holiday monday and it appears Newmarket is to a first approximation shut. So in lieu of hot chocolate we drank cider and perry in the Wetherspoons pub and ate enormous portions of warm choc fudge cake. We were pretty tired by this point, and took the direct route home, which was signposted as being abotut 13 miles instead of the 17+ on the way there. Less pretty, and less easy to cycle two abreast on the busy roads, but we got home in one piece a little after 7, very tired and with aching bums! We went out for chinese at the Ugly Duckling late in the evening, and had an excellent meal, even if we had to take most of the main course home with us. It was very quiet but the staff were lovely and friendly and the food excellent as usual. It was a great way to finish off a wonderful weekend anyway.

Today I have been mostly doing washing, trying desperately to get it dry by turning the heating on and hanging it on radiators, and packing the other odds and ends I want for Whitby. I was also going to upload the assorted photos I took while out and about yesterday, but I have been thwarted by my computer. Richard apparently accidentally kicked the power out yesterday, but I wouldn't normally expect that to be a problem. Only it seems on this occasion the motherboard has taken exception to this rough treatment and died. It won't boot, and doesn't even get as far as beeping. So when I get back I'll b shopping for a new motherboard/CPU/memory combination: the memory is so old I probably won't find it's compatible with a new motherboard and it would be too annoying to find that out by trying it and then having to wait for new memory to arrive too. It's done me two or three years, but it's still very frustrating. It's almost tempting to see what I can get in the way of a cheap full system with Windows on it, but it would have to be Linux compatible too and that can be a bit of a challenge. It would be nice to have a working modern Windows install for a change though - not that I use it much but it's handy to have around now and then. Oh well, I get to forget about it for a week anyway.

I have train tickets, Whitby ticket, and cottage confirmation. My phone and MP3 player are fully charged and I have the chargers. I've assorted books and knitting and so on, and lots of clothes which are now mostly clean. And last but not least makeup and a bottle of red for the train journey. Whitby here we come!

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