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WHERE DO I WANT TO GO TODAY? [Jul. 29th, 2003|10:07 pm]
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Heh. Now that I'm down with the University (rockin Corporate Windows XP yo), I'm installing XP on my oldest and slowest home computer, a 466 Celeron. It does have 1/2 gigabyte of memory so I don't think it will be THAT much slower than ME. I just know ME has got to go. Plus, XP seems twice as fast as soon as you turn off all the eyewash bullshit...

XP really seems to be the Windows That Just Works. In my humble experience.

It will be the end of the line for my Turtle Beach Pinnacle card which will go on E-Bay. Too bad -- it still sounds good enough for all but the most demanding applications. Then I'll have to shuffle some shit around -- put the Echo Mia in the PIII desktop, maybe stick the USB Audio thingie on the 466.

I should probably decommission the slowest computer but it has been continuously in service since like 1997? 1998? and it's very reliable, and it's still fast enough for casual usage. Strange as it may seem I often am doing things on all 3 computers at once. All 3 have CD burners, so I can crank out a buttload of disks in an hour, or I can leave one encoding MP3s in batch mode, read mail on another, and download stuff from the newsgroups on a 3rd...

Anyway, the XP install seems to be progressing in some sort of geological timeframe.
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[User Picture]From: m3ani3
2003-07-29 08:26 pm (UTC)
"Strange as it may seem I often am doing things on all 3 computers at once." -- written like a true dork. don't think you're alone. i have 3 going at the same time too...
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[User Picture]From: jawngee
2003-07-29 08:50 pm (UTC)
I have four going, although I only ever really use two at once. One is my domain controller, the other is a database server, one is my dev box and another is basically my terminal for connecting to pfizer over their VPN.

And then Angela has two pc's too ... but she always seems to be using mine :I
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[User Picture]From: marmoset
2003-07-30 08:29 am (UTC)
A nice thing to do with an old box is to delouse it [er, uninstall Windows ;) ] and install something with modest hardware requirements, e.g. FreeBSD in console mode. Then you have a box that's probably beefy enough to be a purpose-made (heh) single use server, for serving web pages, or as a firewall box, or a router, or for geeking out with stuff like server-side Java or building your own Wiki or... you get the idea. The great thing about Unix is scalability for server tasks so that even an old boat anchor can be doing something interesting.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2003-07-30 08:56 am (UTC)
I've thought about this, but the main reason I have computers at home is for creative activities that don't require any programming or deep computer science thought. Having Netbsd or Linux would just be another time sync i can ill afford.
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