Friday, September 14, 2007

A couple months back I told my buddy William Chiu that I intended to build my next computer instead of buying one from a major manufacturer like Dell.

"It's cheaper that way," says I.

In true bullshit artist economist fashion, he responds(in what I can only imagine is outrage, it was over AIM) "Did you draw up a cost-benefit analysis of the time you'd spend assembling the thing instead of buying one built???"

It made me feel better about my own Geek-ness.

Well, three weeks ago I finally had all the parts here(well, all the ones needed, soundcard came later). When finished, my system looked like this:

Antec 900 Case
Windows XP home edition(Bite me, I'm using the restore disc from my laptop)
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB
650w-ish Antec PSU
LG 18x DVD-ROM/Burner
Samsung 21.6" Syncmaster monitor
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
ASUS P5N32-E Mobo

Despite a few hiccups I managed to get it up and running, and I learned the difference between owning a computer, and Computer Ownership. After building it(it was my first new-build, despise years in the Navy and DoD in IT) and I became immensely more confident, to the point of me setting up a Ubuntu Duel-boot(no reason, just because) and farting around with the settings in BIOS. It is one kickass rig. And to top it all off, the LED behind the front fans scare the hell out of one of the cats.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Love-Hate relationship with Mass-transit.

I have to say, normally I love the DC Metro train system. It tends to get me where I'm going on time, it's(mostly) clean, and fast. Today the train crapped out somewhere between the Van Dorn and Franconia-Springfield stop, and in the infinite wisdom of whoever it was that was driving, he started to shut off AC while waiting for a technician to take a look.

Thank God it was this Wednesday instead of last Wednesday! And, of course, he turned out to be one of those asshole drivers who would park the train at the station and pick his nose while reflecting upon how he landed such a sweet job...all while us passengers are waiting for him to open the damn doors.

I'm more than a little bitter. I bet his cabin didn't lose AC...