Cranky old man adjusts to new fangled things
Posted by aogFriday, 13 November 2009 at 16:37 TrackBack Ping URL

I just bought myself a set of computer parts and built a new computer and loaded up Windows 7 on it. It’s been many a moon since I last built systems, as for quite a while there the price difference wasn’t that great and I was getting old and busy. But this time the parts were only about 60% of the price of a fully assembled system and I got something a bit more customized to my preferences. It’s a Pentium quad-core 2833 Mhz with 8 gigabytes of DDR2-800 memory and 1.5 terabytes of fast disk. I also bought a 1920×1200 monitor for it. I had planned on a 2560×1600 but those are still a bit pricey and very out of stock (8 weeks for delivery). I thought I would get a 1600×1200 to tide me over, but I ended up with a 1920×1200 because it was cheaper. Widescreen seems to be the thing now which may boost the overall pixel count but I code so I need the vertical room. I normally run dual monitors and set the second as 1200×1600 for just that reason.

Anyway, Windows 7 seems nice. It’s got a few quirks but overall seems fine. I didn’t use Vista all that much but I did use it enough to get annoyed and I haven’t felt that way about Windows 7 yet. The Aero interface is cute but it’s not a strain on the average graphics card anymore. I definitely like that the system tray now has a pop up link the quick launch menu for icons that aren’t currently on the task bar, and you can move them back and forth! Finally, I can decide which ones need to be permanently visible and which ones can live in the popup.

However, none of this seems to have made my website any faster. Odd.

P.S. Yes, I sprung for the glowy memory — that’s just the kind of bling I can’t resist. It’s not a cool computer unless it has blinking lights that mean absolutely nothing beyond “the power is on”.

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AVeryRoughRoadAhead Saturday, 14 November 2009 at 09:05

Yep, blinking, glowing or flashy is cool in cars, computers and casinos - SF illustrators even love to envision future weapons being all tricked-out like that…

David Cohen Saturday, 14 November 2009 at 11:41

I’m finding that two screens beats one big screen.

My secret lust is still that keyboard with programmable displays on each key that (I think) you once showed us.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 15 November 2009 at 10:20

There was some movie (it might have been Jurassic Park) where the producers had an actual supercomputer of the day for the movie set, but unfortunately it had just two or three lights — power, activity, error. So they rigged up this giant panel and the programmers react to some arbitrary things in the computer so it would blink nicely. Otherwise it didn’t look like a computer!

As for two screens, I say pshwah! I will, when everything it set up properly, have three screens for this beast (1920×1200, 1600×1200, 1200×1600). I just need to get everything working here before I start cannibalizing screens from my existing systems. Early next year, though, I plan to replace one of the 1600×1200 displays with a 2560×1600 so I will have a huge screen plus extra screens. Hopefully I won’t melt from all the photons.

Ah yes, that keyboard. That’s too cool even for me.

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