Prelude to the Goodness

I’m in the process of building a new computer, something I said I wouldn’t do until I was living on my own, and, that time I has come.  So far, I have only the two monitors and the case.

I’m very excited to have a computer built in this decade, it’s going to be kick ass.  Like the last time I bought a new computer, this one will have something like 10x the raw specs of the previous one.  Last time, I bought a lot of the latest and greatest.  That was a mistake.  This one is more optimized for value.

27GB HDD -> 320GB
650MHz proc -> 2.4Ghz Quad
512MB RAM -> 4GB
100MHz FSB -> 1066MHz
ATA66 -> SATA 3GB
PSU 400W -> 550W…. this one’s OK to break the 10x rule on.
Case Beige -> Black (that’s pretty much a 10x improvement).
Monitor 173.28 sq. in. -> 492.25 sq. in.
Monitor 1.92MP -> 4.6MP

Notice that the monitors scale 2.8x in area, but only 2.4x in pixel count. I don’t really like this, but higher res monitors, or even monitors which have resolution increases to match the viewable area tend to drive cost up beyond the value.

I am also considering diverging from my nameable tech scheme. From freshman year of college it’s been my last name followed by first initial (as per MSU’s userID design) followed by a dash and a single character to represent the device. I’ve had:

  • norconkm-d for my desktop
  • norconkm-l for my laptop, there was also an l2
  • norconkm-c for my cell phone
  • norconkm-p for my PDA
  • norconkm-r for my router
  • norconkm-s for my server
  • norconkm-b for my blackberry
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I'm a person. I live in Grand Rapids, MI and work as an Electrical Engineer. My hobbies at the time of this writing are kayaking, skiing, archery, photography and maybe biking. As this is my personal blog, my hobbies are likely the primary topics about which you will be reading.

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