hardware

  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 33.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/cvwuaemp/domains/bartlog.be/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.

Consumerism

It's Christmas, a time to reflect about the things you haven't bought yet, and remember the Holy Message of Jesus Christ: 'Buy! Buy! Buy!'

So daddy bought himself a new PC, mainly because I don't have the purchasing power to still my mid-life crisis with a Harley Davidson, a sports car or a business jet. After spending a couple of evenings on the internet, I ordered:

  • An AMD FX-6100 processor, with the new Bulldozer 8-core architecture. It's not quite as fast as Intel's Core I7, but as I said I'm not quite a millionaire. And I've been an AMD fan for years.
  • An Asus M5A99X EVO motherboard, a very complete AM3+ board.
  • 16 gigabite of KINGSTON HyperX memory
  • One MSI R6850 Cyclone graphics card. I'm not really a gamer, I just looked for a card with decent performance on photo and video editing. It can handle three monitors, and has a nice big (= silent) fan.
  • OCZ Vertex-2 Solid State Disk of 120GB, which I'm going to use as a system drive to really speed things up. It's got a write speed of 275MB/s and a reading speed of 285MB/s. Any heavy files I'll be working on (such as HD video) will also be temporarily parked on this disk.
  • A Western Digital 2TB running at 7200RPM, with a whopping 64MB cache and like the Vertex-2 with a SATA III connection. This will be my storage disk, but it's still quite fast for a traditional hard disk.
  • To wrap it all up, I invested in a new MIDI tower: the Antec Sonata Elite. I've had a full tower for years, which I bought when extension cards still could be quite large.
  • The Sonata Elite doesn't come with it's own power pack, so I also ordered a BeQuiet Pure Power L7-530W 12cm. I'm hoping that it holds up to its name, because my current computer makes as much noise as a military jet engine on full afterburner.
  • A Samsung S23A350H Syncmaster monitor. It's a 23 inch - I'm currently working on a 17 inch CRT monitor at home, so it'll be a bit of a change.

The operating system on my current computer still is Windows XP. I thoroughly hate Windows Vista, which is what is on Mrs.B's laptop. As a consequence, it runs like a steam train on Windows Millennium Edition (Microsoft's previous blunder). But Windows 7 seems all-right, so I ordered a copy.

So now I'm eagerly waiting for my goodies to arrive. The graphics card arrived on the second day after my internet buying spree, but I expect the rest will only land on my doorstep during the first week of the new year.

A final necessary purchase was an economy pack of pain-killers, which I really needed when Mrs.B discovered how much I'd spent on one evening...

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