Yesterday, I built a new desktop machine for home after doing some work with AMD64 boxes here at work.I purchased:
Into this system, I added my Radeon 9600 128 MB video card and my DVD burner.
It took a little while to get all of the little bits into the system. When I bought the CPU, I had them put it and the RAM on the motherboard to avoid expensive "oops" issues (CPU seating can be tricky and they aren't tolerant of failure). I also had to use another machine to get SATA drivers onto a floppy and then connect the floppy from my old machine temporarily because Windows XP needs to load the SATA drivers from a floppy because they weren't standard technology a couple of years ago.
After that, I installed Windows XP gold. It took 12 minutes. Compare this to the normal 45 minutes or an hour it normally takes. I then installed the SP1 bits that I had on CD so my system would be patched. That is a CD's worth of material to upgrade the OS and that took 8 minutes. This thing smokes. Between the uberprocessor, the RAM, and the freakin' fast hard drive, this thing just moves. I am in geek heaven.
What else has gone on this week? Hmm... not a lot overall outside of work. I've been continuing to work through Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver but am only about 1/3 of the way through the book. This weekend, I'll be going to a friend's big 40th birthday celebration in Downtown Seattle. I'll also be going out to Bainbridge Island to see Garchen Rinpoche (http://www.garchen.com/teachers.html) present some teachings. Garchen Rinpoche is a rather highly regarded figure who was imprisoned for 20 years, starting in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. I've been told more than once by a number of people that I should go see him.
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