Computer building, gaming, uni and stuff..

Posted by : Unknown | Saturday, November 11, 2006 | Published in

OK, so I suck. Over a month since I last updated.. Oh well.

I built a new computer - An Athlon64 3000 with a 320gb hard drive, a GeForce 6800 XT graphics card, and 2gb of ram. I have it set up to dual boot between Windows (for gaming) and the latest Kubuntu (for everything else). It's a fair bit quieter than my old one (though still not as quiet as I'd like) and doesn't have all the lights and stuff on it like the old one - I thought I'd go a bit minimalist with it. I also got my DVDRW drive replaced by PC World as the old had decided that it couldn't be arsed to write DVDs any more so I now have a LG writer. I've had LG drives before and they've lasted really well so hopefully I should have more luck with this one. I'm thinking that the next bit of computer to be upgraded is the monitor. My current one is a LG crt monitor that's lasted really well and is a brilliant monitor, but is starting to play up a bit and, well..., I want a flat screen :) I'm hoping that I'm going to be able to get a 24" one. We''l just have to see what the January sales bring.
The gaming on it is fantastic - very shiny with the graphics settings cranked up, and and I've finally been able to play several games I've been wanting to play for a while - Half-Life 2, which I've been waiting to play for ages and is fantastic, and also Just Cause (Mexican Secret Agent goodness), Company of Heroes (pretty good but gets a bit frantic sometimes) and Lego Star Wars 2 (just as good as the last one). I've also downloaded the free F.E.A.R. multiplayer which is really good and looks excellent. I need to get around to buying the full game.

The new version of Kubuntu (Edgy Eft) came out not so long ago and that runs very nicely as well. It seems to be much faster than Dapper. Apparently they've replaced init with something new called Upstart that makes running services more efficient. I just really wish to god that Linux multimedia would hurry up and sort itself out. Granted its getting better all the time, but it can still be a major pain in the arse.

I'm still enjoying being a student, and I think I'm starting to get to grips with a lot of the Cisco stuff that I was having trouble with. I also have my first exam to deal with in about 3 weeks. That I am not looking forward to.. It's taking quite a lot of effort trying to force everything into my head - trying to remember all of the stuff we need to know about the OSI model and packet construction and things is something of a challenge, especially as its been quite a while since I had to learn things this intensively. But, all good, and I seem to be getting the hang of things.


  1. Schmutzz said...

    shit u got ur self a server there :)

    3:47 pm