Jan 302010

At the end of Nov ’09 or the begining of Dec the motherboard on my desktop system died on me. There was no real reason for the failure other than the fact that this was the 2nd board that Nic had given to me that had died. Since the board was dead I decided that now was as good of a time to do an upgrade as any. After consulting with Nic I decided to get the best I could afford that wasn’t one of those insane gaming rigs or rediculous servers. Once I knew what I was looking for I hit up NewEgg for some tech porn. I chose the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD3 AM3 AMD board. I picked this one because near as I could tell it was on the bleeding edge of available tech. This board supports the new USB 3.0 which has a full duplex speed of 4.8 Gbit/s. The press has reported that boards that support this new standard are not supposed to be available until this spring! This board also supports the new SATA 3 at 6 Gb/s! This is an amazing upgrade from SATA 2 at only 3 Gb/s. The only drives I have been able to find on the mass market are in the size of 2 Tb and are only available from NewEgg with the purchase of a $3000 system. I have also seen the amazing tech demo that Micron in Boise, Id did for their new SATA 3 SSD drives! This thing was amazing! I was impressed with its speed in loading programs, pictures and programs that seemed to bogg down a standard hdd in identical systems.
Along with this new motherboard with its amazing new hardware support, I also purchased the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core CPU. I was going to get the same thing only as a 3.0GHz, however after Nic decided to volunteer some project and Christmas $ I decided that getting the best & fastest currently available made perfect sense. This is the first time in my life that I have ever even tried to do an upgrade and get the best I could in both motherboard and cpu. The only thing I skimped on was my memory, but even with this I decided to get the best that I could afford. The OCZ Gold Edition DDR3 1066 2x4Gb that also has Cas Latency 7 and Timing 7-7-7-16. From my research the smaller the number the faster the ram does it’s job. Everything else I looked at the fastest they had was in either the 8′s or 9′s. I decided that even though it was not the fastest ram the board could support it’s Latency & Timing were enough to make up the differance.
Anyways, I’ve been running this system with no problems other than a power supply issue that had a $6 fix and a usb driver crash that may have been either a Windows 7 or Zune software issue. After a reboot, everything works just fine.

Oh, about 2 weeks later I decided to add another 4 Gb ram, so I’ve doubled the ram from what I had in my old system. The only thing I’m thinking about at this time is to upgrade my video card. I currently have an Nvidia 9800 GT w/512 mb ram. I don’t know what model but I’m considering something with an ATI chipset expecially since it’s made by AMD now!

Jan 302010

Well, it’s been around a month since I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my server and netbook. I have totally enjoyed it! No problems, few stability issues and I’ve actually only had 1 issue. I was upgrading my Zune mp3 players firmware and all of a sudden none of my usb devices would work. I just went ahead & hit the power button on the front of my computer and it shut down like it should. When I brought it back up & was able to login everything was working correctly. The only thing I can figure is that the new USB 3.0 drivers on my new desktop system took the entire usb hub down. Beyond that one issue, no program, web page or game I’ve tried to use on this new os and computer have failed at all. I find that Windows 7 is an awesome os and I don’t mind using it at all. I’ve dabbled in Linux but I don’t know how to navigate in it well enough to do the things that I want to. When it comes to Windows though, I can find it, get it working and have it working exactly how I want it to. Windows 7 seems faster, has less crashes than XP and isn’t as much of a resource hogging whore as either XP or Vista. I know there are issues, but I’ve not experienced any except for the 1 crash.

Jan 272010

Faster than a greasy shit running down your pants leg…

DSC00055Stiffys new barn-yard friend, Obie. His main goal in life to to be huge.
Although he has reached over 1,000 lbs he is still working, or should I say, porking his way up!
One day he may reach his goal of a new world record. Until then just watch that he doesn’t eat you…
Stiffy, that means u…

Slow bastard…

Jan 272010

I have been eagerly anticipating getting a touchbook from Allways Innovating. Well, they failed me because it was supposed to be out June of ’09. Instead I was just notified via email that my preorder was not going to be honored because my cc info wasn’t correct. At this point I just decided it was a moot point because I had already purchased a Gateway Netbook, so other than the touch and the various options I had in mind for the device I didn’t need it.
There have been rumors flying around for several years about Apple putting out a tablet themselves, as of today it has become official. The iPad from Apple was announced and displayed for the press today. I am rather impressed with it, but not particularly by the software options. You have to use iTunes to sync it to your computer and the fact that it does not have flash expandable memory makes it’s usefullness very limited. From what I could see there are no usb ports so there is no possibility of adding adtl hdd space with an external drive. There is wifi and bluetooth but no expandability and I find that a deal breaker.
This thing starts out costing $499 with 16gb storage with no 3G. If you want 3G add $130. At this point they are only offering up to a full laptop price of $829 with 3G.
Although this is an amazing advance and I would like to have a Star Trek “pad”, there is still no way I will ever pay the price or be stupid enough to use the iTunes software on my computer.
The sources links will provide more info and pics.

Sources: [IGN] [apple] [allwaysinnovating]

Jan 262010

I was checking out Anything But iPod when I found this. Because Nic wants one I thought I’d post this for his consideration:

“Archos 5 Android Gets Android Version 1.6 (Donut)
December 24th last year, firmware version 1.6.08 appeared on Archos’ firmware site and included a full OS update to Android version 1.6. A couple of hours later it was removed, and Archos stated there were “issues with the browser” and that a new version would be out “in a few days”. As I was planning on doing the Archos 5 review during the Christmas holidays I thought I should wait until the OS was updated before starting it. A few days isn’t much, after all. Today, 4 days short of a month later, they actually released it. I know, I know, I should have known better than to trust a company that sends a products as unfinished as the Archos 5 Android on the market, but optimism got the best of me.

Anyways, the firmware is finally here. No changes that really matter that much, and still no Android markeplace (though a hack will probably be out before too long). It’s also managed to turn itself off randomly in the 5 minutes I’ve used it post-upgrade as well as refuse to find my WiFi network after it started back up, not managing to fetch time data from the net, not loading emails like it should and go into a power saving screen shutoff that required the reset button to get it out of. As the review isn’t up yet most of you won’t know this, but to put it simple; of all the buggy devices that has ever existed this has got to be the most unstable piece of…plastic…of them all. Half a year in and it’s still so unstable it hardly qualifies as an Alpha release. Stay tuned for a review in the coming, if it manages to stay on long enough that is. I have serious doubts. ”