Notes from the front line

So, my cold is pretty much gone. Still have some sinus crunk to expel, but not feeling all that awful.

I'm on vacation for two week. Woohoo! I need to hit the range at some point and that means I need to load some 10mm and the remaining .45ACP I have. I'm probably going to have to wait until mid Jan to purchase bulk 45 bullets.


Well, you see, I've been using my Hi-Def video camera for all sorts of things, and the Mrs. got onto me about editing the footage so I can send it around to the family and whatnot. Well, turned out my 3 year old Athlon XP 64 just couldn't hack the ACHVD format, requiring me to convert all the videos before trying to edit them, losing the Hi-Def portion in the mix.

So, I did what any fiscally responsible adult would do - I blew a fist full of Benjamins on a new computer.

I got a Intel Core 2 Quad (2.4GHz), a EVGA GeForce GTX 260 (the 216 core one), 4 Gigs of memory, and a few other bells and whistles. Been working on it all day trying to get everything reinstalled.

So far, I've not forgotten anything major. I forgot to backup my contacts in Thunderbird, but luckily I had everything backed up and was able to overwrite the settings.

Fast is one word I'd use to describe it. The Quad cores allow me to run BioShock at 1280x1024 with every last bell and whistle turned on, get 60+fps, and STILL have Folding@Home running in the background. HD video comes across as easy as playing a DVD and that's the primary reason I bought it.

I'm not much of a gamer, but there are a few I want to get (Force Unleashed and Mirror's Edge), mostly because the PhysX engine in the card really makes those games eye candy, but since I blew my wad so soon, it's going to be a while before I get any more games.

Ah, toys!

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