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Monday, September 26
This card sports two Nvidia 7800GT graphics chips and 512MB of memory. This motherboard has four 16x PCI-Express slots. And this delivers 1000W continuous and 1100W peak.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Friday, September 23
I have wireless internet! On my notebook! 1Mb/s at 100km/h! Well, the trains don't actually run that fast, but then again I got the slower plan, so it all balances out...
Sunday, September 04
One of the downsides of moving to New Pixy Central was that I was about to get high-speed ADSL (up to 8mbit) at Old Pixy Central, but this wasn't available (yet) at the new address.
However, it was on its way - and yes, I checked that first.
Now the little status indicator on my ISP's website has ticked over from yellow (under construction) to blue (being commissioned). So any day now I will have 12mbits, and maybe even 24! (Their equipment works at 24mbits, but they are still doing field tests.)
In the meantime I will sit here and twitch.
Friday, September 02
The one small fly in my shiny new notebook ointment was that occasionally, while watching anime, it would stutter very slightly.
It still did it after I added the extra gig of ram, so that wasn't the problem.
It still did it after I replaced the hard disk with a larger and faster model, so that wasn't the problem.
It still did it even though CPU utilisation was below 20%, even while playing in full-screen mode.
But when I replaced WinAmp with BSPlayer, it went away for good.
Alas, BSPlayer too had a problem: In full-screen mode it made sure to fill the entire screen, from edge to edge. Even if you were watching a standard-format show (4:3) on a widescreen display (5:3) - in which case the subtitles would be neatly located somewhere off the bottom of the screen so as not to spoil your viewing pleasure.
There are no options to change this behaviour. I looked, and I looked again, and I looked again. But there is a pan-and-scan mode - which turns out to work perfectly.
The only remaining problem: 900GB of anime. 100GB of disk space.
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