Teh Squeaky Wheel
F-f-f-f-friday salutations from “13 -- feels like 8” yet Happy Larryville, GN.
At present, I think the polar vortex is an even worse Canuckistanian export than Justin Beiber, but that may only be ’cause Beiber is neither running-up our heat and water bills nor personally inconveniencing us. I reserve the right to capriciously modify my opinion. 😉
Ooooopsie…Happy Birfday 2/7 to Harper!!1!
I shudder to think what exactly feels like 8″, Fatwa.
And happy birthday, Miss Harper!
Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa (13″ is the new 8″ -- remind me not to use his moyel ) and Sven!
Happy birthday, II of 7, Harper!
I couldn’t decide what cake to get you, so I got them all!
Teh Younger returns to college today. I’ve gotten used to him being home -- it’s hard to see him leave.
Paddy & Sven --
Hee! Appreciate the “Jerry bait”. 😉
Excellent cake finds, Paddy. Hope teh Younger’s journey is uneventful.
This weekend the last of the parts should arrive so I can build a new computer. I have been busy rearranging my desk so I can accommodate three desktop computers comfortably in a space that has been too crowded with two of them. I guess I am hooked.
Hi, Mac --
Wow…three computers? I guess you are hooked; hope the build goes well.
SiL recently built one on the cheap -- including water-cooled CPU and video card so he can seriously overclock it. (He’s an avid tinkerer.) While I know the cooling units are factory-sealed, I still can’t quite get past the idea of circulating freaking water inside a computer case. It just seems so wrong. 😉
This is wonderfully well done:
I understand the discomfort with water inside the box. After having a PC built with the Pentium 4 Prescott CPU I had persistent trouble with loud fans and still overheating badly. That CPU was like a flat grill! I was considering water cooling for my next PC but I found that the AMD CPU ran cool enough that a good air cooler worked fine without sounding like a B-29 running up for takeoff. I still considered it as I wanted a very quiet machine but I saw that it still had a fan and found other ways to cool things without much noise. My next machine had an Intel Core 2 Duo 6850, a fast CPU for the time but much more efficient than the Pentium. I put a big Zalmon cooler on it and it normally hardly spun as the HUGE heatsink bled off the heat well. I am still using that machine as my XP box. The last computer I bought in late 2011 has the i7-2600 second generation CPU and is both quiet and an animal. The machine crunches through video at an incredible rate, converting a DVD in ten or 15 minutes that takes my other machine 45 minutes to an hour. I was going to use the CPU from that machine in the new one as it is more than fast enough and I bought a mother board that would take the 2nd and 3rd generation CPUs but I decided it was a waste of a good machine as I would be throwing out both the mother board and the operating system (Win 7 Ultimate) and other software tied to that mother board and it still worked well and would be very useful so I went ahead and ordered another CPU and RAM. For about $350.00 I will still have the old machine. I did not want to buy a new i& CPU as the are about $340.00 and I just don’t need it. I went with a 3rd generation i5 that is rated for almost the same speed but does not have Hyperthreading. It should be as good or better. and if not I will put the i7 in the new machine. My issues with the other machine relate to the mother board or Gateway’s system I think. They will not matter in the new role of the machine and it will still kick butt processing video. I don’t use modern games and in fact my games are so old they won’t work in Win 7 so I use the XP Pro box for that. It is more than powerful enough for them. I did get a video card but it is an inexpensive card with passive cooling as the small fans on these cards tend to make a lot of noise. I ordered a good Zalmon cooler and have some fine quiet case fans. I will reuse an Antec Sonata case from my old AMD PC that is very well engineered for low noise so I expect this machine to be very fast but very cool and quiet. I will have 16 GB of DDR3 1600 RAM.
I hope it all works as planned.
As do I.
I’m still quite pleased with the base model Mac Pro I bought 18 months ago (to replace my nearly ten-year-old G4). Plenty fast enough to do everything I’ve asked so far; capable of handling more than enough tracks of 96K audio (plus multiple plug-ins) for my needs at this time.
Also appreciate that there’s so little fan noise when I’m chewing-up the CPU, and I like the large case.
Even if I had the money, I don’t think I’d buy one of the new Mac Pros. Love the design, the power’s impressive and if I did 4K video, I’d certainly want one. But I’m not thrilled about needing to have so many external boxes connected via Thunderbolt (although I do like what I know of that technology).
And it’d be serious overkill for my current audio needs. I’d rather send that same money on a rack mountable Windows machine specifically optimized for playing software instruments and some top-drawer instrument libraries.
Wow. You guys have been chatty.
Justin Beiber is a douche. Just sayin’
Safe travels to your son, Paddy.
Good luck on the computer build, Mac.
I owuld type more, but the old smelly cat says enoguh…
Got to tend the cats, Sven. Good luck!
An email from my city included the following:
South Coast Air Quality Management District has a program designed to protect people from harmful wood smoke.
The goal of the “Check Before You Burn” program, which runs through the end of February, is to protect public health by minimizing harmful wood smoke from residential wood burning.
Before using an indoor or outside fireplace on residential property, check out the daily forecast at http://www.aqmd.gov/aqmd/DailyForecast.htm, which lets you know if it’s OK to burn for residential indoor or outdoor fireplaces.”
And the even more ominous:
“SCAQMD enforces its Check Before You Burn program. If you see a neighbor using a wood-burning device when a no-burn day has been issued, you can call 1-800-288-7664 or visit http://www.aqmd.gov/complain/reporting_aq_problems.html to file a complaint.”
“As part of the Healthy Hearths™ initiative, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is asking residents to participate in its “Check Before You Burn” program to help improve wintertime air quality by not burning wood in their fireplaces when unhealthful air quality is forecast. Under the program, SCAQMD will issue mandatory no-burn alerts from November 1 through the end of February for specific areas where fine particulates are forecast to reach unhealthful levels.”
You are “asked to participate” while at the same time it’s a “mandatory no-burn alert”????? And you are suppose to know how it’s a no-burn day? Apparently, you can call a number to find out, or use the miracle of the intertubes to check a web site. The web site has a map, and this morning all of the effected areas are designated as “OK to burn” which I find hilarious. I wonder if it was consulted during the LA riots 20 years ago?