Spacefem (spacefem) wrote,

Hot Hardware!

First... a picture:

It's the one pic of me Dave got with the digital camera he checked out for the weekend, I really wish we had some of us but such is life. Anyway, there are better photos of me in the world but in this one the weather is nice, I'm happy looking, and sporting thinkgeek gear. Plus it's recent, and part of me felt like I should visually exist in LiveJournal sometime. Heh. Enough of that though, on to my day:

I'm thrilled today because my geeky friend Walter just ordered a dual Athlon motherboard and, presumably, a pair of MP's. Yeah! This brings up two topics: Walter and my unrequited love for AMD.

First, Walter. He's been die-hard Intel since I met him, another faceless proponent of the Wintel. No adventure! Walter is one of those cute geeks, he watches lots of anime and acts like he's got underground operations and might have to flee the country at any time. Really, the worst thing he does is download lots of porn and burn in onto CDs (he's got books and stacks of CDs everywhere with random software that might not work and low-quality VCDs), so we're pretty convinced if the fed ever run across his name, they won't take a second look. But don't tell Walter that. What else? He's really tall, pale, and skinny, totally blind without his contacts, never washes his hair, has these perfect blue eyes, and lets me make fun of him non-stop. even had Walter Week last april, where we dedicated the site to making fun of Walter. Lovely.

Next: AMD. I'm surrounded by pentium fans around here, I can't escape, so I decided to fight the good fight for AMD. I had a K6 in my old computer, it was 300MHz and I had it for three years. Served me very well - that whole machine was a workhorse with the exception of a diamond video card I didn't like. Ran Windows 98, pretty basic; I learned a LOT about computers in the time I owned that one. Anyway, I built the new machine this summer with a 1.2GHz Athlon, 266FSB. Retail chip, I think I paid like $120 or so including heat sinc and fan, and I've been really happy with it so far. I always hear these rumors that AMDs have sucky chipsets or run too hot to be really safe, but I can't get behind that, I love my chips. I'm not saying I'm a microprocessor diva, just that AMDs have done good work for me so I decided to advocate things a bit.

Now I've got one of my favorite geeks (Walter) using my favorite processor (Athlon) and I'm just too excited to think! What's more, he's going dual: I read a lot about the system this summer when I was building my machine but couldn't justify the cost (Walter can't either, but never mind that), I had to look on from a distance. Now I'll get to see it in action and be very amazed... damn I hope this works out for him! Next I'll convince him to run Linux, once he's under my grasp. MWAHAHAHA!

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