After 3 1/2 years I finally saved up enough money to buy a new computer. My old computer was an Athlon XP 1700+ with 512megs of slow ram (pc2100 I think) The new beast is a dual core Athlon64 x2 4200+ with 1gig of OCZ overclocking ram. (pc3200 aka ddr400)
Windows boots a little faster, but not much, and internet browsing doesn’t seem any different. But ripping dvd’s is way faster. It used to take me over 2 hours to rip and recompress a dvd with dvd shrink. It only took me 23 minutes to rip and re-encode the Dark Crystal with this thing. I was also able to watch 9 videos at the same time without slowdown, whereas the old system could barely handle 2.
I installed Ubuntu x64 on a spare 10 gig hard drive because I didn’t have any room on my 250gig primary drive to re-partition. If I can save up any more money, I think I’ll buy a 300 gig SATA II drive. 3.0 GB/s.
I wish software vendors would get with the program and start offering 64 bit linux versions of their programs (mainly adobe/macromedia with flash) Who am I kidding, just regular 32bit linux programs would be nice, but it won’t happen. At least not til linux has a larger user base. Which won’t happen until there is more software support. Damn paradoxes. At least flash 9 is supposed to be out for linux early next year. Only 6 months behind the windows version. Until then I’m just running windows firefox under wine for sites that require flash. (Like Ezzie’s favorite: newgrounds) It seems to work fine. I wish someone would come up with an open-source format like flash, and then market the hell out of it until it became the standard. Then no-one would have to worry that a viewer wasn’t available for their operating system. They could just build it themselves. Or leech off of others who actually know how to program.
OK, back to the new machine. Super Fast. Great for video editing. Gotta start making movies…