New Computers

First:
Last Thursday, my apartment had some power supply issues—and due to a surge in the electricity supply, my computer’s power supply blew up. When I installed a new power supply, I found out that the motherboard was fried as well. Time to upgrade.

Introducing my new home machine, named zeppo:

  • AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+ processor
  • ASUS M2N-MX SE Motherboard
  • 1Gb DDR2 RAM
  • A plain vanilla power supply and cabinet

For those in the know, this is a low-end configuration. I got it dirt cheap—less than Rs. 9,000. And it’s at least thrice as fast as my old computer (or at least feels like it). A pity, I won’t be using it for much longer.

I have only one problem with the new machine—it has only a single IDE slot on the motherboard, so I can install only a couple of devices. Haven’t figured out what to do with my two hard-disks (80Gb each, Samsung and Seagate) and two optical drives (LiteOn and Sony) yet. Right now am running with both the hard-disks installed, and the Sony DVD burner connected via USB. Lets see whether this works…

Second:
I ordered a Dell Vostro 1400 N-Series notebook last month, and it got delivered yesterday! Here are the specs:

  • Intel Core2 Duo Mobile Processor T7100 (1.8GHz)
  • NVidia GeForce 8400M GS graphics card with 128Mb RAM
  • 1Gb DDR2 RAM
  • 14.1 inch screen, with native resolution of 1280×800
  • A nine-cell battery
  • The rest is standard notebook stuff.

I have decided to call it fiddler. It’s cost me a lot of money, over Rs. 50k. But I’ve always wanted a laptop, and if you’re gonna buy one, might as well get a decent one.

Right now it’s giving me trouble installing Ubuntu, but I’m sure that I’ll have it up-and-running by next week.