We got a grim kanji today, don't we? The more I know about history, the happier I am to live in the present.
I've been pretty absent around here lately. Partly busy at work, and partly being increasingly unhappy with my PC, which is getting slower and slower with each new piece of software and each Windows update.
I've been 1) deciding whether or not to build a new one, and 2) then deciding what to build.
The latter took a bunch of time, because it's been about five years since I did this, and I haven't kept up with PC hardware since then, except in the most general way. SATA? What's that? And all the graphics cards have names I don't recognize. Half of the motherboard and a third of the HDD manufacturers have vanished. O, brave new world, that has such hardware in it.
Courtesy of the confirmation email from Newegg (sorry about the caps): behold my future desk moose.
VGA ASUS N GF6600 EN6600/TD/256 R - Retail (Qty=1) CASE ANTEC|SLK3800B BK 400W RET - Retail (Qty=1) FD 1.44MB|SAMSUG SFD321B/LBL1 % - OEM (Qty=1) HD 250G|ST 7K 8M ATA100 ST3250823A - OEM (Qty=1) DVD+/-RW LITEON|SHW-160P6S BK % - OEM (Qty=1) CPU THERMPASTE|ARCTIC SILVER5 3.5G% - OEM (Qty=1) MB ASUS A8N5X NF4 939 - Retail (Qty=1) CPU AMD 64 |4400+ ATHLON X2 939P RT - Retail (Qty=1) MEM 1G|CRUCIAL D400 CT12864Z40B % - OEM (Qty=2) HD 250G|SAMSN 7K 8M SATA2 SP2504C % - OEM (Qty=1)
OS: Debian, probably etch.
I've been playing with Sarge for the last month, and getting more and more comfortable with it. My main problem is that it's sluggish on its current home, an ancient 400 Mhz PII. To be given a fair shake, it needs to be allowed to roam free on current hardware. Free range Sarge.
So far my major hurdle has been GnuCash. Most Linux apps are as good or better than their Win equivalents, at least for my purposes (we're leaving games out, here). Some stuff like Sonar and JWPce I can run under Wine. But GnuCash is a huge step backward from Quicken. There are things I like about it. True accounting rigor, for example. But reports are scanty, the interface is grim, and graphics are ridiculous. To say nothing of being unable to download balances or pay bills on-line. So, I dunno. We'll see.
== junkyousha == (noun) martyr
|Left radical is 'barebone/death'. Right radical is 'ten day period' (旬), acting phonetically to express 'conform/follow'. Thus, 'follow in death'. This character originally referred to the suicide of a retainer at the death of his lord. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Dutiful death, but bare bones after ten days.'|