Archive for February, 2008

Snippet: Business Cards Ordered

February 16th, 2008

Well, I’ve just placed my first order of business cards for myself via VistaPrint. I’m getting 500 business cards on 265g/m2 card with colour front, black/greyscale back and 7 days shipping for a total of £28.84 (the shipping alone was £9). I hope I manage to use them all and the business takes off!

Net: The Earth, in perspective

February 13th, 2008

The Earth, in perspective Thanks to Innocent Smoothies, I’ve come across a nice animated GIF (1.1Mb in size) showing the Earth in perspective: how large it is compared to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, the Sun, Betelgeuse and various other stars.

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Out with the old PC, in with the New Vista Ultimate Machine

February 6th, 2008

Sorry I’ve been absent from blogging for a while – my old Dell Dimension 4550 PC (which has lasted me just 2months shy of 5 years) practically failed. The power fan had been making funny noises for nearly 2 years on and off (rectified by just blindly plunging a screwdriver into the back of the power unit when it made a noise – not at all recommended) and the primary hard drive started failing. Yes, I know I could have just replaced the hard drive (at a cost of around 70 GBP for over 200Gb), but I couldn’t run certain large photo-editing applications on it as it had a measly 3/4Gb of RAM 🙁

So I splurged out with a combination of a new widescreen TFT Samsung SyncMaster 2032BW monitor from PC World – £180 (my old CRT was still in perfect working order after the nearly 5 years usage, but took up so much desk space), an extra 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM RAM from Crucial (£49.99) and the biggest purchase of all – a Dell Dimension XPS 420 with an Intel Viiv Q6600 Quad Core 2.40Ghz Processor, 2Gb RAM (giving a total of 4Gb), 16x DVD+/- RW drive (at long last – the old Dimension could never write DVDs for some reason), 512MB Nvidia Geforce 8800GT card, 2x 500Gb Hard drives and Microsoft Vista Ultimate. Total price (including VAT and delivery) – £760.75.

Was I disappointed and what did I think of Vista?
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