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17 June 2001 @ 12:34 am
Today was almost a normal Saturday. We went into town, got rained on, had lunch at Vagabonds. J went for a haircut and I went to the library (and paid my fines for overdue books). We then decided to get the bus out to PCWorld to look at hard-drive prices as we are both running out of space for both Windows and Linux. So, we looked at the drives, then we looked round the rest of the shop. We discovered that for £450 we could get a machine better than our current gateway, but we don't really want to do that - we want to (eventually) get a new high end machine and then that'll be J's, I'll have his, and mine will be the file server. We may keep the current file server/firewall/gateway as firewall and gateway coz it feels better to have the file server behind the firewall rather than be it. Then we went and looked at disks again and J agonised about it ;)

Eventually we bought a 40Gb disk and then shopped in Tescos before coming home (and being rained on some more). And then the fun began. My machine has now got the second of J's two original disks - and that had to be mounted in a sideways facing bay, and all the connectors from everything else pulled off and re-organised so something would fit. But apart from that it worked fine, and when I booted up I had the disk space I thought I should.

However, J's machine took a little more convincing. We started installing/swapping drives at 7pm and we finished about half an hour ago having flashed the BIOS in Iguana. It turned out that it wasn't able to see a 40Gb drive with the original BIOS - but it took a while for it to become clear that that was what the problem was.

But it's sorted now and J's installing Win98 (the drive that we left in the machine has his linux installs on, so he'll leave setting that up until we have SuSE 7.2 - seems silly to do it before).

Whilst goggling at stuff in PCWorld I almost succumbed and bought a new keyboard - I use an MS Natural keyboard, with the original layout, ie the insert/home/pgup etc keys are in a block that is 3 wide by 2 down ... the new layout has them in a block 2 wide by 3 down. There are other changes (The arrow keys are different) and I don't like the layout so much ... thing is, you can only buy the old layout that I like with all those poncy 'internet buttons' on the top :/ I do need a new keyboard soonish though - this one is 7 years old and I've eaten my dinner at the puter rather too often.

I also nearly bought Age of Empires II ... last games weekend we went to we played that, but I'd never played it before so I did crap ... and I've not played it since so if we play it next w/e then I'll be crap then too.

I'm now just debating a G&T as J installs the evil OS. Hmmmm ....

[NB: Mood is just coz, not for any reason - just ask J ;) ]
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: The Smiths "The Very Best of"
jaq: riccoulantijaq on June 17th, 2001 01:19 am (UTC)

Haven't played it recently, but I was an Age of Empires II addict for quite a while... in the sense of playing on the easiest level, building a huge civilisation and army and blatting the computer players who did nothing much in return. Very soothing :-)
Philvento on June 17th, 2001 08:25 am (UTC)
Woo, I bet that HD cost you a pretty penny from PC World? I was in our branch last week & their HDs seemed a bit on the pricey side as usual. They also had the Creative 12x burnproof CDRW at £129.99 - Jungle and Buy.com have been selling it for £97 for some time. Stamping down on prices, my arse :)

Novatech are quite good - £119 for a 7200RPM 40Gb ATA100 HD, or £89 for a 5400 RPM one (Quantum). I could do with a bit more space soon, too... 10Gb + 12Gb seemed huge a year ago, but it's being eaten up quickly ;)
Margaretpling on June 17th, 2001 10:19 am (UTC)
Not that much more than ordering online especially once you factored in the convenience (and the fact that it wouldn't get lost at J's work or broken by being dumped through our letter box). Think it was about 30 quid more, but we had it NOW not in a weeks time.
peagles on June 17th, 2001 02:19 pm (UTC)

Age of Empires II is great - I bought it on a whim a while ago and have spent quite a lot of time on it. Best of all for me is that it runs on Windows 2000 and perfectly playable on my PII 400 laptop but I do find that I get funny looks when playing on on aeroplanes :)

As for the M$ Natural keyboards, the new layout is nasty! I've got one in the office (I've got my nice Logitech in my office in Paris) and until recently used one at home. I just can't get on with it, plus the key strokes don't have the right feel for me.

I've fixed my Logitech at home which wasn't either fun or easy but definately worth it. Normally I'd not go to that much bother but I can't find these Logitech keyboards for love nor money, well, I can but only as a wireless bundle with a nasty nasy mouse that costs about £70.