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An Experiment... (27/01/2008 12:49:00 AM)

Before the return to uni, I thought I would run a wee-little experiment. Lets see how many people remain oblivious to what's about to happen over the next month or so. Consider it a bit like the experiment Lisa Simpson ran to compare Bart to a Hamster.

Not much has happened - except work atleast 5 days a week, and the fact I have had some time to tidy up CMSv3 which should be ready to trial as of tomorrow night.


I brought n IBM ThinkPad T60p aswell. Has the following specs (which consequently makes it the most powerful computer I have now)

  • Intel Core Duo T7200 (2.0GHz)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 100GB SATA HDD
  • DVD Burner
  • 15.4" Wide Screen (1680x1050)
  • 256MB ATI FireGL V5250 (Equivalent to Radeon X1700)
  • 9 Cell Battery
  • 3 Year Warranty

Got it for a steal - $1,302 brand new! So yeah - I can now say that I have purchased a brand new laptop before ;)

Catch you guys around,


Update: 8:00PM

I thought it was worth me putting my few cents down here aswell. Linux is gaining a lot of popularity recently, especially through devices such as Asus' eeePC and numerous other vendors giving major discounts for choosing Linux over Windows. Take for example American vendor gOS. They are manufacturing Sub-$199US PC's that run their own Mac OS X ripoff of a Linux Operating System.

When it comes to deciding what needs to be in a Personal Computer these days, it's gone beyond the 'walk in, walk out with $$$ PC', people are considering the alternatives in the market to the standard Microsoft Windows offerings. With Linux, we have an entirely new line of computing that means just about everyone can own a modern computer system without feeling like they are operating an old clunker from 1965!!! What market am I talking about? Well, one market often sought after by the IT Geeks who can build their own computers themselves by getting the best bargains is that market!

Whilst there are some subtle differences (such as the architecture, size and power) as per group, having a $200US computer (under $300 Australian if in the future released here) brings about a whole new definition of cheap computing. By avoiding Windows, a consumer can potentially save $50-$300 on a computer, and one such example currently offered by Acer is one of their latest Celeron-M powered notebooks at $499 after $80 cashback

Which one looks more pleasing to those after a general, every day computer? The Asus eeePC with 7" Screen. limiting RAM and HDD Space and no optical drive, or the Acer 14" Wide Screen laptop with DVD Burner and 80GB HDD? Whilst the consumer could shell out and purchase a Compaq, HP etc... with a Windows license, for those simply using Office related products, browsing the web, burning a few DVD's, listening to music, checking e-mail, using VoIP products, editing photos etc... Linux offers it all, and now without the headache of preconfiguring all the software yourself.

I mean, have masses of people yet complained about the eeePC being so difficult that it is next to impossible to use or configure to run the latest sound card, or view the 3D Desktop under Ubuntu in eeePC's offering? I didn't think so (and any minor complaints could potentially match that of Windows and Macintosh users) and it does go some way to proving a theory I and many others share. Linux is NOT difficult to use, nor is it difficult to configure - just as long as the right mixture of options co-exist to create a usable operating system.

Whilst there is some evidence suggesting that some people simply wipe the existing Linux installation, and install bootlegged copies of Windows XP on these computers, but how many "average users" buying these computers would know where to look for these patched operating systems to use on these altered architectures? 

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YouTube Morons (13/01/2008 05:12:12 AM)

After watching more moronic actions from the inhabitants of this earth that we like to classify as humans on various media sites, no wonder there is so much discussion on the problems associated with the so-called "kudos" these idiots get.

This and this stunt are probably the lowest things I have ever seen recorded. Why? Not because the kid is stupid and running on the track, but because the imbosol didn't seem to consider the driver (or two) in this locomotive travelling at what could be up to 130km/h for one moment. Not only would the driver been shitting themselves (wouldn't you if some moron ran out pulling the same thing in a car?), but if the dickhead got hit, where does that leave the driver? Whilst many locomotive drivers return to the industry after accidents, some do not - the psychological burden left upon some of these drivers is enough to ensure they don't drive again.

Now what annoys me even more than the complete moron acting it out, is the support this guy is given from randoms on the internet saying how this guy has balls for completing such a STUPID act. With comments like this, those who are psychologically deranged end up contemplating their own variant of this stunt (and ultimately could get killed in the process).

Now, presumably if the kid died, what happens? The media goes crazy, the parents get shoved on Today Tonight/A Current Affair criticising the Train Driver because (s)he should have seen where (s)he was going, and how the kid is an A++++ student, a good kid and how (s)he is socially popular, whilst the train driver remains traumatised for life.

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