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Two new screens and the sights in Gippsland (19/07/2009 08:18:16 PM)

Woohoo! I'm now the owner of 2 x 24" Viewsonic LCD's to upgrade my Just-Over-18-Months old 19" LCD. Now all I need is my Ultranav keyboard to come in and I'm set for some more development. At the moment due to space limitations, I've only got one set up - but when I move out (I promise - it's coming!!!) - I'll have two side by side... totalling 3840 x 1050 in Screen Realestate. If that's not enough to develop more rapidly, I don't know what will help. So yeah, this brings my PC worth somewhere above $2,000 now, leaving the specs at:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Motherboard: Asus P5B-MX
RAM: 4 x 2GB DDR2-800 Transcend (Read: Yum Cha)
Storage: 2 x WD Black 1TB HDD, 1 x Samsung 7200 1TB, 1 x 640GB WD Green, 1 x 500GB Seagate 7200.11, 1 x 160GB Seagate 7200.11 - Total usable storage: 2.8TB
Video Card: ATi Radeon 4850 - 512MB
Case: Antec P180-Mini
Power Supply: Seasonic 550W
Keyboard: Logitech Ultra-Flat (Soon to be replaced with Lenovo Ultranav when it arrives)
Mouse: Logitech MX-400
Screen: 2 x 24" Viewsonic LCD's (1920x1080 full HD)

So yeah, that's about it for the spec showoff... I just need my Ultranav in and I'll be set!


In other news, I spent some time with a mate from Melbourne around Gippsland and I swear it's incredibly difficult to find things to do in the area. When you think about the large area of land just in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley, you'd think there would be plenty to see. So, here was today's list of things to see and do in Gippsland with someone from Melbourne completely oblivious to what is east of Pakenham:

  • Princes Fwy between Pakenham and Longwarry - lots of "random" signs.
  • Labertouche (in General) - Nice to see some real regeneration since the fires.
  • Tarago Reservior, Neerim South - I live here, yet I've never actually been to the Reservior... Nice views there...
  • Neerim / Neerim East - Lots of cows, sheep, trees, forests...
  • Crossover - BIIIIIG houses, Camels!!!!
  • EDIT: Nilma - A CROW FARM AND A TIRE FARM! WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT!
  • Darnum - Milk Processing Factory (Fonterra).
  • Yarragon - LOLLIES!!! Seriously, best place to stock up on hardboiled lollies.
  • Moe - Watch out for Bogans...
  • Morwell - Power Stations, more Bogans...
  • Churchill - Monash University - THEY'VE REMOVED THE BINISHELL?!?!?! The land looks sooooo bear without it.
  • Back to Morwell - Courthouse, Legal Aid, Smashed Windows, A Monash Liveried Bus on it's way to Moe!!!
  • Warragul - Old decrepid Milk Factory. Words from an outsider seem to indicate it should be destroyed. I agree - it's absolutely attrocious. Either restore it or bulldoze it.
  • Lardner Park - Massive plantations of god-knows-what...
  • Drouin - Biggest Bus Shelter known to man...

Um... that's about it. While the drive is nice, 400km and there's bugger all to see. Nice views, but seriously - the most lively town was definitely Yarragon followed closely by Warragul. Moe and Morwell were just about as dead as a door knob.

I'll edit this post later with pictures.

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