23 February 2008

What a fine day. I haven't seen rain in almost two weeks now. The grass verges by the pavements are mostly yellow. I heard that there was actually rain at various parts of Singapore last night.

22 February 2008

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The Seventh Tree

I'm listening to the new Goldfrapp album 'The Seventh Tree' which has been described as 'organic'. However, just about everything has been described as 'organic' these days and Goldfrapp's new effort is not certainly the first. I find the fourth album to be mellow with a hint of folk and far removed from the quietness of 'Felt Mountain' and the electroclash harshness of the 'Supernature' and 'Black Cherry'. A very stripped down sound.

The first single, 'A&E', is in my opinion, the best track on 'Seventh Tree'.

18 February 2008

Crashing the System

It started like this. The old power supply in the system died some years ago. I replaced it with a HEC 550W supply which was considered to be reliable. (Wilson said so.) The ASUS P4B533 motherboard was also finally giving after seven years of abuse with two dead PCI slots. That led to intermittant voltage problems. Concurrently, the 'new' HEC supply was dying too, given that I have too many devices onboard, three HDD, one DVD writer, two or three PCI cards, video card requiring extra power and three or four fans.

There was also power leakage. The problems compounded and thus, it led to a chain of failures. Cascading failures. Something had to give.

Eventually, the power and heat issues led to a HDD failure. I lost photos and artwork. Oh well. Yes, I backed up everyone else's data except my own. Tragic.

A good power supply is very important. All the big branded computers out there generally use generic power supplies with a life span of 3-5 years, generally less. Three is the norm. Beware.
The Machine Age

Thanks to Wilson, I got the following:

1. 7Team 650W Power Supply
2. GEIL 800MHz 2GB DDR2 RAM Kit x 2
3. Gigabyte 8800 GT 512MB Video Card
4. Sony 20X DRU840A
5. Seagate 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA2 HDD
6.Intel Q6600 2.4 GHz (Quad)
7. Gigabyte GA EP35-DS3 Motherboard
8. Salman CPNS 9500AT Fan
9. Cooler Master- T05 Black Casing
10. Philips 220WS8FB 22" LCD

His recommendations essentially except that I opted out of the soundcard, keyboard and mouse and that I got Windows Home Premium and downgraded from a GTS to a GT video card.

I will be picking up a keyboard and soundcard soon.

My first new machine since 2001.

What a way to start the morning. I hear from my colleagues that a young woman in her mid-thirties who works in the same building has passed away, leaving behind a husband and two kids. I have dealt with her previously. Heh. No confirmation as to the information yet. I am shocked. It seems that she died on Saturday. She died of lung cancer.