- The new box has arrived in perfect condition and seems to be running with no flaws. That said, the Dell setup docs1 leave a bit to be desired even though it's a pretty simple task. After about an hour I had her up and running, networked with my old loonux box and surfing the web. For the meantime I need to have the old monitor handy until I get the loonux box configured to run headless, so things are a bit messy, uh, a lot messy, albeit functional, at the current time:
The box is right snappy, even with the heinous Win XP default GUI, which is, quite frankly, just awful. How MS spent years and years working on an interface that ended up looking like that is beyond me. In fact I'll bet I spent an hour un-installing crap that Dell installed and poking around the control panel to turn off and change the gui. At least they let you do that. Sheesh, it's no wonder the Mac zealots feel all superior when they compare their stuff to this crap.
The box is right snappy though. She runs dvd's in full screen with nary a hiccough and looks damn good while doing so:
The soundcard is putting out noticeably better sound than my old SB Live did, and while I didn't try to record anything I did install Audacity which I plan on trying tonight. The media-card reader is the shit. I crammed my memory stick from the 40 year old Olympus digital camera into a slot (since there are NO DOCS I tried the only slot that looked like it may fit, there are 4 slots each of a different shape) and BLAMO I see the pics in a folder on a removable drive and I do a quick drag ~y~ drop and boom it's done. Damn, that's worth the price of the box right there. No more messy cables and whatnot for the camera! The monitor is terrific too, worth every penny. So thus far, other than the heinous job Dell does of setting it up, (there's about 10 things running in the system tray right out of the box!!! and lots of demo software installed that you have to take off) I would give it high marks.
Speaking of which, I need info on where to go to take stuff out of the system-tray startup and docs that show what the services do that are running (I'm guessing 1/3 of them aren't needed) and I guess just general info on how to tweak XP to make it run lean and mean.
Also, and I feel kinda dirty saying this, but it was actually kinda fun to futz about with a different OS, even though it's a loooooooooser OS like Windows. I've downloaded OpenOffice and an FTP client for moving stuff from my old box, and need to look for some graphics software (they install a 90 day demo of PaintShopPro - thanks guys) for manipulating and viewing photos and whatnot and she'll almost be a right functional machine.
- I'm pretty sure I'm going to get either CakeWalk Sonar Home Studio or Cubase SE but can't really come to grips with which one will better suit my needs. Or is there something else I should look at?
- Today's lunch will be a modified hammy sammy, which, is a hammy sammy minus the cheese cause cheese == cholesterol == the bad. Bah, so you can just lop off a big ol hunk of flavour regarding the ol hammy sammy for a while. Bah.
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