Or at least a new PC. After 7 years, it was time to deep 6 the old Gateway and get a new computer. Through two days of playing around with the new computer, I can’t believe I waited this long. Its like moving from a Model T to a Corvette.
Dell Vostro 400
- Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 (2.40GHz, 1066FSB, 8MB L2)
- 3GB memory
- 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS 2DVI.
- 22 inch Widescreen monitor
And due to Dell’s end of the fiscal year savings it turned out to be rather affordable. FYI -If you are looking for an XP machine, check Dell small business (and no need to be a small business). They are still providing XP as an OS option in that department
February has been a very busy month, and very little of it was able to be posted to the blog. Most importantly, C. was born January 27th – giving me two little girls to chase around the house. They say adding a second child is harder to adjust to than the first – but I don’t think its true. After L. I did not pick up a figure for six months. This time I’ve been able to keep at least a hour or two per week to myself. Cute little bug, isn’t she.
I’ve been casting up a pile of resin objective markers for Adepticon – 440 tokens needed for the tournaments and more for the convention sales. The blocks for the Hirst Seminars are about two thirds done.
Two weeks ago I took a Web design seminar as part of my MBA program. The seminar was a bit week, but it gave me a taste of HTML. Since then I have been reading up on the subject and playing around with products from Komposer and Coffee Cup. Komposer is an open source WYSIWYG HTML editor with very few frills. Coffee Cup has a large line of products including both a Visual and WYSIWYG HTML editor – both have 30 day trial downloads! The class was taught with FrontPage 2003 – a nice enough program ( for a HTML rookie) – but I have concerns about witting pages in a format that requires the web server to have proprietary software.
After far too much effort, I finally have my Legend of the High Seas book from The Warstore. Contrary to popular opinion – this store is not the best to be found on the web: shipping delays, out of stock products and a failure to send the right product will keep me from ordering again. Despite all of that, I did get a group of Foundry pirates Scurvy Swabs to add to the pirate collection. Knew they were small (actually advertised as 28mm on the foundry site)- but these figs are tiny. They will look like children on the table compared with the GW, PP and Black Scorpion figures.
March is not going to be much better for blogging than February. Expect to see more pictures of armies buried in my gaming closet. I have 4000-5000 points of WFB Chaos, so plenty more of them to see. I also have an Eldar (well painted for 2002) and Chaos Space Marine army (not so well painted from 1999) if anyone would rather see pics from those collections.