It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted properly. Does that mean I’ve been doing nothing? Not at all!
With my lovely new monitor I’ve been playing the original HalfLife. Fantastic game. It is suprising that after all these years since I last played it I still remember all the little tricks that Valve put in.
But it’s not all fun, fun, fun. Been listening to the Stack Overflow podcasts which while have been running for a few weeks I’ve only just got around to listening to. Well worth it to see how a project grows. Certainly put me back in the mood to work on Galaxy a bit more, and to revisit OpenID again.
Loosely on the subject of Stack Overflow, Jeff Atwood – he of Coding Horror fame – blogged about building an efficient HTPC. My HTPC is loosely made up of bits that I had lying around. Eventually I decided to get rid of my PII-450 and get something a bit beefier. I plumped for a KX-333R with a AMD TBird 1.5 (which means it runs at 1.4GHz. It has 1gig of RAM, 5 HDD’s (one of which is a paltry 10gb), 1 DVD. Jeff’s is dual core, all integrated jobby runs at a paltry 43watts. Using my EcoHamster (similar to Jeff’s Kill A Watt) I get a surprising 140 watts at idle, and during boot it ran to a massive 190.5. So if you need an excuse to upgrade this is it: Your old PC is killing the environment – upgrade and save leccy at the same time!