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GORT Report

For those who are curious, the new computer (GORT) has most of the software installed and running, and seems to be performing just-slightly-better (but not that much) than Tiffany does. The only real problem is that I can't hook up the printer (D'Oh!) or the Wacom tablet (D'OH!!!) due to the egregious lack of ports. So unless I can find some way to hit Best Buy at lunch time, I'll have to stop at Micro Center on the way home and grab a 9-pin Serial to USB adapter, a LPT to USB adapter, and a USB hub.

In case you're wondering why I called it GORT, first is that it has a rounded silver-and-white casing (black and beige machines are both out of fashion this year, it seems). Second, the front ports are hidden by a sliding panel that looks like it should have a laser beam behind it.

-The Gneech


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Nov. 1st, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
I may be a bit uninformed on this issue, but I'll tell you what I've heard other people tell me...Going from a single core to a multi-core proc of the same speed doesn't net you a whole lot more speed...unless you do a lot of multi-tasking (and, of course, the apps need to be written to take advantage of the other cores).

You could start by specifying which programs to run on which core. That can be found under the Task Manager window. This could, in theory, net you some speed increases in some circumstances.

I would imagine that as programs are updated (and after you purchase them, of course), you will see a modest speed boost.

What I am wondering is, how is LOTR playing for you? I remember there was a bit of a worry there if your new video card would be card enough to handle the game.

And GORT is a great name! Have a great day!
Nov. 1st, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
LOTR runs well as far as I can make out. The graphics are a bit crisper, particularly the shadows, and I have the resolution cranked up. So overall, a net gain there. The only snag is that the horse-riding animation seems to hang wonkily every fourth step, sending me into bullet-time every ten seconds while riding from point A to point B.

-The Gneech
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Nov. 1st, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Printer: HP Laserjet 4P, purchased c. 1992 or so. Still runs beautifully.

Wacom Tablet: Ain't upgrading that 'til I have to -- those suckers are expensive! A $40 cable is a steal by comparison.

-The Gneech
Nov. 1st, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Those old HP Laserjets printers are great, aren't they? We still have quite a few of them (mostly 5s and 6s) around the office here. The users who have them are constantly complaining to me to get them new printers, but they just want shiny new toys; most of the new ones aren't half as good. They ("they" including quite a few different makes and models of printers here) might be faster, but they're not built anywhere near as well. They constantly jam, use up toner much faster, and routinely crash or just refuse to print for no apparent reason. Several of the newer ones died less than a year after we bought them. As far as I know, we've never had to get rid of any of the old Laserjets.

Unfortunately, we're starting to have the same problem you had; most new computers don't even have parallel ports to hook them up anymore, and as we phase out our old computers, I'm running out of places to put the reliable old printers.

(I feel compelled to mention that not all newer printers are garbage; I absolutely love my Kyocera Mita; absolutely the best printer I've ever used. As happy as I've been with it, I'd feel guilty not pointing out that it's definitely not one of the bad ones)
Nov. 1st, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
As sad as it makes me, I never think of The Day the Earth Stood Still when hearing that phrase.

Bruce Campbell in Army of Darkness is all that I can think of when klaatu barada nikto are uttered.

It must be that chin.
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