Monthly Archives: July 2008

iBuy, iPay, iBreak, iPhone

Justin convinced me into buying an iPhone. It was either the iPhone or the HTC touch pro. Seeing as the touch pro would be 800-1000 and not yet released, I think the iPhone is overall a good decision.

I have to hand it to apple, they know how to provide one sexy GUI. It is a pleasure to use the device (for the most part.) I was worried about the on screen keyboard, but the phone has a wonderful system for predicting what you want. In most cases I don’t have any issues getting the message across. Only in username and password fields is it an issue.

Microsoft Exchange is up and running with my Accenture email. It is fantastic. I feel so important now. Too bad Best Buy is against, but I can still use webmail to get at my best buy email.

My only gripe so far is that my vibrate switch broke. This seems to be a common problem for some of us and it looks like I will have to take it into one of these so called “genuises” to get it sorted out.

Other than that, I’m so impressed by the apps. Pandora and Twinkle (Twitter with so much more than just tweets) right now are just friggen cool. AIM is functional and there are plenty more free apps to try. I’m tempted to start programming some of my own. We shall see.

I only hope that I can get to bed tonight at a decent hour.

Apps I have and look useful:

  • Twinkle
  • AIM
  • Facebook
  • WordPress
  • Google Mobile App
  • Pandora

Building a Computer 101: Final Scoping

Ok, so it’s been a few months since we last scoped out a computer.  The industry has changed a bit and just about every part of your set up needs to be reevaluated.  It is important to do your homework, cross your T’s and dot your I’s, because this is it.  We are now 1-2 weeks out from the purchase date.

I’m not going to pull the old list, you can find it starting here:

I’ve been doing a lot of research in the past few days and I’ve made a major overhaul to the list with these goals in mind:

  • Provide the most bang for my buck
  • Provide room for future expansion
  • Semi-Silent Operation

I debated the option of water cooling, air cooling and stock cooling.  I also debated how future proof I wanted to make the build.  I analyzed where I could overclock after cooling upgrades and save money.  (This mostly applies to the processor.)

I decided that for now I will use stock cooling.  It should be easy enough to convert to water if and when the time comes.  I also can’t justify $1000 on the processor alone and as such took a minor hit in the clock speed.  I decided to go with a giant power supply that has a high efficiency rating.  This means that while I won’t be using even 60% of it’s capacity at full load, the PSU will only draw as much power as it needs.  This actually could result in drawing less power than my current system.  This also affords me the ability to expand in the future.  It accounts for water cooling and Dual or Tri SLI. (It is also modular for better air flow and case management.)  As far as HDD go, I’m going to stick to a decent 640GBs running RAID 0 (Mirrored for backup).  I don’t use all of my 240 gbs right now.  I figure 640 will be plenty for a while.

With that said here is the condensed list straight from new egg:

Product Description Total Price
Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse 79.99
EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI DDR3 ATX Intel Motherboard 359.99
BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024E GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported 449.99
Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU ATX12V / EPS12V 1200W Power Supply – Retail 389.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450 329.99
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 234
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM x2 179.98
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N – OEM 26.99
Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series – Retail 135.99

What you may notice missing is a case. Now for the life of me I can’t choose between two cases. It is my hope that you, my readership, can provide some input.  I want you to ignore the price and help me choose between these two cases:

Lian-Li V2110 (or V2100) and Cooler Master Cosmos S

Rate cases based on looks, functionality and etc.  Only once you have an opinion, then look at cost.  The main questions are:

  1. Which would be better for water cooling some day? (Well thought out space for 360mm Radiator and general flow.)
  2. Which case provides the most functionality? (Slide out Mother Board, Included case fans, tool less, etc.)
  3. Is the cost justified?

After I figure out the case, it’s a matter of ordering and then building.  The build should provide a much more interesting read.  I’ll document the build with photos!  It will be like you’re right along side me at all times.  Creepy!

So don’t forget to cast your opinion in the comments!

Burning a Hole

Finally once again I have an established in flow of cash.  For the past year cash has been flowing in pretty much one direction.  This influx has caused what some call (Justin) the “Toy Phase” of getting a new job.  Already I have purchased the following:

  • GRiD Racing for Xbox360
  • Xbox Racing Wheel for Xbox360
  • iPod Classic 80gb
  • A rolling garment bag
  • A carry-on luggage piece with suitor
  • Dress Shirts
  • Ties
  • Eat out more often

Currently I am in the process of purchasing a 2009 Toyota Corolla S. (Blue Metallic)  I am on the list and in about 40 days it should arive.  This to me was a very wise decision.  While I was looking at and almost purchased this, I decided against it due to a possible house purchase and other purchases in my near future. (Plus gas is expensive and I would burn through it quick with that kind of car.)

With money still left over and not yet sacrificed to any materialistc god…these still remain in my sights:

  • iPhone 3G or HTC Touch Pro ($300-$900)
  • [Camera+lens] Canon EOS 40D (w/ 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6) ($1200)
  • [lens] Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($90)
  • [filters] ES-72U (Polarized, Neutral, UV) ($115)
  • Build a New Computer ($2000-$3000)
  • A Waterski ($600-$1500)
  • A sailboat ($3500)
  • Other ($6000-$10000)
  • Vacation ($1000-$2000)
  • Slew of games in the fall (X * $60) [Prerequisite = New Computer]

So as you can see, it never stops.  There is always something else to buy.  Most of these things I don’t need and won’t end up being purchased.  I rather like ratching my various accounts grow.  Now if only the market would turn around, things would be better.

Training in Connecticut

Another week spent training has come to an end.  This time the training was much more specific and tailored towards what I will be doing for the next year or so.

I was training at Oracle University and as such was the only Accenture person in my small training group of 5 people.  The training went really well.  I managed to get ahead of the class and finish all the activities a full day and a half ahead of schedule.  This allowed for me to get a “review” session.  I found that this better reinforced the knowledge that I had gained in the class.

This means that I will be starting at Best Buy this Monday and be there for a good 9 months.  By the end I should be an expert in Hyperion.

This trip was my first experience traveling completely alone both ways.  Also my first experience renting a car and checking into a hotel for myself.  I was able to navigate my way around the New York and Connecticut road ways.  My initiation occurred around midnight after a day of traveling.  In my rented ’08 Eclipse it was a rather interesting experience.  The Eclipse drives well enough, but one has very limited visibility.  EZ-Pass is also the only way to deal with toll roads.  Wow!  Amazingly easy!

Downtown Stamford was pretty cool.  I’ve never seen a Target in a downtown environment.  There were elevators between floors and the first 2 floors were parking only.  Definitely different from the way suburbs have their stores laid out.

Most of my free time was spent in my hotel room just watching TV and relaxing.  There really wasn’t much to see or down in Stamford.  At least, nothing was open when I had free time.  The food was good in the surrounding area and in the Hotel.

Pretty uneventful week (and that is just fine with me), but certainly gained a good amount of knowledge.  Now it’s just time to apply that knowledge on the job site.