Suprisingly, the two items referenced in the title are not related.

We had a bit of a mishap here today. Not sure why, but one of our outlets actually caught on fire. So we’re having an electrician come out to replace that one and inspect the others. Bakke wasted a perfectly good fire extinguisher on it (is was up for using the wet end of a paper towel, which would be effective and safe [not to mention cheaper], but Bakke doesn’t realize that I do know schnat when it comes to electrical stuff. It’s not like I haven’t done this before).  In any case, that was fun.

Felicia and I went to all sorts of cool food shops today. First we went to World Foods, then the Keeweenaw Coop, and then Econo Foods. Made sushi and sesame chicken for dinner, but sadly, Felicia (cook du jour) took a bad turn with her flu-like achiness (which I may have mildly contracted) and couldn’t eat any of it.

Finally, the unveiling of “Teh Fuct Box II.” This screaming deamon of a machine is  a whopping 350MHz (50MHz less than TFB I), with 656Mb RAM. It’s got a funky Mad Dog OEM DVD player in it, and it’s running Windows 2000.

Some may ask “Why aren’t you running Linux on it?” Because, and this may come as a shock to you, but Linux would suck on this machine. Sure there are distros that could work, but there are problems with them performance wise. Windows 2000 works with all of the hardware we have installed, and runs lightning fast once it’s loaded. It runs movies straight off of my external hard drive with ease, thanks to the crazy amount of RAM we have in it (comparably). The stats:

  • 350MHz Intel Pentium II
  • 654 Mb RAM
  • ATI  3D Rage Pro Video Card
  • Quantum Fireball CK20.0A 20Gb HDD
  • Quantum Fireball ST 3.2A 3.2 Gb HDD
  • Asus P2B-F Motherboard
  • 3Com Ether III ISA Network Adapter
  • DLink DWL-G112 USB Wireless Adapter
  • Yamaha DS1 Sound
  • Mad Dog DVD Drive
  • Cirque Touchpad
  • Compaq Keyboard
  • Samsung 33″ HDTV
  • 5.1 Surround via Reciever

Yeah, it’s kinda messered up…

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