Archive for December, 2007
Well I did it! I bought one of those Wal-Mart gOS PCs. Of course, it’s not for me. I bought it for my kids for Christmas to replace (or add to my growing network at home) the ubuntu 6.10 desktop that they already have. I think that this computer will be perfect for them. It should handle homework, games (specifically RuneScape), Internet, chat, and light graphic projects (Inkscape and Gimp) just fine. In return they’ll probably get me a three-pack of socks. Pft!
Here are the specs:
Operating System: gOS
Processor: VIA C7-D 1.5 GHz
Cache Memory Type: L2 cache
Installed Size: 128 KB
RAM Installed Size: 512 MB / 2 GB (max)
Technology: DDR II SDRAM
Hard Drive: 1 x 80 GB – standard – ATA-133 – 7200 rpm
Software: OpenOffice.org 2.2 Office Suite
Graphics Controller Type: Integrated
Graphics Processor / Vendor: VIA UniChrome Pro
Optical Storage Type: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Read Speed: 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Write Speed: 48x
Expansion / Connectivity Expansion Bays Total (Free): 2 front accessible – 5.25″ x 1/2H ¦ Internal – 3.5″ x 1/3H ¦ 2 front accessible – 3.5″ x 1/3H
Expansion Slots Total (Free): 1 ( 0 ) x processor ¦ 2 ( 1 ) x memory – DIMM 240-pin
Networking: Network adapter – integrated
Modem: Fax / modem
Dimensions: Width: 7.1 in Height: 14.2 in Depth: 17.1 in
Not bad for $200.
Episode 047 is live. In it I demonstrate how to create a clock using tiled clones in Inkscape. This screencast is my longest to date. It’s just over 25 minutes long. Sorry for that, on the other hand, I felt like I was moving at a comfortable pace. I hope that you enjoy it.
Losing to my daughter (twice) at Wii baseball yesterday resulted in a very sore arm today. I am not sure what is more frustrating…realizing that I am out of shape or losing to a 4 year old. I felt great after losing to her in the first game (physically, not mentally) but I TRIED beating her in the second game. Maybe I had gotten a little too into it. I clocked some fastballs in the mid 90’s. I was impressed with myself. Felt like Nolan Ryan. However, she hit a couple home runs off of those. That wiped off any smile that I had on my face. Pretty humbling, I must say. She must have cheated somehow, right? Hmm. It will proably take a day or two for my arm to feel better. When it does…it’s GAME ON!