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Computer Tour 2010

Stardate January 10, 2010

There isn't much to say about my computer these days.  I'm older, wiser, and able to sink a lot more of my hard earned cash into my system.  Well, maybe not hard-earned.  I'm a network administrator these days, so I basically just get to go to work and play.  It's kind of like what I do at home, only they give me money for it and buy my stuff.  It's really a win-win.

That being said, I am proud of my computer.  I was also a little shocked when a while back I calculated what it would cost to rebuild my system from scratch and discovered that the price tag was more than USD $4000.  Heck, I've got Newegg on speed dial (literally).  Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that I spent USD $5061 there last year (2009).  Yeah.  I've got a serious problem.  Either that or I've got a serious hobby.

So, without further ado, I present to you the January 2010 tour of my computer.  Gone are the arrays of 120GB PATA drives and wire-mounted 120mm fans of yesteryear (2006).  Also gone are the days of single core Athlon 64 3000+ CPUs.  I've got 12 now.  Instead of doing pictures this time, I thought I'd get with the modern program and post a video instead.  I won't waste your time.  I'll let this handy-dandy flash video do the talking.

Your browser will need to support H.264 + AAC in an MP4 container or VP8 + Vorbis in an MKV/WEBM container for the video above to work.

The above was originally a flash video since HTML5 didn't exist yet. The video itself is a lossy re-encode of the original since I had to change it from an FLV container to an MP4 container and used Handbrake to do the conversion. Unlike ffmpeg, it doesn't have an option to copy the existing video stream which was already H.264. You can download the original if desired. It's smaller and presumably of marginally better quality.

If you would like to see my old system tour from 2006 and laugh at how hopelessly out of date it all is by now, feel free to do so. Just don't throw out a hip.

Computer Tour 2006

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