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( Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:05 am)
Well, with apologies to Charles Stross, but here I am on the other side of the Atlantic, sniggering away.

Having lived through snowy days in London where the place did shut down (and having got stuck in my car for 4 hours on one particularly memorable occasion), and now having lived through snowy days in New York that are worse than anything I've seen in London and seen business continue pretty much as usual, it does amuse me how easily England comes to a standstill at the first sign of a snowflake. You'd think that local authorities and those responsible for responding to snow and other weather-based emergencies haven't trusted weather forecasters since October 1987.
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( Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:51 pm)
I've ordered some new RAM for the PC I'm currently using - it has a rather creaky 512Mb right now. Once this RAM arrives, it'll be boosted to 2Gb. So I'm tracking it with UPS, as Crucial very handily gave me the UPS tracking number. It first entered the UPS system in Boise, Idaho on Friday afternoon. From there, it headed to Salt Lake City, Utah where it spent the weekend. Before even the crack of dawn this morning, it was tracked from Salt Lake to Commerce City, Colorado, where it spent an hour and a half before finding its way to Louisville, Kentucky. The RAM has been in Louisville since 10.13 this morning. That means that so far, it's been to four states (not counting those in between - from the looks of it, it would go through a bit of Wyoming between Boise and Salt Lake and must've flown from Commerce City, which is just outside of Denver, to Louisville, no way would it have been driven across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana in four and a quarter hours - where necessary) and travelled 1,983 miles. It's quite an epic journey when you start to break it down like this.

It's a communal PC, with a decent-enough single-core 2.8GHz P4, otherwise sadly under-spec'ed. So far I've added a new sound card, the memory will hopefully make it work faster, somehow I doubt I'll be plumbing in a new GFX card unless I decide I want a new one for my own PC and plug in my old one. The main trouble is that due to user inexperience, it runs with fast user switching - which essentially means I've got a desktop-spec machine trying to run as a terminal server. I always disconnect other users when I log on myself. I also spent quite a bit of time tidying up the registry and services to get it to start up Windows faster (which it does).

The most annoying thing is that my own PC tower is sitting right next to this one, but I can't really use it because it's a pain in the arse to swap cables round and a decent switcher hub for the kb/mouse/monitor is really too much to justify spending the money on, and anyway I'd still have to switch the speakers around manually because hubs don't do that.
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