January 14th, 2008

Close Encounters

A female deer

I didn't realize I had that many geeks reading my LJ.  :)

The icon is the Curwen Hand Signs for the 5 note theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  It is used by Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut) to illustrate the 5 notes and to greet the alien near the end of the film.

The 5 notes are:

ray - me - doh - doh (lower octive) - soh
Windows uber alles


I guess I'm going to be dragged kicking and screaming into upgrading my PC.

Microsoft has all but abandoned Windows 2000.  Logitech and many other companies no longer produce products for 2000.  The newest iPods won't work under 2000,.

And now, I'm going to end up having to upgrade, not because of hardware failure, lack of capacity or a desire for something faster.  No.  It's because I can't get an anti-virus for a reasonable price that will work with 2000 Server.

Eset used to sell a single user license of NOD32 for Windows 2000 Server that cost the same as the regular home user version, about $35 a year.  All the other AV makers only sell multi-user license packs, running around $250-500 for 5-10 users.  I don't need that many licenses, and there is no way in hell I'll pay $250 for ONE YEAR of anti-virus.  Now Eset has jumped on the bandwagon, they don't sell single licenses either.

So I guess I've got no choice now but to upgrade.
Hello Computer

Thoughts on upgrading

I don't know why I'm always so hesitant to upgrade.  In the past 20 years, I've only had 5 desktops, and only 2 since 1998.  I guess I spend so much time getting my machine just right, that having to reinstall and retweak everything just seems a real hastle.

Anywho, I have 3 choices in upgrading right now.

1.  Upgrade the OS, keep the current hardware.  I'd need to buy two new hard drives (because I must have RAID) so I can easily fall back to the old OS just in case.  About $300 for 2 hard drives, my SO has a spare XP license.

Pros:  Cheapest route possible.
Cons:  CPU is obsolete (Pentium 4 HT), motherboard drivers are no longer updated.  Switching back to old OS will require reinstalling old drives.

2.  Build an entirely new machine, salvaging a few parts (DVD burner) from old machine.  This will run about $1400 for an Intel Xeon quad-core system with XP, nearly $2000 if I go with Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 Pro.

Pros:  DIY pride, slightly cheaper than pre-assembled, all parts are known and easy to replace.
Cons:  Warranty on individual parts usually quite short.  Construction somewhat time consuming, any mistakes cost money.

3.  Buy a Dell Precision.  No consumer-grade Inspiron crap.  This will run about $2600 for a Core 2 Quad system with Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 Pro, $2200 for XP Pro with no Office.

Pros:  3 year warranty minimum, available accidental damage warranty.  Fully assembled and tested, hardware conflicts highly unlikely.
Cons:  Most expensive, Dell has crappy cases, sometimes use proprietary parts