Some Good (And Bad) News!

12 07 2008

Okay, so I know this is a very old cliche, but whatever…

Let’s start with the good news first:

After lots of efforts (and long nights), I’ve finally managed to get my computer back in business after changing my mobo and CPU. I ran into some problems trying to get my SATA HDDs to run in AHCI mode, and sadly, I failed, miserably!! For some unknown reason, neither Vista nor XP would install when I changed the BIOS settings to AHCI. So, anyway, after 10 (maybe more) unsuccessful attempts I gave up, and got both OSs installed in dual-boot configuration using the good old normal IDE mode:

– Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 for my everyday PC use.

– Windows XP SP3 for gaming purposes only.

And now, my new beloved CPU, the almighty Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 is sitting tight and cool in a brand new Gigabyte EP35-DS3R. No complaints whatsoever! It’s one super amazing piece of hardware. PC is literally flying right now. I decided to re-finish Crysis for the 4th time just to enjoy the smell of burning silicon!!! That game really stresses everything! And that’s exactly where you could see the Quad stretching its legs.

So, the bad news is, DirectX 11 is coming with Windows 7. Which practically means a new wave of DX11-compatible hardware. Which also brings the sad news to those who own a DX10 card, like me: start looking for a DX11 replacement card!!!! WTF?!@#?!@#?$!@#$^@#$. I bought my DX10 card less than a year ago!!!!!!

It’s really facsinating how companies work together to make you replace your brand new VGA card just to get some new features!! Don’t you guys love it when nVidia & ATI start bragging about how important it is to get a new DX11 VGA?!?!?!

Whatever. I’m glad I got my PC working again. And so begins the long process to get everything set up the way I like it all over again……

Note: obviously you guys have a clue as to where I’ve been in the last 2 weeks, don’t you?!?! Sorry anyways…

Bill Gates, Forever!

28 06 2008

Yesterday, 27/6/2008 is a day to remember. Bill Gates officially retires from his job at Microsoft. He will be dedicating most of his “new-found” time on his charity organization.

It is a day to remember beause the man has accomplished so much, he became a legend. He had a dream, to make the PC as easy and reliable as any other electronic device we use today. And he delivered.

I know many of you may disagree with me due to well-known legislation problems concerning his products. But I for one, will never forget the first day I laid my hands on a keyboard. My first PC had a DOS 6.33 operating system, and even though I used it only for gaming at that time (I was 12), it really inspired me, and it didn’t seem that hard to learn either. This is IMO a great achievement; to make a PC with all its complications easy to operate even for a 12 year old kid!

And then came Windows. The OS monster sitting on ~80% of today’s PCs. Windows 3.11 was the beginning for me, and it was jaw-dropping at the time that I thought it was a miracle!! And look how that miracle evolved into a sophisticated platform for almost any kind of task. For me, my PC is a platform for gaming, programming, DVB-S TV, home theater, internet device, PDA, student-tools, and many more tasks than I can ever think of…

So, thank you Bill Gates. You’ve certainly made an impression on me, and many others. Your work will never be forgotten. & I hope one day I’ll be able to make a similar impression on other people, it is really the dream of my life.

There are so many details I didn’t want to get into here. Here’s a very interesting article written by Wolfgang Gruener at Tom’s Hardware with some more details about this event.