First Christmas On Our Own

This will be our first Christmas on our own and it has led to some interesting developments. I’m down for just sleeping in and having a nice relaxing morning. Anybody have stories about their first married Christmas or adjustments that had to be made in family traditions? And of course our first Christmas tree.


Merry Christmas to myself

Being a geek and having a website where I supposedly write posts about geeky things means I must give proof of my geekiness. As Sarah, my parents, siblings, and anybody who tried to shop for me for Christmas knows, I’m particular about the things I buy. Well as a gift to myself I decided to upgrade the core components of my computer because we all know money serves zero purpose sitting in a bank account. My upgrade included:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU – Dual core 2ghz processor, very nice
  • 1GB (2x512MB) Corsair Value PC3200 (DDR 400) RAM
  • GeForce 6800 GS PCI-E x16 – Blows the pants off of all but the most uber expensive video cards
  • MSI K8n Neo4 nForce4 Ultra motherboard – decent board but nothing too special
  • Zalman CNPS7000B-AlCu CPU cooler – very quiet and very good, nearly same one I had for past 2 years but it is compatible with my new 939 cpu socket

I’ll probably be overclocking and tweaking things for the next year because it’s not like I have anything better to do. The CPU was a majority of the cost but it will last me for a good while since the trend will be toward multiple cores and multi-threaded applications. When I have some free time I’ll probably stick in a spare hard drive and dual boot with Windows XP 64-bit to really take advantage of my new hardware.

If you understand anything I am talking about then you get a gold star on your geek progress chart.