For those that are unaware, I have been trying to lose weight to become fitter and healthier. This has taken concerted effort on my path and there was more than a few times that I feel off the wagon. However, I have finally managed to get to my first weight goal of 63 kilograms, which has resulted in me gaining my husband’s fifteen-month old Dell XPS gaming machine.
This doesn’t mean that I have given up my exercise and dieting though, as I still have the motivation to move towards my second weight goal of 60 kilograms, the third of 55 kilograms and the end goal of 50 kilograms. It is going to be a long and tiring road ahead of me, and I have no delusions of grandeur. I have lost my way in the past, but I have lost a lot of weight before to get down to the same end target weight and I know I can do it again.
You might be asking what sort of computer I have at my disposal and the following are some stats for those interested:
|Operating System||System Model|
|Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7100)||Dell Inc. Dell XPS720
System Service Tag: 398BV1S (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: 398BV1S
Enclosure Type: Tower
|Processor a||Main Circuit Board b|
|2.40 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 (4 installed)
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache
|Board: Dell Inc. 0P611C A00
Serial Number: ..CN1374081J00EB.
Bus Clock: 1066 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Inc. A04 12/04/2007
|Drives||Memory Modules c,d|
|1500.15 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
1353.15 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
HL-DT-ST DVDRWBD GBC-H20N SCSI CdRom Device [CD-ROM drive]
Hitachi HDS721075KLA SCSI Disk Device (750.15 GB) — drive 1
|3070 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot ‘DIMM_1’ has 1024 MB (serial number 00001009)
|Local Drive Volumes|
It is the most powerful computer I have ever owned and I find myself continually sitting back in my desk chair just admiring my new baby.I think of my computer as a female, oddly enough. I don’t know why, but it seems to fit. She has a clean slate now that all of the old data has been replaced by the new, and I think of her as a child having to learn things for the first time (installing new software). Yep, it might some strange, but I love my new computer.
I have a few aims now that I have a powerful enough computer. They are as follows:
- Use the machine to finally throw myself into gaming.
- Learn and practice 3D rendering on the XPS. e.g. Blender 3D and poser software
- Use the machine for podcasting and audiobook production.
- Use Linux in a virtual environment.
I am still a little sluggish with my gaming controls, but hopefully the new computer will enable me to become faster. My current machine has a Razer gaming keyboard and mouse which will help a lot as I have access to macro quick keys and mouse sensitivity manipulation. These are probably considered minor uses by some of you, but I know that when I finally throw myself into learning Blender 3D it will be a steep learning curve because my previous experiences with similar software has been limited at best. In the case of audio production, I have at least used Audacity, Podcast Studio andAdobe Audition before, which will help a lot. That being said, I still need to learn more about audio manipulation and voice acting. As for Linux, well I have never tried the software before and would like to try out one of the distros, such as Ubuntu or Edubuntu.
Pretty soon I will be updating to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 when the new operating system is released. I am quite happy with the Release Candidate, but I don’t want to have to deal with 2-hour periodic restrts when the version expires in April. Having a 64-bit version will also allow me to utilize all of the RAM installed as well, of which there is 3 GB out of 4 being seen by the 32-bit operating system.
In conclusion, I will be posting about my experiences a lot more now that I have a reliable, and most definitely kick-ass, computer. I won’t guarantee that it will be educational or entertaining, but it will be about my life. I will have to learn a lot about specific software and dig deep to make real headway. It will be an amazing journey as I get fit, healthy and throw myself into hardware and software use, but I know that I am up for the challenge!