Shiny, shiny, shiny server!

I’ve been looking for a new server for a few months now. Touya’s original Cyrix body wasn’t fast enough to cope with PHP, although it was just the right size for a server room. The upgrade to an AMD was a downgrade in terms of stability; it’s faster, sure, but I don’t like having my IMAP sessions abruptly die on me because the server is spewing errors. Some of you will know (and some of you won’t) that I’ve mostly been looking at Dell Poweredges - I know ‘em, and I like ‘em.

Trident vs. Leadtek - Head to Head

For the last two weeks, since my Leadtek Geforce 4 Ti-4600 blew up, I’ve been using a Trident 3Dimage 975. You may remember them - from about 1998. I’ve been more than a little unhappy with its performance - and not unjustifiably, I’d say. Still, you can’t argue with its price. On the other hand, anyone who doesn’t argue with the price of the Leadtek a250 Ultra TD VIVO probably needs their head read.

New address!

Just a quick note to get my formatting working - but JRE is now online in its own little home, at - as opposed to its previous, subdirectoried, non-groovily-named home. Cool, huh?

Vale Leadtek

My uber-shiny, uber-expensive video card died today. May it rest in peace. The card in question is a Leadtek A250TD Ultra, more commonly known as Leadtek’s take on the GeForce4 Ti-4600 architecture, and saying I had a love-hate relationship with that card would be right on the money. On the upside, it has pretty solid software, and there’s no debate that it pushes pixels like nothing else. On the downside, it’s bugged me in one way or another almost since I bought it.

Josh Reviews: Trimble surveying gear

If you’re laying down a whacking great concrete slab, you probably want to make sure it’s level. That said, if you’re going to do all that surveying, you might as well have fun doing it. Hence, the Trimble Spectra Precision Laser LL500 laser level and the CR600 receiver. Put these two together, and you could spend hours wandering around measuring depressions and elevations. I did… Ratings: Ease of use: 6⁄10 - 10⁄10 Entertainment value: 7⁄10 Usefulness: 9⁄10 Shiny factor: 9⁄10 Overall: