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The Life of P Expands

The quiet spell continues. It’s becoming eerie actually. If it weren’t so cliché I’d be tempted to speak of impending dooms or perhaps calms before storms. But something tells me that so long as we remember to virus scan all email attachments we’ll be just fine.

I’ve been working on a website for my mother which will also be hosted here at It will not, however, be a part of P-2006 itself and will be self-contained within its own subdomain. The general idea is to set up and configure a customised WordPress installation which she can then use to write and upload as she desires without having to deal with the technical side more than necessary. We’ll be designing the visual appearance later in the holidays (probably after the arrival of the new desktop they have ordered). You’ll hear more when it’s ready.

The new Dell desktop is no top-of-the-line gaming rig, but it’s a solid machine with 2GB of RAM, a 3.2GHz processor and a 256MB ATI graphics card, so should run smoothly whatever they throw at it. I won’t be around much to use it, of course, but my laptop’s been holding out solidly so far. It was intended to last my full 3 years at uni and it looks as though it will do just that. It’s already starting to overheat when asked to run advanced games, though the architecture is good enough that the processor just cuts out well before there’s any danger of permanent damage. Assuming I find somewhere to settle down after uni, it’ll probably be replaced with a high-powered desktop for my gaming distractions in all that spare time I won’t have as a trainee lawyer.

Gamespot gave the new Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion a whopping 9.6 in their delayed (read thorough) review. It was undoubtedly the Xbox 360 game I had been most anticipating, so I can’t wait to grab a console over the summer and sink my teeth in. The 360 drought should soon be over according to a Microsoft announcement that production is doubling or even tripling.


  1. [quote]but it’s a solid machine with 2GB of RAM, a 3.2GHz processor and a 256MB ATI graphics card, so should run smoothly whatever they throw at it.[/quote]

    Hehe, the day when we refer to a 3.2GHz machine with 2GB of RAM as ‘Solid’.

    I currently do the vast majority of my work on a very similarly specced Dell Precision machine, though it did feel fast when I bought it 2.5 years ago… (With a .4 GHz slower processor)

    I’m sure it’ll do them just fine 😉

    I fear gone are the days of only need hardware accelerating graphics cards for games… The transparent windows lurky eirly on the horizon will hurt us all more than we imagine…

  2. I just find it amusing that if I were putting together a gaming machine for myself at the moment, its GPUs alone would have as much RAM as my current laptop, which was considered stuffed with when I bought it…

    I’m sure you’ll appreciate the image of my laptop currently sitting atop two cloth-wrapped ice-packs — you know, the sort you put in cool-boxes — to stop the thing overheating while playing Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II. Is there an intended irony in the fact that when a computer overheats, it freezes?

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