According to this year's to.do file, the last time I upgraded a computer
in the house was early last February. This may be some kind of personal
record. The computer in question was Nova, the main fileserver.
The last computer actually purchased was Colleen's EeePC, last
May for Mother's Day. Meanwhile, I've returned Matrix (Kat's old 300MHz
Thinkpad from High School) to service as my living-room workstation. The
lid is cracked near the left-hand hinge, the battery is shot, and the
performance sucks, but it's (barely) adequate as a web browser and X
terminal, and it has a small footprint and a keyboard I can type on.
Harmony, my main workstation in the office, is functional but has a noisy
CPU fan, and doesn't have enough horsepower for serious audio editing.
Meanwhile Dorsai, the bedroom workstation/recording box, does
have the horsepower but isn't being used much except for backups: my work
habits have changed considerably, and I haven't done any home recording to
speak of this year. (Field recording, with the Zoom H2, has been
The three old Fry's boxen are limping along: one in the Y.D.'s room, one
in the bedroom as Colleen's email machine, and one spare. Dantooine, a
fanless Mini-ITX box in the office, is the main guest machine.
Also at my disposal are the XO (currently underutilized), and a Macbook
Pro and EeePC at work.
The only 64-bit machines in the house are Nova and Dorsai. Did I mention
that Nova's disk is 95% full? That would be fixable by moving the Debian
mirror to another drive -- I do not want to upgrade from 500GB to
1TB drives until they get under $100.
Money is tight this year. It'll be even tighter next year.
Upgrading Harmony will cost something in the $200-300 range for new CPU,
motherboard, and RAM. Maybe.
I can probably get the most bang for free by moving Dorsai into the office
and using the XO (with a USB keyboard and an upgrade to Lenny) as the
living-room machine. The other possibility is putting Dorsai on a cart to
shuttle between the living room and the bedroom; that would require either
cash or carpentry.
More later, perhaps. PSA: party at the Starport TODAY!