Gretchen's new Badger
Thursday, January 24 2013
While Gretchen was in Woodstock at the bookstore this afternoon, I replaced her computer (Badger) with the one I'd been working on for the past few days (temporarily-named Macaque but soon-to-be-renamed Badger). The old computer was based on a dual-core 1.6 GHz Atom 330 (Passmark score: 571) and its replacement is based on a Core 2 Duo running at 1.86 GHz (Passmark score: 1385). But the most important differences between the two computers are that the new one has nearly twice the RAM and it boots from a solid state drive (SSD) instead of a conventional mechanical hard drive. Gretchen's uses for a computer are fairly circumspect and, beyond setting up a Windows 7 machine to behave as much as possible like a Windows 2000 machine, all I really had to do was attach Gretchen's old mechanical hard drive (which would also be living in the new machine), make desktop shortcuts to her main documents, images, and music directories (they're not in "My Documents"), copy over her Firefox and Google Chrome profiles, and install the printer driver. The only thing left for her to do was install the Java-based application that allows her to solve New York Times crossword puzzles online.
The cold wave continued today, though someone had told Gretchen that it would be warm enough on Saturday for rain. I'd seen the forecast and, though it had predicted a break in the extreme cold, there had been no mention of rain. Still, I was hoping that the Freecycle idiots I'd promised an old carpet to would quit flaking out and pick the damn thing up before it either got buried in snow or soaked by rain.
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