Let’s see… It has been some time since I have updated this blog and a number of things have changed.
- My home virtualization solution of VMware ESXi 3.5 (32-bit) on a IBM x225 (dual Xeon, 2GB RAM, 146GB RAID-5 storage) has been replaced by VMware ESXi 5.1 (64-bit) on an HP ML310 g5 (single quad-core Xeon, 4GB RAM, 500GB RAID-1 storage). It is much faster (dunh!) but 4GB isn’t quite enough RAM. VMware ESX simply rocks!
- My old desktop with an Intel E6600 Core2Duo on an Asus P5W-DH Deluxe went flakey. Sometimes it would stay up for 14, 15 hours; then it would not even get to the BIOS screen before restarting. It was replaced by an Intel Core i5 3450 Quad Core Processor on an MSI Z77A-G43. Much, much faster than the old Core2Duo. I do not overclock. Then again, I don’t run Elder Scrolls either.
- After spending about a year with the original iPad I came to realize I still do not like Apples. (While Mac OS X underlying BSD Unix is great I hate the Mac interface. I also hate the new Ubuntu interface as well – I do not want to have a Mac-like interface for cheap…) I purchased an Asus TF-300 with the detachable keyboard. I really like Android and the things I can do.
- Linux Mint is still the best distribution I have found. Ubuntu was great but as I noted above I hate the interface they have come up with – and the “we will tell you what it will be” lack of customization. Linux Mint 14 and Cinnamon 3 is great!