Video card meltdown

Posted by on July 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Clementine was lucky enough to get yet another unplanned upgrade recently, this time a new video card.  Why?  Because her previous one failed (specifically, it blew a capacitor).  I’m a big fan of the card that was previously in Clementine — an EVGA GeForce 7100GS.  It’s an Nvidia chipset; it’s a silent, fanless card; and […]

A card reader for Clementine

Posted by on April 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

Clementine got an unplanned upgrade — a front panel card reader!  I’ve never gone out of my way to include card readers in my machines, but over the last couple years I’ve really started using flash cards for cameras, phones, and other devices, so it made sense to make it easier to get files off […]

Printer / Scanner!

Posted by on February 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Clementine‘s Canon printer and Epson scanner have both been replaced with a wireless Canon MG6120 Photo All-In-One printer.  Since this is a wireless printer/scanner/copier (through Wifi), it’s no longer considered a part of Clementine and is now instead considered a shared resource. Both the previous printer and scanner were great and largely working fine, but […]

Blu-Ray Burner

Posted by on December 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

My holiday upgrade this year was adding a Blu-ray burner to Clementine.  I’ve always been interested in the large storage capacities of Blu-ray discs (25GB on a single layer), so had long planned on getting a burner in 2011.  However, recently I bought an HD camcorder, so I decided to speed up the acquisition of […]

Clementine gets new hardware

Posted by on October 23, 2009 at 10:10 pm

As I mentioned in my last post, Clementine recently evolved from being a computer just for my wife, into being a computer for both of us. As a result, she needed a boost in a few areas to better suit the needs of both of us combined. Also, with all the stuff going on over […]

Farewell, Fozzie

Posted by on October 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Life has been busy recently, and as such, I’ve been lax in updating this site. But here’s a recap of the last couple months: My wife and I bought a house (hence life busy)! Which has resulted in several computer changes. Most importantly, we decided that instead of each having a separate computer, we’d consolidate […]

A UPS for Clementine

Posted by on January 22, 2009 at 12:28 am

Clementine finally got an uninterruptible power supply. Specifically, an APC Back-UPS ES BE750G. I’ve long planned to add a UPS to Clementine, and finally got around to doing it. I think a UPS is a great addition to any machine; it adds an extra layer of reliability, and it just feels great when the power […]

Another Samsung Monitor

Posted by on March 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Got a new monitor for Clementine — a 19-inch Samsung SyncMaster 940BX. Great monitor: 1000:1 contrast ratio, adjustable height, and can be rotated. Attentive readers may remember that this is actually the same monitor I added to Fozzie back in December 2006. Even over a year later, I still couldn’t find a better monitor than […]

Bluetooth Headset for Fozzie

Posted by on November 5, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Ever since I got a Bluetooth adapter for Fozzie, I’ve been interested in trying to use a Bluetooth headset with my computer. So, I recently decided to go ahead and try it out. After reading tons of reviews of headsets online, it was clear that the universally best reviewed headset was the Plantronics Voyager 510. […]

New computer – Clementine!

Posted by on May 19, 2007 at 8:36 pm

BIG change to talk about — I built a new computer! My fiance’s computer has been seemingly dying a slow death recently, so I decided it was time to build a new one to replace it, and include it in my family of computers. The new computer’s name is Clementine, and you can read all […]