Computer Parts!I put in a pretty large order for about three people early last week and had parts in hand on Thursday/Friday of last week. This meant that I got to take some time away from the regular projects to do some computer maintenance and whatnot.
I built a new machine for one person, got some spare parts for another, and finally took time to get a video capture card and DVD-RW and 80GB HDD for myself.
After some configuration, I can now watch and record TV/Video on my computer (fundamentally turning it into a DVR unit when it's hooked to one of our satellite receivers), which is really cool. I also got the model with the FM tuner, so I can also listen to radio. But, I think my favorite option is the remote control which came with the unit. Not that I intend to use it a lot...but it's cool to have a remote for the computer.
So, now that I have all the equipment, I will be able to take some old home-grown VHS stuff and burn it on DVD, thus preserving the material. I haven't yet burned a DVD (namely because I haven't bought any discs yet), but that's just a matter of time.
So, aside from that stuff, replacing some case fans and swapping parts between machines, and giving the non-server boxen a good internal vacuuming, we should be good to go for a while in the computer department.
This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/29/07