Computers and a ski trip

Check out this old blog post from 9 years ago.  Remember when 333MHz memory was fast?

Finally – the computer is working once again. I went downtown to Akihabara and picked up an XP 2100 chip. I was contemplating spending more and getting a 333 MHz bus 2600 (for future use in my gaming box), but then I realized I probably wouldn’t even be able to run it in this system, since the motherboard is only designed for 266 MHz. I thought the 2600+ might just run at a lower bus speed and thus, a lower clock speed, in this system, but I wasn’t completely sure, so I just went with safety. Anyway, it saved me a good chunk of money, since the 2600 is at least twice the price of a 2100. I’m not complaining, though – the system is back up and running smoothly, so I’m happy enough. It’s actually a little faster in games than before, since the MPs were only 1900s. I ran 3DMark2001 SE and managed a score of 10,636, which isn’t shabby at all. I think installing DirectX 9.0 helped a little too, since last time I ran the benchmark, it was with 8.1. I checked on the MadOnion site, and the highest GeForce4 scores were just over 12,000, so I think the system is in pretty good shape.

And in other completely unrelated – but every bit as boring and meaningless – news, I went snowboarding for the first time here in Japan on Wednesday. I, being used to Colorado ski resorts, found it a bit different, but it was still a lot of fun. The slopes there seem to be a good bit steeper than the average ones at Colorado resorts. This was pretty good for me, though, since it forced me to try harder and I’m pretty sure I ended up improving a lot more than I would have if I was on easier slopes. I swore my arms were about to break and my legs about to turn to Jell-O, but it was an awesome day. On the 19th and 20th of this month, there’s a work-organized trip that I’ll be going on, then I’m going with some friends on the 29th, and again from the 3rd of February until the 6th. Four days and three nights of snowboarding – score! The resort we went to wasn’t as nice as, say, Breckenridge, but then, few things really are. Breck is damn near perfect, if you ask me. And you did ask me.

Lastly, I seem to have picked up at least a small part of a cold, so today has been spent trying to rid myself of this phlegm infestation in my throat and drinking as much water as I can stand. I’m going to hit the bed early tonight and get plenty of sleep, so maybe it will be a little better in the morning.