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« on: October 15, 2005, 10:24:38 PM »

Hi Everyone:

I'm writing a farewell letter to the machine which has brought you Beemaster.com for 4 years (and nearly 2 years for this forum) and I'll be hooking up my new DUEL CORE 3.6ghz processored, 250 gig hard drive, 256 meg video card, gaming monster which has ALL of the TV video features to take movies, record TV with its internal TV Tuner (just like a TV set) and then edit down to quality production.

Short note: we hit 18,000 messages yeehaa Smiley [/]

I can't wait to do the cartoon FAMILY GUY which I have always wanted to save - now I can record thru the computer, edit down to size and burn obto DVD!!!! or save it on the hard drive Smiley

Now (finally, I'll have a machine which will allow me to create content - next we need BANDWIDTH (hint, hint  embarassed ) so that I can share all these great video wil everyone.

So, this Dell is NOW going to go away and the new machine will be up and running later tonight. I just wanted to say goodbye and thanks for meeting all of you - afterall, even after I was attacked by a virus which disabled my virus software anf fried my parallel port, etc., this computer STILL made Beemaster Beekeeping Forum possible - for THAT, I will always be greatful!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2005, 02:14:45 AM »

Hello From the NEW COMPUTER:

Just A quick HI and off to bed for me. Long night of shopping, now sleepy time.

My new PC is seriously loaded, for media and gaming. Memerory card slots built in the front for the digital cam, etc..

Talk soon
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2005, 09:53:49 AM »

John,
Just a tip for ya...
Try not to keep all your eggs in one basket.
If all your content is on a single hard drive,
you risk losing it should the drive fail.
It sounds like your motherboard (dual processors)
should support a RAID array. RAID allows you
to mirror two hard drives together, both keeping
the exact same files for a smooth recovery from
catastrophic hard drive failures.
I keep my 30 gigs of MP3 files (growing constantly)
on two 60 gig drives that are mirrored just this way.
I have a total of 5 hard drives on my machine.
It would be a huge blow if I lost over 6,000 songs
because a single drive stopped working. Yes you can
pay someone to recover files from broken disks, but
It's way more expensive than buying a second drive.
Enjoy your new and VERY fast machine.
Congratulations,
David
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2005, 12:08:29 PM »

Quote from: manowar422

It sounds like your motherboard (dual processors)
should support a RAID array. RAID allows you
to mirror two hard drives together, both keeping
the exact same files for a smooth recovery from
catastrophic hard drive failures.


Just don't forget that errors in the file system could still destroy your data.  RAID will save you when the HD fails, but if the FS fails, you just have mirrored faulty data.  Even though RAID is great and often saves your butt, don't stop making those backups!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2005, 02:10:25 PM »

So your old Dell is dead...and u have a new...what is it?  Since it's being described as fast I can only conclude that it has dual processors, and is a new mac G5.  You should definitely go with a mac.  It's practicaly involnerable to viruses and worms.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2005, 05:50:56 PM »

Thanks for the info gang:

The NEW PC is  an HP Media Center PC m7250n - really nice to use, very fast duel core 820 Pentium D with 1gig RAM, 250gig HD, having fun recording and watching TV with it -  DVD does LIGHTSCRIBE DVD and CD labels which are pretty cool and professional looking. It has FM radio tuner too.

The number of USBs and Firewires, audio and video jacks, etc., are pretty stunning too. I'm using my Dell 17" flat panel which is really bright and amazingly good in a sunny room and also my Dell's sound system with sub-whoofer.

I did great I think - I loaded a few really taxing graphical games last night and it handled it easily. The 128mg video card works fine, I know 256mg is a bit more dreamy, but I'm not doing THAT serious of multitasking video.

So, that is my new toy. The keyboard is really awesome - you can control everything there, video, drive burners, everything.

About backing up files, I have a USB connected 40gig portadrive about the size of a 8 track tape that should serve me well. I haven't moved my files from that drive into the new computer yet, but may choose NOT to and just have the drive hooked up to a back USB port so I don't have to see it.

Hope my new toy meets the minimal requirements of the membership  cheesy  It sure meets mine Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2005, 09:09:59 PM »

I sure hope no one was under the impression that my
suggestion about the second hard drive was in any
way a slight against John's new computer shocked

I wish I had a machine that fast Cool

I mentioned it only cause I've had REALLY bad luck with
hard drives going south on me and don't want to see it
happen to others.

RAID has saved my music on two different occasions and
I'm glad I made the investment, I did however learn this
the hard way. I just wanted to give a heads up Smiley
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