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Back to Houston… November 3, 2008

Posted by fvter in Personal Status.
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As I write this, the plane is somewhere over north america – gotta luv wordpress for the Touch. Yep, on the way back to Houston, TX. This should be am interesting but dull trip.
Interesting because I will be living live one of the potentially most drastic US presidential elections ( and I hate politics) personally hoping myself and for the world that the candidate for Change (Obama) win! Above that though because I will be able to connect up with a few friends and colleagues that I enjoy bantering and ranting with. And there is also the fact that I can do some good tech shopping including potentially a MacBook Pro.
On the other hand, I have dreaded the advent of this trip work wise since September (the original trip was cancelled ’cause of Ike). This has to be potentially the least productivity two week business trip I am on in quite awhile. I don’t expect to gain or learn much in this hand-over activity I am doing for some of my new objectives & responsibilities. Unfortunately, the work is not & will not challenge me in anyway. Let’s face it even the job description that was forwarded to me lists the position to require a person with an experience that’s one third of mine.
One other thing I will try to achieve as well is to get a little better and more rhythm on the lifehacking stuff(back into blogging, kyteTV, etc). Let’s see what happens…

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Change of Plans September 16, 2008

Posted by fvter in General, Technology.
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So, I was supposed to be in Houston right now but the damage caused by hurricane Ike has put a hold on that. Now the thing is I was hoping to get some tech shopping in ( before all my Euros are gobbled up by the tax collector) while over there giving me a significant savings. Maybe this will happen next month!

So in the mean time, I am thinking of passing the time by either getting a Dell Inspirion mini9 or upgrading my home PC a bit with the following components:

  • ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro – 45 CFM
  • ASUS P5Q Deluxe – Chipset Intel P45 / ICH10R
  • CRUCIAL Ballistix – 4 Go ( 2*2G ) – PC6400 – 800MHz
  • INTEL ® Core™2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz FSB 1333MHz 6Mo cache socket 775

This upgrade would give a nice all purpose machine good enough for some good gaming. Money wise, this would cost roughly the same.

What’s your vote?

Update 20080921: Looks like if I buy the kit in the US I’d be saving anywhere between 20% to 30% – so going to wait.