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Wed, 27 Mar 2002

First, the good news: After three rather odd phone conversations with a manager at Intel, I have a tentative in-person interview later this week. Also, it appears that TekSystems is now actually in negotiations with WorldCom and my attorney. Finally, I have yet another small project to occupy my time, this one for a local entrepreneur who is launching three web sites: Salesgator, SchoolSoftware, and LearningWare. His sons developed these sites using PHP and my job is to look for optimizations and tweaks to improve performance.

The bad news, of course, is that the usual recessionary excuses apply: "nobody" is hiring in the current economic situation.

It has been an interesting hardware week, as well. I have now replaced the power supply in my wife's Windows 98 PC three times in the last month, twice in the last week. Now I'm all out of spares and will have to buy one (gasp!). Of course, having a power supply fail so many times over such a short period usually means that the problem isn't the power supply; so I don't want to run out and get a part only to have it fail again. As a consequence, I'm considering possible causes and more long-term remedies. This, naturally, means more money expended. Ick.

The PC in question, if you're interested, is an Athlon 500 MHz box with 512 MB of RAM; a two-disk, 80 GB ATA-IDE 7200 RPM RAID 0 array with controller; a single 30 GB ATA-IDE disk drive; a 52X CD-ROM drive; a 3-1/2" floppy drive; a three-port FireWire card (for the digital video camera); a 32 MB 2D/3D accelerator/video card; and sound and USB on the motherboard. I've been dropping 250 Watt ATX power supplies in each time, which have had precisely one connector for each drive with none left over.

If you have any non-obvious advice, feel free to email me.

posted at: 19:19 |


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