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Building “Isaias”

Building “Isaias”

So, while the everyone was sheltering from the ravages of Hurricane Isaias, the rest of the parts had arrived so I hunkered down to put together my new work computer. This will probably be very boring for the non-geeks out there, but here is a little build gallery…

So, a couple of notes… This will have to be my workhorse computer for many years (I’ve been using my last work computer since 2013), so I tried, within reason, to future proof it as much as possible. It will also be used extensively for graphic and especially video editing, so I added lots of RAM and a hefty GPU, and that is also the reason for the two M.2 drives- they are the fastest type of drive you can currently get, and so one is for the operating system and the other is solely as a “scratch” drive for my NLE, Davinci Resolve (video editing software), that benefits immensely from a set up like this. And Windows? yes, afraid so. Even though Davinci does actually have a Linux variant I just needed better integration with our big, production copier etc… I will probably install Ubuntu as a dual-boot down the line.

So, here it is, doing what it was designed to do, editing a Sunday service, and wow is it smooth and fast! …

Oh, and it’s called “Isaias”. I wanted a Biblical name, and the storm raging outside while I was building it was the remnants of Hurricane Isaias, which is the Spanish/Portuguese variant of Isaiah (which is where I also am at the moment in the complete KJV I’m listening to on Audible while I’m walking the dogs).

Ravaged Woods

Ravaged Woods

I forgot that I said I would post these earlier- some pictures of the devastation that we found in Saxon Woods this morning after the storm…

Parts are arriving…

Parts are arriving…

I’m building a new computer for work- I have been using the same Thinkpad for ever (since 2013!), and though it’s still going strong (after one hard-drive failure a couple of years ago), it just can’t handle the video editing I’ve been doing recently. In fact I’ve been doing all the video editing for all the stuff we’ve been doing for the livestreams and the other videos on my personal, home machine (which is a little more robust).

So I’m building a kick-ass, future-proof, video editing machine that will also do all the desktop publishing and graphic design I do; I did look at pre-built machines, but for the specs I put together you’d end up paying half as much again, and this way I can set it up exactly as I want.

I haven’t built a computer since I built a gaming rig with Crisp about 5 years ago, so this’ll be fun 🙂 The rest of the parts should arrive in the next couple of days, so I’m sure there will be more posts of the building process…

Crash!

Crash!

Much excitement this morning! A stolen car slammed into the stone pillar at the corner of our parking lot and caught fire. The people in it were OK and ran off, and, I believe, are still at large. But the mailbox, UPS box, pillar, and fence are destroyed!

I was right…

I was right…


… a tiny, little dormouse that is now back outside (we got very good at catching live prey with Sasha).
We’re going to start a calendar of Walter’s conquests 🙂

Teamwork

Teamwork


Not quite sure what’s going on this morning, but I suspect there is either a mouse or a bug hiding under the DVD rack!