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A New Computer…

DECOMMISIONING OF HEAVY CRUISER MYOKO
On 180210 at approximately 1230h, Heavy Cruiser Myoko’s Graphics Card had a malfunction and the ship was forced to anchor at port. Testing done on Myoko showed that the same problem, which has surfaced 2months ago had recurred. Thus being diagnosed, the IJN decided that Myoko can no longer be maintained and began looking for funds to secure a new ship.

Since Myoko’s purchase 4 years ago, improvements in ship building has lead to Myoko being obsolete after 2 years. Even after mid service upgrades by swapping out its 512mb ram for 2gb ram, Myoko was still somewhat underpowered compared to the newer Cruisers.

Thus when the IJN published its Annual White Paper, it issued specifications for a Battleship instead of Cruisers.

Being in the midst of the Great Recession though, meant that the IJN was unable to allocate too much funds and thus decided to make the most of the money available and build a ship that maximises Cost, Performance and Power Efficiency. After spending 2 hours on component decision, the specifications for Battlecruiser Kirishima was born…

BATTLECRUISER KIRISHIMA
Monitor: Phillips Brilliance 220CW
CPU: Intel i3-540 3.07Ghz
Mobo: ECS P55H-CM
RAM: 2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1066
GPU: ASUS ATi Radeon EAH5670
HDD: 500GB
PSU: Andyson 480W
DVD: Samsung DVD-RAM Drive
Casing: Coolermaster Casing
KB+MOUSE: Logitech Budget Wireless Set MK250

After Kirishima was complete, Myoko was decommisioned hastily and sent to her current grave after salvaging usable parts from her. She remains in her bag till this day, awaiting further possible salvages and her final scuttling.

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Making Legacy Systems Last…

A few weeks ago, my cousin returned from Australia with her laptop in hand. The laptop was getting slow to start and so being the somewhat knowledgeble guru in the house, naturally I am the one to diagnose and solve problems.

And so, on a certain off day, where calls keep coming in from camp briefing me on events that is going to happen the following week, I started work on it… Switching on the laptop, it was clear that the Hard Disk is not performing up to standards… the high whoosh and the long loading times made me suspect that the disk was about to fail.

Thus, having diagnosed the problem, I began to search for IDE hard disks and clone disk solutions. Since I dont have access to the wonderful Norton Ghost, freeware will have to do. A search on softpedia revealed Self Image; although not updated, was sufficient on paper for my needs.

One grouse about the program was that it cannot clone a smaller disk onto a larger disk, to elaborate further, a 40gb partition cloned onto a 160gb partition will become only 40gb in space, the other 120gb effectively wasted. Norton Ghost doesnt have that limitation.

Anyway once I cloned the disk, made it as active partition before swapping over to the IDE connector from USB. Eureka! Start up and loading time did decrease quite a bit, although the root problem is that there isn’t enough RAM (512mb-128mb for video) to flow around in the first place. So as a countermeasure I increased the Page File to compensate abit…

Finally, changed some programs to their smaller counterpart (eg Foxit vs Adobe Reader), and defragmented the disk (72% fragmented… -_-). This will probably make the laptop last for another year or two… until hardware for legacy devices runs out…