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Our Nation’s Capitol

April 26, 2007 at 1:43am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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Just got back from a business trip out east, but I managed to sneak in some pleasure as well. Things started out innocent enough. The first meal out of the airport was a burger and arguably some of the best fries you can get in the country at Five Guys. These fries are “real.” Like those at Nathan’s, they are cut directly from potatoes and deep fried at the shop. Drool on BorK and Jwiltshire!

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Senator Jon Bruning?

April 19, 2007 at 11:19pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

I don’t think so. Its pretty clear to us all that the right-right have got him thinking that he should run and maybe even that he could win. But I don’t think he stands a chance. Sure, there are a lot of Republicans who would rather burn themselves alive than continue to see Hagel exist as a life form, let alone continue to harp on Bush on the Sunday morning talk shows, but they are a minority, albeit a highly vocal and visible one.

In my analysis, Hagel has the money and political connections and power to maintain his senate seat (if he chooses to do so) easily. He votes with Bush on everything BUT Iraq, and that’s probably not a liability seeing as how 67% of the country or whatever it is wants us to leave Iraq in some fashion, and pretty much everyone either hates Bush or thinks he has become a liability to the Republican party.

 

Yep, It’s Started…

April 19, 2007 at 2:25am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Anyone here besides me seen the critically and popularly acclaimed Old Boy? The same director made a film in his “Vengeance Trilogy” that was one of my favorites of last year.

On NYTimes tonight - speculation links the VT massacre to film.

Big O

April 16, 2007 at 1:25am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

One of my consistently favorite radio shows/podcasts of the past few years - Studio 360 - focused on Omaha in its Friday edition.

The Doctor Returns

April 2, 2007 at 1:01am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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That’s right everyone. Doctor Who is back on NET! I’m watching the opening credits now.

Seeking Geeks

April 1, 2007 at 6:05pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

I know there are a few computer types out there who visit this site. You geeks – you know who you are -  I need to get a new desktop this month because my current system is teetering on the edge. I use my desktop at home really pretty often, both for typical work stuff and web surfing, but also watching videos, listening to music, and casual gaming. Pretty normal home use, although I would say that the gaming aspect requires something with kick (and something that won’t be obsolete in a year – I want to be able to play “high end” games effectively in the next few years without having to suffer from poor performance – but I am not such a nut that I would pay more than $2000 for a hardcore gaming system. You could consider me a casual gamer, but not so casual that I would make do with a system that won’t perform).

I am looking at something along the following lines:

Windows OS (xp or get vista?)
2 gigs of RAM at least
A dual core microprocessor with at least 2.2 GHz capabilities
256 MB video card at least
At least 320 GB for a HD, preferably much larger (500 GB)
A couple of DVD drives

The problem is that everytime I configure something at the Dell site, there is always something about the limitations that bug me a bit. I have looked at the high end dimensions and low-medium XP models. The optimal builds are usually the medium end XPs, but then that’s putting me in the $1700-2000 range even with the discounts they typically offer. Obviously, I would like to spend as little as possible. I would prefer not to go over $1500 if that is possible. $1700 would be the absolute maximum I would want to go to. And I can get an OS and your typical office software pretty cheap through my employer. So I am basically just thinking of that money for the hardware.

I am considering having a local vendor build one for me (I wouldn’t want to do it myself but have a pro do it for me/consult on parts, etc.). I feel it would provide me with a lot of flexibility, and be cheaper, but I also worry about not having a warranty or service then. Any advice on my situation? What would you do? Any specific types of hardware you would recommend? And if I did go with a local vendor/build my own route, I don’t know what local vendors to use (thus I would appreciate tips on this too). Thanks in advance. Feel free to zip me a PM too.

 

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