My "Rig"

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#1 timothybrown  Icon User is offline

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My "Rig"

Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:39 AM

Here's my computer/game console/development pc

Purchased: December of 2007
Model: HP Pavilion dv6500 Notebook PC
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.5GHz (mind blowingly slow!)
Memory/RAM: 1014MB (almost a gig of RAM, craptacular!)

Graphics: Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family (bottom of the line technology!)
Approx. Total Memory: 251MB
Display: 1280x800 (30bit/60Hz)

Also, the extremely loud cooling fan runs non stop! Even when the computer is freezing cold!

It freezes often, since I usually have open several programs, including Xfire, AIM, FireFox, Shareaza, uTorrent, and if I'm working on something, NotePad++ or sciTE (usually with irb, testing stuff out), Code::Blocks, or Borland CodeGear RAD Studio.

Of course, I'm being completely sarcastic throughout this entire post. My computer is well over a year old, and it's been obsolete for 95% of the time I've had it. It's falling apart, and I'm either going to have to:

1) Get a job and buy a completely new one.
2) Borrow money from my family and replace the keyboard (many a time I've beat up my keyboard in frustration)/upgrade RAM and video card (if that's possible on my laptop).

What do you think? :P

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:41 AM

get a job. theres no sense in upgrading that.
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Re: My "Rig"

Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:45 AM

View Postbflosabre91, on 9 Apr, 2009 - 09:41 AM, said:

get a job. theres no sense in upgrading that.


I would, only there's a recession. Which means all the adults in the area who dropped out of high school are taking up all the minimum wage jobs so us teenagers have no where to work. :/

Maybe I could become a part-time web designer? 99% of the people in South Carolina are very unintelligible when it comes to computers, and I happen to have a bit of experience in web design (HTML, CSS, Javascript... the works).

Or maybe fix folk's computers? I used to do a lot of computer upgrades on our old desktops. Perhaps a craigslist ad...
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:48 AM

I'm using my computer for seven years now...

Trust me, upgrading is USELESS...

I've upgraded my computer six times...and still it runs like shit.

Buy a new one
(I too, am buyin' a new one)

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Re: My "Rig"

Posted 09 April 2009 - 10:57 AM

View PostNikhil_07n, on 9 Apr, 2009 - 09:48 AM, said:

I'm using my computer for seven years now...

Trust me, upgrading is USELESS...

I've upgraded my computer six times...and still it runs like shit.

Buy a new one
(I too, am buyin' a new one)


Yeah, that's what I think I'm going to do... but like I said, no jobs around here due to the recession. :(

But while we don't have an excess of jobs here, we do have a surplus of old people who have absolutely no idea how to run their computers & businesses and politicians who need websites, which I can gladly service.

I wouldn't know how much to charge for a website, since I've never made any for business, nor have I upgraded/fixed computers for business. What would be some good prices?
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:09 AM

This doesn't really belong here, but you should get a job. As someone else said, it's not worth upgrading that.

If you're really strapped for cash, you could always try out some freelancing sites:
http://www.rentacoder.com
http://www.getafreelancer.com

:)
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Re: My "Rig"

Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:13 AM

View Postgabehabe, on 9 Apr, 2009 - 10:09 AM, said:

This doesn't really belong here, but you should get a job. As someone else said, it's not worth upgrading that.

If you're really strapped for cash, you could always try out some freelancing sites:
http://www.rentacoder.com
http://www.getafreelancer.com

:)


Eh, I'm an alright programmer - but no where close to as good as you'd need to be to do something for a business.

I can design pretty great looking (and W3C compliant) websites, however.

I would be able to sleep far better at night knowing that I created a fabulous website than I would a half-assed piece of software that programmers all over the world would gouge their eyes out with a rusty spoon over. :P

Like I said, I'm also pretty handy at fixing and upgrading computers, and I could even charge for lower than Geek Squad. If I could fix a couple computers within a week, I could probably make over a minimum wage salary.

Most computers that I would have to fix probably wouldn't even be broken, they would just need to be restored. People here think if your computer is running slow or having problems, that they have a fatal computer virus, and freak out and sometimes spend over $300 trying to get their computer fixed, when all they'd have to do is upgrade their system memory.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:30 AM

check out rentacoder. they not only have programming gigs in every form, but design and web design as well. plus postings,etc......
lots of stuff for a few extra bucks
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:36 AM

That's what I mean, those sites have web design & code work on there, too. :)
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Re: My "Rig"

Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:39 AM

View Postgabehabe, on 9 Apr, 2009 - 10:36 AM, said:

That's what I mean, those sites have web design & code work on there, too. :)


Hm... seems reasonable.

However I'd probably be way better off doing local work. :P
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:45 AM

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Hm... seems reasonable.

However I'd probably be way better off doing local work.


Do that, start quite cheap until you are better known then
get more expensive. You're only saving up for a computer.
Which you can get a good one for 600-800.
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Re: My "Rig"

Posted 16 April 2009 - 08:27 AM

View PostNikhil_07n, on 9 Apr, 2009 - 09:48 AM, said:

I'm using my computer for seven years now...

Trust me, upgrading is USELESS...


Not true.

My PC (desktop, not laptop though) was originally bought in 2000. It has been continually upgraded since then. In fact, I think the only original piece left is one of the hard drives (now relegated to HDD slot 2, crap drive).

It still works though, and other than when I've had bits out of it, it has usually worked :)

Edit:

Woot!!! 800 posts :D

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:18 AM

One of my computers:

Intel Pentium 2 450MHz
2GB Hard Drive
64MB RAM
16MB Video Card

Still runs beautifully with Slackware.
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Posted 18 April 2009 - 07:00 PM

To be honest, I'd like to make a good bit of money, then start building and selling computers alongside that - since it is both quite fun and a good source of income.

Then once I have the money, buy several mid-range computers to use for development only (of the NON-gaming kind obviously). A friend of mine has a shack behind his house (which he owns of course) which is basically empty, and has AC/Power/Internet. Has a fridge too.

Would be a nice place to chill and invite friends over, and just come up with ideas... and code them. :P

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