Postponing any of our computers entry to Silicon Heaven is something Agata and Marcus take pride in.
Our technology is used and then reused.
And so it is that the Acer Revo 3700 computer that Agata has used for a year as her sole desktop computer has been retasked.
Her new role is as a personal work workstation. It says a lot about technology that this 200 GBP computer is powerful enough to perform this task: browsing the web, downloading GigaBytes of AIX code and fixes, running Lotus Notes and Sametime, and even UNIX activities via cygwin
The Acer Revo is quite literally tiny! Less than the size of the smallest keyboard and about 2cms thick
There is a decent BIOS with lots of settings to twiddle
The 128 GB Crucial C300 SSD is installed
4GB of memory is now installed - the maximum for the Atom processor
As a home media workstation initially I tried using Ubuntu
Later when the workstation was handed to Agata, Windows 7 was installed. Her Sports programs e.g. iTunes / Runkeeper, Garmin Training Center run better there, plus the touch screen software to her Dell ST2320 touch screen required Windows 7.
Since Agata now has a brand new shiny silver unibody Windows computer (details to follow) it was time to recycle
Here then is the final workstation reinvented for Corporate Use.
My main employer allows users to use their own computer equipment so long as you comply with a challenging list. What did I learn that I need?
Hard Disk Password
Workstation must be locked to desk
Desktop Screensaver set to 30 minutes or less and require a windows password to unlock
My AVG virus scanner is not allowed, I must install Symantec Anti Virus the settings of which I cannot view, change or maintain
You must run Symantec Firewall control software
You many not use or have installed any Peer to Peer software utilities
All Windows shares need authentication access
Any locally stored Lotus Notes Database ust be Encrytped
Via secpol.msc you must configure Windows Accounts to have >7 characters, max password age 90 days, min password age 1 day, password history >7
Window latest service pack must be installed
All of this I pretty much approve of . However I still fail the final test ...
Because my Hard Disk is not encrypted. I can't use Bitlocker because this requires TPM hardware which I don't have. I can't use the preferred PGP desktop since it's certified for 32bit Windows only.
Click on the link to listen. It is worth 18 minutes of your time.
The overall angle is that it is perfectly okay for people to exercise less and become fatter and even obese.
And the consequence is that they will need larger cars, larger furniture, larger clothing and even larger toilet seats.
I suppose I should pinpoint my distaste. Larger is fine. A large, fit, not fat, not obese person can live a good life.
But as obesity sets in, you are likely to die early, likely to be a significant burden on the state, to be a concern to friends or family due to health problems, and consume a less fair proportion of goods and services compared to others.
Of course self criticism is where it all starts. And the above graph shows that shortly after my Triathlon accident I had to stop exercising and gained at least 5Kg. Since then I have tried very hard but I am still at least 3Kg over desired work.
Well the title refers to how nicely Marcus and Agata are settling into Christmas. We didn't precisely calculate but probably for the last decade we've made the effort to visit friends/family for Crimbo.
This year. We are resting at home thank you :-)
The Swiss Carac (Green icing on top of a pastry cake full of chocolate paste) consumption is rising
Rashida's soiree was an excellent lead in to Christmas and Haruki kept me entertained
Marcus was busy building another yet faster computer in the Study. In the last 2 days it's taken over 15 hours. Most of the complications to do with the incompatibility of the AT&T Network Client with x64 Windows 7
Time for a decent Christmas Run. Still carrying a rucksack but lighter without water and office clothes I managed a faster run than usual.
Back home and of course I had to watch the Queens Speech. I think this is obligatory for all British abroad.
Now although I have a work deadline of Tuesday December 27 I think I can start on that 07.00 December 26 not that the infrastructure is prepared. Now it is at last time to relax with Agata and The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest. Exciting I can tell you