64-Bit Columbine

Toy… Phill from work has gotten himself a sweet new AMD64 processor; I went round to help him install it after he thought he’d broken it during assembly (turns out he’d missed a power lead and hadn’t fully locked the processor into it’s socket). Jeez; those 64-bit processors have a heap of pins (as one might expect). Runs pretty cool, though.

Claire, Paul, Bryn, and I watched Bowling For Columbine yesterday evening. Most of us’d seen it before, but it’s worth a second look. We came to the eventual conclusion that Michael Moore‘s films are all about the shock value, and that his books carry a far more meaningful (and less biased) examination of the topics… and that this choice was made because to get through to the “stereotypical American white male”, he feels that you need to shock them with a film. Would his books get to the people who he felt needed them without the films to ‘get the foot in the door’.

Gonna be a long week at work.

4 replies to 64-Bit Columbine

  1. I have just put together a box with a new AMD64. The problem is finding a worthwhile operating system to go with it. Windows XP 64 or whatever they call it isn’t out yet (and I couldn’t afford it if it was), Gentoo AMD64 is flaky as hell, Mandrake AMD64 is nice, but, well, it’s Mandrake, which makes it awful. SuSE AMD64 is nice, but there isn’t much software packages for SuSE. Fedora Core 2 wouldn’t even boot no my motherboard (and considering I have the most popular AMD64 mobo, that’s pretty poor), so I guess I’ll just sit tight until Debian AMD64 come out :-(

  2. Heh, I’m Jon by the way :-)

    [I’ve gone back and added your name, now, then, so that you don’t look like an anonymous coward – Dan]

  3. Yeh; but the AMD64 runs cooler than it’s similar clock-speed 32-bit brethren and provides a good deal of future-proofing. FedCore 2 is fab (that’s what I’m running right now) – sorry to hear about your boot problems. You can download the beta of WinXP-64, if you really want to try out all the extra new bits of your processor, but I wouldn’t bother.

    Just sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you’re ready for next year’s OSes.

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