23 Jul 2003 magsilva   » (Apprentice)

Spent the whole day fixing my computers: the good and old VLS, the Columbia and Atlantis. VLS is a 486, now with 20 MB RAM (it was 8 MB). The machine responds much nicer now, walla! Then I used it to test some hardware I thought was broken: DVD and CD readers, some cards, a keyboard. Everything but the SBAWE 64 was burned, literally. Even the keyboard (this is the first time that I saw one broken because of a power supply failure!).

Atlantis is a PPro 200. I just installed some software into it, no major hardware modification. Hum, the sbawe 64 is a nice addition, worthwhile indeed. I'll use it for writing some text, update my site, so on (this computer stays at my bedroom, much easier to use, whatever the date).

Finally, Columbia. It´s a whole new computer, now with everything just fine (software and hardware speaking). A really fast machine. Unfortunately, many people use it at home so I can´t do everything on it.

As you can see, all my computers have launch vehicle's based names. Columbia, actually, got destroyed one month after the real one and its crew died (one minute of silence). I'm glad to see my computer Columbia on again and I do hope the space shuttle's program restart, after everything is settled down, and the space, and the space restarts being explored by man at the pace it deserves.

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