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17 February 2011 @ 04:14 pm
So, as some but not all of you know, I got a new job (with one IPS Meteostar), which I'm happy about, not just because it's a job and I like money, but because it's a good job, more suited to me than any of the other jobs I interviewed for -- it's not contract, it's a stable company, it's got great bennies, good vacation, it's only a 15 minute commute on a bad day (and in Denver instead of Tokyo -- I was willing to go back but not incredibly enthusiastic about it), and I'll probably get to travel around the world some. Plus, it involves cool tech and cool maps and I like the people there I met. What else could you ask for?

In other news, now that I have a job, I bought Ai-chan a car, mainly because if she's going to be able to do stuff while I'm at work -- say, have her own job -- she kinda needs one. Although, really, it's more accurate to say I took on a loan for Ai-chan, and she chipped in for the down payment. We do have a rather strange financial arrangement for a married couple in some ways, in that so far we've kept separate books and kept separate financial responsibilities as circumstances have required, but it's as much a budgeting fiction as anything, and the details aren't really appropriate for a public post anyway.

I do really like the car, though. While it was ultimately her choice (although I did have some veto power -- pink cars were right out, frex, since I'll be driving it sometimes), it's the same choice I would have made, so we're both pretty happy with it.

And, finally, I got a new computer to replace the current Windows/game box I have that's struggling mightily to deal with the 30" monitor I moved onto it (speaking of which, maybe it's about time to try and find a home for the 19" monitor it replaced). I was going to buy a Dell, but Dell pissed me off by increasing the price $200 on basically the same computer I was looking at earlier in the week. So, I'm just going to build my own, and get both a significantly better and a significantly cheaper computer than the Dell I was considering:

Intel quad-core 3.06GHz i7-950 CPU
12GB DDR3-1333 memory (3x4GB, triple channel)
1.25GB GDDR5 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) graphics card
1TB 7200RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s hard drive
Generic CD/DVD burner
Antec "Nine Hundred" mid-tower ATX case
SeaSonic S12II 520W power supply
USB 802.11b/g/n wireless (for convenience)
Gigabit ethernet and USB3.0 on the motherboard, which may or may not ever get used.

It's not a God box, but it's solid. I could have gotten faster memory, but it would have dropped me to 6GB (3x2GB) for more money, since the 4GB modules were all DDR3-1333. Also, the 3TB hard drives were much cheaper per GB, but as I don't have any plans to store much of anything on this box (I probably would have been fine with a smaller SSD, even), 1TB was safe. Also, I didn't go overboard on the power supply -- if I was planning on trying to overclock it or putting a lot more hardware in there, maybe, but I'm not and I'm not -- 520W should be enough, although it doesn't leave a lot of overhead for expansion. I kinda doubt I'm going to do a lot of upgrading to this box, though, I don't see how it will ever really need any, at least not for the reasonable life of the machine.

ETA: Okay. Got a 64GB SATA III SSD drive, too.
Jenny Rae Rappaporteiriene on February 18th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
We keep joint books in our marriage, but I know a bunch of couples who don't. My aunt and uncle kept separate books throughout their almost 30 year marriage, and would continue to be doing so today, if my aunt hadn't passed away from cancer. The only bad part about that became evident when my uncle had to take over responsibility for all that my aunt had paid for (the phone bill, for instance), and didn't have access to some of her accounts (online/physical) right away due to the time needed to inform the places that she had passed away.
Douglas Triggs: paintbrush2doubt72 on February 18th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
Yeah. We'll see how this evolves, too.
Kyaa the Catlordkyaathecatlord on February 18th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Tasty box!

My only concerns that the intel chips had some problems of late, I'm hoping you were able to avoid the bad ones! (But thats not THAT big of a deal, just annoying)
Douglas Triggs: gamedoubt72 on February 18th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Well, from what I could tell, this particular processor doesn't have a history of problems or failures, but the stock Intel heatsink and/or thermal grease that comes with it is apparently widely viewed as crap, at least for overclocking and the like.

Not sure yet if this will be an issue (opinion varies), but I'll take a look at the package when it gets here. And I can always drop by Microcenter and get better grease or (worst case) a better heatsink if I don't like it.
Dustybigmog on February 18th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Your Dell isn't that old and you barely got any use out of it. Maybe it could live on as a server or dev box.
Douglas Triggs: fountaindoubt72 on February 18th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Oh, absolutely, and that's the plan -- it'll make a perfectly cromulent Linux dev box, especially since I didn't already have a Linux box lying around. So, I got a KVM switch, too.

It just too weak to push the 30" monitor playing games. Even the Europa Universalis games are painfully slow at full res (pretty, but slow -- or painfully ugly at low res on such a big screen). It's fine for just pushing windows around.
asakiyume: hummingbirdasakiyume on February 18th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the job!
Douglas Triggs: grayjaydoubt72 on February 19th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
....Hitomi wo Tojite....crysaliz on February 18th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Yay about job~ when do u start? (or have u started already?)
Douglas Triggs: washudoubt72 on February 19th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Monday. Very soon now.
sf_readersf_reader on February 18th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
That is great news! I'm glad your job hunt worked out so well and so fast. (Even if it doesn't seem fast to you)
Douglas Triggs: astronomydoubt72 on February 19th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Well, my job hunt overall was somewhat long (since I did start looking in August or so), but mostly that was Tokyo, which, well, has a lot fewer jobs in my areas of expertise than Denver (Japan is not and never has been on the cutting edge of anything related to the web).

But the search in Denver? I agree with you. Even though I've been back three months, with Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years, only about one month of it really counts. Doesn't mean I wasn't getting worried, though -- I went through a lot of job leads to finally find one that stuck.

Edited at 2011-02-19 03:15 am (UTC)