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A-Kon Anyone? [Jun. 2nd, 2014|08:32 am]
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Thursday late-morning, I'll climb on the train to Dallas and spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the anime convention there, A-Kon.

It's a lot of fun, and the new venue (new last year) of the Hilton Anatole also showcases a magnificent collection of Asian art.   This year I find out if they rotate items in the collection; I'm looking forward to seeing favorite pieces again (and I don't think I saw everything last year!)   Also the chance to see artists and performers and costumes I don't see elsewhere.

When not on panels in the writing track, I'll spend a lot of time in Artists Alley, knitting while chatting with friends in the same row (A-15 is my spot) and hoping someone else comes by to chat and maybe pick up a book they missed.    I am very far behind on my knitting (thanks to many things, but largely computers in crisis of one kind or another)  so am hoping to catch up.  On the schedule in the wool-and-needles department is finishing the "seascape" short socks, which will be striped of turquoise and a mottled sea colors yarn.  And maybe some other color, who knows?

From: geekmerc
2014-06-03 02:16 pm (UTC)
I've owned a lot over the years and I custom build my wife and son's computers. Wife runs linux which does what she wants and son has windows to handle all his gaming.

I'm personally going to have two, for gaming and work. Games eat a lot of diskspace while I want redundancy in work. The mirrored drives are nice in case of a simple drive failure, I will have the mirrored copy and it will switch to the other drive. Replace the bad one, and everything syncs up. Of course, I have seen mirrored drives fail as well, so a backup is always mandatory.

Unless you are constantly checking to ensure your backups are good, I recommend several backup mediums. There is nothing worse than losing something on your computer and finding out your backup was useless.

While they are somewhat expensive SSD disks are extremely fast for random access since they don't have mechanical heads. They have write limits, but for standard use, it should still last plenty of years. I highly recommend them in laptops, as laptop disks are generally slow. My wife's computer has linux and boots in 5 seconds on an SSD. $1/Gigabyte is common.

Sorry to ramble. :)

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