Question 1: What do you want to do?
* Do you want a fat paperweight? Any computer will do for this. I have a nice case and
I'll throw a calculator inside for only $100. Monitor is an extra $100
* Do you want to track stocks? I can handle this also, real cheap. I figure a computer
will set you back $1000 - $1500, and be obsolete, tomorrow, completely useless in three years,
so give me $1000 and for the next three years you can call me between the hours of 5 p.m. and
6 p.m. P.S.T. and I'll give you quotes delayed by twenty
* Ok, seriously. For web stuff what you mainly need is a 56k modem, and a clean phone
line. What is "clean"? All I know is that my line is clean, and my Dad's is dirty. Talk to the
phone company. You can a 300 MHz AMD K6-2 or Celeron, 64 MB RAM, 8 MB AGP video, 8 gigabyte hard
drive for about $1000. A 15" monitor will set you back no more than $200. This setup will also
do fine with any business app. Who really cares about business apps?
* Video/Photo editing. Go as fast as possible with the CPU, and don't skimp on the
video card also.
* Of course, all of this is meaningless if you want to play 3D games like
Quake 3 Arena. For this you will need a setup that will
encompass all of the above. Basically, get all you can afford. 400+ processor (no Cyrix), and
128 MB RAM. These two items will determine performance more than anything. Like a said a few
weeks ago, get the
Diamond Viper 770.
Get it now. I mean it. If you can't afford the ~$200 price tag of this one, any card based on nVidia's
TNT2 chip will do. Hard drive? This is fairly moot. I think
Western Digital and the
IBM Deskstars are the most reliable. The Deskstars are the fastest. CD Rom? Try
Hi-Val. Now all this is assuming you are building your own PC. If you want to buy, stay out
of the retail stores, except Gateway Country. Go
Dell, or Gateway, like I said.
Micron is acceptable. Who else? Oh yeah, PACKARD BELL SUCKS!
22 April 1999
Download my Active Desktop wallpaper. It's cool.
14 April 1999
The top 20 films ever, compiled by a poll on the Internet Movie
Database. Check out all 250. Notice
The Matrix is #20. You, friend, must
see this movie. Return of the Jedi was #42, below a movie called The Wrong
Trousers. Why? Has anyone seen this movie?
1 Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) 8.5/10 (12789 votes)
2 Godfather, The (1972) 8.5/10 (9963 votes)
3 Star Wars (1977) 8.5/10 (16994 votes)
4 Schindler's List (1993) 8.4/10 (12437 votes)
5 Casablanca (1942) 8.4/10 (8641 votes)
6 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 8.4/10 (8870 votes)
7 Citizen Kane (1941) 8.3/10 (7223 votes)
8 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 8.3/10 (6660 votes)
9 Vita è bella, La (1997) 8.3/10 (2124 votes)
10 Godfather: Part II, The (1974) 8.3/10 (4886 votes)
11 Usual Suspects, The (1995) 8.3/10 (11136 votes)
12 Rear Window (1954) 8.3/10 (4745 votes)
13 Empire Strikes Back, The (1980) 8.3/10 (14066 votes)
14 Dr. Strangelove (1964) 8.2/10 (6353 votes)
15 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 8.2/10 (12596 votes)
16 Psycho (1960) 8.2/10 (6293 votes)
17 North by Northwest (1959) 8.2/10 (4516 votes)
18 Silence of the Lambs, The (1991) 8.1/10 (11532 votes)
19 12 Angry Men (1957) 8.1/10 (3030 votes)
20 Matrix, The (1999) 8.1/10 (1189 votes)
1 April 1999
HondoBondo's Heiney Kicking Hardware List:
Processor: Some Intel Pentium II/III/Celeron variant. Your choice. The Celeron 300a can be
had for ~$70 and safely overclocked to 450 MHz.
Read about it. But the
Pentium III has Streaming SIMD Extensions which accelerate 3D functions. However, little
accelerated software is currently available.
Motherboard:Abit BX6 Revision 2.0
Hard Drive: Any IBM DeskStar drive.
Video:Diamond Viper 770.
Available approximately 1 May.
Sound:Diamond Monster Sound MX300. Sounds
particularly good with four speakers.
CD-R:Plextor PlexWriter 8/20. This guy records at
26 March 1999
I got sick of my old page. Yup.