I may never buy another desktop ever again

For a while I had four systems. One laptop (which is about four years old) and three desktops. I was using one desktop as my main system, and one as a firewall. A week ago, the main desktop stopped working. Sometimes it would boot up and work for about ten minutes and then stop working, and sometimes it would not detect the hard drive.

I took it into Best Buy, and they had to ship it off to the service center. They said the motherboard had to be replaced.

Then my firewall machine stopped working. It is pretty old, so I am guessing it just needs another power supply. So I am now using my remaining desktop as a firewall. If I run X it freezes after a while, but if I do not run X it will run with no problem.

My laptop is a bit old, and I did not want to use it as my main system. So I went out and got another one. I have had some issues with desktops just about every year. The power supply goes out, or I need to reinstall, or it just dies. My laptop has worked without any issue. Then again, my desktops were HP machines, so maybe they just used some cheap parts.

Anyway, I am thinking about just using laptops from now on. This means that at some point I will need to get a router in case my firewall dies.

This also means that my OpenCms server on my desktop is gone. I will start migrating the static content on this site to the blog.

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Intro Post

As people brag on Slashdot: “First post!” Granted, it’s just me, but at least I get to say it this one time.

My name is Eric MacAdie (muh-KAY-dee). I am a software developer in Chicago, Illinois, The City That Matters, and this is my blog.

The purpose of this site is to help me improve my Java skills and keep an eye on what is going on in the Java world. It will also advocate the use of Java, not only for the web but in all environments. I will post content with some Java tutorials for some applications, including some of the Java technologies that I will use to create content for and run this site.

That is all I will say for now. I thought¬† about what I would say in the first post, but I decided to keep it short. I can always have an “About” page that I can update as needed.

Lastly, as they say on Slashdot: In Soviet Russia, Beowulf cluster of dying BSD machines imagines you!

(Originally posted 2008-08-01_02.05.33)

Image from Wikimedia, assumed allowed under Fair Use. Section of Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 2652, 2nd century.