This is just a list of the stuff I use

My Computer

Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6Ghz (can OC to 2.9Ghz but occasionally gets problems, and I don’t really need the extra speed)
2x1GB Mushkin DDR2-800 (looking to add 2x2GB sticks for a total of 6GB)
512MB Radeon HD 2900 Pro @ 742/1000mhz (XT speeds, from 600/800 stock, only OC for demanding games though)
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H 690G Socket AM2 motherboard (w/ integrated Radeon x1250)
250GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA 3g (233GiB)
Windows Vista Home Premium x64

All housed in an Antec Sonata III, a really beautiful case that relies on understated simplicity and elegance rather than flashiness (OK, I will admit I have an LED fan inside but that’s just because they were out of the regular kind).

Sonata III 500

My monitor is nothing special, just a Viewsonic Optiquest Q20wb, the quality is decent and the size is great. 1680×1050 is an awesome resolution.

ViewSonic Optiquest Q20wb - flat panel display - TFT - 20

My speakers are pretty good for $60, Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers. It’s nice having a subwoofer, but unfortunately most of the time I play games with the volume too low to actually feel the effects of the surround sound.

Color Image

For blogging, I use the latest WordPress and K2 themes (as you can see from the bottom of each page) and Windows Live Writer to write my posts, because it’s just convenient having a desktop blogging tool. WLW supports pretty much everything the browser-based editor supports, which is nice, plus it’s not laggy like the AJAX editor.

Programming tools: I use Eclipse for Java, because I have a faster computer now and all the nice features and plugins really make a huge difference. For everything else, Notepad++ fills my needs as a highly advanced text editor. Occasionally, I might use Dev-C++ for C++ but I don’t do C++ very often, and for DS development I just stick to Notepad++. I might try out Visual Studio 2008 for C++ or Eclipse if I can get it set up for C++ properly, though. I would love to stick with Eclipse if at all possible.


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