The Construction of Kepler

The lowdown: He can’t really say hello yet, but you can say hello to him. You don’t get to see him yet, but you get to hear all about him.

Today, James picked me up at my house early in the morning and we went to a mall about fifteen minutes from my house. After we got lost and found ourselves in a homeware mega mall full of furniture stores (no, we’re not ready to buy furniture yet, at least not until we get a house) and drove past a shop called “OMG Lighting” (they really couldn’t have picked a better name), we lined up for about ten minutes watching this idiot in overalls ask the guy over the counter for assistance. It wasn’t the kind of place you could look into and browse around. You had to know what you were getting.

James remembered everything, bless him. /eee I didn’t really quite understand all the specifications, but we walked out with a motherboard, four gigabytes of ram and a processor. Only Intel i3, because this computer’s just for doing work, study, designing, watching some movies – nothing big and heavy like gaming.

Of course, there was a phase during which I was so excited about the game Duke Nukem Forever, but half a year down the track I’m not as thrilled. I actually took the time to read reviews about the game and I wasn’t too pleased; many hardcore fans were also disappointed. James knows me well and he says it isn’t the kind of game I’d like, and he wouldn’t like it very much either. (He’s more of a gamer than I am.) I suppose I’d better go back to the 80s and 90s when video games were not full of sexist remarks and were all about explosions and female assets. Right.

We went across the road and I spied a black and red case. Oh cheeseballs, it was the sexiest thing I’d seen that day, before James said that it would gather dust so easily even if I did put it on a table and vacuum my desk once a week. It had red. I think I just totally fell in love. At $200 though, I felt it was much better to buy the $70 one and get something that wasn’t aesthetically pleasing but something that was just a better idea. :P

When we finally went back to my place after getting a spill-resistant keyboard, webcam and a 24 inch monitor, we had fun looking at all the bits and pieces and fitting them together. I was excited to open up the monitor, but we looked at it last. It took us some time to fit things together and get things together, but after about two hours we had it going. When I finally saw the monitor I couldn’t help but exclaim, “It’s gorgeous!”

I wasn’t too fond of the size before getting it. 24 inches seemed rather large. It seemed a little too large, but I think it’s just the right size. :) I use a 27 inch Mac at work and I can’t believe it’s that big. James’s monitor seemed bigger and I got the one that is the same size as his.

Unfortunately the software wasn’t all cool; we had a lot of trouble trying to install Windows 7. While James tried to figure out the cause of the problem I grilled some chicken and washed some lettuce so we could have some chicken wraps for lunch.

At the end of the day not all was well. But hopefully we get it figured out tomorrow. I plugged Fin (my laptop) into the monitor. I remembered that this was what I wanted in the first place; just a monitor to use with my laptop. My mum was the one who suggested a new computer for me and I can’t thank her enough for that. I hope that my laptop lasts longer since I’ll be using it less.

So, he hasn’t come out of his shell yet. But say hi. His name’s Kepler. After Johannes Kepler. Because Kepler’s Laws are as follows:

  1. The orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci.
  2. A line joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time.
  3. The square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.

And, you know, because I like space and all. /faw

Comments on this post

Yay Kepler! Kepler was cool, as your computer will be. After seeing the pictures on your photoblog, I think that I’d like to play with it! I hope that you guys get it working soon. I guess that’s one of the challenges with building a computer as opposed to buying one on your own.

That is the best store name that I have ever seen yet. If I saw a store with that name, I would walk in, even if I wasn’t interested in lighting.

Hey Georgina! I have a new blog partly inspired by a blog you did on Lucid Dreaming a few months ago. I guess I thought you’d be interested and I should let you know?

I hope Kepler serves you well; it seems like you had fun picking him (it?) out. Happy national hug day.

Congrats for the new computer! Reading your entry made me smile. I’m pretty sure you guys had fun. Good thing you have James to help you out. I’m not really good at picking gadgets and stuff so I always ask my guy bestfriend for his opinion. (Y)

Sorry you had some issues but yay for new electronics! Hope you get it all sorted soon! :)

awesome :D you can never have a big enough monitor :D

I always love putting the bits and pieces together for a new computer. I would much rather do the hardware work then the software work. If I would have had the money, no one would have talked me out of getting the black and red case. :) Mine is white and dark gray – not so pretty. Hopefully the software issues are figured out soon, I’m sure you want to use your new computer as soon as possible.

I’m in the market for a bigger monitor right now – just looking for now. I just think getting a new one (size not mattering) is best, this screen has been through a lot and you can tell. >_<

I think Kepler is a fantastic name. Just amazing how you got it front. I’m really bad with names haha, so I’m really happy you found a good name for it. Also glad you have a new computer, yay!

I don’t think I’d be able to build my own computer. I’m just not that tech sawy enough ahahaha. I should be, since when I was a kid I took on a electronics course and we had to build a computer. I failed miserably. Then again I was a kid and I could barely type at 20wpm. Or something like that.

I hope Kepler works well for you, I’m sure you’ll enjoy having him around. I hope Fin doesn’t feel too bad about a new computer being around, but I’m sure he’ll like some longer naps. xD

LOL I was just thinking that I would much rather mess with software, than the hardware of a computer. I am lucky in the fact that my Mom likes to take things apart to see how they work…although she is kind of annoyed when it takes a while to get things working again. :P

I am in the market for a new monitor – I am still using a CRT one. I’d love to get a flat screen…and have a dual-screen set up.

But anyways, I cannot wait to meet Kepler. He sounds like he will be a neat little guy. Plus, he has such an awesome name to live up to. :)

I like hands-on stuff, but I can’t say I’m good at it… and I don’t particularly like software, either. XD James absolutely loves seeing how things work, so I’m glad he offered to help me with a computer and putting it together.

I had a CRT and it was just terrible. :P I guess it got outdated. I hope you get an LCD or an LED screen soon. Much better for your eyes too. I originally just wanted another screen, but I’m glad having a new computer altogether. :D

Congratulations on Kepler! I’m sorry you had issues installing Windows 7, but everything’s okay now, right?

Took me awhile to get Windows 7 as well. I couldn’t let XP go. I really liked it, and Vista wasn’t as impressive as I thought it would be. But, I’m really liking 7 now. I hope you do, too :)

I wish I could build my own computer as well. I’ve always wanted to build one. I’m afraid I’ll screw it all up and somehow short out everything and I’ll end up wasting money. Hahaha. So much fear. I’ll need to find someone who has more experience to guide me through the whole process :)