Hardware failure: decisions, decisions

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Last week I mentioned that we had two components of our main computer die - a hard drive and the video card. I sent the video card back for replacement and it turned out that particular model is no longer produced. Instead I'm being offered a comparable product, which uses the same "chipset" (i.e. same card, different sticker), or a refund. I'm going to go with a refund because in the six months since we bought first our card the prices have dropped significantly, so much so that we now have a choice in what to get:

  1. Pretty much the same card (nVidia Geforce 6200) but save $30.
  2. An upgraded version of the same card for the original amount, the nVidia Geforce 6600.
  3. A card with built-in video capture, but its slower than the one that failed on us, uses the X600XT chip by ATI.

I'm in a bit of a quandry as to what to do. I'd really like the video capture bit but that card is just terribly slow in comparison to even our older card, nevermind option #2 above. Ack!

Computer hardware failures suck!

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This truly sucks! In the same day we had both a harddrive and video give up the ghost. The drive is out of warranty but the video card will be replaced/fixed by the store we got it from. The drive luckily didn't have anything irreplaceable on it, ironically I had put a lot of what was on it onto DVDs the other day, good timing or what. So, time to get our backup routine in order. <knocks-on-wood>

Sajax makes Ajax easy!

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The pseudo-standard "AJAX", which is just a buzzword for Javascript + XML (which was done for years without the fancy name) is a bit tricky at times. For most simple needs, though, the Sajax API makes life extremely easy, especially if you use multiple languages (PHP, Python, ColdFusion, etc). Well worth learning, it makes life just so easy!

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