Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiindooooooooooooooows… :-)

This is the Windows 95 startup sound slowed way the heck down.  🙂  Is this the latest form of this mega slowed down relaxation stuff I keep hearing about?  🙂

…and a few YouTube searches later…  🙂




Gotta love it when elitists who’ve been building computers for years flock to comments sections of someone who openly admits they’re building their first computer in order to pick them apart…  😛

“GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR SHE FINGERD DUH CPU PASTE!!!!”  Well now.  She DID say right there in the title that this was her first gaming PC build.  Man, and people wonder why there’s an issue with girls getting into STEM or gaming.  😛

I don’t know where people get off thinking that someone is going to have all their ducks in a row for PC Build Numero Uno.  It’s almost as if it’s a bad thing to be a curious beginner.  However, for the edification and enlightenment of beginners wondering why thermal paste needn’t be spread like butter…  🙂

Here’s the fun part.  She didn’t use a stock cooler.  🙂  This means since she has real thermal paste in an actual tube all she has to do is just alcohol off the “thermal butter job” from earlier and just squeeze another dot in the middle and put everything back together.  Not like it’s the end of the world or anything that boo hoo hoo she admitted up front that she’s never built a computer before and acted like a beginner.  🙂  Maybe if she wants to cut operating temps on her CPU or something…  🙂

She also learned that gravity is her friend with unboxing the case too.  🙂  Seriously folks, let new people get their feet wet.  It’s how more people become PC builders, in case y’all forgot.  🙂

…and… subbed!!!  🙂

LinusThumbJokes – Round 2 :-D

“…and now, Ladies and Gentlemen, the ultimate demonstration of what NOT to do with a laptop.”  😀

“Dude!  This phone is so light it floats!!!”  😀

Even the most successful of big time Tech YouTubers can get caught sleeping on the job.  😀

“Awww yeah.  Got mah ‘puter.  Got mah hot dawgs.  We be livin’ it up y’all!”  😀

Cure your receding hairline the easy way with Microsoft Paint!!!  😀

When you spend all your money on gaming PCs they’d better be so awesome that you don’t need to spend any money on actual lights for your gaming room!  😀

“Dude!  I just needed twenty bucks for gas and it spat out this thing instead!”

…because why should Apple have all the fun making computers that look like “waste receptacles?”  😀

“G Skill made a swank keyboard that looks like beer before I spill my beer into it!  Nerd up nerd up nerd up!  Woo woo woo woo woo!!!”  😀

The Incredible iDell Pastichery

…what can I say?  Green Ham wandered into Dellasaurus territory last Summer.  😀  I couldn’t let that sort of thing go unanswered…  🙂

…but hey, at least I didn’t almost torch my Dellasaurus in the name of special effects…  😀

…and at least I didn’t raid Wii Sports for background music…  😀

“It Sounds Like A 90s Computer!!!” – Part 2

Once again we return to the bad old days of computers with no multimedia appeal.  No pizzazz.  No style.  Just something that looked like it belonged in an office even when at home – a far cry from today’s sleek Darth Vader style black towers or other form factors with HDMI out and enough horsepower to smoke all the video game consoles and relegate them to entry level status.

YouTube’s search algorithms have been much friendlier.  Check out the drone of fans constantly running at full speed and clacky clanky hard drives you can hear from across the room…  😛

Oh look.  There’s one now.  😛

“Help!!! Help!!!  2000s!!!  Save us!!!”  Welllllllllllllll…..  🙂

Yeah.  Even in the Windows 2000 era this crap was still going on.  Drony fans that always ran at full speed, hard drives that could wake a sleeping cat…  😛

Sometimes you would get lucky though and find a computer whose grindy drive made the machine sound like a coffee maker.  🙂

Want to know when you’ve found an old HP?  Hewlett Packard is still spelled out. 😀

Then there’s the classic “Tada!!!” sound from Windows 3.1, which was a way of saying, “Woohoo!  My computer finished booting!  What an accomplishment!”  😀

Here’s a machine that reminds me of the one the guy who inspired me to build my first system threw together in the Summer of 2002.  Check out that tiny exhaust fan…  😀

Right then.  What was this article about again?  Oh wait.  Here we go.  🙂

It never fails.  A look back at the bad old days makes me better appreciate the present.  Back to today’s computers.  🙂

“It Sounds Like A 90s Computer!!!”

I built my first computer in the early 2000s.  I first heard of homebrew computers in the late 1990s when a guy I went to school with built his own Pentium II machine with a whopping 333 MHz processor.  😛

Until the computer that was supposed to get me through college… didn’t… and necessity became the mother of invention as usual, building computers didn’t appeal to me.

Quite frankly, building computers before the start of this millennium sounded rather drab.  No broadband if you needed to quickly look something up or download drivers, jumpers galore,  Baby AT versus the newfangled ATX, and 90s computers looking and sounding like… this.  😛

The loudest oldest hard drive I have circa late 2000s early 2010s is loud enough to hear from across the room while the computer’s running.  In the 1990s, you could always hear your computer in some way shape or form.

Ultimately, this is what you had back in those days.  A boring beige box (that turned ugly yellow after a few years) with a loud clunky hard drive and a cooling fan that always ran at full speed so there was always an audible hum going on.  Then there would be two pathetic speakers – sometimes amplified, sometimes not – attempting to do sound if you could hear them over the noise your system was already making.

Lastly, how about that paradox where as your computer got faster it booted more slowly because mechanical drives would bottleneck everything – especially with lower amounts of RAM.  You’d turn your system on – GRINNNNNNNNNNNND – and might as well just come back in 10 minutes to do anything intelligent whatsoever.  😛

By the way, these horrible old things cost more too.  Usually quad digits in US dollars.  How’s that for paying more for less?  😀

The silver lining to this rubbish 90s computer cloud though is that the right systems would sound like UFOs taking off or something when the drives spun up.  😀

90s Computers didn’t try to blend in around the house.  They were garish, barely different from their office counterparts, and you could tell immediately that they were computers and not the TV or a DVR or something.  You could always tell where the computer was.  It would be the one piece of the office in someone’s home, if they didn’t refer to the room with the computer as an “office” or “home office” or something.

Today, it’s a different world.  The strongest computer sales are among homebrew folks like myself building cutting edge desktops, towers, or wherever else we want to squeeze a computer these days.  Computers blend in better with home entertainment electronics and AV gear, like the sleek black Darth Vader towers I tend to build these days.  🙂  There are also fan controllers and larger-sized lower RPM fans that allow for much quieter operation, plus the ability to link the sound into a home theater system.  You don’t even need computer speakers anymore!

Today’s computers have personality, they’re a lot less expensive than in decades past, and quite frankly I wouldn’t trade today’s advances for 90s nostalgia boxes any day.  Unlike other forms of nostalgia, I see stuff like this these days and I’m like, “Yeah.  That sucked.  Thank goodness that crap’s gone.”

Don’t agree with me?  Well then.  This should give you a clue or two…  🙂