Disclaimer: This is possibly the lamest (and also nerdiest) blog post I’ve ever written. This is what happens when I don’t filter myself enough… Consider yourself warned!
I gave my “new” (second hand) computer a name when I re-installed Windows Vista 64-bit edition: Penry-Charis.
Penry, in keeping with my tradition of naming computers based off their processor families/codenames (technically, it’s the Wolfdale core, which is the desktop counterpart to Penryn).
Charis (pronounced, “Care – iss”), because it’s the Greek word for grace – aka “kindness” or “undeserved favor”. It could really be a one word summary for Christianity, and I picked it while reading my Bible shortly before having to pick a name.
I settled on Penry-Charis because I couldn’t decide between the two, and the realization that its initials are “PC” sealed the deal. It works on so many levels.
I think I will just call it (“him”?) as Penry, although I did try referring to it as “Charis” at first (which is where the name “Charisse” comes from, apparently).
But now of days, I just refer to it as my “supercomputer”. It’s ridiculously fast, especially because of the $200 128GB SSD hard drive it runs off of. That was also 2nd hand 😛 Go Craigslist!
P.S. Did I mention it’s ridiculously fast? I feel like a kid in a candy store who was given a $50 gift card to said store. How did this happen!? This is the least amount of money I’ve ever spent on a computer, but the fastest computer I’ve ever owned relative to what’s been considered “state-of-the-art” at the time. (Well, admittedly, my CPU’s only dual core, and a generation old. But for most games and single/dual-threaded applications, it probably holds its own against the i3’s and i5’s. All in all, $380 for the system, $200 for the SSD, and $150 for my used Samsung 2343 monitor [23″, 2048-1152 resolution, no dead pixels])