Okay, they're for work, so they're technically not toys and they're also not actually mine, but this is still neat.
As some of you might know, the one thing that was still noticably absent from my desk at University was a PC. I had to use my own (old, slow) laptop to do my work, not exactly ideal.
Now, I finally got a PC. And quite a nice one it is too; quite a bit faster than the one I have at home. It's got an Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 (2.4GHz) CPU, 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM, an nVidia GeForce 7950GT with 512MB RAM and two 250GB SATA hard disks. It far exceeds what I actually need, but you don't hear me complaining. :)
Perhaps the most amazing piece of equipment however is the monitor. It's a Samsung 225BW 22" widescreen LCD panel:
It's huge! The picture just doesn't convey how big it truly is. Working with it is like sitting front row in a cinema. I realize this may be old hat for a lot of people, but it's the biggest monitor I've ever worked with. When I came home today I couldn't help but think how small my own 17" CRT really is. :P
And it appears a fairly decent monitor in other aspects as well (especially considering its price). Response time is great, and colour clarity is good; definitely more than adequate for what I'm going to be using it for. The only drawback is that at 1680x1050 I think its native resolution is on the low side for a monitor this size. A bit higher, like 1920x1200, would've come a long way. But, I suppose that would've made it more expensive.
You may notice I'm running Vista on it. Unfortunately this is not because Leiden University is so up to date with their OS support: it's because due to a miscommunication they didn't have any Windows CD and key for me yet, so I temporarily used my own Vista DVD, installing it without a key (so it's not activated). In a few days I should get the proper XP CD and it'll be bye-bye to Vista. A shame, really, since this kind of machine is what Vista's made of, and not surprisingly it runs beautifully on it.
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