December 13, 2006
Due to the fire on Mountbatten building last year, a lot of stuff changed here and a new building was built for us. Mountbatten was demolished and in its place a new shiny building is being built in its place.
I cannot possibly leave this go on without showing it up. The new building to which I just moved yesterday is just awesome. Open space for PhDs divided into 4-person or 6-persons bay, offices for academics, 4 floors, huge coffee room, seminar rooms, free spaces with sofas for discussions, cosy environment, nice server rooms and high security with entrance and exit only enabled by security cards to every door.
By the way, the machine you’re seeing is a very very very nice machine which I bought with the money Southampton University offered me as a PhD student for research products.
I was installing Gentoo 2006.1 on this Intel Pentium D EM64T technology, 2 cores at 3.4Ghz, 4 Gb RAM, 320 Gb SATA hardrive, DVD/CD reader/writer combo, card readers, external IDE interface and a GeForce 7600GS graphics card. The monitor is excellent, a 19” Samsung 920N.