Daniel J. Petersen’s Devblog

Documenting my struggle to make a videogame.

The Destruction of My PC, and the Coming Code Bootcamp Destruction?

About two weeks ago my desktop (video card?) decided that it was done with life. I was jamming away working on It Always Ends In Nuclear War when I was greeted with a bluescreen of death. I started my computer back up and the resolution was keyed in at 800 x 600 with a scattering of red pixels on the display. I decided that the PC was haunted and that it was time to go all out and get a new PC. I just finished building it yesterday, and I’m pretty excited.

  • ASUS Z97-A ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z97-A
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti 3GB GDDR5 384-Bit Dual-Link DVI-I DVI-D HDMI DP SLI Graphics Card 03G-P4-2888-KR
  • Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Module
  • Ballistix Sport 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Module
  • Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz 1150 Boxed Processor
  • Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
  • GXII 750 Watt ATX Power Supply
  • MX100 512GB SATA III 6.0Gb/s 2.5” Internal Solid State Drive CT512MX100SS

I’m pretty damn happy with it. Its destroyed every game I’ve thrown at it, and it compiles It Always Ends In Nuclear War soooooooooooooooo damn fast. I couldn’t really work on the game until I had my desktop in order, but now I can get back to work full speed ahead.

In other news, the author of Learn Python The Hard Way and Learn Ruby The Hard Way is going to be posting a series of articles criticizing coding schools. I attended Dev Bootcamp in early 2014, so this is particularly interesting to me. For what it’s worth, I’m glad I attended Dev Bootcamp. Mostly because it was a cool experience, but I also think I learned some valuable things from it, both programming wise and about life in general. That being said, I don’t particularly think coding schools are a great investment if you’re new to programming, and I wouldn’t say that I learned to program from Dev Bootcamp. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely helped, especially on the web dev front, but I’ll be very interested to see what Zed Shaw has to say.