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About C:Amie (Me)

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Behind a Name

What's behind a name? The tags with which we brand ourselves can have a whole range of hidden meanings. Sometimes the apparent meaning is not all that it seems to be, nothing more than a distraction from the truth.

I'm often asked what my web name means, and I tell everyone the same thing. It's a play on my name. If at this point you want to have a public guess, then this is the place to do it.
Just to make it a fair test, there are two people on the site who do know what it translates into, so if you did guess right I couldn't deny it (cheaply).

The only thing I will tell you is what it isn't. Amie is not the French "Amie" meaning "friend".

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Beauty is Skin Deep

I suppose for all you ladies out there, you're wondering what this swathe, sophisticated specimen looks like. Let's leave it at "somewhere between Brad Pitt and the Elephant man". If at some point Catherine were to enlighten you as to where on that scale I fall, so be it - but apparently I'm "dashing and handsome" and "have amazing eyes" - for an old man anyway.

Location, Location, Location

That would be the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Second star to the left and straight on until morning - basically. If you see a road sign to Olduvi, you've gone too far. That would be in Tanzania.

Who has a home page in this day and age?

I do. Frankly, I cannot stand blogging. I've little interest in peoples self opinionated drivel populated onto the Internet through often badly written CMS systems to clutter up search engines for the rest of eternity... but I digress.

So here you are reading my self opinionated drivel. But at least some effort and energy has to be expelled in putting it onto the web, so for that you should all be eternally grateful (or may be wish I had even less free time).

History of this Site

There once was a time when the Internet was a unthought of, and wholly unrealised day dream. Most of that is a haze, and so I wont bore you with my efforts at cognitive reconstruction.

I got on the net in December of 1995 (Line One, who remembers those guys?) and by January 1996 had moved to the beginnings of my love-hate relationship with BTInternet and started a website with nothing on it, with nothing to say, nothing to do and a sexy dose of HTML 1.0 gray page background! (Those were the days).

Thankfully HTML 2.0 and 3.2 remedied that, and I think once I had a suitable version of MSIE, we had Windows 95 clouds. From there on until 2000 there were a lot of sub projects, the site expanded, became a group site, became a community site and became nothing.

In September 2000 the site became ce320, which merged with SimplyHPC, which exploded and which then became HPC:Factor. If you are interested in that story click here or funnily enough the same thing on Wikipedia.

Microsoft then went and rolled out Windows Millennium, and this site became exclusively dedicated to my various nags about the Windows Media Player 7 bundled into it, plus a couple of other tech gripes (yep, they're still in the tech section).

The site then stopped completely until the Spring of 2006 (now with Pipex having fallen out with BTInternet) when Rowena Pike decided I must be bored and needed to go and do something "constructive". Having done something constructive and scored brownie points (C:Amie v1.0 - see GFX & Artwork), I quickly rehashed it into C:Amie v2.0.

In April 2007 I rejigged it again to get away from the Virtual PC branding, and here we are at the third version, or what is more likely to be the 7th version since 1996. I have lost count now.

Behind a Website

This little slice of the t'interweb is bundled into a Windows Virtual Server living in the corner of a raid stripe living within my server farm. If you're interested, the specs of the server on which this site resides are:


  • Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-Evo (P55 Express)
  • Processor: Intel i7-860 (SLBJJ) Quad + HT
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 + 4x120mm Case Fans
  • Memory: 32GB (8GBx4) Crucial BLS4CP8G3D1609DS1S00BEU DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800), Dual Channel (Turbo)
  • Disk Controler: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i
  • Disk Array: Crucial MX100 128GB SSD + 5x3TB WD Red Pro 3TB
  • Video: XFX PV-T94G-ZA NVidia 9400GT 550M 1HGB DDR2
  • Network Interfaces: Dual Realtex 8112L / 8110SC

  • Platform: Windows Server 2012 R2 x64
  • Anti Virus: Naturally


  • Motherboard: Asus 8H67M Pro
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500
  • Cooling: Stock Intel
  • Memory: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3-1600
  • Disk Array: 128GB SSD + 1x6TB WD Red Pro
  • Video: Intel 2nd Generation HD Graphics
  • Network Interfaces: Intel Pro 1000

  • Platform: Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 x64
  • Anti Virus: Naturally

Behind a keyboard (this keyboard)

As hard as it may be for some to swallow, I do have a PC (not just PDA's), and that PC is specified thus:

  • Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe v2.0
  • Processor: Intel LGA1336 Xeon X5675 (SLBYL) Hex + HT i7 950 (SLBEN)
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE2
  • Memory: 24GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer Blue BL3KIT25664TB1608.000 DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800), CAS 7, Tripple Channel (Turbo)
  • Hard Disk(s): 2x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD's + 1TB ST1000DM003-9YN162 Seagate Baracuda 7200.12
  • Video: Asus GTX750-DCSL-2GD5 2GB DDR5 (Silent)
  • Screen: Dell 2408WFPb (A00) + 2x Dell U2415's
  • TV Tuner: DVBLink
  • Speakers: Videologic DigiTheatre 5.1 AC3 (connected via SPDIF)
  • Network: Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit (x2) & IEEE1394a
  • Input: Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro & Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer
  • PSU: Antec NeoPower 650 (The Phantom 500 died in a power cut)
  • Case: Antec P182

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro x64
  • Office Productivity: Office 2016 Pro Plus
  • Virtualisation: Hyper-V Server 2016

Article Published: Tuesday, March, 21, 2006
Article Revision Date: Saturday, 22 April, 2017

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