2010-09-14

Missing SATA connectors...

Everybody who knows me, also knows that I am extremely lucky.
Today I was going to assemble a Micro ATX computer to be used at home, since the old one (the Soltek Qbic) died some months ago and I had to use only the notebook (using which I miss my 10K rpm WD Raptor).
The mobo was an ASRock P4i65G, but during the assembly at a certain point I had to stop because I was unable to connect the SATA cable... because the connectors are missing!


As you can see there are just some straight pins on the PCB board and it is impossible to connect a SATA cable on them:


Obviously if you check the official picture from the ASRock website the connectors should be there! This picture (rotated and with the red circle added by me) is taken from the official page of the mobo:

 So I'm going to ask for a replacement from Amazon, and keep fingers crossed.

2010-09-04

Comparison Table for Relocation from Italy

I recently had to evaluate pros and cons about moving from Italy to another country, and I ended up compiling the following table:

Obviously the table is very subjective, so I have to explain some items and cite some sources.
European Union and the Euro Currency are quite obvious.
The Metric System is used in Europe, but even if both Ireland and the UK switched to this system, it seems that you can live in Ireland using it only, but that in the UK and Canada the Imperial Units are still in widespread use. Furthermore, in the States you will have to learn the Customary System...
This is a map of the world with RHD (Right-Hand Drive) countries and LHD (Left-Hand Drive) contries in different colors:
About quakes, I've been talking about seismic risk in a previous post; now I just want to make clear that I'm marking the States as "dangerous" since the only State I could relocate to is California, that is known to be waiting for the Big One.
About queens and kings someone could argue that they are way better than some prime minister, but I decided to include this row anyway...
About guns and rifles freely available at the grocery shops (Tesco or Wal-Mart or your preferred ones) it's easy to understand that I do not agree (at all) with this degree of freedom.
And finally, I listed the countries officially taking part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 (as you can see, officially Spain has been present for some months and Canada is absent).
This post has no conclusion: I could only note that the countries with the best non-weighted scores are France and Ireland.

Italy's growth

I recently discovered from a book written by Charles Young that in the years from 2001 to 2009 the GDP per capita in Italy decreased, and that it can't be due only to the economic downturn since only Zimbabwe, Haiti and Ivory Coast performed worse in the whole planet.
This first chart, taken from the book, shows how bad Italy did compared with the rest of Europe:

And this second chart shows that Italy is the only listed country for which the per capita GDP decreased (in blue bar) from 2001 to 2009:

In the same chart the green circle shows also how the same per capita GDP used to increase in the previous 8 years (i.e. from 1993 to 2001).