Sunday 4th February 2018

Today I decided to tidy up my office space and create a second desk.  I’m playing games online with friends who live locally and it would be nice to be able to invite them around and have a social evening playing online together.
I have a couple of old PCs, and my old desk has a load of crap on it, so today’s project was to sort it all out.
It was a fun activity to do.  The office needed a bit of sorting out so even if the new desk doesn’t get used much, the process of cleaning the area up was a much needed bit of spring cleaning.
My main aim was to get a PC up and running capable of running EVE and Warcraft.  Luckily I have a couple of spare machines laying around and so I got one up and running only to realise that it was the lesser powered of the two.  However the other one wasn’t booting, just hanging on a black screen.
I left it running for a time as I cleaned my desk and the desk for this new station, but even after a couple of hours this better machine would not boot.  So I decided to reinstall windows… which proved much easier than I thought.
EVE Online and Warcraft also installed really quickly  (My friend has been spending days waiting for WoW to download on their home computer).
The only thing I needed to do was get a new monitor for the station.  I have 2 screens on my PC and honestly I wouldn’t go without again.  So I got a new 27” monitor for my computer and moved the 24” across.
By the time my friend came round this evening, everything was done.  I was really pleased with the results, and whilst there’s a few further bits of tidy up I want to do… I’ll be honest and say I like the idea of a second desk, even if it’s ultimately somewhere to just use my work computer.
We played Warcraft tonight.  I wanted to start levelling my new Nightfallen monk but Craig was just starting his Blood Elf Warlock and he starts at level 1 where I start at level 20.  So I dicked around for a while and helped him where I could.  But then I realised the new level scaling worked sooner than I thought so I jumped on my new character and went to meet him.
I’ve obviously levelled a lot of characters as I was all about bunching quests together whereas he went back and forth to areas.  I had to keep reminding myself not to power level him.
However, I’m not in a hurry to level my Nightfallen monk.  I just want them as a character to farm with.  If Craig jumps ahead, I can catch up really quickly… and if he doesn’t play I have my Highmountain Tauren to level as well.  So it’s all good.
We played late into the night and it was a lot of fun being able to do that together.  It means friends can come round to play games or watch TV, whereas a few months ago, my house wasn’t very sociable.
With the second station, it means friends could also potentially come round and work.  It was great playing tonight and having someone go off and make a cup of tea for the both of us whilst the other did something online.
I ended the day having a really great evening whilst also feeling like I accomplished something today.
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