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The The Restaurant at the Edge of the Universe, previously known as The Water Cooler, is a place to post stuff that has absolutely nothing at all to do with computers, broadband, Scot's Newsletter, or anything that's "supposed" to be here.
This is the old Ottawa train station with the Chateau Laurier in the background. Right now the main Parliament building is closed for a 10 year renovation, so the Canadian Senate is meeting in the old station hall.
I figured since I was locked down for a while I would get something fun to occupy my time. I picked up a copy of PC Building Simulator on Steam. It was on sale to boot.
It's an interesting sim. You are the owner of a two-bit computer repair shop that starts off in debt thanks to your embezzling uncle. You get work orders via email. The computers are delivered and you work on them. Then you get paid via email. You order parts as needed.
Initially you do easy stuff like removing viruses and cleaning. Your customers rate you and as your reputation improves you get more complex jobs. I am a pretty low grade tech at this point and the hardest job I had to do yet was replace a motherboard.
The sim allows you to practice on a new build tutorial before you start your "career."
The worst part is that the music soundtrack to the game really sucks. You can turn it off or use your own MP3 collection to play. So that is better.
It's not a total real life sim. You have to take out the standoffs and replace them when putting in a new motherboard. I don't think you'd need to do that unless you were changing form factors. But it is a lot of fun to diagnose and fix broken PCs.
I visited Ottawa briefly as a kid, 7-9 years old. Don't remember the exact year.
We stayed at the Chateau Laurier. Rode the train. They had an indoor pool
in the basement, I got to take a swim. Pretty cool experience, as best I