Hearkening back to days of yore

March 6th, 2006

I went to a pretty uppity high school. Here in this town of 40,000, nothing much exciting happens. The same held true for the inner halls of the secondary school that I attended. Maybe all the mischief was just hushed up by the deans and the principal, but I doubt it.

One of the few positively interesting things to happen during my stay (although back then I didn’t realize nor think it was very interesting) was the publication of a rogue school newspaper. The school’s officially sanctioned newspaper was called The Triangle. The newspaper staff had an agreement with the school administrata (I just made that word up) that the paper would never be censored, reviewed, etc. at all by the principal, school board, or any other high-ranking official. Just recently, this has gotten them in trouble for writing and publishing an article about oral sex (aka blowjob knobslobbery cocksucking fellatio dicklickery nickbakery ad nauseam), but that’s another day, another story. Read the rest of this entry »

Categorization Complete

February 21st, 2006

Yes, indeed. Now, eventually, I’ll get around to adding an “About” page. You’ll see.

Back in Business

February 21st, 2006

My replacement video card finally arrived today, over three weeks after it died, and close to three weeks since sending it in for the RMA. Now I can sit here and do the exact same thing I’ve been doing while I was using my spare computer, plus the possibility of playing recent games, instead of Quake 2 or Unreal or something. That’s all you can get with a Voodoo 3 nowadays.

I’m also considering categorizing the posts in this blog…if I can be bothered. We’ll see.

Hardware must not like me

February 1st, 2006

So, Sunday night (or early Monday morning), I’m happily using my computer when the display goes garbled and it locks up. I’m then faced with a computer that will not even POST. Assuming it’s the video card, I remove it, then blow out the 1 year and 2 months of dust that accumulated in the fan and heatsink. I plug it back in, turn the computer on, and I’m faced with this. When you see something that looks like an old-school ASCII game, you tend to assume the worst.

So I did what first came to mind and headed directly to XFX’s site to request an RMA. Today was the day I sent the card to them, and hopefully the replacement will arrive soon. I realized yesterday that using my laptop sucks as a replacement computer, due to its tendency to reboot whenever it wants (a heat issue, I suspect), even though I used it the entire month my hard drive was dying. So, I switched to one of my spare desktop systems instead. It has a Voodoo 3!

I also upgraded to WordPress 2.0.1, and also read this lengthy post from the author of the anti-spam plugin I use, Spam Karma.

Lack of maintenance

January 20th, 2006

No, not on this site, though I guess that would apply as well. I’m talking about my keyboard. That’s what I get for not cleaning it in probably two years. Pretty horrid, isn’t it? Fortunately, this is how it turned out after a multi-hour session involving tetrafluoroethane, isopropyl alcohol, and an old sock. Yes, I know the two pictures don’t show the exact same subject matter.

Earlier this month, I purchased an extremely old laptop computer (Compaq LTE Elite 4/75C), which is currently doing its duty as a dumb terminal to my Linux machine quite well, even though I had not anticipated that being its primary function. On a related note, I fear I may have had quite a hand in the sharp increase of my parents’ electric bill over the past year, rising energy costs notwithstanding. I keep finding myself wanting to acquire more computer equipment, but then I come to my senses and realize I have no place to put it.

Also, if you thought this was bad, take a look at the updated version, over a year later.

Upgrade and stuff

December 31st, 2005

I just upgraded the site to WordPress 2.0. It seems to have gone well.

During my venture up north to visit my sister and family, I was able to log some wireless access points along the way. Due to some vehicular issues on the return trip, a different route was taken, netting an even more diverse collection of access points. Here they are. I wasn’t even looking at the screen most of the time when these were being logged, so I should take a look at it myself.

Oh, and apparently tomorrow is the beginning of a new year or something. How about that?

The Mike Hardy Saga, Part X: From the Horse’s Mouth

December 18th, 2005

(note: read parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX if you haven’t already)

Present circumstances necessitate an extension of the Michael J. Hardy saga. The more astute readers of this somewhat dull weblog may have noticed that Mr. Hardy himself posted a comment on Part VII of the Mike Hardy Saga. However, rather than giving answers, his message only leaves me asking more questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Space, Rap, and Snow

December 8th, 2005

First, I would like to thank my hosting provider 1and1 for increasing my web space by 750%.

Next, this seems to be the most popular year for the Christmas Rap music that I uploaded two years ago. If you get it, be sure to look at the README that is in the directory to clear up any confusion.

And last, I am still annoyed by everybody’s overreaction to a potential 6 to 8 inch snowfall here. There’s probably only about 3 inches on the ground right now, but it’s still falling. If people would learn how to drive in inclement weather (i.e. realize that anti-lock brakes and four wheel drive do not make them invincible), there wouldn’t be so much of a problem.