Go Blu!

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Looks like I made the right call by investing in a PS3; Warner Bros. has announced they’re dropping HD-DVD and going Blu-ray exclusive by May! Additionally, according to Variety, New Line has announced that they will go Blu-ray as well. That means Lord of the Rings in HD will come sooner than if the format war had continued. Yay!

Raided!

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Apparently that power outage last night had a casualty of sorts. My TeraStation networked RAID drive, which stores over 500GB of all my music, was affected when the power went kaput. I didn’t notice it was off until this morning, when I couldn’t access the drive (makes sense, the power went out and it doesn’t automatically turn back on), so I turned it on – only to be rewarded a few minutes later with some error beeps, indicating that the …

My Very First Console

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A very (very!) generous friend of mine gave me his old Xbox 360. I’ve never had a console before – my earliest computer was an Atari 800XL, which doesn’t really count. Of course, this meant I had to also take the first step into the HD format war, and while I believe that Blu-Ray Disc is ultimately the right way to go (and I will be getting my Blu-Ray player sometime soon), it made sense to snag a deal where …

When Ethernet Ruins Your Night

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I’ve got to say, it’s been one long, drawn out, frustrating night. After a certain point in setting up the new computer, it would freeze on rebooting. I could get to safe mode, but not boot up in full. It was apparently hanging on Mup.sys, and a Google search showed that I wasn’t the only one who had encountered this issue. The suggestion that ended up working pretty well was resetting the CMOS, which involved popping out the lithium batter, …

Fury

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I’ve picked the perfect name for the new computer. “Fury-161”. This is in keeping with my Aliens based naming convention for all my electronics: LV-426: My Dual Xeon Machine (current computer) Sulaco: My Dell Inspiron laptop Dropship: My iPod Gateway Station: My Airport Express and now, of course… Fury-161: My Intel Core 2 Duo Machine (new computer). In case you’re wondering, I haven’t named my PDA anything snazzy yet – but I will probably call it APC.

Powered Up!

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So I called around this morning for the small $4 cable. No one had it. Lame. So I drove all the way down to Fry’s Electronics in Manhattan Beach to get it. I probably spent more in gasoline to get there, that the cost of the cable. Joy. Anyways, it was mere minutes before I slapped it all together, and now I’m up and running – and installing XP, which is bound to take about 5-6 hours. (hehe)

Setting up the computer. Update: Argh! Missing a cable!

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Set up the CPU and motherboard. Pretty easy to do, relatively straightforward – pop the CPU on, lock down the gigantic fan, and then slap in the RAM. Then you go right ahead and lock the motherboard into the case, add the hard drives and DVD drive, then plug in the power and LED and controller lights. Update: Everything was in properly, I’d turn on the computer, and a loud high-pitched alarm would go off. Hmm. I thought it was …

New Computer!

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As a belated birthday/Hannukah gift (and likely an advance on the next ones!) I got a new computer from my parents. Of course, I picked it all out myself, and yes – it’s a PC not a Mac. So that means, “Some Assembly Required”. Like, all of it. But it should be fun!

Minesweeper: The Movie

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Since they’re making so many computer games into films these days, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable….

Hillary as a Chimpmunk

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I needed to do something to keep my mind active, and this was a rather funny photo, so I went ahead and took it to the next logical step. Yay for Photoshop!