Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So that's Mt.Redoubt.
It blew in 1990.
19 years later it's ready to go again.
Man it really puts out ;)
I blame Obama and his "change" policy.. ;)
Stocked up on some supplies.Have 5 gallon bottles of water.
Thankfully the house is heated by boiler..
However in the event of an eruption and subsequent ash fall..I'm turning off all the computers,and covering the LCD monitors.
I do have an "old" 20inch TV in my room that I'll bring up and I'll cover up and move the 32" LCD somewhere safe.
I am gonna miss using my 24" dell LCD if or when the volcano erupts.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The bottom pic is my new Dell 2408WFP. 24" wiiidescreen LCD.Inputs?..it's got inputs out the ass...
The top pic is my "old" Hanns-G 17" widescreen LCD.Going to hang on to that monitor.
With the purchase of the Dell 2408..I don't think I'll need another monitor....ever.
Friday, January 23, 2009
James Carville(political commentator) sounds like Terry Bradshaw (fmr QB for the Steelers and FOX Sports host)
I was listening to one of them the other night talking politics and it hit me..They sound like each other when they talk.
Getting a serious upgrade within the next week..
Details? well I am getting a laptop.
I'll have plenty of pictures hopefully by next Friday.(1 week)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I got two pairs official MARPAT digital camo pants (nothing more comfortable than cargos..) and two shirts.
On to the birthday celebration Sunday night
(no Lermontov..there wasn't any alcohol)
Pizza (4 slices is too much for someone my age).
I got a gently used pair of MARPAT digital camo pants from my nephew (he doesn't wear cargos..he's a shorts type of guy) and my lovely sister got me Dido's Safe Trip Home CD..I love it!
My dad got me some more GearWrenches (best wrenches/tools made)..I have a bunch of tools now..now only if I could remember where my Gerber Multi-Plier 700 Urban Legend multi-tool is..(the granddaddy of multi-tools..so heavy you could flog a moose with it)
I've sold the Pentium 4 computer..my uncle knows a woman who's been looking for a computer..
Granted it's only $300..I would have preferred $350 because of the Corsair XMS2..but oh well.
I get more fun out of building them.
I have to go out this morning for Contractor training..I can't remember which year it was,but ever since then I've always gotten 100% on the safety test.It's something like 5 or 6 years now.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The cake is ready..I think I'll order pizza to be delivered.
Sent off the broken Panasonic Home Theater recieiver on Saturday.(nothing like getting damaged goods)
Turns out I also have to send back the 2GB RAM I got on eBay as well as the ac adapter for the Toshiba laptop.Fun
Still waiting for my copy of Vista Premium X64
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Frigid weather startles South, blankets East
Subzero temps in multiple states; Alabama colder than Alaska for a dayhttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28673142/
*nelson laugh* HA HA
of course it's slicker than liquid diarrhea..but at least it's not as cold as the Lower 48.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Well Burn after Reading..really not worth watching at all..They call it a "dark comedy"..it aspires to be that.It has plenty of movies stars in it and that's about it.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button:
Great movie..I'd love to go see it again.
funny..Of course it's a spoof movie and not to be taken literally..It kind of draws you in(well it did me anyways) because you don't know what's going to happen next.
Funny..worth a watch.
Don Cheadle does a remarkable job in this movie.Suspense,action..and the ending.
Horton Hears a Who:
Good movie,not a great one.Nicholas Cage is a actor who plays the role well..I put him and Paul Giamatti in the same section I would other certain kinds of actors..They play their part well,without overacting.
An American Carol:
A really great spoof..Of course you'll read reviews and such on it..saying it's this and that..(generally from liberal,left wingers)
Well I for one am glad to see a movie skewering Michael Moore..and "Rosie O'Connell" priceless.
On to TV Shows..
Terminator:The Sarah Connor Chronicles
I LOVE this series..and even more since they signed on none other than Shirley Manson.She's the lead singer for the band Garbage.
Two and a Half Men:
Still love this show..it's great just to enjoy a show without it being some "reality" show or some dance competition or singing competition or..
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Please..that's a warm day compared to what Alaska just went through.
Temps here in my area have been as low as -43F and no wind either.
On average,starting your vehicle at least 30 minutes prior to you going anywhere was the norm..
even while having your vehicle plugged in overnight!!
About the only people that got it easy were the people who had heated garages..their vehicles stayed warm and cozy.
My sister was in the hospital during the cold spell here..and everytime I shut the van off,I plugged it in..when we were leaving,I went and started the van and we waited about 20-30 minutes for it to warm up.
Allegedly it's supposed to get back down to minus something withing a week or so..gravy is all I can say.
Last winter was definitely warmer.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Micro-ITX motherboard and case setup..something small enough to put under the seat of a vehicle.Cables are available that you wire into your vehicle's electrical system..
Main purpose? Home Theater,playback of music vids and music.
So what does a M-ITX board look like?
Next dream build?
something more bigger..
Q6600 Watercooled setup..Quad core computer build..probably a Quad SLi motherboard as well..2 nvidia GTX280s
Pimped out with WD Raptor and Velociraptor hard drives..Vista Ultimate X64 and XP X64(yes there is a version of XP that is 64-bit)
Just about EVERYTHING in the case that could be,would be liquid cooled. I'd use Swifttech products for water cooling.
And last..the Ultimate..
Intel i7 board.
3.2Ghz Nehalem processor..
PC Power & Cooling 1200Watt PSU
2 nvidia GTX295s or 3 8800GTXs
4 WD Raptors..
For the Ulitmate..I'd hook it up to a 103inch Panasonic plasma..or the 150inch plasma..
anywho..I'd just love to sit at home and have a few pallets of computer parts dropped off..and just spend maybe a week or two building computers..whatever comes to my imagination..then kicking each "gaming system" out the door for about $1500..home theater for $750,home office $500,Server for $2000,mini pc for $500.
I'd need 12 large boxes of Artic Silver 5 and Artic Ceramique..
55 gallon drum of anti-freeze mixed with distilled water for the water cooled systems,
and half pallet of thumb screws (for the custom touch).. ;)
and a pallet or 3 of Pepsi brand beverages..including,but not limited to: Pepsi,Mountain Dew (and their variations)
Maybe a black & decker cordless drill and a B&D cordless screwdriver,i might get tired by the end of the day..
I'd be happy though..
I had to order Vista Ultimate X64 edition for $16 because the version I got from Dell is X32..I ain't installing X32 just to write over it later..
I'm currently going through the SATA hard drive that I'm going to be installing it to. I already downloaded the VISTA X64 drivers for my motherboard and graphics card.When VUX64 arrives,I should already have the 9800GTs I'm waiting for..they're coming USPS Priority.
A few people have said "Why'd you get VISTA?" basically..sometimes in not so pretty words..
Well I have Microsoft Flight Simulator X..and I plan on getting some of the newer PC games that have come out,plus I'll have the 9800GTs,4GB of Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 so I'll be set.
Plus I want to see the "new operating system" and try out the Aero interface (yes I know I could use it while I'm using Microsoft.com..but I want the whole experience.
Why wait for Vista Ultimate X64? The Socket AM2 processor is a 64-bit processor and I'd like to take advantage of having more than 2.75GB of RAM available,and a operating system that was designed for a dual core processor.
Why I had originally posted this..
The SATA cables that have come with stuff I have..they are about 2-3 feet long..
granted some people have server size cases,but I don't want to add in a SATA component and have to wrap the cable 3x around the motherboard and then in the SATA port on the motherboard.
A choice would be nice.I could use 8inch or 10inch SATA cables in my case because of the layout of the case (Standard ATX Thermaltake SopranoRS) and the motherboard (MSI K9N SLi Platinum) and the fact that the hard drive brackets are about 2 inches away from where the SATA ports are on the 'board.
by the end of the week,I'll be a owner of Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop.Core2Duo,2GB DDR2-667,DVD-R/RW,etc.
I wondering about the upgrade options..since the RAM is maxed out..I'll look at 2.5" hard drives..WD(Western Digital) brand of course.
I've been pondering what I should do with the 3.0Ghz P4..I'll have a decent 8600GT to put it in it..if I only had a MicroATX case to put the 'board in..I'd let my brother-in-law use it to play games on.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
My sister is getting a haircut on Saturday and I might go see a movie on Saturday as well..I'm thinking Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
My mom let me get something on her Dell credit for my birthday(I'm working on paying my Dell account off) so I chose Windows Vista Home Premium and 2x1GB of DDR2-800.
Probably about the time I recieve the order is when the rest of my stuff from eBay rolls into the local Post Office.Shipping to Alaska is ALWAYS cheaper by Post Office than the other shipping companies.
Besides..Priority Mail with Track'n'Confirm..can't be beat.
All in all..I'll have a dual OS computer..For those techies interested..
AMD Athlon64X2 5200+ 2.6Ghz Dual Core Socket AM2 processor
Thermaltake Silentboot RX8 CPU cooler with Artic Ceramique compound.
2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 (soon to be 4GB)
80GB WD IDE hard drive (windows XP home edition SP3)
150GB Seagate SATA
500GB WD Caviar SATA
2x BFG Tech 8600GTs with 256MB DDR3 (running in SLi mode for games performance)
Pioneer DVD burner IDE (soon to be upgraded to a new model with SATA interface)
600Watt OCZ power supply (80% efficient)
All of that is tucked in a Thermaltake SopranoRS ATX case
I have 2 Arctic Cooling 12CM(120mm) fans exhausting air and one Thermaltake 12cm(120mm) fan mounted in the front,blowing air in.
Items I'm waiting on:
2x EVGA 9800GT with 512MB DDR (serious upgrade for video and games)
Pioneer DVD burner with SATA interface
Vista Home Premium with SP1
2x1GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800.
LMAO..I have a thing for specifications..infact I could almost tell you exactly is what in my nephew's Core2Duo computer I built him last year for his birthday and the same for my niece's AMD dual core that I built her for her birthday. They should be good for..4-5 years or so. Bear in mind the nephew is 16 and the niece is 8. She knows more about computers than he does.
Soon I'll be the proud owner of a Toshiba Satellite A105 Intel C2Duo laptop.I just upgraded the RAM to 2GB..granted it's only DDR2-667..but it's better than my mom's old Dell which I think was 533Mhz..and her laptop was only upgradeable to 1GB because one of the SoDIMM slots was damaged. Her friend sent her a E-Machines N-10 1.6Ghz AMD Sempron just a couple of months ago.It's a decent machine.
oh and when my sister ordered her new Dell laptop..She was so excited,I was the first person she called..and she told me she ordered the Top of the line dell..to which I inquired "you got the XPS M1730?" Nope..she ordered the next one down..the XPS M1530..which is a great model. It has a separate video card,3GB RAM,and what's really cool..instead of using CCFL for the backlighting on the LCD display..it uses LEDs..which are more energy efficient and can be brighter,depending on how they are setup.
Anywho..enough tech/computer talk from me..
Check out An American Carol. Certain groups of people call it a "conservative spoof of Hollywood"..which I don't agree with..I would call it just a spoof,but it happens to lean right more than left..republican more than democrat. Anywho I liked it.
If you haven't seen The Dark Knight yet..WHY NOT? it's a GOOD movie. Of course a lot of the talk surrounding it is about the dead australian guy..but so what?..It draws a bit away from Aaron Eckhart's character..Harvey Dent.
One thing that slightly bugs me..Rachel Dawes(played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins) is now played by Maggie Glyenhaal(or however you spell her last name)..I don't get it. *shrugs*
Thursday, January 8, 2009
so the major majority of Alaska doesn't need a digital TV convertor box.
The TV has a ATSC tuner and I had recently got a new antenna from The Home Depot and put it up..it's compatible with DTV signals..so when the change does happen,I won't have to worry about a thing.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"What's a Q6600?" you might ponder..
well it's a 4-core processor..Intel flavor,belonging to the Q family. It's equal to a 9.6Ghz single core processor..or in other words a 2.4Ghz Quad-Core LGA775.
If I had the money..I'd definitely go up to Anchorage and buy it..it's a steal at $100..because the street value is closer to $200.The Q6600 is a solid processor..well built and it handles overclocking better than other processors.
He's also selling his Asus motherboard and his ATI video card..granted I could pass on the ASUS board,but I'd like to see what the fuss is about the "new" Radeons (last Radeon card I had was a 9800 about 3-4 years ago)
You know they are even shipping video cards with HDMI connections(connect to your flat panel HDTV)..I found that interesting.
Off to visit
http://icanhazcheezburger.com and other similar sites..
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
so it’s my 27th year..
strangely I don’t feel 27.
Most of the people my age are married and have 1-3 kids..
I thank God that I don’t have either.
granted I don’t mind the niece and nephew..
I still feel like a kid at heart..case in point.My “big” Christmas present from my dad..
a Nerf Vulcan battery powered dart gun.
Its about as close as you can get to a belt fed machinegun without you know..bullets,Class III papers,tons of money..etc.
I’d like to mod my Nerf CS-6 Longshot by adding in a spring and removing the air restrictors and giving it a custom paint job.
however my first “love” (if you will)
is building computers..
Nothing more fun than taking a couple of boxes of stuff and creating something cool..say like a 3.0Ghz Pentium 4 with PCI-e graphics and all that stuff.
which reminds me..
I ordered a SATA Pioneer DVD burner,single plug IDE cable,2xEVGA 9800GTs and a Saitek X52 controller/throttle combo for my Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
I’m thinking I might give my old Saitek joystick to my dad and give him my copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator: Century of Flight.
Aaaand put the 3.0Ghz pentium 4 micro-atx motherboard in his old AMD 586 computer..I just need 2GB of DDR2-800 for it.