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Movies / UP
« on: September 28, 2009, 06:58:13 PM »
Eh. Coraline for the academy.

PC / Windows 7 RC
« on: May 09, 2009, 11:29:03 PM »
I was reformatting my laptop this weekend, so I installed Windows 7.

It was probably the smoothest install in the history of the universe, every driver was either already in the library or was obtained through auto install. It's so much smoother than Vista - even with SP2. There's none of those lag issues, and my boot time is about 20 seconds better off. I haven't had any software compatibility issues thus far either, with Maya & Creative Suite both running correctly.

And Media Centre is still the s***.

I'll probably dual boot it on my desktop tomorrow.

Games / RIP 3D Realms...
« on: May 07, 2009, 11:23:06 PM »

Oh no they di-nt! I've been waiting for Duke Nukem Forever since I was 6. There's only one thing to do - kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of gum.

Web / Grandpa
« on: November 22, 2008, 11:51:40 AM »
This dude goes to COFA.

PC / Why living at home sucks proverbial anus.
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:56:56 PM »
Let us take a trip down memory lane to summer 07. The parentals freak out about the predicted rise in electricity prices ten trillion years from now, and decide to get solar panels installed. This is all well and good, unless you like your power hard & fast.

Back to the present day, it's winter and incredibly cold. Rules are inplace regarding heater usage to prevent brownouts, which thanks to the geniuses who did the wiring, only ever seems to effect my bedroom and the hallway.
Today is also the day the estranged elder sibling has decided to return home from her self imposed exile. Having been away for practically ever, she was unfamiliar with the heater guidelines, and decided to turn everything on. This resulted in a return of the dreaded brownout, and subsequently my computer shat itself. Upon restart, i blue screened. Next restart was fine, until eveything started installing itself. It at this time i knew something was terribly wrong. I opened device manager, and all drives bar the boot were missing. I tried chkdsk, windows disk manager, manufacturing software, recovery software and i just can't pick them up. I thought it might be motherboard, so i put a drive in another computer and couldn't even get it to spin up.

In summary: My hardware is dead and data seems lost, so i'll have to buy a bunch of new crap and spend all weekend reinstalling windows and associated programmery.

NB: I have zero money, no time to do this, and i'm not allowed to use my heater so i'm cold.

This is the end of my rant.

For Sale / MSI 256mb 8600GT
« on: February 22, 2008, 10:38:52 PM »
Selling for $45.

If your just a casual gamer, with an old-school CRT or something, then this is the card for you!

It's around 6 months old, and will provide you with playable performance on everything*, so long as you don't go nuts on textures or reso. At 1024 x 768 (highest my monitor supported) It was averaging 60fps on COD4 maxed out. Except for textures.

If you have a 22" screen and want to play native, don't even think about it.

* Not including Crysis. Derp.

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