Monday, March 31, 2008


I feel ACCOMPLISHED! I just got done my Computer Science homework and it was quite the dozy, but I conquered it and came through and made a snowman in the Java language! That was the assignment and I finished it just now, and also my Math is done, though its more like a refresher course right now, but since Ive been out of school for a year, its kinda nice. I also picked up the Solutions Manual which is something I have not done previously, and hope it will help me later on in the term; I know I will need it! Happiness has come back to my little place...My water heater went KIA yesterday but seems to be back on...I hope it stays through the night so I can have a hot shower tomorrow. I finished the three assignments for my CS class a week early...They are due on Monday of next week, but I will attend on Wednesday and see if he will give any hints to how to do the extra credit.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Computer troubles!

I will say this: I have always had an interest in Linux. its something new that I dont really know at all, and would like to know better. Well, since I downloaded one of the distributions (the one called Ubuntu) everything seemed to go pretty well at first. I had wireless, I had a speedy system, and a new Operating System to play with. However....shortly afterwards, my wireless device cuts out, and Im left in the cold without internet. 'oh...well it just needs a driver...' I thought to myself and tried to bring the device back online; what a joke that was. the device wasnt even LISTED inside of the OS! it was completely removed! With that, I high tailed it back to Windows...just to find the same thing!
My wireless internet device was GONE! from both OSes! I couldn't believe my eyes, and I tried frantically to install a driver to make it work; but to no avail. After I would install a driver, it would give me Code 10: Device Cannot Start. and without an Internet, I couldn't find out how to make it work. So, in a fit of irrational thinking, I deleted the section of my hard drive where Ubuntu was located, which I thought was a good idea at the time...until I rebooted my machine...

Thats when more problems came knocking on my door. When Ubuntu installs, it also includes a program called GRUB. GRUB is a boot program that detects the different OSes on the machine and lets you choose between one or the other. With Ubuntu gone, GRUB couldn't find the proper files to boot up. It returns Code 17 and wont boot past GRUB and it just sits there...

So, how amazed I was this morning when I booted my machine into Windows after doing a System Restore and finding everything working! I downloaded a program called VistaBoot Pro to clean my system of GRUB, and I thought I had taken care of it, so I deleted the Ubuntu section of the hard drive again, and after doing a restart...guess what pops up again? You guessed it: GRUB! so now...the only thing to do is install Ubuntu again to get back to Windows to back up all of my documents and programs and create Recovery DVDs and restore this computer back to the factory settings...meaning all the customization I did to this system will be lost and I will have to download SP1 for Vista and all kinds of Codecs for making AMVs and all of my music too...

So! Moral of the story? If you want to experiment with Linux, in any flavor, go to Goodwill and pick up a junker of a computer and install it there. DO NOT do a dual-boot system with any other OS. Especially if you have no idea what you are doing in Linux(like me: nOOb)

Monday, March 17, 2008

The PC that will conquer Crysis

Ive heard that Crysis the PC game can hardly be run at full frame with all the effects turned up and all the bells and whistles turned on. Well...I just rounded up a bunch of components and I think I just made the PC to conquer Crysis and give it a run for its money.

First off, we are going to need a motherboard, this one should do, and of course we need a Processor, like this one. Next we need a case to house it, Since what is a computer without a cool case? Of course we need POWA to this beast, and we will be needing lots of this goodness right here too. This is the wallet-breaker but we are going to need two of these Monsters. And last but not least, we need some place to store everything right? This one should do the trick.

There, now we have a monster of a system that will play Crysis in its sleep. I just added up the total for this beast of a computer and you might be surprised: it came to less then 2,000 dollars. The exact amount is 1968.91$

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Cooking and oh yeah...

Well, I just got done cooking my first meal in this house that didn't require a Microwave. I know, its a big step, I didnt quite realize it before but Cooking requires you full attention. Maybe its because I have a propane gas stove, and it needs to be lit with a match or lighter to activate. But I really like Cooking, its kind of cool...making something with your own two hands that you eat yourself...amazing! OK Ill admit it: that last line was corny less than I had imagined, but you get the general idea.

I like this freedom from being here in my own place, its strangely rewarding that I can do what I want without much of a backlash. Though this place has really-REALLY thin walls and I can hear every drop of rain that falls on the roof of this place. But, meh; that is a small price to pay, because no matter where you go, there will always be problems with something.

...Super Smash Bros Brawl owns my Soul... I have been playing it lots over the past week that it has been released. I have every character but no where near the completion rate I want to be...lots of things still need to be unlocked...and all of them will take time.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Brawl...and other things...

All right, first off, I waited in line last night and got my copy of Super Smash Bros Brawl. I will say this: This is one of-- if not the best Nintendo game ever made. I know this a big statement but its true. The flaws from Melee have been worked out and everyone feels like their own character, no cloning here. The battles have been refined so well, you can play with anybody and have a complete blast while doing so; the Single player sect of the game called the Subspace Emissary is really amazing. I finished it earlier in the day and I have to say...I was blown away when I started playing the game....When I got home at around midnight last night, I put the game into my Wii and the next thing I knew it was 5AM. Really.

In other news, I am officially out of my residence and into a new one. Its much different than before, but it works nicely for one person. There are still some things in boxes but its not a big deal, but everything is pretty much in its place. The more I look around this place, the more I grow to like it. Its my own domain. I am my own boss, and I don't have to listen to anyone but myself; and that I think is the reason why I like it so much. There are some issues, its not perfect but it I hardly have any food....I had to make myself a bag of popcorn for dinner. Meh, I will probably go shopping tomorrow and get some food for my little fridge and freezer.