Oct 12

Reminiscing

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I was just thinking about my early days on an 8086 and a 386/33, and went to the vortex of wikipedia to read up on stuff. I started remembering Cyrix and VIA and the old computers I used to tinker around with from ages 8 to 15 or so. Playing Descent on a 33MHz 386 with no sound card and loving it. Playing Zork and some side-scroller monster truck game on an 8086. Borrowing a Zip drive from school and installing Linux on a 486 i scrounged, or my uncle gave me, until I put the processor in sideways and fried it. Oh, an excerpt that made me remember the giant computer catalogs I used to go through…Page. By. Page.

Although the company was short-lived and the brand name is no longer actively used by its current owner, Cyrix’s competition with Intel created the market for budget CPUs, which cut the average selling price of PCs and ultimately forced Intel to release its Celeron line of budget processors and cut the prices of its faster processors more quickly in order to compete.

Anyway. Things change quickly. Hooray for competition. All that jive.

No, I have no point. But I think I’ll forever remember that 386/33 DX with 4MB of RAM and the 60MB hd split into 2 partitions. And the AWESOME Pentium 75 with 16MB of RAM with the 1 GIGABYTE hard drive that I (drivespace? doublespace?)’d to 2GB that we got afterwards. and then my very first own computer, a P3 550MHZ (next to top of the line of 600!) with a gargantuan 256MB of ram! (my roommate had a faster and more expensive 600MHz P3, but only 128MB), 18GB hard drive, 19″ (!!!!!) monitor, DVD (!!!!) drive, creative soundblaster pro, and creative RIVA TNT2 card! hah. $2500+. I just had to look up my graphics card to remember details, so now I’ll include an excerpt:

The Creative 3D Blaster TNT2 Ultra came clocked at the standard 150 MHz core and 183 MHz RAM. However, Creative included a unique software package that allowed the user to run software that used 3dfx‘s Glide.

And I remember my cousin’s husband-to-be frothing at the mouth over my planned rig, saying “you could run the internet with this!”

and, no, I never successfully used Creative’s Glide wrapper, IIRC.

Dec 08

Google Finance Microsummary Generator

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If you have Firefox 2.0 then you can install the Google Finance microsummary generator I just made. If you don’t know what that does, any time you bookmark a GFinance stock quote page (and probably put it on your bookmarks toolbar), it’ll let you choose in the bookmark dialog to show the “Live Title.” The live title updates itself every so often with the newest price for your stock.

Jan 05

I can’t stop playing this. you should try it. you might get hooked. splash back

Oct 26


My blog is worth $564.54.
How much is your blog worth?

Oct 20

OK I found this picture and I <3 it greatly. Does anybody know where I can get a big version? Background size would be great, but anything bigger than this would make me happy.

mac victim

Sep 22

The site should be fixed now. I got hosting by a hosting service since BellSouth DSL is retarded and I didn’t feel like messing with it anymore. And I got tired of listening to people complaining. Tell me if you see something broken, because then I’ll put it on the fasttrack for fixing.

I don’t have a lot to talk about. Work is going great.

I got nothing

Actually there is something I’m excited about, and that’s stock prices:) I got stock options as part of my, uh, whatever you call it…hiring package…and our stock is doing well. They have to vest, which means that after working a year I have access to 1/4th of the options, and then so many more per month for 3 years. So I’ve been watching with great interest, I can see now why stock tickers are so popular. Yesterday if I could have cashed in my options I would have made over $11,000…for clicking some buttons on a website. So anyway, paying rent on an apartment irks me so I’ll probably hold on to them until they’re worth enough and enough vest so I can get the down payment on a condo or house and use it for that. That’s cool because I don’t really want to save up for that…ha.

I’m going to a company picnic saturday. I feel all old and crap. That’s strange

I think I have cancer. I need to figure out all this insurance stuff (I have health insurance but don’t really know how to use it) and go see a doctor before I die. I don’t want to think about it…and then what do I get in my mailbox but a mass email about a guy I knew in school, my age, who just died from skin cancer. Ugh.

Aug 04

ok so i finally got my DSL going in the new place. the site will go down in the next day or two when i move my server. I like wireless internet now i need a couch/futon

Jun 01

I am back from my extended stay in Ringgold. Mom made me come because rachel was graduating, i had no idea it was memorial day (at least until like friday).

An interesting note: I read Neuromancer a couple of years ago, and now I’m having to read it again for my Science Fiction class. It is a book by William Gibson, published in 1984. He invented such things as the term “cyberspace” and the concept of, like, “jacking in to the matrix.” I don’t care to synopsize it or anything, just want to say that part 4 of the book is our protagonists (mainly this computer hacker-type fellow and this chick with an artifically improved nervous system and such) are going to make a “run” on the Villa Straylight…it’s like a section of a space station and such. So part 4 is called The Straylight Run. and there you go. A little tidbit if you enjoy their music and didn’t know where the name comes from.

I read the book “The Moon is Down” because of the Further Seems Forever song/album. It was pretty good. I read the book “Across Five Aprils” because of the band. It is terrible. Do not read it under any circumstances.

Thursday I went to the office and met with a couple of head-honcho types…namely our VP and our Development Manager. Basically they wanted to make sure I want to be a code monkey for a career, find out when I want to start working, and find out which division/product I should be working in/on. So it was a good meeting. After I left I went to the Mazda dealership down the road. Looked around in an RX-8, got a brochure book thing, and asked some questions about warranties and optional equipment and such.

Friday I drove home and then immediately rode with my dad downtown to my sister’s graduation. My grandma was there, I have not seen her in a long time. I tried to read neuromancer, made it through 18 pages despite the screaming from all the hicks. The ceremony was mercifully short. Got a call from eric afterwards and set up plans. We went to eat but I only drank sweet tea, actually had a little snippets of civilized conversation with miranda. A couple.

Saturday I got up and drove to eric’s new condo/townhouse thing. Pretty nice. his wedding is August 13th. We went to moz and i visited my friend joey and his bag of doughnuts. The chattanooga moz leaves something to be desired, but it was still excellent. We drove around in his car for a bit and I reaffirmed that I do not want a 350z. expensive, 2 seater, very very rough ride. nice car though. I went home and napped, then me and my mom and my grandma went to the hospital to visit my other grandma (my dad’s mom). she had been there for like 2 weeks. I stayed for hours then went home and ate POT ROAST.

Sunday was uneventful, we went to church, ate mexican, napped. My dad and I sat in front of their computer for hours on dial up, looking up different cars, and then looking up insurance for me. The cheapest car I’m looking at to insure is the mazda rx-8, at around $1350 for 6 months. Some of the other cars I’m looking at run close to $2000. The good thing is that when I turn 25, I’ll magically become a better driver and my premiums drop by almost half. So if I pay some insane amount for insurance, the good thing is I’ll probably only pay it once.

Monday was memorial day, we didn’t do anything. Well, my dad and I (mostly my dad) replaced brake lights in my car. Then I said I wanted to go to circuit city to buy a wireless router that they had for $40 after rebate. My dad was like “want company?@?#?!?!” and got all excited so I said sure. We went, they were out of routers of course. We looked at all the huge tvs and stuff. I ordered a router from circuitcity.com when I got home, and printed out all the rebate stuff. Then I checked out newegg, and I could have gotten a better deal there, I wish I had done that first. Grrr….trying not to think about it. Anyway, after circuit city we went to staples and best buy and office depot, looking at those routers, and checking out office furniture. Found a desk chair i liked, but already have one so not spending the $80. Found a desk i liked, lightweight metal poles on the base and a glass top, wraps around in a corner. I’ll pick one up at some point for my apartment. maybe it’ll drop from $158. That’s about the only thing I’ll need to buy, except a microwave if those aren’t furnished. My mom hates her microwave though, so I’ll prolly get that one cheap or free if I need to…she’s always trying to offload new appliances onto her kids because she hates them. After the stores we went car shopping. Went to Mitsubishi to check out the new eclipse….very very slick. They’re not available for test driving yet, at least not at that dealership, but I definitely will drive one. They’ve turned that car around. Got a book. Stopped at acura because it was right there, the guy wasn’t really anxious to sell any cars so I didn’t get to drive one. Oh well, didn’t want the RSX-S anymore, anyway. Next we went to hyundai, got in and explored the tiburon. That guy was nice and would have totally let me drive one (he had the car open and running and pulled out of the spot for me and stuff), but they didn’t have any SE’s (the V6 with 6 speed manual) or even any stick shifts for that matter. But I explored it. Nice looking car, very cheap, nice leather on the seats…but the back is extremely tiny, the passenger door felt a little cheap when I shut it, and the radio/climate control panel looks beyond cheap. It just looks terrible. But the sound system is pretty nice, so who knows. Only $20k, so we’ll see. I got a book at least. After that we went to the Ford dealership in ringgold. Got a book, then asked to see a mustang GT. well apparently ford is having problems with a supplier and can’t get any rear axles for the car. Not accepting new orders, and the current order log is backed up for months. It’s pretty crazy. But I asked to get in and look around in the car anyway. Nice leather, interior looks ok if you like the retro styling. I asked to start it up so I could hear the V6, and he was like oh yeah sure. he was really nice, talked a lot about stuff, asked me questions, then talked some more. Laughed about insurance costs and such. So all of a sudden he was like “it have gas? I’m not doing anything, let’s take it out.” So I finally got a test drive. Not used to a car with any power, not used to a RWD, not used to a clutch that sensitive. So I did squeal the tires once or twice just trying to get it out of the spot, and I was really embarassed. But I got a bit better accustomed to it pretty quickly, and took it for a short drive. Not too shabby, and about the same price as the Hyundai. We’ll see. The GT is about $28k and the V6 is about $21…only a 3 year warranty, so if I got it I’d want to pay it off in 3 years and then trade it in…and that might be hard with the GT. Anyway. Ate and stuff, then looked at computers for rachel. Gotta decide between eMac/iMac/iBook.

Tuesday (today) I slept late, read my book for a long time, talked to my grandma for a long time, ate, drove back, played wow, finished my book, and then took way too long to type this useless information into this little box.

I really need to go to bed, I have class at 9 am.

May 18

I’m back

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So if you tried to visit my site for the past few days you noticed it was…different. Mostly that it was gone, mostly. But I got my new power supply in today, and it’s running great now. Also, if I may lapse into dorkspeak, this is the nicest power supply I’ve ever seen. A ton of power leads, all very long, PCI-Express support, SATA cables, 2 fans, totally silent…I kinda wanted to put it in my good computer and give the server the old one….but didn’t want to go through the hassle. If I run your website, don’t worry, all your data is intact.

Thanks to sam and reed for giving me $25 to help out with the expense.

Also, my only class for friday is cancelled….so it is easy street for me until 9am monday. Ha!

May 15

this ‘n’ that

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I got back yesterday from a week in ringgold. pretty uneventful. I don’t think I’ve ever been to America’s Thrift Store at the beginning of summer…oh the selection of t-shirts was beyond awesome. I ended up buying 15…there were soooo many that were just one size too small or too large, but oh well. actually, I got one that didn’t have a size, but ended up being 10-12 (I wear 14-16 or adult small), and the shirt is totally awesome, it is george of the jungle. so now i have 2 small shirts I need to find somebody to give to. my favorites are “foggy hollow bluegrass gatherin'” and this other one that’s blank on the front but the back has this like ghetto mural and at the bottom it says “latino pride.”

I went to best buy and picked up another half gig of kingston pc3200 for $39.99 after rebate. sent off the rebate, so as soon as I take this machine down it sure will perform better, and I’ll get $32 in the mail. I was lucky, I didn’t go until like wednesday or thursday, but somebody returned this one so I was able to snag it.

I paid my school bill but now I realize I only had 9 hours then, but now I’m signed up for my 10, so they’re gonna charge me more. yes $141 more…and of course the link to pay is disappeared at the moment. but it’s due by friday so i still have some time.

I went over this summer’s schedule more carefully and it’s even better than I thought. Monday and Wednesday I have to be in class at 9, and then that ends at 11:45. Then from Noon to 1:50 on Mon & Wed & Friday I have economics. So I get to sleep in on friday. The best part is, and I didn’t realize this, BOTH of my classes are short session, so they end a month early. The last month of school all I’ll have to do is program when the professor wants me to, and go apartment hunting and stuff. Talk about awesome. I am excited.

I wish I could post pictures of those awesome shirts I got. oh well.

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