Mew – Hawaii
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.
A long time ago ING Direct changed their login system so you have to click a link to login by keyboard – it defaults to clicking a number entry pad. This annoyed me. Right after they changed it I tried to make a GreaseMonkey script to fix it, which didn’t immediately work so I gave up.
So I wrote a tiny simple Google Chrome extension that changes to keyboard login and focuses the input box when you’re at the PIN page.
life has been good the past month or two
it’s been really quite stress-free, and that is fantastic
i’ve had a lot of me time, which has been missed
i’ve been able to contemplate about where my life is going, how i want it to go, and whom i’d like it to go with…which has been very enlightening…not that there’s any plan now, just that i know i’ve wasted a year of my personal life
I got a gargantuan raise at work, and i can now afford a house while still single with one income. i’m not sure if i’m going to get a house yet, and who knows how long i’ll be single, but at least the option is there now.
i’ve actually not been worrying really at all about being single…if i’m not supposed to be, then i won’t. if i’m supposed to be single, then there’s nothing i can force that could end up well.
i’ve been spending a lot of time with tasha, which has been fun – i’ll be sad when she moves to chicago in FIFTEEN WEEKS
i said that as if she reads this…i actually don’t know of anybody who does anymore, so…whatevers
way past my bedtime, i hope to make it into work before 10 more than twice this week…i’ll try 3 times. that is a challenge.
perhaps i will post again in another month and things will be even better…ha
I make a really good sourdough-mayonnaise-spicy pickle sammitch, if i do say so myself.
Something pretty crazy happened last night, and I may have huge decisions in my future. It’s scary.
yesterday we went to buffalo wild wings, “we” being jeny and I and mitch and larissa. mitch and I had a hot eating contest. we decided to do wings instead of indian. I only eat boneless wings but it was ok. I ate 8 “Blazin'” wings without drinking anything. He got through 2 and a half, and then had to switch to a milder sauce. So i won. Jeny was proud!
I started writing this then forgot about it. I had more to say, I guess I’ll say more another time. It was a fun night. Work is boring. My new car is boring. Yay
does anybody remember how hard it used to be to put a dollar in a machine? like it wouldn’t read it? and now they have those self checkout things that suck up whatever you put in there and read what it is just fine and it doesn’t even have to go in a certain way i don’t think.
UPDATE: my manager just came and grabbed me and pulled me into a room. now that we’re nokia and have monies, I got an “achievement award” for getting my project shipped, and its high quality and effort I put in. awesome. oh yes, it’s a monetary award. that is totally sweet.
so SOMEBODY suggested i blog more so hey I’ll put in an entry
I got this:
and I think it’s hilarious.
Today I had to go to court. A few weeks ago jeny and I were heading to an autocross at 8:30 AM on a sunday. there was hardly any traffic, and i was going with 3 or four cars who were all going 75. This is pretty slow for 285, especially since there was no traffic and we were in the 2 fast lanes. There were a lot of police out and we went through at least one speed trap, but since we were only going 75 of course we were fine. The van in front of me slowed down to 73 because of the speed trap, about when I saw a sign for the exit we needed (I had never been on the 285E -> 85 interchange). I sped up and got around the cars I was with in about a second and immediately got lasered…going 89. Anybody who lives around atlanta knows that the fast lane of 285 is consistently 80mph, traffic willing…so it’s not like I was going that fast over normal speed. But of course, since the ridiculous speed limit is 55, I got a ticket for 34 over.
Right now is where I should link to the video that the GSU students did where they blocked 285 by going 55 in every lane, and caused at least one accident that they caught on camera.
Anyway, I have a legal plan through work and I was able to call 5 or 6 lawyers and finally found one that would represent me in DeKalb county and was free for the court date. It was free, and he got the speed lowered to 23 over and no points on my license by using my nolo plea. That’s fine since I don’t make a habit of going ridiculous speeds, I’ll just have to be super careful for the next….5 years.
Jeny and I are fantastic. I actually don’t have anything else to say about that. that’s how I spend a lot of my free time. we have a ton of fun. her brothers had a birthday party with an inflatable water slide, and I scared all the children’s parents by going nuts on it. it was great fun. very very great fun.
i love indian food so much. it’s like, > mexican. and not just chicken tikka masala. I’m pretty sure CTM or maybe chicken makhni is incontrovertible proof that God exists and loves us very much.
we finally got my project shipped at work. apparently it’s going very well and being used by a couple hundred organizations already. i’m pleased.
ummm…….that is all for the moment.
Perhaps you’d like to try out Zooomr. I did a long time ago when it was brand new but there was some issue if i recall correctly. I’m giving it another try, and a free Pro account wouldn’t hurt either…
I’ve been thinking about trading in amber:
I need an economy car. But I crunched the numbers and I just can’t do it right now, even with the savings on gas and maintenance. Oh well.