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( May. 15th, 2006 12:37 pm)
I know it's been a while since I've posted last with something of substance, so here goes...

I'm not really going to get into doing major updates or anything, but there are a few topics I'll touch on.
Cut for length. )
Out here.
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( May. 3rd, 2006 11:12 am)
Brigid (for that is the name for the new PC -- pronounced "Breed," Celtic goddess of wisdom, excellence, perfection, high intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship (especially blacksmithy), healing ability, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare) has been up and running for 36+ hours now, without any major hitches.

Over the past couple of days, I've installed:
Firefox
Thunderbird
MS Office XP Professional
Semagic
The drivers for our HP printer
GURPS Character Assistant 4
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna

Colleen has started to use it for some of her schoolwork.
I'm still getting stuff reinstalled from the previous PC.
Plus, I've done video and sound testing with Dungeon Siege, and I'm impressed with the performance.

Oh, and here's my wallpaper for right now:
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

And Colleen's:
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
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( May. 1st, 2006 10:39 pm)
I'm home...
It's here...
I'm online.

Colleen will soon follow during the week.
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( May. 1st, 2006 04:33 pm)
I'm getting antsy, and a wee bit annoyed.

According to the UPS tracking site, my two packages have not left the depot. They're still marked "In Transit," not "Out for Delivery." The phone tracking system just says, "They're on their way to you."
I've got everything planned for tonight: stop at my parents' place to pick up the PC; get it home, make a quick dinner (chicken strips with melted cheese on top, pesto gnocchi), get Marcus to bed, then start setting the thing up. Afterwards, make sure it boots up, get my and Colleen's user accounts set up, and install Dungeon Siege to see if everything works nicely. (I want to check out the graphics card and sound.)
Now, I know that UPS typically doesn't do their runs in my parents' neck of the woods until after 3pm, but still... not showing any updates since FRIDAY on the tracking is aggravating.
Is UPS shut down for the boycott or something? Does the Shrewsbury depot have that many immigrant workers, both legal and/or illegal?

Gyah.
Update on the PC tomorrow.
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( May. 1st, 2006 02:22 pm)
Happy Beltaine to all!

So here's the weekend...

Saturday was errands day. We drove out to Bagelmakers in Northboro so we could place an order for Saturday. We also decided to bin the idea of getting deli platters, as it would cost an arm and a leg. (We're talking $30-35 for each platter... three platters... you do the math.) We also hit Trader Joe's, and got more noshes for Marcus. After that was a run to Shaw's to pick up stuff for the weekend, and a few more things for Marcus to try -- bologna, primarily.
That night, we made up some chicken for him to try as well. Seems like the only things he really went after were the diced mango and the wheat mini-pita. He dissed the chicken and bologna. Hmmm.
Experimented with pouch cooking that night, making oriental noodle bowls with marinated chicken tenders.

Sunday was more errands: Living Earth, That's Entertainment, and Whole Foods (Framingham). More Marcus stuff. However, we're still trying to find frozen tangerine juice concentrate for a punch we'd like to do for the party. Might have to substitute something.
Dinner was gyoza soup and chicken fried rice, all homemade. Good stuff. Plenty of leftovers. Marcus was a little keener on the chicken, but tended more with the pita, biter biscuit, and peach dices. I think his teething is giving him some grief. We discovered through reading that when teething, babies can lose their appetite.
Managed to get a set of shelves moved from one room to the other. Also set up a lamp in the office room. Desk is prepped for the new arrival. Will be spending later tonight working on installing it and testing it with a game -- perhaps Dungeon Siege.
The main work of getting things reinstalled will take place during the in-laws' visit, as I'm sure they'll be wanting to play with the kiddo.
However, as far as the UPS online tracking is concerned, the boxes are still sitting at the distribution center in Shrewsbury. Mom said that UPS usually doesn't get to her neck of the woods until late afternoon, so I'm not too worried. However, Colleen made the comment that I'm like a child at Christmas. Well of course I am, this is a big thing here. :)

More later once things are settled.
Okay, shipping update: as of about 11am, my two boxes are sitting in the UPS regional distribution point in Shrewsbury. Looks like they will be making me wait the whole weekend. *grumble grumble grumble*

I'm donating my two monitors to the church-run computer center across the street. Easy to do, and I won't have to pack them into a car to try and sell them.
Not sure what I'll do with the two oldest PCs. The PIII has some parts on it that are still good. Maybe I can do some secret salvaging, and build a system for Colleen to use at her desk. (After getting another flat-panel monitor for her, too.)


*sigh*
Just another day...
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( Apr. 27th, 2006 05:26 pm)
Right, brief updates...

House: Comic boxes moved from front room to space between desk and wall in office.
Will be making a path to the shelves next, along with space.
Need long extension cord, 1-2 power strips, and RJ11 phone cable.

PC: En route, left UPS in Greensboro NC this morning. Could arrive in the area tonight. They say that delivery is rescheduled for Monday 1 May. Don't know why. Might arrive Friday.

That's it.
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( Apr. 25th, 2006 01:24 pm)
Woof, I'm stuffed... Those of us at work who were not so lucky as to be in Las Vegas for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) trade show put together a potluck cookout. I supplied the pickles, mayo, and baked beans.

Eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new PC. (See previous posts for what's on it.) I'm debating on the name... Stormcrow seems innocuous enough, if I'm sticking with wizardly names. Mithrandir as well. (Look 'em up... same person.) Or I could just recycle Dresden. (Someone suggested Bob. My reaction was, "It's a computer, not a woman pretending to be a man." Then I realized that Bob is, in effect, Harry Dresden's computer, since a real PC would just blow up in his face. Ah well...)

Bro-in-law is coming up middle of next week to spend time with Marcus before his birthday. Mom and Dad-in-law will be up either Thursday or Friday, can't remember which.

Gaming: Getting more ideas for GURPS games. Still want to run a fantasy game, modelling it after D&D 3.5e, but keeping it "real." Also still working on the "normals stuck in a very odd situation" game that I'm redoing.

House: I'd like to be getting more done, but during the week, it's not really possible, since what I need to do involves my stuff that's in Marcus' room. Can't work in there while he's asleep.

More later as news warrants.
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( Apr. 24th, 2006 05:33 pm)
It's ordered.
Dell Dimension E510
P4 3.0GHz with HT
Windows XP Media Center 2005
1GB Dual channel DDR2 SDRAM, 533MHz
Wireless keyboard and mouse
19 inch flat panel monitor
256MB ATI Radeon X600 SE HyperMemory
250GB SATA hard drive, 7200rpm w/DataBurst Cache
13-in-1 media card reader
16x DXD-ROM
16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Dell A525 30W 2.1 speakers with subwoofer
PC-cillin Security

That oughta do it.
Tentative ship date: 28 April
3-5 days to ship.
We'll have Marcus' birthday on DVD!!

Oh, need a wizardly name for this one. My HP was Myrddin, the PIII/800 was Dresden. Since I'm not going to use Dresden anymore, I could ressurect the name... then again, Elminster is a nice sounding name too.
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( Apr. 24th, 2006 03:03 pm)

A good weekend was had with Mom-in-law up here. She left on Sunday, around noon, and was back at home around 700pm. Not bad driving. She'll be back up in a couple of weeks for Marcus' birthday.

House: We got my computer desk moved from the living room and into the office room. Next major thing will be making room so I can move some shelves in, and start putting my books up.
Tonight I'm going to be cleaning up the laundry room. It will involve doing a couple of loads of laundry each night.
Hopefully I'll be able to start moving shelves this weekend.

Computer: I think I've just about talked Colleen into buying a new PC. I've got a Dell already configured (P4 w/HT, 3.0GHz - 1GB RAM - 160GB SATA hard drive - media card reader - 256 PCI Express ATI Radeon x600 video - Sound Blaster Audigy 2 w/Dolby 5.1 - Dell 2.1 speakers w/subwoofer). Total cost is $767 before shipping. Already planning to finance it. We need a new PC, as I think the PIII/800 isn't going to cut it anymore. Oh, did I mention the 19" flat panel monitor? We've already got a spiffy printer to go with it too.
Now I know some of you out there are saying that I should nix Dell and just build my own.
Arguments for:

  1. I'd be able to put what I want in the system.

  2. I'd be my own support for the unit.


Well, I've got some arguments against that:

  1. I don't have the time to build a new system. It would take me time to run around, find the parts, and get them together, not to mention installing the software. With the new system, I just need to install extra software (like Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, games, Money, music software, etc.)

  2. I'd be spending more than $750 to do so. Much more so. Barebones systems can run half to two-thirds of that right there, and that won't include decent video and sound, monitor, storage media...

  3. I'd be my own support for the unit -- no warranties, no parts shipped out express, no outside tech support. I'm it. And sometimes I don't trust my own judgement.

  4. This system has everything I want. And it's fairly up to date.

  5. I happen to like Dells. I've crawled inside them enough times to know what's going on and what goes where. I was Dell certified for a contract job. Plus they have excellent tech support (which I believe is no longer outsourced).


End of argument.

So hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I'll be back online from home. And playing some games from time to time.


Ah well, nothing much else to report.
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( Sep. 30th, 2005 03:11 pm)
So I've been discussing what's been happening to my primary PC at home with some of the more PC-savvy folks at work and wherever I am.
An idea has struck me, but I haven't been able to do more investigation on my own PC as yet.
Leaking capacitors.
That can be causing the reboots.
Mind you, I've had this PC for four years now, and it's a possibility.
So if they're leaking, can they be replaced and the board salvaged? Will I have to buy a new board, and possibly a case? (I might as well get a 1.2GHz PIII barebones then.)
Hmm...
Any other thoughts out there?
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( Jul. 19th, 2005 01:18 pm)

So... my family is now on their way back. They left Manassas around 1100 after getting everybody's belly and the gas tank filled. C doesn't expect them to be back here until sometime between 2100 and 2300. That's fine by me. Gives me time to make Sangria punch, eat dinner, and do some last minute tidying up.

I didn't sleep so well last night. I had the fan on me, so that wasn't a problem. I just couldn't get very comfortable. After sleeping on the floor with comforters as a cushion for a few nights, the transition to a softer couch didn't go so well. I woke up with back pain again, even though I think that the couch is very comfortable for sleeping. Go figure.

On the PC front: A reload of WinXP didn't help the situation, nor did the suggestion brought by [livejournal.com profile] hbabeu. I wasn't able to get an error message that would cause the blue screen -- it just restarted anyway. So now my plan is to install Win98SE back onto the drive, and upgrade to WinXP from there before installing any other software. Might take a couple of days on that one, so it might wait until the weekend.

I've sort of realised something with this year... typically, when C goes away on holiday for a week or so with her family (typically to Ocean City MD), I get in sort of a funk, and just lie about and do nothing. I don't eat well, sleep is fitful and not resting, and I just stop caring about a lot of things. This year, with this little jaunt she did with Marcus, it was different. I ate better. Sleep was not as restless. I actually went and did things, like work on the front room, see my parents, run errands. I felt like a better person.
What I did not do was my annual viewing of Spy Game with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. I've watched that twice now, each time when C has been at Ocean City. Not this year. I had too much on DVR to watch. Still do, really.
What made me change? I don't know... the desire to just crack on with it and get it over and done with, perhaps. I think that somwhere Marcus was a factor. Maybe just feeling better about myself somehow. Mind you, I still had a little bit of loneliness creep in, especially at night when I would be playing with Marcus, but I dealt with it. I just cracked on.

Gods, I missed them. I'm glad they're coming home.

I'm also getting a serious jones for getting back into gaming... I miss that too, but not as much as missing my family.



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