Blue PC building, now called “Streaky”

Finally, here is the build log from my most recent PC build. This new PC was put in the lovely blue case you see pictured, and I named her “Streaky” after Supergirl’s cat. You may recall that my pink Supergirl Linux box is called “Comet” after Supergirl’s horse.
Here are the new machine’s specs
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor
The pictures show an abit, but I had to replace it with a Gigabyte


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Some Website Recs

I’ve been joining more and more “web2.0” sites lately, and there are a few newish ones or ones I’ve just recently started using alot that I’d like to mention.

First of all, there’s Birthday Forever. This is especially important since my birthday is coming up in about a month!

It gives you countdown graphics to your next birthday like these:
Birthday Forever
(click to go to my birthday site!)

That alone would’ve been enough for me to use the site, but it also lets you add a wishlist including import from Amazon, add contacts and send them newsletters, and add photos(presumably birthday photos). It even has fun facts about your birthday on the front page.

I’ve also been using Stylehive alot. It’s social bookmarking for shopping! It works similarly to delicious. You put a bookmarklet in your browser, and when you see a product you like at an online store; from purses to furniture to electronics, you just click the bookmarklet and tag it, plus you can pick the picture to represent it and add the price and even send your pick to a friend.

Another I’ve been using lately is I’ve known about it for a while, but what really made me start using it was the mashup site combining it with Pandora, PandoraFM. It tracks the music you listen to and you can find other music that you might like based on what you’ve played. You can also get an output of your recently played songs for your website or forum signature.

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Big hard drives coming!

This is one of those posts where you remember the Geek part of my blog’s name. This is definitely something I can’t not blog about.
Engadget Story: Seagate Leaks 750gb barracuda

Yes, that’s right: a 750gb drive! :thDance: I have been waiting rather impatiently for larger capacity drives than 500gb to start coming out. Let’s face it – 500gb just isn’t sufficient for the modern user. This means that we’re not too far from having 1tb and higher drives.


My Top 3 Laptops

I think I’ve met my matches. The Laptops that I logically and economically can’t have.
First choice: Acer Ferrari 4000
Processor: AMD Turion 64 processor ML-37 1MB L2 cache 2.0GHz
1 GB of DDR333 memory
15.4″ WSXGA+ TFT LCD, 1680 x 1050 resolution
16.7 million colors
– ATI Mobility Radeon X700 with 128 MB of external DDR VRAM, supporting ATI Powerplay 5.0, Microsoft
– DirectX 9.0 and PCI Express
– DualView support; external display at up to 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, 85 Hz
– MPEG-2 DVD hardware-assisted capability
– S-video/TV-out (NTSC/PAL) support
– DVI-D (true digital video interface) support
– 100 GB ATA/100 hard disk drive
– 5-in-1 card reader
– Slot-load DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
– LAN: gigabit Ethernet; Wake-on-LAN ready
– WLAN: integrated Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ solution; supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology
– WPAN: integrated Bluetooth
– 6.3 lbs.
Price range: $1,752.00 – $2,978.00

Acer Ferrari 4000

My Second Choice: Voodoo ENVY Featherweight a:228 Notebook
15.1″ SXGA+ 1400X1050
12 x 8.6 x 1 inches (WxDxH)
4.0 Pounds with battery and drives
512mb DDR memory
AMD Turion 64 MT-30
SuperSlim DVD-+R/RW
Seagate 100 gig hard drive
ENVY Wireless 802.11 BG with BlueTooth
Internal 56K Fax Modem
ENVY High Speed Ethernet
Priced at: $2231.41

I chose powder pink, but it comes in almost a dozen colors


Changing it Up

I feel like changing something up a bit. I’d like to try a new mood theme, but I’m not sure what theme I’d pick.

I’m still working on the HTPC/PVR for my parents’ house. I’ve got the box together and all the software installed and everything. It works as a computer, but I’m getting stuck on the TV part. I tried to record from it using SageTV and it just recorded this fuzzy stuff. I plugged in Component cables from the DirecTV reciever into the tuner card, I had the right DirecTV selected because I got the right tv listings, but I think the problem is that i don’t have the right serial COM port selected. I’m not sure I even know what this is or how to find out which one it should be. None of the default settings have worked.


PC Update Extravaganza

Today started off a bit of computer upgrading/building madness. I’m building an HTPC(Home Theater PC)/HD PVR for my parents, and must of the parts are here now. I also got an extra hard drive for my computer. One of the nice Seagate 400 gb ones I’ve been admiring for a while now. I also got a new power supply, and one for my sister’s computer which has been apparently turning off on it’s own, so hopefully that will help. Nice ones, 500 watt with wrapped cables, extra fan, and of course lots of connectors so I can finally add more hard drives. I also decided to try the PlusDeck in my computer first, instead of installing it in my parents’ HTPC. The PlusDeck will allow me to convert my old audio tapes to mp3 format. I needed a bit of a break because I’ve been at it all day and my fingers are starting to feel raw.


fixing that computer

Here I am at my parents’ house fixing my sister’s old computer. They finally got their network back up, but this computer is beyond messed up. I’m even having trouble getting it to boot from a windows disc. I cleaned up the startup programs. tons of spyware junk, I’m sure. Then I was finally able to get My Computer open and started to run windows setup.

I reformatted the partition, and am now successfully(so far) installing windows. Sometimes a machine is too far gone to be much helped by running virus and spyware scans and any other thing you could do, and you just have to start over. Reformat. Reinstall the OS.
Here’s a link that has some helpful tips for fixing up a computer:
How to fix Mom’s computer


Perfect notebook and bag found

So, I found the perfect notebook computer that I want for when I go back to school;

it’s the Acer Ferrari 3400 with an AMD 64 3000+ processor and all the other goodies, but not too big and heavy, and best of all it comes in a shiny red carpaint finish.

and, I’ve found the perfect bag for it to go in

it’s perfect. it looks like a nice, normal tote; black suede with pink straps, but it has a nice section that fits a 15″ laptop (like the ferrari).


Real Lame

Is it just me, or is Real Media, like, the lamest format ever. When you play a vidoe in real format, it acts like it’s streaming and buffers and stuff, even if it’s playing off your hard drive. At one time, maybe it was fine, but it just seems silly now. Why is it even still used, and why is it not at least improved?


The Sims 2 goods

Okay, so now I feel ready to impart a few discoveries and tips to you all about The Sims 2.

firstly, essential cheats
to use a cheat hit ctrl+shift+c
Motherlode – the best money cheat. adds $100,000 simoleans to your Sim’s account.
Moveobjects (on) – lets you move and delete things you wouldn’t normally be able to, such as spills

get them a crib and a changing table. It seems best if the baby is in the same room with the parents. I put another crib in the kitchen so that they can put the baby down while she cooks, and while they’re eating. To feed the baby, click on the refridgerator and get bottle. Make sure both parents hold and cuddle and play with the baby. Try to change the baby on the changing table because if you don’t, you’ll end up with a dirty diaper on the floor. You can bathe the baby in the sink.

Your toddler sim now has it’s own wants and fears, and needs that you can look at. There are only a few days until your toddler becomes a kid. try to keep their aspiration and mood up. If they have their birthday and turn into a kid with their aspiration level low, they can start off as pretty crazy kids. Get them a high chair, they’ll now be able to (sort of) eat with the family. They can now play with toys as well. Blocks give them logic points, and the toy xylophone gives them creativity. You’ll of course want to try to teach them to talk, walk, and potty train them. The potty training is actually easier than it seems. get them a toddler potty, and when their bladder level gets low, have one of the parents potty train them. For walking and talking, have one of the parents select “teach to walk” or talk, and they’ll work on it for a while. For some reason, my sims didn’t think this was fun and if their fun level wasn’t high, they wouldn’t do it for very long. Toddlers are cute and can crawl around on the floor, and follow their parents. Parents can also play with their toys with them and read to them.

The hardest thing for both kids and teens is getting them to do their homework. This took me a while to figure out, but when they first come home from school, watch them carefully. They carry what looks like a spiral notebook and they go and put it down on the floor somewhere. usually in a room that’s something like a study. They’ll put it in the same place every day. You’ll need to raise their mood levels before they will do their homework. The lowest one after school is usually fun. Some quick ways for them to gain fun are watching tv, dancing, and playing a game on the computer. When their levels are reasonable, they should do their homework. They can do their homework or ask for help with homework. Parents can help with homework by clicking the homework. They can really cook with that toy oven. It makes, like, muffins.


Teen sims are interesting. They can do most of the things adult sims can do such as cook, but they’re still in school and still limited. Teen sims have aspirations. Sims with a Popularity aspiration will have different wants and fears than a sim with a Family aspiration. Teen sims can now flirt, have their first kiss, and propose to go steady. If you notice your teen having pimples, go to a mirror and use acne cream. I’m really freaked out by how gross these sim zits look, so I have them use it every time they go near a mirror if they get them. Like kids and toddlers, make sure their aspiration rate is up, especially when they’re about to become adults. Also make sure they do their homework and go to school in a good mood.

Sims 2 computer
In The Sims 2, they can do alot more with their computers. They can play a game, write or check email, buy groceries, chat, and find their own place to live. Adults can also write a novel.

Sims 2 for 1
watch tv on “the yummy channel” – raises fun and gains cooking skill
paint or play piano – fun and creativity
play chess – fun and logic

swimming – fun and body
write novel on the computer – fun and creativity
chatting – fun and social