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Since I've been knitting and crocheting a lot lately, I've also been spending my fair amount of time on Ravelry. I thought I would share some of the groups that are keeping my interest.

Nerd Wars

Nerd Wars is awesome. Players divide into teams based upon a specific nerdom. A few examples: Team Browncoats for fans of Firely/Serenity, team Jazz Hands for fans of the theater, Team 1-Up for fans of video games, and Team Hypothesis for fans of science. Each tournament lasts three months, with each month composing one round. Challenges are posed in five categories: Discovery, Encyclopedia, Nerdology, Giving Geeks, and Flexible Schedule. Players can also choose to do a dissertation: a project that will take three months to complete. There is no minimum participation required for Nerd Wars; you can join a team and should life implode and prevent you from answering any challenges, that's ok! No one will think less of you.

An example of a challenge is this month's Nerdology challenge, A NERD'S DREAM DATE:
Today is you lucky day! You have won a dinner for two, for you and your favorite character from another nerdery!

Now here’s the crucial question: what will you eat?

Your challenge this month is to craft something inspired by the food your favorite character from another nerdery loves so much. Please tell us in your submission who you would have dinner with and what food inspired your project.


Tournament 7 is already underway, but it's not too late to participate! You can't join a team at this time, but you can still play as a Ninja Warrior! Since this is my first time playing in Nerd Wars, I decided to be a Ninja for this tournament. I've already completed the Nerdology and Encyclopedia challenges, and am working on the Discovery challenge.

BAMCAL

Short for Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long, the BAMCAL's goal is to crochet an afghan in a year by completing 1-4 blocks a month (afghan size varies by how many blocks you do). I'm doing both 12" squares a month, for an afghan that will be 6x4 blocks.

Other challenges:

Harry Potter House Cup

The Harry Potter House Cup is very similar to Nerd Wars. Players get sorted into houses, and answer challenges posted under each class. There are also OWLs, NEWTS, and something called BROOM. There is a minimum participation requirement of 1 class per participant. There also seems to be a limit to how many people can get sorted per month, but those who are not sorted can still play as a Not Quite First Year student.

I know less about this challenge since I just discovered it recently via a Nerd Wars player, but thought I'd mention it since I know there's some Harry Potter fans amongst my readers.

Dishcloth Weekly

The Dishcloth Weekly Knitalong is just that. They offer both crochet and knitting patterns. Dishcloths are a great way to practice new techniques, or get some instant gratification since they work up so quickly. This week they are learning how to do entrelac, in both knitting and tunisian crochet.

Crochet Clothing Crochet-A-Long

When I first joined Ravelry I was more of a crocheter than knitter, so it didn't take me long to discover the Crochet Clothing Crochet-A-Long. Members vote on what project to make; this latest round, they're looking at skirts. I haven't yet made anything, but I love that this group exists.
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[livejournal.com profile] xnera (11:26:42 AM): -.-
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (11:26:49 AM): o_O
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (11:27:26 AM): so, i'm cleaning the library this morning. one of the tasks is moving my computer off the top of my desk, so i can use my work laptop in the library
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (11:28:19 AM): now, in late spring/early summer, i was having stability problems with the computer. that's the whole reason it was ON the desk in the first place. so i was rather afraid to move it, because i feared it would bring the issues back
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (11:29:01 AM): *nod*
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (11:29:08 AM): so, i'm in the process of moving it, and i'm connecting all the cables up again... and i get shocked when i plug in the ethernet cable. -.- i've long suspected there was a short in the system. i guess this proves it
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (11:29:28 AM): get everything connected, try to boot... blue screen STOP error. -.-
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (11:29:49 AM): O_O
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (11:29:51 AM): whoa O_O

time passes

[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:08:36 PM): you know, i almost wish that i had a credit card right now. there's too many things i want to buy. a new computer chair, a Mac, a Wii, a cellphone... I guess I'll just have to prioritize them and slowly buy stuff when I can
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:08:48 PM): *nod*
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:09:17 PM): I was planning on getting a cellphone by the end of the year, but it seems less important now that i have the ability to work from home. hmm.
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:09:53 PM): *nod*
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:09:56 PM): I'd agree
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:10:36 PM): so, computer chair, then Mac... then tossup between the cellphone and the Wii.
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:10:55 PM): *nod*

time passes

[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:46:14 PM): i am window-shopping for Macs. the Macbook Pro is pretty damn sweet. don't see how I could ever afford one, though. well, i could, but i'd be saving up for almost a year, probably.
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:46:33 PM): mmmmm
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:48:32 PM): i dunno. maybe i will just get a mini. i could get one a lot sooner that way
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:55:14 PM): that's true
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:55:18 PM): and you have all the peripherals
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:55:26 PM): exactly
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:55:55 PM): i'd love a laptop, but really, i just want something functioning right now.
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:56:00 PM): *nod*
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:56:40 PM): getting mad at myself for not buying a REAL computer last year, and instead choosing to build one. it made sense at the time, so i guess i can't be too upset, but it's kind of frustrating that it only lasted a year or so
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:57:18 PM): do you know anyone that could try to unbreak it?
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (12:58:51 PM): um, me and my dad? I'm sure we can figure it out. i just can't be bothered at the moment. I'm also getting tired of HAVING to figure out computer issues. correct me if I'm wrong, but my impression is that apple machines tend to be less crash-prone
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:59:33 PM): um, yes, yes they are
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:59:43 PM): didn't I tell you what happened my my work computer froze on me for the first time?
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (12:59:45 PM): (the pc)
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (1:00:32 PM): i think you did tell me, but i can't remember exactly what happened
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (1:00:57 PM): I just started at it for thirty seconds wondering why I couldn't move the cursor or make the keyboard type
[livejournal.com profile] xnera (1:03:27 PM): because you hadn't experienced anything like that before?
[livejournal.com profile] mackillian (1:03:57 PM): it'd been a LONG time since I had





Jean says folks make a change in their lives when the pain of staying where they are becomes greater than the pain of changing (er, that's a paraphrase). I've been interested in getting a Mac for several years now, but have been resisting because it would be a big change... learning a whole new operating system, transferring files over, etc. And some of my files might not work on the Mac, which is disconcerting. Though I have a feeling that'd be less of a problem these days than it would even a few years ago.

I've just about had it with my PC. Yeah, I wish I hadn't built one, because I only got a year out of it. But hey, life isn't without mistakes, and in the greater scheme of things, this one's pretty minor. So I "wasted" some money on a home-built system. So what? At least I can say that I've built one. That was a dream of mine, and I did it. :)

I was going to wait a while yet to get a Mac, but I'm frustrated enough with my home computer that I feel the need for a change NOW. I was also going to wait until I could afford, at the very least, a good MacBook, but the mini is starting to look appealing again. I looked at the specs of the low-end model, and yeah, they're not super, but they're not BAD, either. And to be honest, I really don't do much with my computer except get online and watch some stuff in iTunes, so it's not like I need colossal power anyway.

So, I just may be getting a Mac Mini very soon now. Mac-philes, what do you think? Good decision?

On a whim, I tried applying for Apple Credit. They denied me, of course. It was worth a try. That's why I'm leaning towards the mini. I'd be paying cash for it, and I don't have that much cash to throw around. It wouldn't be a huge struggle to get the low-end mini, but it WOULD be a struggle to get a decent Macbook.

edit: Questions:

  • I normally don't buy extended care coverage, but I think I might want it this time. Would I have to buy it right away, or could I add it at a later date?
  • I don't have the money to customize the machine at the moment. Would it be easy to upgrade it in the future? I've heard that minis aren't very easy to upgrade, and that you really need an Apple tech to do it. Does Apple charge for labor when doing upgrades like this, and is it very expensive?
  • I want an office suite software at home. Recommendations? Does one come on the machine?
  • Anything else I should know?
  • wiki wiki?

    Nov. 5th, 2006 06:03 pm
    xnera: Icon captioned "Geek". (geek)
    So I think I want a wiki of my very own, to use for personal notetaking.

    It'd probably be overkill to download and install MediaWiki, yes?

    *sighs* But I LIKE MediaWiki. I've investigated other wiki software in the past, and none has won me over the way MediaWiki has. MediaWiki is pretty, and powerful. Most other wiki apps are FUG-LY.

    I am not opposed to using a wiki service. Something like LiveJournal, but for wikis. Anyone know of any good ones? At this point I'd prefer something free, but I'm willing to pay if the features are worth it. I want to keep it private. Actually, can you set MediaWiki so pages aren't accessible unless you're logged in? 'Cause I'd be willing to stick MediaWiki on my webspace, so I can access my wiki from anywhere.

    Otherwise... I don't mind an app I can just run on my home computer. I don't know of any good ones, though. I had read good reviews about ZuluPad, but I just found the installation of it on my computer and tried doing some basic editing, and was horrified at how it looked. Meh. I guess the PXC wiki spoiled me, because now I am much too used to MediaWiki. Meh meh meh.

    Suggestions?
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    [livejournal.com profile] asqmh demanded updates, so here is an update!

    I am amusing myself tonight by browsing the Firebox catalog. The folks behind Firebox are also the people who founded Mind Candy, the company that publishes the Perplex City puzzle cards here on Earth. I've been visiting Firebox a lot lately, to see if they have Wave 4 available for pre-order yet (they don't). And since I'm there, I might as well look around, right?

    OMG. I NEED THIS. I already have an ice cream maker, but still--I need this!

    Dude. I HAD this game as a kid! I remember playing it on vacations to Hayward.

    o_O. Pretty ring, and gods know I would love to have it so I can flaunt it in the faces of my aunt and uncle when they come to visit on Thanksgiving and ask the inevitable "when are you getting MARRIED?!?!" question. On the other hand, feels like a marketing gimmick and yet another dating site. So I think I'll pass.

    Redecorating idea? *snerks*

    I object to this being listed under "boys' toys". Grrr.

    An Orgasmatron! I've experienced this. Quite a sensation.

    Another thing I NEED.

    I love this game. Alas, I never get to play it. *sighs*

    This looks interesting. Also brings back fond memories of a cubic jigsaw my dad had. His was a lot easier to solve, though. I may have to get this.

    Sighs. Someday I will own this game. Just can't justify it at the moment, since I never get to play board games with anyone and it's kind of steep in price.

    Totally forgot about this one! I played it at Mensa a few times. Good game, but not as good as the previous.

    This really turns me off. I'm getting sick of Sudoku as it is--it's getting TOO popular--but this? Yeah, just someone trying to cash in on the craze. No thank you!

    Conclusion: Firebox is kind of like the ThinkGeek of the UK. Cool stuff, but I still like ThinkGeek better. Sorry, Firebox.
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    Gmail shows me a quote I wasn't previously familiar with:

    Quote of the Day - Albert Einstein - "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."


    :) I like that. But then, I like a lot of what Einstein said.
    xnera: Icon of Kara Thrace from Battlestar Galactica. (BSG)

    I do not have cable, choosing instead to get all my TV via Netflix. This worked well--until I discovered Battlestar Galactica. Yes, I'm finally hooked on a show enough that I can't possibly wait for the DVDs--I need to know what happens NOW!!!

    Thankfully, Scifi is putting the episodes on iTunes 24 hours after they air. YAY! I just finished watching the 11th episode of the second season (the season was a split season, so this is the first new ep after the most recent DVD release). The fun thing about watching a time-lagged downloaded version is that I could post my thoughts as I watched it. And so here is the chatlog.

    SPOILERS for Battlestar Galactica, Episode 2.11 )
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    For today is a most glorious day indeed!

    Yes! Today is the day that both Serenity and Battlestar Galactica 2.0 come out on DVD.

    I have preordered my copies at BestBuy.com, and will be picking them up at the store on the way home. Woohoo! And an extra woohoo, because they're offering a $10 savings when you buy Serenity with either season of BSG. YAY!!!!!

    And yes, BSG is going in the DVD player AS SOON AS I GET HOME tonight. Whee!!!
    xnera: Icon captioned "Geek". (geek)

    OMG, I AM POSTING TO MY JOURNAL FROM EXCEL

    *explodes with geeky happiness, and declares undying love for [livejournal.com profile] brad*



    edit: Okay, it's not perfect. I had to edit it to correct the bolding/lj user tag. But still! AN EXCEL CLIENT TO POST TO LJ!!! *dies of geekiness all over again* See [livejournal.com profile] excel_to_lj for more details. And scritches to [livejournal.com profile] frank for the heads up!

    xnera: (NaNoWriMo)
    So*, AFFC (the next book in ASOIAF) is coming out next Tuesday. I finished my reread of ACOK on Monday, which means I have a week to read ASOS. Yikes! I almost feel like I'm doing NaNoReadMo, because I'm pacing myself and trying to read 150 pages a day in order to finish it in time. I'm a bit shy of the daily goals so far, at around page 220 (I had hoped to make it to 250 this evening).

    And about that thing that this month is usually known for....

    Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
    1,636 / 50,000
    (3.3%)


    Mostly a retype of stuff, but hey, words on screen! Do I think I have any better chance of winning this year? No. But as Chris Baty likes to say, hope springs eternal. And anyway, words on screen = good.

    Paycheck hasn't hit yet. Woe. Better go throw a bunch of change in my purse, in case it doesn't hit tomorrow.
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    Charts. Yes, I am a geek. )
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    I loaned [livejournal.com profile] princess_jules the entire Fruits Basket manga series (to date). This makes me squee. I'm kind of an enabler at times: I love to share stuff I love. Yeah, I kind of miss having the manga at home, but I'm sooooo super bouncy right now because she's enjoying reading the series.

    So I'm high on the Furuba love right now, which of course means I have to go to the official site to indulge in the goodness that is Fruits Basket, and what do I see but this:

    Legend states that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will be granted. Do you wish for a second season? Would you like to be able to show the creators of this series how much you enjoy it?

    Now you'll be able to! At every convention we'll be attending this year, we will have origami paper and instructions so fans can fold paper cranes that we will eventually send to Japan to the creators of Fruits Basket.

    Also check our booth at the cons for the times of our Fruits Basket rallies. We encourage all fans of the show and manga to show up in cosplay or even just in your Kyo and Yuki hat for the rally. Bring signs! We'll take a picture of the group and put it online and in our Fruits Basket Scrapbook that will be sent to Japan along with the cranes. Let them know how much you love the series, and who knows ... we might even convince them to do a second season.


    Second. Season. OMG. *dies* And they've reached 1,000 cranes and are collecting more! Yay! It would be SO cool to have more of the anime. There would be a squee explosion.

    I still have Kyo as my wallpaper at work. I love to minimize everything and see him scowling at me. So much fun!
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    Okay, so I did mess with my computer a bit.

    I installed a Soundblaster card, because Windows 2000 didn't like the crappy soundcard on the old computer. 'Course, the new one has better sound built-in, but since I have the card, I figured I'd use it.

    I just have the crappy speakers that came with my computer. They have this dongle thing where they both plug in to the dongle and then the dongle plugged in to original soundcard.

    I tried that with the Soundblaster, but got nada. I went through the diagnostic test, and it said the sound card had four ports: a Line in, and three line outs. So I unplugged the speakers from the dongle, put one in the Line 1, and the second in the Line 2. I am now getting sound, but it's very, very faint, and it's only from the left speaker.

    What am I missing? I do not know much about speakers and soundcards. Am I going to have to buy some 2.1 speakers? I don't really want to spend the money on that, though a cheap pair wouldn't be too bad...

    Okay, now I'm really going to watch Gravitation and go to bed.
    xnera: Icon of Draco Malfoy, captioned "I'm rather empowered." (I'm rather empowered.)
    Greetings from my "NEW" computer! *bounces*

    It's fast. I like! Though I'm rather irked that I have soooo much to reinstall. I'm especially irked that my backup disc of perl & bot is faulty. Don't worry--I have bot backed up in 43516 other places. But perl... NSM. It's going to be a royal pain to get perl reinstalled, because of all the modules. Oi! I'm working on it now, but it might take another day or so. I'm afraid I'm not going to last much longer tonight because of lack of sleep. I plan to be in bed by 9:00. Joy.

    But! "NEW" COMPUTER! YAY! INTERNET AT HOME AGAIN!! YAY!!! Am so, so relieved.

    I really, really want to test out the DVD burner. But I'd have to reencode video, likely. And the stuff I want to burn? PGSM, which means figuring out how to letterbox it so the titles don't get cut off. Gah.

    First things first. Bot is first, of course. I will work on perl & bot, and then maybe tomorrow I will burn something.

    In other news, I am finally getting around to sending out evites for my SHINY! SERENITY! SHINDIG! on October 1st. If you want an evite and haven't previously expressed an interest, reply here or via email. Userinfo address is good.
    xnera: Icon of Haru from Fruits Basket, laughing manically.  (Mine is an evil laugh.)
    OMG. I SURVIVED A WEEKEND WITHOUT TEH INTERNETS.

    AND OMG. IT WAS ACTUALLY A PRETTY GOOD ONE. SHOCK!!!

    LOTS OF SQUEEING INSIDE )
    xnera: Icon captioned "Geek". (geek)
    So, [livejournal.com profile] vassilissa mentioned that she's using Audacity to do some audio editing. I replied thusly:

    Previously I used Goldwave, which I liked a LOT. I used it several years back when I was putting together a CD of the Buffy Musical (this was before the soundtrack was released; I went out and bought it as soon as I heard it had hit stores). I had this extra space on the CD and I hate not using all the allotted space, so I spent maybe two weeks collecting soundclips and editing it all together to create what I called "Buffy in a Nutshell" - five seasons compacted into a few memorable sound bites.

    I was so very proud of this, because it was a GREAT lesson in editing. I don't mean sound editing, but editing in general. It took a lot of work to determine which clips would give the best sense of the season in the time allotted (which wasn't as much as I thought I had). I've lost the source files, alas, but I have the finished product on CD. I should really upload that.


    I listened to it last night. There was a wince factor, because I had forgotten how much noise was in the files. They came from a variety of sources, so sometimes the encoding was low, or the quality was just plain not good. Eeks. Makes me want to redo the whole thing with higher-quality source files. Though maybe I'd do video clips instead now, and make it longer to include more stuff (though one wonders if this project is really necessary, since Joss beat me to it).

    Anyway! Here is my audio version of what I like to call Buffy in a Nutshell: five seasons of yummy speechifyin' (oops, wrong show) quotage.

    http://s36.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2SXB6O7NKSPD130ONVJ9EM2GH7

    Zip includes eight files (though it really should have NINE):


    1. "And now, an all new episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer."
    2. "In every generation, there is a Chosen one..." I believe both this and the previous clip are the original voice-overs from season one. That's what I found online, so that's what I used.
    3. This is where the theme song should go. I had both the seasons 1 and 3 versions. I burned 3 to the disc, because I liked it better, but something went screwy and you just hear 35 seconds of silence. I no longer have my source files, so no theme. *weeps*
    4. Season One - 4:38
    5. Season Two - 5:45
    6. Season Three - 3:29
    7. Season Four - 1:43. Yeah, I really didn't like season 4 on first viewing. It was MUCH better the second time around.
    8. Season Five - 3:52
    9. "The Gift"


    Alas, they are in WMA format. Sorry! My work computer has limited tools on it. If there's high demand, I'll reencode them as .mp3s and reupload once I get my home computer working again.

    This really was a fun project. There were so many wonderful quotes I wanted to include; the original edit was about twice as long, I think. It's a bit shippy, but I also tried to focus on Buffy's evolution as a Slayer. I hope this comes across!

    Enjoy! Let me know what you think.
    xnera: Icon captioned "I'm tougher than you think." (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
    WARNING: CPU FAN FAILED. HAVE SYSTEM SERVICED IMMEDIATELY!

    I kid you not.

    So I get back in the car and go back to Best Buy and I'm standing there looking at the CPU fans, confused and crying a bit. I do get one and bring it home and open my machine and it looks NOTHING like the ones they had in the store.

    At this point I'm wondering if it's even worth it to put any more money into this machine. It's, what, four or five years old? And it was refurbished, too.

    I don't really need a completely new one, though. I have a HUGE hard drive, and the new DVD burner, and my old DVD-Rom works fine, and I've just bought some memory... so I'm thinking, maybe get a barebone kit and stick all my stuff in it? That seems to make the most sense. It's certainly cheaper than a completely new machine.

    So, does anyone know TEH PLACE! to get barebone kits? Google tells me Tiger Direct, but are there any others I should try?

    And at this point so much has happened over the past few weeks that I'm kind of in that numb place where nothing affects you anymore and you just do what you need to do. Well, I was like that last night after giving up on the computer and going to play hours and hours of Final Fantasy VII. Now, I'm kind of misty-eyed again.

    Damn computer.

    But this might be a good thing. I get to go home early this week because I'm starting an hour early so I can run Dad's procs for him while on vacation. Combine that with having no working computer at home, and I should have lots of time to clean the house and do other stuff I've been putting off but wanting to do (like play Final Fantasy VII). And now I can get a machine that works better. Right? And I've always wanted to build a computer from scratch, and yeah, okay, it's mostly parts I have already but it's still HOMEGROWN COMPUTER, so that will be fun.

    In any case: this, too, shall pass, and soon everything will be groovy again. Because that's how life works. It gets a whole lot of bad for a while, and then it's smooth sailing before the next big bad comes along. Which means clear skies MUST be coming soon, because I'm starting to feel overdue.

    Anyway. Got to finish running dad's procs.

    edit: Maybe this one? If I'm reading the specs right, it comes with a processor. Don't know if it means I'd have to install it myself, but at least I wouldn't have to worry about choosing the right processor for the motherboard.
    xnera: Icon captioned "Geek". (geek)
    Clean install of Win2K worked! Yay!

    Immediately upgraded to SP4. Also disabled Windows Messaging. Yeah. Received about four pop-ups on Messaging after only a few minutes of running Win2K. Second thing installed was Firefox.

    Sooo much to download and reinstall.

  • Copy files from external drive.
  • DeadAim
  • AVG
  • WinPatrol
  • The little program that syncs with the Naval Observatory clock.
  • WinAmp
  • Paint Shop Pro--might have this on ext HD
  • Nero--might have this on ext HD
  • GoldWave
  • TMPGenc
  • FileZilla
  • 7-Zip
  • StepMania
  • Word (disc)
  • Printer drivers
  • Video drivers from HP? Screen's working, but the refresh looks off. Too flickery.
  • Norton Ghost, so I can backup more frequently
  • SpyBot and Ad-Aware. Can't believe I forgot these!
  • QuickTime
  • Perhaps install Quicken? I can't decide. I like the idea of it, but I am soooo lazy about using it.
  • KONFABULATOR. I CAN RUN IT NOW. <3!!!
  • Flickr Updatr
  • DivX
  • EditPad Lite
  • Install a firewall
  • Perl & modules. Oi.
  • MySQL. Oi.
  • OMG iTunes OMG! *spasms*


    Well, that's a start. More as I think of them.
  • xnera: Icon of a gray kitten. Caption reads: "Warning: Vampire Kitty. Call me 'bunny' and I'll bite you." (Don't mess with me)
    Easiest way to drive [livejournal.com profile] xnera insane: make her computer inoperable.

    Major upgrades this weekend. At the start, I was running Windows Me (BLEARGH) on 128 MB ram with NO working CD/DVD drive. My CD burner got fried from the Evil eBay DVD-burner, and Windows was all "DVD-Rom? I don't see any DVD-Rom. Whatchoo talking about?" because I forgot to change the jumpers to make it the master.

    Doubled my ram to 256 MB. Yay! Things are much zippier now. There's a noticeable difference. Yes, that's still, like, NOTHING, but for my purposes it's fine.

    Installed a DUAL-LAYER DVD BURNER. Yay! I CAN BURN THINGS!

    Made the DVD-ROM the slave again. Yay! Windows sees it!

    Tried installing Windows 2000 Professional. BOO!!!

    It was a nightmare. First it kept complaining that it was running out of virtual memory during the installing, which makes NO sense because 256 MB should be plenty for Win2K. That's what we have a work. And I have a huge-ass harddrive that was only about 60% used so there should have been PLENTY of hard drive space to use as virtual memory. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

    So I decided maybe I need more memory, so I drive over to Best Buy as soon as it opens I wake up from my nap (I have mom's car) to look at memory, but guess what, their sale ended yesterday and a 256 MB stick of PC100 SDRAM is now $100+.

    Um. No.

    But me being me, I decided to check out other places. Circuit City was the same. Radio Shack didn't even carry PC mem. -.- An hour and a half of driving around for nothing. Well, I did get butter chips at GFS, so that's a plus.

    I get back home and decide to give it another try. First, I boot from a floppy and delete as much stuff off the hard drive as I'm comfortable doing. It was all vids I haven't watched, and I have them backed up anyway, so it's not a huge deal to lose them. I clear off about 10-15 gig. And then I reboot and Setup starts again, and I wave my fingers in front of the computer chanting "ooga mooga" and stuff like that, and by gods, IT FINISHED.

    Well, it threw a bunch of errors at me, but SETUP COMPLETED. Yay!

    I hold my breath and cross my fingers and reboot the machine, and there's the Windows 2000 logo and here's the Administrator password, and I hit enter and... nothing. Just a blank screen. Never gets to the desktop.

    I curse.

    And then I reboot into Safe mode and.... the same.

    *weeps*

    I am now starting to get desperate as I have been without my computer for 24 hours. First I see if I can maybe do a fresh, parallel install of Win2K, but I can't because it's not a bootable CD, and won't run from DOS. And then I think, maybe I need a Win2K book disk, so I grab some floppies intending to go to school and maybe download some stuff but I can't find my alumni ID and FUCK IT, I'll just go to Best Buy and get Win XP, dammit, and go from there.

    Back to Best Buy. Look at Windows XP. Doesn't look like the upgrade version will work, since I don't have a working computer at the moment, and you can't do an upgrade from Win2K anyway. What I will need is the Professional version, and maybe even the FULL install. Two to three HUNDRED dollars.

    No fucking way am I paying that. That's, like, half a Mac Mini.

    Talk to the Geek Squad about my dilemma. Tell them I think I messed up because I tried to upgrade instead of do a fresh, parallel install. He tells me that most of the times you can't even do a parallel install if you've been running Win ME for a while--you need a clean install of Me.

    Which means blowing away my harddrive.

    ...okay. i can do that. i'm not happy about it, but i can do that.

    Back home. First task: connect the Zip drive and use Iomega Guest so I can copy off anything I missed from my backup. Backup was only documents--completely forgot about bookmarks and programs and old email. I got as much as I could, but there's some things I likely lost, which sucks. But that's life.

    And then it's time to do the reinstall and WHERE THE FOXTROT ARE MY DISKS? I CAN'T FIND MY DISKS.

    SCREAM. SHAKE. WAIL.

    Seriously. I screamed. And I was shaking. Because I am not me without a computer. I go insane without one, unless I am, like, on vacation and purposely away from one. Then I'm okay. But not having one at home that I can wander to whenever I want? That's cause for insanity.

    Took FOR FREAKING EVER to format the disk. But the copying was quick, because my new DVD burner? RULES.

    I drink Shirley Temples and eat pizza while the drive loads. Later, there will be Mudslides.

    And here I am, on a bare-bones Windows ME install. BLEARGH! But, I am sane. And you know, my computer was getting so sluggish anyway, that even if I didn't try to upgrade to Win2K I likely would have had to do a reinstall anyway soon. So I guess it's all for the best.

    I'm going to try installing Windows 2000 again. It's not like I have anything to lose at this point--if it doesn't work, just reimage my machine. I'll be sure to do a parallel install this time, so that I can fall back to Me if I need to.

    But, Windows SUCKS. Bill Gates is the devil. And this really wasn't how I wanted to spend my weekend. Yes, I wanted to upgrade, but I wanted it done 27 hours ago, so I could CLEAN my house today, not drive all over and go crazy. I've wasted a lot of time, and that makes me mad.

    But that's life. And it's such a little thing, when there are people in this country who no longer have HOUSES, let alone working computers. So I'm upset, but I can deal.
    xnera: Icon of Draco Malfoy, captioned "I'm rather empowered." (I'm rather empowered.)
    This journal turned will be turning THREE just under over an hour ago from now (damned timezones!). SHOCK!

    Normally I do stats here, but OMG TOO MUCH WORK THIS MORNING, so you'll have to wait until later. If you're really bored, you could, like, look at my calendar and find stuff like:

    * The day that has the most posts
    * The shortest timeframe between two consecutive posts
    * The longest timeframe between two consecutive posts
    * The shortest post
    * The longest post

    And stuff like that! If not, I'll post later. Er, sometime.

    edit 9:33 a.m.: I'm in an anti-spam mood, esp since this isn't THAT important, so I'll edit this here. Horoscope for today:

    Try something new and you may surprise yourself by the outcome. You have many talents, but lately you've been having trouble honing any one skill. Focus on the thing you enjoy doing the most.


    Yes. This. I feel like I'm being pulled in too many directions these days, so it'd be really good to focus on just one thing tonight. But oh, which one to do? *ponders*

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