Goodbye, Intel 
Saturday, 12 March, 2005, 01:39
My brief stint with Prescott is over. I no longer own an Intel-based system. I yanked the base system components out of my case (mobo, CPU, RAM) and replaced them with something that I've been more comfortable with but have strayed from: AMD stuff. My motherboard is now an Asus A8N-SLI, my CPU is an Athlon 64 3500+, and my RAM is ... well, it's still a gig of HyperX, but it's DDR (not DDR2) now.

I haven't done any real testing to see how this config performs against the P4 one. I mean, all I've really done with it is install drivers, download updates, and load apps. It's too early to tell how it fares in games, but that is coming. I might even play some HL2DM tonight, just to test the system out. Yeah, that's it ... just to test it ...

I found that ATI's Catalyst 5.3 drivers don't like two components on my X800 Pro: the Rage Theater chip, and some "Specialized Codec". So, I'm using the good ol' 4.11 version. Kind of surprising that last November's version supports those components but this month's, which are a few days old as of this typing, don't.

I'm off to continue with my app loading.
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Let!s Get Sappy 
Friday, 4 March, 2005, 13:18


Yes, on this very day five years ago I went on my first date with Julie, and things have only gotten better since then. One of these days ... *evil grin* well Julie, you know what I'm talking about. I love you :-)

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Wednesday, 2 March, 2005, 15:00
Now that I've said it ... nope, I haven't listened to it yet. I want to, though, seeing how Norma Jean's coming through this area in less than 2 weeks. That means I must see them. I realize they have a new album, but if I don't at least hear "Creating Something Out Of Nothing, Only To Destroy It", I will be somewhat unhappy. It's very difficult to get unhappy when Norma Jean's on stage, though.

I'm working on redoing my workplace's web page. I grabbed something from OSWD and am modifying it to fit my needs, without touching the copyright information of course. OSWD is pretty cool. I want to make this thing as easy as possible for others to work on because ... well ... still waiting on the Big Things (TM) announcement.

BreakoutVR 2.0 is underway. I have set a hard deadline for the physics to be finished. Getting the blocks to work with Tokamak is interesting to say the least.
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Birthday Edition 
Sunday, 27 February, 2005, 06:07
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Rather large update 
Saturday, 19 February, 2005, 04:54
Well, it's not the Kingston switch. Pain in the ass, I tell you ... this narrows it down to the Netgear wireless router or the cable modem itself. If it is the cable modem, I will be uber-pissed because of the gratuitous cable modem change that took place back in December. If I could bo back in time and goatse the guy who changed the cable modem, I would in a heartbeat.

VTK pipelines take a little bit of getting used to. Once you get used to 'em (and the strange way that the documentation is written), they're pretty easy. I wish I knew how to cause a vtkRenderWindowInteractor to redraw itself without having to click on it, though ... I figure, a good temporary solution is to have the window the RWI is in hide itself and then show itself again, as this forces OpenGL to redraw the window contents and brings the window into focus. Of course, that's kind of ghetto. All in all, though, I'm happy I got the pipelines all figured out.

Big Things may be brewing for the summer ... I shall get on the ball on Sunday and hopefully will know whether Big Things will happen by the middle of March.

So I saw a Bentley Continental GT in the parking lot at the store today. Seriously, that parking lot is the worst parking lot in the state of Illinois. People are just not careful in that parking lot ... on the third day I owned my Solara, some jackass hit my rear bumper in that parking lot, in the same spot where that Continental GT was parked. Now, if people don't care about a $20,000 car, why would they care about a $156,000 car? Bunch of hosers in that parking lot, I swear ... not only the drivers, but also that Bentley owner. It was a nice looking car, though.

Speaking of cars, I'm going to the Auto Show tomorrow. I'm taking pictures. I'll toss 'em up into another gallery on the pics page.
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