VR project r00lz 
Wednesday, 24 November, 2004, 03:26
The VR project is so unbelievably awesome, I can't believe it. I hope to get a video of it in action one of these days.

Needless to say, that's one of the reasons why I've been updating relatively infrequently lately.

It's crunch time now ... next week is the last full week of classes. After that, it's the dreaded Finals Week. Eek. I only have two finals, though, so it's all good.

Tomorrow I get to build one of the most awesome computers I've ever built. It's not a multi-processor beast, but the thing looks like it'll fly ... 3.6GHz Pentium 4, 2.0GB of DDR2 memory, a PCI-e x16 Radeon X800 XT, a pair of 74GB Western Digital Raptor drives ... it'll be really, really fast. Faster than my computer ... but many computers I build nowadays are faster than my own. I think the fastest mine will be able to go is 3.4GHz, but that's with a Prescott space heater ... er, I mean processor.

Now, I continue with my accounting homework ...
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Dual-proc lovin 
Saturday, 20 November, 2004, 16:20
As you can see, I've been updating a bit less frequently now. No, I haven't forgotten about the page already, I'm just a bit busy with school. The end of the semester is rapidly approaching, with finals about 3 weeks away. That, and I have to cuss out the people in charge of registration at UIC ... they are once again screwing up my registration for business courses by not acknowledging that I am, in fact, enrolled in the business college.

I'm also testing out a pair of dual-processor servers. In the blue corner, we have a dual 3.0GHz Xeon server. In the green corner, we have a dual AMD Opteron 246 server. Round One ... FIGHT! I'm trying to make the playing field as level as possible, but it's somewhat difficult. Both of them have 512MB of RAM, both of them have crappy video cards (they're servers, what do they need Radeon x800 XTs for?

Anyway, I'm at work at the moment, and it has taken me 26 minutes to type this short amount of text, so it's obviously busy ...
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I hate Christmas music 
Thursday, 18 November, 2004, 00:35
I thought I only skipped one day! O SNAP!

So anyway, I'd like to know why Gaim disconnects every so often ... it's really, really pissing me off. I'm not about to go back to Trillian or, dare I say it, the official AIM client ... but still, when I leave Gaim connected, I expect it to stay connected until I tell it to disconnect.

Flashed the iPAQ up to firmware 1.1 and forgot to get hte GPS working with it. Bummer. I'll probably do that tomorrow after Julie and I go out. I don't know where to take her yet, but I know we'll have to make it over to a Michael's sometime to pick up some gingerbread houses. Those are always fun.

Speaking of fun, Christmas music is not. Seriously, when I hear that stuff I want to gouge the semicircular canals out of the sides of my head. It's not cool, especially because we'll be hearing it until freakin' February. It's not enough that Marshall Field's in Woodfield had to have their Christmas trees set up at Halloween, nooooo, we also have to hear the stupid music. Furthermore, Thanksgiving hasn't even passed yet, why the hell are people putting thier Christmas lights up? I realize it's 67 degrees F out there (you call this winter?!), but part of the fun of Christmas is putting the lights up when your joints are frozen, and your fingers are like little sticks.

So now, after that long paragraph, I shall get to work. There's quite a bit of that.
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Anti-Piracy? Right. 
Monday, 15 November, 2004, 01:35
Recording stuff on my computer is freakin' win, ya hear? I need more hard drive space, though ... 240GB only gets you so far these days, and I've got lots of stuff on there already.

I was handed a CD not too long ago that has a big label that says "FBI Anti-Piracy Warning: Unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law." ... and there's this big official-looking seal on there. As if that's going to stop people from copying ... it's just like when Microsoft stamps "Do not make illegal copies of this disc" on their Office 2003 CDs, and they end up on warez sites anyway. Great deterrent, guys. Really great.

Harmonics ... are pissing me off. I think that's all I have to say about that.

Furthermore, I can't wait until finals are over. I have yet to find out when the CS528 final is, but my micro final is on December 7th. Tremendous amounts of GTA:SA playing shall follow that. Freakin' win.

I think that's it for today's blurbs ... I hope this daily update thing helps traffic a little :-P Maybe I'll start one of those "mailbag" pages where mail I get from this site can be posted. Of course, I don't get any mail from this site so it'd be pointless right now.

Oh yeah, the orange theme is up.
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HL2 is out 
Saturday, 13 November, 2004, 00:27
Yes, Half-Life 2 is on sale at the Niles Best Buy. Yes, Julie bought a copy of it and has it at her house, but I'm not supposed to know about it. No, I will not try to get her to give it to me early so I can play it.

Amazing how a box containing five round pieces of plastic whips people up into a mad fury, though.

I know I have to get Halo 2, and I will, just not until I'm finished with this semester. I haven't played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for a week and a day, even though I've owned it for a week and two days. This is due to the fact that I have other things to do that happen to take precedence over GTA:SA, unfortunately. All I know is that this winter break will totally kick ass because there are so many new games to play! Half-Life 2, Need For Speed Underground 2, Halo 2, GTA:SA, the list goes on and on. Hell, four games would be enough to constitute an awesome winter break! I might have to take a day off from work to just sit at home and play these games all day!

Until finals are over, though, I'll have to stay away from games. They'd be too much of a distraction.
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