Black Friday Toaster 
Saturday, 25 November, 2006, 00:07
Black Friday has come and gone, and I was quite a consumer whore. See, you all know I'm a computer geek, so I had to go to some electronics store and buy stuff, right? Here's what I did.

I went over to Fry's Electronics in Downer's Grove. I grabbed a Silverstone SST-SG01 case, an Antec 350W ATX power supply, and a Silverstone SST-NT04 heatsink. I'm going to replace my dad's Antec Aria and stock Athlon 64 3000+ (socket 754, yay!) heatsink, because that stupid Antec Aria power supply is expensive for what it is. Screw that, standard ATX power supply FTW.

Of course, that can't be all. Ended up at Best Buy. They had 250GB Seagate hard drives for $60. I mean, come on, they're 60 FREAKING DOLLARS. I picked up 5 of them, but none of them will be mine. I have no problem with that, believe it or not. Three of the drives will be given as gifts when my parents go to Hungary for my grandfather's funeral. The other two went into a toaster.

See, this is where the "Toaster" in the title of this post comes into play. I didn't literally put the drives into a toaster, of course. Another item I picked up at Best Buy was a Netgear SC101. I know people get pissed off at those, but I figured I'd give it a shot. I mean, $220 NAS unit? WIN!

Okay, that's about it for now ... working on copying a bunch of files to the toaster, I'll see how it truly performs later.
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White & Nerdy 
Saturday, 18 November, 2006, 11:31
No, it's not just a video Bob's sharing on his Facebook page anymore :)

I set up an Unreal Tournament server at work on Thursday, but didn't really do anything about it until yesterday. I got a bunch of other people to install UT (specifically Jack, Lucas, Frank, Ilya, and Levon), but by the time we started playing, only Frank and Ilya joined me on the server. Apart from the fact that the server lags like crazy, it was pretty awesome :D

In other news today, I've found my Virtual PC installation files, and I've installed it. I'm proceeding with Windows Vista setup in the Virtual PC environment. I won't get all of the nifty GUI effects ("Aero" or whatever it's called) because the Virtual PC uses a generic video driver that's compatible with pretty much every OS, but I'll be able to get the basic Vista experience. So far, I have found out that you don't need a product key to install Vista, but if you don't enter one, you have to choose the correct version of the operating system or you will eventually have to reformat or buy that version. Did that just make sense? :D

I'm actually pretty excited to see how this will perform, and whether it'll run the software I use on a daily basis.
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Vista again! 
Friday, 17 November, 2006, 08:52
The RTM version Vista has been released to MSDN. Now all I need is a key, and a computer to test it on :D The x64 version is also available, but I can't download that yet because it appears that MSDN is getting absolutely hammered. It comes on a DVD, so I know people will start griping about it: "evil Microsoft is forcing people to buy DVD drives." Big deal, I've seen them go for $12 -- if you're already spending that much on Vista (or the media to burn it to), $12 shouldn't be that big a deal.

I'm only in it for one thing: 64-bit Media Center Edition. I upgraded my computer to 3GB of RAM last week, and Windows XP won't address the full amount. That, and I've got a 64-bit processor that has never seen a 64-bit operating system, and I want to use my hardware to the fullest.

Technology rules :)
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Hi Facebook 
Thursday, 16 November, 2006, 21:56
I think I'll link this page's RSS feed to my Facebook ... let's see what happens, eh?
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The Rating Demon 
Sunday, 5 November, 2006, 10:14
Again, someone's rating and not leaving comments. What's going on here?

Oh, who the hell am I kidding, nobody visits this page anyway :p It's probably just a bot clicking on each of the rating links.
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