Renfeld

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Feb 262010
 

Since 2007 I have been throwing myself into work. I really have nothing else going on in my life. I have few friends, they know who they are, and I occasionally spend time with them. Well after a year of working from 6am to 4-6pm daily I was “fired” from the route I was doing. I of course was very angry about it but didn’t let it stop me from finding something else as quickly as possible. After less than a week I was hired on with another owner in the same job. When I started with him I still was working quite late and still starting quite early as well. In the last month I was put onto a route that requires far less time and have been wrapping everything up at the latest 3 or 3:30pm. This has allowed me to have an unpressidented amount of spare time that I have not had since I before I started working for DHL 5 yrs ago. I find myself at home, already bathed and having nothing to do for almost 10 hrs b4 I go to bed. This is nice in that I now have time to get things done that I have wanted to such as cleaning, arranging my USED parts store and some car audio projects I’ve put off for a couple years. Today for example, I was done, back to the station and ready to go home at 3pm. I didn’t leave till 3:30 cuz I was talking to Ryan and then I went home, did some computer stuff, took a shower and then went out for something to eat. So here I am typing this at 8:14pm and I have nothing to really do for the next two or 3 hrs. I simply don’t know what to do with myself and I also have the issue that I want to be around people but I can’t stand some of them so I still just stay home.
Basicly I’m saying, “SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!” I’m loosing my fucking mind!!!
I need some small mindless games I can play on my computer like solitare, I’ve been playing that so much I would like to beat my head against the wall. Oh & Nic, I’m sorry, but Fallout 3 just simply bores the hell out of me.
Anyways, bah!

Jan 302010
 

At the end of Nov ’09 or the begining of Dec the motherboard on my desktop system died on me. There was no real reason for the failure other than the fact that this was the 2nd board that Nic had given to me that had died. Since the board was dead I decided that now was as good of a time to do an upgrade as any. After consulting with Nic I decided to get the best I could afford that wasn’t one of those insane gaming rigs or rediculous servers. Once I knew what I was looking for I hit up NewEgg for some tech porn. I chose the Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD3 AM3 AMD board. I picked this one because near as I could tell it was on the bleeding edge of available tech. This board supports the new USB 3.0 which has a full duplex speed of 4.8 Gbit/s. The press has reported that boards that support this new standard are not supposed to be available until this spring! This board also supports the new SATA 3 at 6 Gb/s! This is an amazing upgrade from SATA 2 at only 3 Gb/s. The only drives I have been able to find on the mass market are in the size of 2 Tb and are only available from NewEgg with the purchase of a $3000 system. I have also seen the amazing tech demo that Micron in Boise, Id did for their new SATA 3 SSD drives! This thing was amazing! I was impressed with its speed in loading programs, pictures and programs that seemed to bogg down a standard hdd in identical systems.
Along with this new motherboard with its amazing new hardware support, I also purchased the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core CPU. I was going to get the same thing only as a 3.0GHz, however after Nic decided to volunteer some project and Christmas $ I decided that getting the best & fastest currently available made perfect sense. This is the first time in my life that I have ever even tried to do an upgrade and get the best I could in both motherboard and cpu. The only thing I skimped on was my memory, but even with this I decided to get the best that I could afford. The OCZ Gold Edition DDR3 1066 2x4Gb that also has Cas Latency 7 and Timing 7-7-7-16. From my research the smaller the number the faster the ram does it’s job. Everything else I looked at the fastest they had was in either the 8′s or 9′s. I decided that even though it was not the fastest ram the board could support it’s Latency & Timing were enough to make up the differance.
Anyways, I’ve been running this system with no problems other than a power supply issue that had a $6 fix and a usb driver crash that may have been either a Windows 7 or Zune software issue. After a reboot, everything works just fine.

Oh, about 2 weeks later I decided to add another 4 Gb ram, so I’ve doubled the ram from what I had in my old system. The only thing I’m thinking about at this time is to upgrade my video card. I currently have an Nvidia 9800 GT w/512 mb ram. I don’t know what model but I’m considering something with an ATI chipset expecially since it’s made by AMD now!

Jan 302010
 

Well, it’s been around a month since I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my server and netbook. I have totally enjoyed it! No problems, few stability issues and I’ve actually only had 1 issue. I was upgrading my Zune mp3 players firmware and all of a sudden none of my usb devices would work. I just went ahead & hit the power button on the front of my computer and it shut down like it should. When I brought it back up & was able to login everything was working correctly. The only thing I can figure is that the new USB 3.0 drivers on my new desktop system took the entire usb hub down. Beyond that one issue, no program, web page or game I’ve tried to use on this new os and computer have failed at all. I find that Windows 7 is an awesome os and I don’t mind using it at all. I’ve dabbled in Linux but I don’t know how to navigate in it well enough to do the things that I want to. When it comes to Windows though, I can find it, get it working and have it working exactly how I want it to. Windows 7 seems faster, has less crashes than XP and isn’t as much of a resource hogging whore as either XP or Vista. I know there are issues, but I’ve not experienced any except for the 1 crash.

Jan 272010
 

Faster than a greasy shit running down your pants leg…

DSC00055Stiffys new barn-yard friend, Obie. His main goal in life to to be huge.
Although he has reached over 1,000 lbs he is still working, or should I say, porking his way up!
One day he may reach his goal of a new world record. Until then just watch that he doesn’t eat you…
Stiffy, that means u…

Slow bastard…

Jan 272010
 

I have been eagerly anticipating getting a touchbook from Allways Innovating. Well, they failed me because it was supposed to be out June of ’09. Instead I was just notified via email that my preorder was not going to be honored because my cc info wasn’t correct. At this point I just decided it was a moot point because I had already purchased a Gateway Netbook, so other than the touch and the various options I had in mind for the device I didn’t need it.
There have been rumors flying around for several years about Apple putting out a tablet themselves, as of today it has become official. The iPad from Apple was announced and displayed for the press today. I am rather impressed with it, but not particularly by the software options. You have to use iTunes to sync it to your computer and the fact that it does not have flash expandable memory makes it’s usefullness very limited. From what I could see there are no usb ports so there is no possibility of adding adtl hdd space with an external drive. There is wifi and bluetooth but no expandability and I find that a deal breaker.
This thing starts out costing $499 with 16gb storage with no 3G. If you want 3G add $130. At this point they are only offering up to a full laptop price of $829 with 3G.
Although this is an amazing advance and I would like to have a Star Trek “pad”, there is still no way I will ever pay the price or be stupid enough to use the iTunes software on my computer.
The sources links will provide more info and pics.

Sources: [IGN] [apple] [allwaysinnovating]