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Saturday Plans

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Let’s see… Saturday morning. Still in bed and both the Wifey and myself are on our laptops being all social and stuff. Today will be a busy one, once we get started.

This evening I’ve got a gaming session. I’d like to say I’ve got everything planned out but that just isn’t the case. I’ve found that with this current group, you plan for possibilities, but that’s about as far as you can go. That’s not a complaint by any means. I’ve got a few more calculations to make before the game but it shouldn’t take too long.

During the day itself I plan on cleaning and reworking a bit of the PC. I’ve got a large hard drive that’s chirping away like a little birdie. It’s been that way since I got the thing, but since it’s now in the bedroom I have to deal with it when I’m trying to take a nap. I’ve got to do a system backup anyway and I’m just gonna shift stuff over to the main drive and remove the hard drive. I’m gonna see if I can find the receipt and maybe RMA it, but I suspect it’s out of warranty.

Well, that’s it for now.

Damn You Dragon Age!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

So, due to the financial crisis the Wifey and I have been going through I’ve let a lot of my more expensive tastes lavish in the dark closet of forgetfulness. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed is looking into and acquiring computer upgrades. Sometimes this includes new hardware or software and at other times it has simply included modding my existing case just for the hell of it.

Now, I’ve always been pretty much the mid-range in expensive. I never get the bleeding edge stuff but I’ve been able to keep up. As such, the PC I currently have has been chugging right along. It’s been able to run pretty much anything I’ve thrown at. Sure, I’ve toyed with the notion of moving from Vista to Windows 7 I’ve never really felt it necessary or given it serious consideration. But, in all honesty, there’s been no real reason to upgrade.

Then, along comes Dragon Age, that new game of roleplaying goodness. Looking at the various platforms for the game its appears that the PC version is the way to go, followed by the PS3 and lastly, by quite a margin, is the XBOX 360. Sadly, after looking at the requirements, I don’t think I’ll be able to run the PC version due to the slowness of my processor… sniffle.

Thankfully, I do have a PS3 so I’ll settle for it on that system. So I won’t miss out in the experience altogether… (will need to trade in some other PS3 titles)

Perhaps, when I’m older and richer I’ll get a monster of a machine and load Dragon Age on there…   But for now I’ve got to kick the “upgrade” monster back into the closet.

PC Gaming… Lackluster

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Sure, I own a PS3 but I’ve always considered myself more of a PC gamer. Always have… But, as time goes by and I beginning to think that PC gaming is on its way out. Granted there are gems out there to be had, I’m just tired of having to wade through piles of crap to find them.

This weekend I went to Gamestop and picked up a 3 pack of RPG titles from Dreamcatcher. I liked their Painkiller FPS so I thought I’d give ’em another go. The whole purchase was sorta on a whim. I just wanted something I could play when the Wifey was watching the TV that wouldn’t cost me more than $20.  The games are older, and I wasn’t expecting much in the way of graphics, but I figured that they would at least have patches to catch whatever bugs they may have had upon release. LOL… as I said I’m used to PC games and patches. Much to my surprise the first game I loaded up, Gothic 3, had both an 888mb patch as well as a public announcement from the CEO apologizing for releasing the peace of crap and that it wouldn’t happen again. The other two titles had similar issues.

Maybe I’m just getting older but it seems to me that when I was younger the PC games were of higher quality…  The last title I really was impressed with was Bioshock but there hasn’t been a good RPG since Oblivion and that was coded soooo poorly I had to wait for it to come out on the PS3 to really play it. I’ve got friends that would argue that WOW killed the PC industry and, while that seems a little much, I’m definetly leaning toward that point of view.



Sunday, August 10th, 2008

I’ve got a little bit of insomnia. It’s 4:45am and I just can’t seem to sleep. The desktop is acting up, as is my tummy, and I’ve got a lot of stuff on my mind. I’m also a bit random.




So, you’ll have to either bear with me or give up reading at this point.


Gonna Be Here For a Bit

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Reinstalling Vista for the second time in the last month or so. The first time I wanted a bit of a cleaner system. This time I want to get rid of SP1 and partition my drive into two. Simply put, I’m gonna be here awhile. The reinstall isn’t as long as XP but the updates take awhile.

This has also given me a little time to consider what I actually want to use the computer for. At this point I play very few games on it. Not because there is a lack of good PC games but I’m getting pretty tired of having to tweak the ever loving shit outta em to get them to run well. Not sure if this is a Vista thing or if my hardware is showing its age. It’s probably a little bit of both. Regardless, I’m finding myself turning toward the PS3 more and more for gaming.

Furthermore, I’m finding myself getting drawn more and more to using the machine for non-gaming purposes. I suppose this was bound to happen but I’m glad that the machine can do the rendering and whatnot that I want to be able to do. The dual-monitor setup KICKS ASS for coding and working on web design is sooo much easier due to more web space.

Now, my only complain is that I can’t seem to get my office space comfortable. Well, actually it’s just the desk area. I’ve contemplated may layouts but the fact of the matter is the room has these damn heaters in the most annoying spots and the windows always seem to reflect off the monitors. Most of the time this isn’t an issue in winter when the weather is shitty and I don’t want to have the windows open anyhow. But in the summer I like the windows WIDE open and the sun shining in… grrr…

Well, that’s it for now. My hope is to get everything up again by tomorrow so that Seroph can show me how to setup a localized version of Worpress and XAMPP (sp?) so I can work more with layout and scheme of Mind Slate.

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