Archive for the ‘Computers & Tech’ Category

Tired of Blogger
November 26, 2008

Ok, so I had a stint with blogger for a bit, however I didn’t like it much, so here I am.

It’s been a little more than a month since I’ve last touched this thing, but it looks like its still thriving pretty well. In the last month or so I’ve:

  • Bought, beat, and traded in Fallout 3. 
  • Learned to use water colour paints a lot better than I used to
  • Updated to the NXE
  • Gotten an Acer Aspire One netbook

Ok sooooo Fallout 3… that was an amazing game. The single best part of it, was going into V.A.T.S, shooting a mutant in the head, and watching it explode hahhha. It’s the kind of mindless fun you need sometimes. There were a lot of reports of bugs and freezing issues associated with the XBOX360 verson, but I didn’t experience anything bad. The graphics are really good – if aren’t too close to the screen you’re playing on. At first, I was actually pretty pissed off at the game cause I kept getting my ass handed to me by every single enemy I’d encounter. This went on for a few days tillI I made a build focusing on explosives, small guns, and intelligence… then I freaking owned. There are a few situations where you can choose to kill people who wronged you, so when I got the chance I never hesitated to lob a grenade or two. 

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Irene has introduced watercolour painting to me recently and I can truely say that its one of the few things that calm me down. I’ve always had the urge to draw cartoons based on things I learn in school, but I’ve never had the means to do so – until now. She showed me a few paintings, and just seeing the way watercolours look sold me instantly. I’ve got this small sketchbook now with a few paintings, a really noob paint kit, and a decent brush. I’ve taken a small hiatus from it though since I’m currently in the middle of exam season (which reminds me, why am I not studying right now?)

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NXE came out a while back, and I like it a lot. The menus are slick, and easier to navigate than before. The avatars kinda seem like a rip-off of Mii’s but oh well, they do what they’re supposed to do quite well, and the level of customization was impressive. I woun’t go as far to say that its a “New” experience, but it is a nice change from the old blades UI they had before. I can def. see how family-oriented this new UI is. 

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I’ve been eyeing netbooks for quite some time now, but a few weeks ago I finally cracked and got one. I went to the local Canada Computers (www.canadacomputers.com) for about $430 + tax. The reason why it was more expensive than the models you see in bestbuy or futureshop, is because this one came with a 6-cell battery, rather than the 3-cell. This makes a HUGE difference in the battery life as I can go as far as 6 hours before it shuts down. With wifi on and brightness to 1/2 (which is still very bright), I can average 5 hours. The screen is very sharp, the computer DOES use the internal fans a lot, which makes a slight hummm/whine noise (not too bothersome), and it doesn’t seem to get very warm. it is powered by a 1.6 Intel Atom that I find is more than enough for what netbooks are supposed to do. It has 1GB of ram, which is upgradable, however doing so will void the warranty (major fail imo). The hard drive is a convential notebook one rather than a SSD usually found in netbooks, and is 160GB compared tot he 120GB of the previous AAO model. The main reason I bought this was to have something I could browse the web with like a notebook, without the notebook weight. I was sick of browsing on the iPhone, and although very cheap, conventional laptops these days are 15 inches and are heavy like bricks. I am very pleased with this little one (hehe)

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Awh Hell.
August 11, 2008

I just found out test dates are A LOT sooner than I had originally thought. Time to get on the high horse and begin studying. Looks like I’ll have to swing by the university bookstore to get some prep books. Argh.

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My internet has been pissing me off lately. Very very slow browsing speeds, but online gaming is fine… very odd behavior.

Tales of Phantasia
July 25, 2008

Ever since I got ZSNES working, I’ve been playing Tales of Phantasia A LOT. Even though it’s very old-school, I enjoy the gameplay a lot. Brings me back tot he days of Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG haha.

Tomorrow, I’ll be going with Peter to see the Dark Knight (yes, yes… I’m probably one of the last humans on Earth who hasn’t seen it yet). I watched Batman Begins a few nights ago, and I’m really psyched to go!

Hmmm other than that, things I still have to do include:

  • CNE with Irene
  • Coffee + Gokarting with Jehjeh
  • Centre Island with Irene
  • Movies with Ravi et. all
  • Possible Wonderland? Who knows…

Time for some food, I’m hungry.

Hooray! Sound for ZSNES!
July 24, 2008

For those of you who have installed ZSNES on Ubuntu (if you havn’t, see: How to install emulators on Ubuntu) and can’t get sound to work try this:

  1. Go to terminal
  2. Type “zsnes -ad sdl”
  3. Run a rom

More Odd Behavior
July 24, 2008

I lost all sound on Ubuntu after booting it up. My usual trick of restarting didn’t seem to help either so I was without sound for a quite a while. Pidgin was acting up giving me “writing error” a lot, and not connecting to MSN. I researched it up a bit and it looks like its a normal to see from time to time =T

On another note, I got a tube of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, haha should be good stuff if it’s on the same level as those crescents I had a few months back =)