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First post to my first blog

by M_a_r_k In reply to My blog (what else should ...

<p>Well ****, I'm all typed out because I just wrote a short novel, aka novellette aka novella, for the description of this blog.  So I won't write much today.  Let's see.. what kind of fun crap did I do today...uh...nothing. My life is kinda boring unless I'm being attacked by grizzly bears while elk hunting.  A grizzly bear doesn't stand a chance against the likes of me.</p>
<p>I bought a "barebones" computer last week. I've been dorking around with it a little bit every day adding drives and all the other junk it takes to make a computer do what it does.  Usually this sort of thing gives me fits. I'm not sure why but if something can get f***ed up, I'll f*** it up.  So far, everything has worked perfectly (knock vigorously and powerfully on my synthetic wood desk).  All the hardware is installed and whirring along.  The important software like Outlook and the firewall/anti-virus is installed.  I transferred the important files from my old computer.  Now I just gotta finish installing the rest of the software and I'll be all set. I'm not sure what I'll do with the old computer. It still works fine.  Kinda slow but it gets the job done.  I guess I'll use it for experiments like maybe install Linux or to set up a real network or learn how to build a nuclear weapon.  Or maybe I'll just let it sit in the corner and collect dust.</p>

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First post to my first blog

by GlennxLee In reply to First post to my first bl ...

Turn it into a mini server.

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First post to my first blog

by jdclyde In reply to First post to my first bl ...

Don't you just love when there is no reason for something not to work
correctly, but that doesn't stop if from F'en up? It gets even
better when you have a few systems that are EXACTLY the same, but one
won't work correctly. Drives me nuts.<br />
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You have grizzlies in Texas? Thought you only had stuff like snakes and stuff. Oh yeah, lots of cows to!<br />
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I will be starting a blog in about two weeks about turing old systems
into linux desktops. depending on how it goes, it may give you
ideas what to do with the old system?<br />
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By the way, just how many times DID you pet your dog today?<br />

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First post to my first blog

by M_a_r_k In reply to First post to my first bl ...

<p>Damn this blog tool.  Is there any way to comment to a particular comment that someone already made?  Hmmm....looks like it ain't possible. </p>
<p>GlennX, I think I'll do something like that.  I need to learn more about networking anyway. That's just about the only tech-related thing I don't know how to do. (Slight exaggation but I do want to learn more about networking stuff).</p>

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First post to my first blog

by M_a_r_k In reply to First post to my first bl ...

<p><strong>Response to jdclyde:</strong></p>
<h6><em>> Don't you just love when there is no reason for something not to work correctly...</em></h6>
<p>Yeah I know what you mean.  It all goes back to IBM's idea in the early PC days of user-configurablity and an open architecture.  Apple's Macs (or whatever they're called nowadays) don't have this problem.  You take the good with the bad.</p>
<h6><em>> You have grizzlies in Texas? Thought you only had stuff like snakes and stuff. Oh yeah, lots of cows to!</em> </h6>
<p>Well, we used to have grizzlies, until I ran them all out.  Grizzlies being a natural predator of wallabies, now we our communities and swimming pools are being overrun by those kangaroo-looking marsupials.  Snakes and  cows and stuff, huh?  You forgot horses and oil wells and women with big, bouffant hairdos.</p>
<h6><em>> I will be starting a blog in about two weeks about turing old systems into linux desktops. depending on how it goes, it may give you ideas what to do with the old system?</em> </h6>
<p>Great. I'll be looking forward to reading about that.  See my comment above to GlennX.  I actually had Linux installed on a PC several years ago. I didn't know what to do with it beyond that point. Every now and then I boot it up and look at the GUI desktop for a few minutes, then shut it back down.  And about a year ago I tried to install it as a 2nd OS on my now-retired PC. But, as expected, I ran into problems.  I couldn't even repartition/reformat part of my hard drive. I didn't want to take a chance on blowing away my entire disk so I said screw it and tabled that idea.</p>
<h6><em>> By the way, just how many times DID you pet your dog today?</em> </h6>
<p>If I'd have known someone was going to ask me that, I would have counted. I took them to the vet yesterday, so I did pet them more than usual.  Gotta keep them calm while the vet is poking and prodding them in places they don't wanna be poked and prodded. </p>
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My second post to my blog

by M_a_r_k In reply to My blog (what else should ...

<p>My teeming masses of fans have been clamoring for me to add something else to my blog. So here it is....</p>
<p>I hate putting titles on something like this.  I guess the title should be relevant to whatever the blog entry is about.  ****, I have no clue what I'm gonna write about until after I write it. I guess I could write it, then go back and read it to see what I wrote and then make up a title. Only trouble is, most of my writing is pretty random with no specific topic. I guess that is what the tags are for.</p>
<p>How does a guy ask a girl out if he's never talked to her? I got divorced not long ago and haven't asked a girl out since before I married the ex in the '90s. (The 1990s, not the 1890s).  I'm worse than rusty and have lost all my nerve.  Good thing I'm still damn handsome though.  But I digress...I saw a very attractive young lady in church today. I haven't ever seen her before and have no idea who she is. Maybe girls are flattered if a strange guy asks them out (Strange as in unfamiliar. Not strange as in oddball. Well, OK, maybe I am something of an oddball, too). I don't know. I always figure they'd be freaked out.  So I guess I won't do anything except let a golden opportunity go to waste.   Maybe I'll hope to see her at church again and I'll sashay over to where she's sitting and try to sit next to her.  And then I'll hope that SHE asks ME out.  ( I'm such a dork.)  Fat chance.  Chances her, if I do work up the courage to try to say something to her (another fat chance), I'll just spew unintelligible gibberish and she'll ignore me like I wasn't even there.  Back when I was single the first time, I could look at a girl and half the time she'd look back.  Nowadays, I look at a girl and she runs away.</p>
<p>I think I'm turning into an insomniac.  I usually stay up until around midnight central time but every day last week, when I was getting this new computer set up, I was up until at least 2 AM central time. Would that be CST or CDT?  What's the diff 'tween CST and CDT? No clue. Since the computer wars, I can't get even get to sleep until at least 3 AM central time.  I usually didn't start farting with the computer until around 11 PM.  For once in my life, I took my time and actually read all the instructions and tech notes.  Well anyway, the new computer is working. I finished by scavenging one of the hard disks from old computer and sticking it into new computer.  It's a 16 GB hard disk.  Yep, you heard me right. 16 GB.  The damn thing must be at least seven (7) years old.  This is the 3rd computer I've installed it in. At 16 GB and still in use, that disk belongs in a museum. Western Digital. I highly recommend WD. You'd be amazed at how much you can really stick on a 16 GB drive. I figure I'll use if for backups.  I installed a Seagate as the primary disk in new computer.  Maybe I should have used trusty and battle-tested WD again instead of pushing my luck with Seagate. Fry's had this Seagate drive on sale along with a nice rebate. But I probably won't ever see the rebate check.  The new disk is 160GB.  What in the world am I going to do with 160 GB? I had a total of 96 GB on old computer (80 GB disk plus the 16 GB relic).  160 GB is going to be a brave new world for me.  Old computer was 900-MHz Pentium III with  640 kb of RAM.  New computer is Athlon 64 3000+ with 1 MB RAM.  I go for the cutting edge crap so I can keep it longer.  New computer doesn't seem all that much faster than old computer.  Sure it may be four times as fast, but can anyone tell the difference 'tween 500 msec and 125 msec?</p>
<p>The cover is back on the case of new computer and it's purring along happily. Everything is working fine....except I'm having some issues with the video card.  If everything would have been working perfectly, I'd be expecting **** to freeze over any day.  The video card is from ATI Technologies.  I have four (4) options for getting support for my problem. 1) I can make a long distance call to their tech support office in Canada.  Forget that.  Not gonna spend $1 per minute on international LD charges.  2) I can call a 900 number and pay $1.95 per minute. No f-ing way.  3) I can pay a small fee of $19.95 for free unlimited support on this particular problem. Nope, ain't no way in **** am I gonna fork over an additional $20 to get support on something that I bought a week ago and is still under warranty.  4) Peruse ATI's website hoping they have some list of "common problems and recommended solutions".  I'm going to try option #4.  I guess I have a 5th option.  Return the stupid video card and buy one from a different manufacturer and send a pointed email to ATI telling them to kiss my a**.   ATI has some nerve trying to make me pay them to help get their product working properly.</p>
<p>If you've come to my blog expecting some interesting stuff about an interesting guy, you'll be disappointed.  I lead a rather boring existence these days. I don't do a helluva lot.  My weekdays are pretty much crawl out of bed, eat breakfast, go to work, work out at the gym afterwards, home by 7:30 PM central time, cook and eat dinner.  By then its pushing 9 PM central time.  That leaves about three hours for me to waste until I hit the sack and get ready to do it all over again the next day.</p>
<p>My right elbow has been paining me for several weeks.  It might be a ruptured nerve or a broken bone or worse. Or maybe it's just my imagination.  Either way, it's bugging me.  As I've gotten on in life, I found that little aches and pains crop up out of the blue, then go away just as suddenly.  I'm hoping this one will too.  I'm not one to use drugs or medicine unless absolutely necessary, but last week I bent my rule and tried some Ibuprofen.  It actually helped reduce the pain a lot but the damn thing is still paining me and I am still afraid to do anything that might put a strain on my elbow (like a lot of typing, which I am doing now for this stupid blog entry just to appease my teeming masses of fans).  So yesterday I bought an ice pack thing and have started using that every few hours.  All that does is give me frostbite. Maybe the idea of ice packs is to have the injured body part get gangrene and fall off.  End of problem.  </p>
<p>Took my dogs to the vet yesterday.  They love going for car rides. Or in this case, SUV rides.  I wouldn't want to haul around those two big dogs in the back seat of a nice car.   They have a lot of room to lounge around in the back of my Explorer.  They like going places and don't mind the vet too much.  Dogs' names are Barney and Flipper. Goofy names for goofy dogs.  My ex-wife found Barney eight years ago.  Our first dog, Max, had just died and we were still grieving over his demise when Barney appeared like an angel from heaven.  Barney was a stray and came trotting up to ex at her workplace.  The previous dog Max was a Rottweiler. Barney looks like he's part Rottweiler, so we took a chance on him.  She brought him home and we kept him.  Kinda risky taking in a stray full-grown Rottweiler-looking dog but I was undaunted by the risks.  I've never met a dog I couldn't train and he was a great guy from day one.  I sent him to the M_a_r_k dog training school and he's been a helluva good dog and friend ever since. I also trained him to kill tigers.  I must be a damn good dog trainer b/c I haven't seen any tigers around the neighborhood since I've had him.  He's an awesome dog.  I don't know how old he was when we found him.  He is at least nine yrs old now.  I pray every day that he has a lot more years in him.  He's been with me through thick and thin.  When he goes, it's gonna be one helluva sad day for me.  Flipper is a Labrador Retriever, aka Lab.  Barney's rough and tough but Flipper's a wuss.  Real sweet dog though.  I recommend Labs for anyone with small children.  She's four years old but acts four months old. I hope she grows up one of these days.  Training her was a piece of cake compared to the independent-minded Barney.  Took no more than a day to teach her to sit or lie down.  She had trouble with the "stay" and "heel" concepts at first but now she minds her P's and Q' s pretty well.  I didn't teach her to kill tigers though. She's too much of a wuss.  The tiger would probably kill her instead of vice versa.</p>
<p>When ex told me she wanted a divorce, I only told her I wanted the dogs and she could have everything else. So now I'm broke and destitue and have to scrounge through people's trash cans for food but I still think I got the better part of that deal.  Barney and Flipper are mostly outside dogs.  I wish I had a bigger yard to store them in.  When I was married, the wife and I lived on a 2-acre lot in the country and the dogs had plenty of room to roam.  After the marriage went belly-up, I moved into into a crackerbox-sized house on a postage stamp-sized lot in the suburbs.  Dogs are pretty adaptable though and they haven't complained once about our wretched living conditions.</p>
<p>I'm thinking about going scuba diving in Cozumel next month.  If I can ever remember to call the dive shop and get information, that is.  I don't know though.  This is hurricane season and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula juts out nicely into hurricane alley. Hurricane Emily is bearing down on Cozumel as I write this.  The chances ain't all that bad that another hurricane could **** through there any time between now and October.   I've never dove (or is it diven?) in the middle of a hurricane. Doing so does sound like quite the adventure. OK, you've just talked me into it.  I'll call the dive shop manana (gotta get into the Spanish-speaking mode) and get my *** signed up for that trip.</p>
<p>I better wrap this up.  It looks like it might rain.  I want to go jogging before it rains. I hate jogging in the rain.   Exercising is a good habit. Besides, I need to maintain some measure of peak physical condition in the hopes that "attractive young lady in church" will notice me.  hah!  </p>
<p>--End of second post to my blog--</p>

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My second post to my blog

by sMoRTy71 In reply to My second post to my blog

Try posting your video card problem in <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5219-6239-0.html">Tech Q&A</a>. You may also want to <a href="http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=26">try AVS Forum</a>. I got a lot of great advice there when I was building my last HTPC.<br />
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Be sure to blog about whatever happens with it.<br />

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My second post to my blog

by M_a_r_k In reply to My second post to my blog

Thanks for the suggestion, sMOrTY.  Or would that be sMorTy?  :-?  I browsed around the ATI website and found a few software updates that I'll try to install and see if that helps.  I had an ATI card in old computer and when I installed software updates, it made things considerably worse.  So I got my fingers crossed on this one. Seems like the Windows registry gets confused quite often when you do these partial installs.  The previous time this happened, I called ATI's toll-free line (the one where you're supposed to pay $20 for support) and chewed them out so viciously that they relented and gave me FREE help. It still took several days of back-and-forth phone calls to sorta-solve the problem.  When will I learn that ATI sucks?  I'll definitely try the Tech Q&A thing here if the software updates from ATI don't work.  Thanks again.

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Miscellaneous Musings for July 21

by M_a_r_k In reply to My blog (what else should ...

<p>ATI video card still not working right. With my old computer, I was using an ATI All-in-Wonder video card to watch TV on the PC and to use the PC as a VCR. That video card worked fine. Silly me. I figured a new-and-improved video card would work just as well as the old, clunker in old PC. This new-and-improved version locks up after the TV display is running for a couple of hours.  Typical problems with PC hardware and software.  I downloaded new drivers and the rest of the requisite software from ATI's website.  The good news is the software didn't hose up my computer. The bad news is that it didn't do a damn bit of good.  Tomorrow I'll try to call ATI's toll-free line.  They're gonna give me a load of crap and tell me I gotta pay for tech support and I'll promptly tell them to kiss my a**.  After a less-than-subdued shouting match punctuated with a colorful cross-section of four-letter words from my mouth, they will fear for their own safety and agree to give me free help.  If that don't work, Saturday I'll take the video card back to the computer store where I bought it and demand to get refunded in full. If they refuse, a less-than-subdued shouting match punctuated with a colorful cross-section of four-letter words will again ensue, and then, fearing for their own safety, they will agree to refund me in full.  I guess I'll buy a real TV for my office.  And a real VCR, too.</p>
<p>I signed up for the scuba diving trip. I was wrong about the date. It is in September, not August. I haven't dove in 5 years. I hope I don't drown. It just so happens that the computer store is right next door to the very same scuba shop that is sponsoring the dive trip.  I need to go to the scuba shop anyway. May as well kill two birds with one proverbial stone and take the video card back in the same trip.</p>
<p>Well, another set of bombs exploded in London today. These went off like popguns though.  I hate to say it, but I'm starting to think the only solution is to put every malebetween the ages 15 and 40 of a certain ethnicity and religion on watch list. I'm not gonna name that ethnicity or religion, but I'm sure you know exactly who I'm talking about.  Those people are still living in the 13th century with their backward lives and philosophy.  Blame the West for all their problems.  Haven't they ever heard of the concepts of education, motivation and responsibility?  These bozos want to kill you and me just because they are too damn backward to figure out a  more civilized way of solving what seems to you and me like a simple problem.  What the **** is up with a so-called religion when that religion preaches that you should kill and maim everyone who doesn't believe that your leader flew to heaven on a horse in the 6th century?  Every time that we catch one of these would-be terrorists, we should string the dipshit up by his nuts and parade seventy-two 72-yr old virgins in front of him.  Then leave him hanging and let the buzzards pick his bones clean. Then feed whatever is left of him to the ants. Then use whatever is left after that feeding frenzy for fertilizer. </p>

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Miscellaneous Musings for July 21

by stress junkie In reply to Miscellaneous Musings for ...

I stopped using ATI cards when I had problems with their drivers for
M$. I found that Nvidia cards seem to have fewer problems. (Fewer =
zero). Plus the Nvidia drivers for Linux are better too.

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