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Thu Jul 11 2002 21:01:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Ok peoples, the server is back online in its new home in OREGON! Expect some periodic outages tonight and possibly the next few days while I get all the kinks worked out. Only the server is up right now, the rest of the LAN should be up tonite. I've got the DNS mappings reset (via dyndns) to my static IP, and the associated webhops (which are a little pointless now that I'm static again, but oh well). Message me later on Trillian when my winshit box is running... So far, I think I'm pretty satisfied with this killer DSL service. The tech took less than 5 minutes to install me beginning to end (that includes climbing two flights of stairs) and I didn't even have to have a machine set up. NICE. Thanks ATG! I'll have more later after I've done some more unpacking!

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Wed Jun 26 2002 07:43:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Yes, it's been a while since I posted anything. Things have been pretty mad around here lately, although admittedly the last couple of days were a bit more relaxed than others. Planning for the big move has kept us very busy. Our garage sale last weekend was a major success. We managed to unload a bunch of crap that we didn't want to take with us...and we made a good amount of money doing it! It was a lot of work, but it was kinda fun and ultimately necessary. Now, if we can just sell that Tempo... I think the ilab will be unavailable for at least 7 days, maybe up to 2 weeks during the move. :( I'm going to do what I can to get it set up quickly, but there is going to be some downtime. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that AT&T cable is worth a damn. Time will tell...

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Sat Jun 15 2002 15:29:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

I can use all the words I want, but you won't understand just how screwy the sky has looked all day. It's red and brown all over. The west Texas wind blows sand and dust all over, the clouds pick it up and create a very strange atmosphere. On days like these, you tend to get more boogers than other days. You don't want to be outside for long...it's very reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic Mad Max meets Hardware. If only my gas mask fit and didn't have a speaker in the mouthpiece I'd be ok. I can't wait to leave this dirtbox called Lubbock.

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Thu Jun 13 2002 23:34:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

I personally challenge anybody to find a more gory and horrifying boxing movie than Tokyo Fist. I got it from Netflix today and watched it right away. It's a really good film, although the DVD production was a bit lacking (like too many typos in the subtitles, and boring DVD extras)...I would definitely call this one a recommended watch, especially if you liked Iron Man I'm selling a few things on eBay that I need to get rid of before the big move. You can view my items here. Ok sure, nothing too exciting, but still, it's better than throwing it away. Another man's trash... I also threw up a quickie page for my regular-expression file renamer in Perl. Check out eren under the computers section. It's fairly complicated to use, but I find it real handy for renaming mp3s.

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Sun Jun 09 2002 12:01:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Well, I have spent a good portion of this morning trying to troubleshoot the damn freezing problems I've been having with my new video card. I'm now convinced it's a driver problem...either with the ATI driver or the damn Ali Magik chipset AGP driver, or a conflict between the two. I can enable transparency in Trillian now without it crashing, but only in certain video modes. Anything less than 1024x768 16-bit color works just fine...anything higher than that crashes. I think it's mainly dependent on color depth, because even 800x600 in 32 bit color will cause the freeze. To o bad for me, though, because I like running in 1152x864 with 32 bit color. Crap. I guess I just have to wait for the bastards to put out a driver that actually works with my motherboard. I'm really starting to dislike ATI...if these problems don't get fixed soon I may never buy another one of their cards. Maybe I need to make some phone calls. :(

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Thu Jun 06 2002 21:54:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Ok, so I haven't updated the log every damn day like I promised. Piss off, it's free, and I've been busy working on moving and feeding my addiction to GTA3... So I'm sitting here wondering just how in the hell I'm just now getting turned on to Buddyhead. These guys are great. I seem to get stuck in the rut of reading the same [limited] set of sites every day...but it seems I've found something new that's worth a shit. Please read Buddyhead. It's fun funny fun! I'm sure it's going on the links page.

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Fri May 31 2002 10:02:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

So I got my new video card in yesterday and took some time to try it out and give it some testing. I'm pretty damn impressed! The TV tuner stuff works WAY better than my old AIW128 card, and the software is improved as well. I did some test recording and the performance seemed significantly better! GTA3 looks damn near perfect on this card! Playing around with resolutions and the antialiasing functions didn't work as well as I had expected...with antialiasing on, the game slows down quite a bit. Any way, I can run GTA3 in 1024x768 now smoothly! It plays like a completely different game. Now if only I could get past the mission I'm stuck on... I do have a few gripes about the card and/or software though. First, I spent a good amount of time trying to get TV out enabled at 800x600 while maintaining my hi res desktop resolution. No go. I can't, for the life of me, find any way to change this. The only way to get properly sized tv output is to set the desktop to 800x600, which I still hate to do because it shifts all my icons around. Also, the ATI multimedia center likes to grab file types and icons without prompting you. All mpeg and avi files pointed to the ATI file viewer without prompting me...and I could find no software setting to remove these types. I was also a bit confused by the video overlay stuff with tv-output...you have to configure the tv as the primary monitor in order to display movies in Windows Media Player or the ATI File Viewer. I couldn't find this documented anywhere! Other than those rather nitpicky things, I love the card a lot! Freedom Downtime finally had enough posts to USENET for me to complete the download. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I'm still stoked!

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Tue May 28 2002 23:50:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Well, the video card I ordered yesterday shipped out today via FedEx. So far, I have to say that I've been quite impressed with NewEgg and their service, I even got a FedEx tracking number within 24 hours or so. With all the disclaimers they have about not guaranteeing same-day shipping etc. I was a bit concerned, but thing look good and I expect to get my shipment within just a few days. I caught most of The Dish tonight on cable. I have wanted to watch this film for a while, and finally got around to it tonight. Even though I didn't catch the whole thing, I enjoyed it...probably the geek engineer side of me, but still, good filmmaking. Apparently (arg, there's that word I'm using way too frequently) the film is classified as a comedy, but don't expect it to be a laugh romp. Sure, it's funny...I guess I just didn't think of it as a comedy. Courier IMAP server supports maildirs format mailboxes. I'm thinking about switching to it for my email. Although it has some nice benefits versus mbox or mbx format (where all folders are stored in a single file), I still haven't entirely convinced myself that I'm going to make the switch...yet. Somebody is posting Freedom Downtime on USENET, so I should have a full copy within another day or so. I can't wait. I saw a screening of it at toorcon in San Diego, it's fucking great. Hopefully this DivX version can tide me over until they release it on DVD.

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Mon May 27 2002 18:35:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

I watched The Princess and the Warrior last night on DVD. It's done by the same writer/director as Run Lola Run, so expect German language with English subtitles. What an amazing flick! Significantly slower than Run Lola Run, but purposefully so. Very fascinating characters, and probably the most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen. I highly recommend this one...so go pick up a copy now! I finally broke down today and ordered the dream card I've been drooling over for some time now. Ultimately, I admit that I need it to play GTA3, but really, it's been a long time since I've upgraded my video card. The card I have now is a Rage 128 Wonder, and it's served its purpose well for the past N years...just time to upgrade. I can't wait to see what GTA3 should really look like on a new card!!! I got some email from TellMe stating that somebody had tried to access my voice enabled resume and it was broken. Well, sure enough, I forgot to update the URL after Cox implemented port 80 filtering again...so if you happen to be the person who tried it and it didn't work, try it again...it should be fixed now!

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Fri May 24 2002 00:30:00 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Score! Got my copy of GTA3 in today! The game is great, even at a measly 3 fps (or something similar) that my ancient video card can supply. I guess now I'm going to be forced to upgrade...it's a perfect excuse to get the card I've been eyeballing for quite a while now. It's not exactly cheap, but I found a relatively good deal on Pricewatch. In any case, it just HAS to perform a bazillion times better than the Rage 128 I'm running now in 640x480 in 16 bit color. Seriously, when doing missions the clock ticks at about one second per three real seconds...so go figure! Yes, it isn't even playable (yet). :-) I will actuall miss Texas barbecue when we move.