My computer has given of the blue smoke. some will grok. Nine years ago. Right about when Hyperthreading was brand new and RDRRAM was going to do something involving questionable ethics & seafood. Those went well, I note.
May, huh. A long time ago. Well, yesterday I arranged for the bulk of a new system to be purchased. I'm now just a couple of drives (the computer kind) away from a nice new system.
Cooler Master 371 case with a Thermaltake TR2 500W power supply to start with. The motherboard is a Gigabyte A75M-S2V (built to last, with USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports), 2x4GB (8GB total) Patriot DDR3 1600 memory, and an AMD A83870K Quad Core APU w/Radeon HD6550D.
Part 2 is the drives, and if I can
I had a few blogs; differing enough to lead me to separate them. No more. I have one, now, and anything I can think of now has a home.
It's a different technology that any other I operated, but the very common WordPress tech behind it. It's at Any Luck at the moment. The hosting is a thank you from a friend.
Rocky has been more than supportive here. It was just time to move one thing overdramatically to somewhere else.
If your wallet isn't smoking after visiting the Steam Store before this coming Christmas Day, your games list must be impressive. Featuring such deals as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Complete Pack, currently at 75% off (OGR trilogy, GRAW 1&2) you can't go very wrong.
The deals will probably get even better closer to the sale's end, if history repeats.
So I fell down again, this time just trying to get dressed. Luckily it was a slow fall, and I landed squarely with my tailbone on the tile floor, but without anything unpleasant breaking my fall, so I shouldn't have any surprise bruising tomorrow.
Every now and then I guess subconsciously I need a reminder that i'm still broken.
After a leak of a black Microsoft Windows XP desktop theme last week, MS decided to rework and officially release the new theme, branded as the 'Zune' XP Theme, named after their upcoming portable multimedia device.
Official download is available here: Zune XP Theme
Microsoft is a little late on this release, I believe. The black/orange theme really should have been out before Halloween, don't you think?
I have my diurnal gastric day patient surgery in the morning on July 6, due to a scheduling mishap. I typically go in every late June & November. It's incredibly minor; the set-up and breakdown takes longer than the procedure, but it's all done through imaging (x-rays) so the doctor can see the tube & the contrast while they work.
I also recently met with my Specialist in Ocular Plastics (eye surgeon who closed my eyelid) recently, and she was trying very hard not to say my closed ey
So, after four years or so, I got a new hearing aid today. For those who may not know, I've had nerve "deafness" in my right ear for eight or nine years.
Anyway, after a hearing test and a forming session last month, my insurance said "go for it" and I picked up a new hearing aid today. Besides being intensely blue, which the med. tech was very excited about, my aid came with a set of tools, and of all things, a remote to set volume. I'm still trying to figure out why.
It's been over a year - a very long and interesting year, since I added to this.
Short version: I got very sick, and might never be 100% again.
Longer version: It started with a case of meningitis, during which I had a stroke-like event. I'm in a wheelchair, my right side moves with very little control, my left side doesn't feel pain (which is not as great as it sounds), my throat doesn't work (talking is awkward at best and if it doesn't go through my gastric tube I don't eat or drink) my
Oh how I wish it were different.
It's the early hours of March 16, 2012 and I realized that my health care situation, how do I put it. On April 1, 2010 I rolled myself to my wife's father's van and left the medical side of things behind me. Almost two years have passed since I've been dealing with all this.
It seems silly to go on about it, but hey, it's all I have. I'm still the same person I was, but I can't express it well.
So I've lived at this address for six or so years, and always knew I was close to home by that disused water tower next to the railroad tracks a few blocks over.
What I didn't know is that water tower is part of the building that houses Ubisoft Toronto.
Einstein, Newton, and Pascal are hanging out in heaven, feeling rather bored, so Pascal suggests a game of hide and seek. Einstein is chosen to be it, and he covers his eyes and counts as Newton and Pascal go to hide. Einstein reaches 60 and opens his eyes only to discover Newton standing right there out in the open.
Einstein goes over to him and says, "What are you doing? You are supposed to hide. You made it too easy for me to find you, Isaac."
Newton points to the ground at his feet, an
So my mother had a stroke, on February 8, 2017. She's okay, mostly, just a bit weak on one side and with some memory issues. Strange, the same thing happened to me seven years ago.
Of course, living 200km away from home, and being in a wheelchair, I can't exactly pop by and see her. Funny.
Apparently, the Pentagon is building it's own Internet, at an estimated cost of $200 billion. Talk about war driving. Sheesh.For the German readers, here's an article showing that Windows Media Player 10 was made using warez, at least in part. Microsoft, the bastions of IP rights and proper licensing are a little bruised at the moment. I'm waiting for the BSA to invade MS's offices. Of course, since Microsoft founded the BSA...In a sharp slap to the faces of all those who claim video game v
We're the new media. Yep, fansite operators are the new, true games journalists. We're the ones who hunt, pry, beg and borrow any leads we can, in our own spare time, out of a desire to learn and share.The big companies always have the upper hand though. Why? They don't earn information, they don't seek it, they merely pay the right people in the right way, sit back, and watch the "news" roll in. Sanitized, sanctioned, and utterly unearned.Of course, this just mirrors the regular news media
I discovered a fantastic trick for getting the spell checker to work in virtually all text fields, not just input boxes.
As usual, open about.config in a new tab/window, and locate layout.spellcheckDefault. Change it's value to 2 to turn on Firefox 2's spell-checking in input fields as well as text areas.
You'll need to close and restart Firefox for it to take effect. Oh, and I find it amusing that the Firefox spell checker flags Firefox as a typo.
So Humber River shipped me back to West Park. It took a lot longer than expected, and I don't know if it was HR or WP slowing the process, but I waited.
Eventually, they tossed me in a Ambucab and moved me to a private room, still under sterile observation, and nobody knew why. The folks at Humber, when questioned, would clam up, so West Part had to assume an unknown pathogen, and held me in relative seclusion. Luckily, since I had been there recently, I had months of rehab under my belt, so
So Carrie Fisher died today. As an actress I knew of her, but it was her work in mental health that was most prevalent to me.
My wife was tearbound at the news. I was stoic, like usual. Good old stoicism. I died a little myself, on the inside, but damn, I'm not going to show it.
I will miss you, Carrie.
Anyone who asked me for my presence before this began and was met with me not feeling well, that was true, mostly unrelated, and stupid on my part.
I was drinking very heavily for years prior to this all, and managed to do some damage to my pancreas and liver. Luckily, though the damage was effectively permanent, I stopped drinking completely before it was too late.
I approached CAMH for support, which they were glad to provide, though the waiting list is long for the serious stuff. I was