Digital Chum - Virtual fish guts and other nonsense

January, 2007:

Round Two!

Drew and I have traded bizarre images again. Here’s what we came up with.

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It works! It works!

Well, I reinstalled Windows XP on my system, but immediately had the same lockup problem that I’d been having when I’d run any application that used 3D graphics. I’d replaced my video card recently because of the same issue, so I figured that this time that wasn’t the problem. After doing some research, I decided that I needed a bigger power supply. The symptoms sort of indicated as much.

As it turns out, that was the problem. My video card was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, which is why, when it got taxed by heavy graphics work, the system would crap out… by doing a pseudo shutdown. So now I have a nice, beefy 500-watt supply in my case and everything works wonderfully. 3D apps are no trouble and my system is in happyland again.

That means I can play Defcon again. w00t!

The Most Hated Task

I’m on Lori’s computer right now because the hard drive on my computer is being formatted for a fresh install of Windows XP. It’s been giving me some trouble lately and I think the problem is related to the video driver, but I’m not sure. There’s a lot of junk on my system, too, so I figured it was time for a good house cleaning.

Having a nice, fresh install is always nice, but it’s usually a little nerve wracking wondering whether or not I backed up everything that I need. Too late now, if I did forget something.

I have a second hard drive in my system that I’m going to use for Linux after I get the XP install done on the primary hard drive. I’d love to switch over to 100% Linux, but there are some Windows applications that I rely on that won’t run under Linux’s WINE application, so I’m sort of stuck until I can wean myself off those applications.

*sigh* Hard drive is 67% formatted…

Oh, it’s ON now!

My friend Drew (see AllSystemsRunning.com) and I had a competition last year to see who could find the weirdest (or creepiest or most twisted) image on the web. We didn’t really have any rules, but I know we pretty much stayed away from porn or real-life gross-out images. I think all of our “entries” were hand drawn (by someone else) or computer generated.

Well, we decided to start it up again and here are the first two opening salvos…

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A Horrific Catastrophe!

This is a disturbing act of unparalleled proportions!

The ‘Gnomesville Massacre’

It’s aliiiiive!

Digital Chum is online and ready for… well… whatever.