Digital Chum - Virtual fish guts and other nonsense


Surviving in a Post-Apocalyptic World

This report hits the nail on the head. Although I think that more education needs to occur than just what video games can provide, I couldn’t agree more with statements such as “playing video games all day, alone and friendless, is simply the best way that we have to prepare our children for a life of solitude in a barren wasteland.”

Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?

Fun with Computer Monitors

I didn’t do this, but it looks very much like something that my buddy Drew and I would have done back when we worked for Armstrong. Now that I see this, it saddens me to think that we never conceived of the idea ourselves. *sigh*

Computer Monitor Arch

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…