February 11th, 2003

Burn The World

Well, Fuck That

Have I mentioned how much I hate Di's computer? In fact, have I mentioned how much I hate Compaqs in general, lately?

First, I get a call from an old friend, out of the blue, asking about her computer...a Compaq. Dealt with that one...move along.

After the last round of bullshit, it was working fine, and then, the other day, it decided not to boot. OK, fine, no problem, after a few tries got it to boot into Safe Mode, and ran a System Restore...problem solved. "For now...MUAH HAHAHAHA" said the gods, as they wrung their hands. Earlier today, still working fine, no worries. This evening, working OK, no worries. Then, for no apparent reason, upon boot, it no longer gets mouse or keyboard response...um, yeah.

OK, fine, sayest I, and off to work I go again. Nothing I try gets anything from them. It's booting OK, but with no mouse or keyboard support, I cannot log in to an account to do another System Restore or much of anything else. OK, I think, next try...boot into Last Known Good, at which point it begins going back to power up screen every few seconds. Same for Debug Mode. Well, this is a revolting development. Note that I got it into MS-DOS and the keyboard works fine. At this point, nothing will get it to even BEGIN loading Windows. OK, boot off the flawed CD of XP, and get the Recovery Console up. Fixing the boot sector does nothing. Writing a new Master Boot Record does nothing. In fact, it claims the drive is now flawed or unrecoverable.

Pretty fun stuff for a machine that isn't even connected to the outside world. Now, I know that the installation of XP is flawed, and I figure that has something to do with it. So, sad to say, Microsoft is actually gonna get some money out of me. Out of my tax return, I'm breaking down and getting a legit copy of XP, so at least I know it will work properly, and if it doesn't, I can bitch at them. Plus, I never got any restore discs or anything with the Banshee, and if something died, I'd be fuckered, so it'll be nice to have around.

*sigh* I hate Compaq computers. Never have I seen one that wasn't a big pain in the ass.
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    Paul Oakenfold & Christopher Young - Chase
City On Fire

More Stuff To Do

OK, I absolutely must get done the work that has slipped for a week. Period. No excuses, and no turning on Morrowind 'just for a little bit', since that ends up translating to hours. Work, work, work, work, work.

Luckily, it shouldn't take long.
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    Luxt - Genie In A Bottle
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"I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy . . . censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty litle force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything--you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him."

- Robert Heinlein, Revolt in 2100
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How To Survive A Console RPG

See everyone else playing the 'Final Fantasy' series, regardless of the fact that there is nothing even remotely final about them? Unsure how to get your boring upper appendages around 'Wild Arms'? Afraid you'll just be kicked out by 'The Bouncer'? Or are you just sick of seeing that someone named after a piece of a chain has yet ANOTHER adventure to complete, but still cannot afford anything but a third-rate Robin Hood costume?

Regardless, I'm here to help. Go read The Definitive Guide To The Console RPG, and never fear again. As stated, it'll raise your INT by 3, and may even lower your CHR by 7.
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    Morel Arts - Thief Techno Mix
Typing

Work, Work, Work

Finally managed to get the updates for Optical Blasphemy done. See? If I make myself work, I can, so there.

Speaking of which: Zach, if the news I heard this morning is true, then you have my deepest and most sincere condolences. That hurts, hurts a lot. I'm with you in spirit, m'man.