le_bebna_kamni: (Metal)
It's like a video game, except inode entries are getting bumped around instead of pinballs. Yay! :D

I'm a little goofy at the moment, because I've been trying like crazy to get Bespin running on a server under a hybrid custom application that I'm slapping together so that Matt and other members of the CREM development team can edit, test, and make commits to the repository from the web.

Don't ask me how I'll do it...I'm not even sure it will work. Perhaps some of you will be visiting me in a local insane asylum in a week or two.

However, while I take a break and ponder the futility of my undertaking, I wanted to share a thought regarding file location (or relocation), which seems to be the bulk of my troubles for the particular part of the task I'm working on. They're coming to take me away, haha hoho heehee... )
le_bebna_kamni: (Sleep)
If there is one thing I have learned about the average computer tech, it's that they're a lot like auto mechanics. Auto mechanics come in all shapes and sizes and talents. Some are much better than others, but truth be told the vast majority look down on those who don't have the same kind of skill, and often try to take advantage of whoever they can. We all know the stories of going to an auto mechanic and getting bullshitted about the repair costs or being told your 2003 Chevy has a [nonexistent] carburetor.

The same goes for computer techs. If you call a computer support line and don't know what you're talking about, you put yourself at great risk of being the butt of an ID10T Error joke or put on hold for long periods of time while the tech goes off and plays Quake for an hour. If you take your computer in for repair and don't already know what's wrong with it, you risk being billed for high-cost repairs that you don't really need. And you can be as polite as you want -- it won't save you if you catch them on a bad day. I've listened to countless IT friends recounting what they did to the poor ignorant losers, and I've experienced it first-hand. Needless to say, I avoid tech support at all costs.

Unfortunately for me, it becomes a necessity from time to time, but I'm frequently way too trusting when dealing with "experts". A good chunk of this has been past ignorance, but even now when I'm nowhere near "ignorant" status I still get caught in the trap. And once again, I've been hoodwinked and taken advantage of, specifically by a very commercial computer seller that I've been warned away from in the past. What bites about this particular instance is that it essentially cost me a thousand dollars in 2002, but I didn't find out I was hoodwinked until just tonight. Avoid CompUseless, Worst Buy, and Short-Circuit City )

Yes, I'm happy that I've got my computer back, but I think I'm also reasonably justified in my bad mood. My word of caution: don't buy computers from Best Buy if you want warranty service. Or CompUSA. Or Circuit City. Maybe not anyone at all. Better yet, build your own...or become really good friends with someone who can. ;P

And thank you for anyone who stuck through my rant. :)
le_bebna_kamni: (sleep)
Okay, so did anybody read what I actually posted about catching up on e-mail and all that fun stuff over my spring break? That was all lies, I tell you...or I should say, my computer made a liar out of me. My computer, in a horrendous attempt to thwart my spring break relaxation and mental coolness decided to stop working.

I can't explain it ‒ all I know is that two out of three boots into Windows were suddenly putting me into a locked up screen. And since the manufacturer's recovery disk doesn't let me pick and choose how I want to reinstall Windows, it basically meant that I had to wipe the entire hard drive (Linux and all) and start all over again...don't worry, I took the time in one of my successful bootups to backup everything for the transfer, although I'm sure I could have used Knoppix recovery tools if things had gotten really bad.

While it may have eaten up my time (and caused some cursing along the way), I'm actually quite pleased with my newly reinstalled machine. I took the time to look through what files I was backing up, got rid of the junk (as well as some unnecessary programs that were lingering on my machine), and the end result is I have a machine that loads much more quickly and lags far less often when I'm gaming.

The downside is that I'm just starting to catch up with e-mail, but the upside is that I actually took the time to get me a mail program (Mozilla Thunderbird) to make checking my mail a little easier.

Ah, yes...and toys. I finally broke down and bought myself an MP3 player. It's a Samsung YP-T9, 2 GB, but I'm not sure if I'm pleased with it or not. I'm still waiting for the battery to charge for the first time, so I haven't tried it out (other than the demo model in the store). But so far I've already run into a couple of annoyances. The player comes pre-installed with six or seven themed album folders, which you can't delete (even though they're categories I would never use). I'm also annoyed that to charge the player requires plugging it into your computer, not a wall outlet. I'm assuming this is normal for most players, but it's still annoying since I generally don't boot up my computer unless I'm using it (which means I can't charge the thing over night). Hopefully I'll get to try the thing out tomorrow.

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