Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Taking stock...

I am an artist that hasn't finished a comic in eight years.

I am a drummer who hasn't drummed in 2 months.

I am a songwriter who has never finished a song.

I am a gamer who never finishes any games.

Hrmmm...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

append to last entry:

oh, and I get to keep that old SC-750a warhorse of a case in action. Good times.

screw wireless

After trying to budget and figure out if I needed G, A, or N wireless, I spent $14 today and ran a cable through my wall to connect my Media Center PC and Xbox 360. Works like a damn charm. Thanks to Jess's dad, it looks good, too. This is something I have wanted to do since we moved into the house, and it feels good to finally be done. The media server and wireless printer are safely tucked away in their own closet , with a cat6 connection to my router. Pretty sweet.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Finally! Some things to write about or things about which to write or...

When I last posted I was but a man... now I have become one of the wretched and sleep deprived parents of the world, with a lovely daughter to dote on and love all my days. Nice work if you can get it, but this sort of forum is all about the naval gazing and I feel that must continue. To that end:

I have a homebuilt computer in an enormous Supermicro SC-750 tower that has had little to do since November of '06 (pronounced aught six) when I purchased my Macbook Pro. Igor became my studio workhorse, which lasted for a while, but the 'book soon took over those chores as well, leaving him in a lurch really. For the past year he has been little more than a doorstop.

Tivo's monthly fees have finally changed all that. In an effort to thwart yet another attempt to nickel and dime my monthly income away, I decided to turn Igor into a Media Center PC. This has worked out surprisingly well. Igor is a Pentium IV 2.4 ghz which is fairly low end for a Vista box, but he's performing like a chance. Even if he sometimes forgets he has a monitor connected (he is 5 years old... well, parts of him are 10!)...

Overall though, mission accomplished. Tivo functionality for the price of a TV PCI card. None too shabby. Now if I could just figure out which protocol to use when I update my wireless network...