Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Site Home (kinda)

Thanks to a junked server from my employer this site is now hosted on actual server hardware with a server operating system (Windows Server 2003 Standard). It's only a dual P3-700 with 2GB of memory, but if you're reading this, then it's obviously getting the job done. It also doubles as a great BitTorrent server ;)

I have dumped Verizon after having been with them off and on for ten years. When it comes to handsets they just flat out suck. Rumors of cool new handsets abound, then every other craptastic carrier (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) ends up getting the handsest first. My "new every two" came up in June and Verizon didn't have a single new Windows Mobile phone out. I waited for these losers until a week ago, and finally jumped to Alltel with a PPC6800 phone. So far the customer service, signal, and pricing is great... so SEEYA Verizon.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Waste of Cleveland

I hit up the Taste of Cleveland today. If this "festival" or whatever it is supposed to be represents the diversity within our city, then we sorely lack it. There were multiple pizza places, a few bakeries, a handful of BBQ places, and one or two culturally diverse places: New Orleans style, Japanese, German, Indian (as in India, not Native American). We had some food from Schnitzel House (schnitzel sandwich), an Italian place (a 12oz bowl of pasta), and a bakery (Canoli and Strawberry Cream dessert), plus two sodas. The food was alright, but nothing spectacular or unique. The worst part was it was a complete rip off for barely two "meals": $6 parking, $10 in entrance fees, and $30 in food tickets. I don't know why I keep going back to this thing every year.

Since my last post I've gotten a couple new geek toys. My shiny new Toshiba X205-S9349 as my primary PC and a Logitech Harmony 890 Universal Remote (thanks to my awesome girlfriend!). I love the laptop, but as far as Vista vs XP my advice on Vista is: don't bother. Even if you can get Vista to work 100% with all of your existing software and hardware, the only technological advancement it has over XP is Direct X 10, and right now there aren't any really mind blowing DX10 games out (but they're coming...).

Saturday, April 28, 2007


So things ended up not working out at my job after a year. Life goes on. In some ways it's a blessing in disguise, because I will now be employed by a former co-worker's company. I actually turned down an offer from another area company to take this position... I feel it was the right choice.

In my spare time (re: boredom) I've picked up interest in my Sony PSP again and modded it to the latest "open firmware" so that it can play NES/SNES/Genesis/PS1 and a slew of other ROMS on it. When I'm not mashing away at Mike Tyson's Punchout on the PSP, I've taken a liking to watching The Sopranos. However, after A&E jacked up their scheduling of the reruns, I've taken to ganking all the episodes off of I love that freaking site. It's like having Tivo... without having Tivo. Any episode of most any show past or present can be downloaded on a whim. I've gone back and caught Southpark or Family Guy episodes that I missed on air. As Tony the Tiger would say... they're greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I'm broke and idiots are funny

Continuing from the last post, it turns out that my leaky garage roof shorted out my door opener. $350 for a new opener installed and $750 to get a new roof put on next week *holds breath for the roofer to actually show up*. Man being broke makes life really boring.

Watch as this idiot messes with a pissed off cat live on the air and gets what's coming:

I nearly died of laughter when I saw it live on my TV, then found out it was on YouTube and just HAD to link to it for posterity.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

It's pouring

So wow. Holy crap. Here's a recap of the last two weeks for me:

  • Grandfather died
  • Close family member rushed to ER at 2AM (they're fine now)
  • Cut off on I-480, hit pothole, ~$1800 in damage to right front wheel components
  • Sick with the flu for four days
  • Furnace died. Had to buy a new one AND bring the vents up to code. ~$3300
  • Garage door opener ceased to work. I'm up to $55 in service fees and so far it still doesn't work.
  • Memory card reader on my PC died (just as I needed to take pictures of something I sold on Ebay)
The only way the last two weeks could've been worse is if a safe, piano, or anvil dropped on my head Looney Toons style... and then my body was eaten by rats like Kenny on Southpark. When it rains, it pours.

Saturday, February 10, 2007


I was bored today so I decided to see how YouTube worked as far as uploading a video, length and content limitations, embedding in other sites, and the like. So far, I uploaded a 14MB MPEG and an 8MB MPEG. The upload went as fast as my wussy cable modem could muster. Once up there, it took something like ten minutes for YouTube to convert to Flash format and post it live. Sorry, the content is nothing impressive (water fountain in the lobby of the Niagara Falls Casino).

UPDATE: I don't know what the deal is, but after the above video worked fine for an hour for some reason I keep getting "This video is no longer available" errors on it now. WTF is the deal with that? If I logon to my personal account and look at the settings, the video seems to work again for another ten minutes, then breaks again.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Today started off pretty weird. I woke up and decided to go get breakfast this morning around 9am. While I was out, I thought I'd swing by the Best Buy and Circuit City and laugh at all the nutjobs camped out for a new shipment of Nintendo Wii's. When I got by Circuit City, I noticed there was barely anyone waiting out front. So I asked if they were waiting for the Wii. Yes? Really?! So. Yah. I became a nutjob waiting for a Wii. My ass frozen and an hour later I went in and bought one using a "you froze your ass off, here's a voucher" coupon.

Five to six hours of play later with three other people, this thing is fun as hell! This is by far the most unique and fun video game system ever made. I will not be Ebaying it as I had thought I might end up doing (if I decided I didn't like it).

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Yay for time off

I'm enjoying my first day(s) off of work since Christmas. I've been working on a presidential campaign site that had me working both last weekend and New Year's weekend (yes, that sucked big time). Now that I'm off, what do I have to do? Work on two desktop PCs, one laptop, and one Xbox (I mod Xboxes to run SNES/NES/N64 emulators). It seems like I have either no personal work, or a ton.

After I finished working last Sunday, for some brilliant reason I decided to trash my back/legs... er, I mean tear the roof off my garage. It took me five hours to tear off three layers of shingles using my hands and a foot long pry bar. I then spread two 29x19 tarps and nailed down four foot sections of strips to hold it all in place. Did I mention it started raining halfway through the process? Fun! I called a roofing company on 1/8 and am still waiting for them to put on a new roof (they refuse to give a date, and other asshat roofing companies won't even bother to return calls for quotes. Nice eh?). Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved