got net dot net yet?

March 30, 2004 under Computers, Programming

Rain, rain and more rain. I like rain but I’d prefer snow. I guess this is the time of year to officially say farewell to winter. Spring isn’t so bad. It’s still comfy for the most part. But you all know what follows spring and how mush I detest what follows spring.

I’m totally looking forward to programming with the .NET compilers. The CBitmap class in .NET has a member function to write to BMP data to files. I totally could’ve used that a few months back for a project at work. Instead, I have to manually create the data in the BMP bit by bit from a CBitmap by first converting it to a device-dependant bitmap and then to a device-independant bitmap. Ugh. But it works ’cause I’m awesome like that 😉

It looks like Barry is finally updating his blog again. Attaboy!

In three games, I can speak without fear of jinxing.

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i hath returned

March 26, 2004 under Computers, Hardware

The computer is up and running again 🙂

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first you get the power…

March 25, 2004 under Computers, Hardware

Status update:

My new 550W power supply is in. The computer is no longer is pieces and I’ve put it all back together. Now I’m just waiting on fancy shmancy silver-braided rounded IDE cables from Tiger Direct.

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one bad mother…shut yo' mouth!

March 24, 2004 under Computers, Hardware

Status update:

Dena made it back to Kitchener safe and sound. Pearson was busy that morning that she left. She was disappointed to come back to find that I had cut my hair 😉

My new motherboard is in. My new power supply isn’t yet. The computer is disassembled. Waiting.

In six games, I can talk without fear of jinxing.

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i hate computers

March 22, 2004 under Computers, Hardware

Dontcha hate it…

Don’t you hate it when hardware fails? Yesterday, I’m in the midst of a marathon UT2K4 session when all of a sudden the ol’ PC locks up and I hear a familiar “click…….click…….click” sound. Sounds like a head smacking into a platter, to me. Good thing it was the drive with my swap partition and not the one with Windows/program files/etc. This is the second hard drive that this computer has wrecked in the same way. As long as I can remember, my DVD-ROM and CD-RW on the secondary IDE controller can’t work in UDMA mode. I’ve had to resort to, ugh, PIO. So I’ve had enough. I broke tradition and got a Western Digital drive; bucking my usual Maxtor loyalty. With a gift card and rebate, I got it from Futureshop for free. To prevent this happening a third time, I’m replacing my sub-par 300W power supply with a 550W one that I found on eBay for a wicked price. I’m also ditching my P4S8X (since it’s likely a phunny IDE controller causing all of my woes) in favor of an 865PE Neo2-LS. Everything should be in later this week.

What a fun weekend I have in store for me 🙁

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bachelor life

March 19, 2004 under Computers, Life, Software

Dena’s in Crystal Falls. I hope Pearson wasn’t too busy this morning. She hates that 😉

So my weekend will likely be filled with UT2K4 😉

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going unreal again

March 18, 2004 under Computers, Software

I haven’t been excited about a game in quite some time. Along comes Unreal Tournament 2004 and changes all of that. When Unreal Tournament 2003 was released a while back, it was exciting…at first. The graphics engine was revamped and sexy. There were nifty bells ‘n’ whistles like the rag-oll physics from the Karma Math Engine. But the game was boring and UT2K3 servers were virtually deserted. Thankfully, the original Unreal Tournament still had a strong following.

UT2K4 rawks, so far! It looks like Epic and Digital Extremes have redeemed themselves. Servers are populated and there’s plenty of game types. I have a feeling that many hours of my life will vanish thanks to this game 😉

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you're still not gettin' it

March 15, 2004 under Hockey, Life, Sports

Dena has a nasty cold 🙁

People who hardly watch hockey and know little about it should not crucify Todd Bertuzzi 😐

Fedora is a-ok in my books 🙂

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if you don't get it, you probably never will

March 10, 2004 under Hockey, Sports

The big question is what will happen to Todd Bertuzzi after what he did to Steve Moore. The people who want to crucify Bertuzzi probably haven’t played organized hockey or aren’t dedicated followers of the game, IMO. Moore‘s elbow to Markus Naslund‘s head a couple week earlier did deserve retaliation. I believe that what Bertuzzi did was justified (even though he shouldn’t have been the Canuck to do it), but how he did it was wrong.

In other news, my mom is out of Grand River Hospital and at home, still taking chemo (chlorambucil) for Lymphoma.

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checkin' out

March 8, 2004 under Computers, Life

Cheers:
TortoiseCVS rawks the hizzy compared to WinCVS.

Jeers:
Apparently Research In Motion prefers to hire foreign workers. Lame.

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