Mar
09
2018
7

See, this is why I didn’t get a Jesusphone.

Not because of this, so much: “The South China Morning Post reports a Shanghai mom is locked out of her iPhone for the next 47 years after her 2-year-old son repeatedly entered the wrong passcode.” No, it’s much more because of this: “A technician at an Apple Store in Shanghai told Lu she had two options: do a factory reset on her iPhone and lose all her files or wait the 47 years until she can use it again.” Real computers give you more options.

…What?  You don’t have a ‘mobile phone.’ You have a Tech Level 8/9 Complexity 2 Tiny computer that people sometimes use to make voice calls. Where GURPS made its mistake was assuming that people would insist on holographic projection user interfaces; turns out we’re all a lot more willing to just squint and peer close than everybody anticipated.

Jan
07
2018
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….Well, I guess that means that my new number keypad works.  Turns out that when I bought this mechanical keyboard I was actually going to end up missing having the number pad after all; I was originally going to get a new keyboard, but this unit just plugs into the computer via USB and works right out of the box.  Everything seems to work right out of the box, these days.  This is one of my favorite things about the future, really: computers have been pretty much continuously exceeding my expectations  since the 1990s. It’s actually rather neat.

Moe Lane

PS: This is the item, if anybody happens to need one.

May
25
2017
6

Regretfully…

…I have nothing really to talk about except the computer, because that’s what I spent most of the day dealing with.  Games do boot up MUCH faster on the SSHD; startlingly so, in fact. Conan Exiles used to take forever to load itself, and now it doesn’t.  I do have one wrinkle: my old hard drive needs to be connected to a power source, but I’m not sure if I have enough oomph in the magic thinky box to power it normally, or whether I need to put in another new esoteric energy crystal.

…Yes, that’s the level of my knowledge.  And I’d ask my computer guy, except that I did ask my computer guy, and… look. The dude is fast, cheap, doesn’t screw around, and does a thorough job.  What he may not be all that great at is English as a second language, all right? Or maybe I’m not great at explaining what esoteric stuff I need done.  You can’t have everything. I have double the hard drive space, and faster load times.  I’m coming out ahead on this one as it is.

May
25
2017
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Well, the hard drive’s replaced/cloned.

And the secondary hard drive’s installed, but it needs to be powered up.  Something funky about that which I didn’t quite catch.  I think that it’s running more quickly now, but I haven’t tested it with any games yet.  Probably my next step, here.

May
25
2017
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All right, let’s try this again.

Off to get the computer upgraded.  I may be a while. Or not; you know how computers are.

May
08
2017
11

At what point IS it a new computer?

This is the modern version of the Theseus Paradox, really; if I replace the video card, the memory, the hard drive, the CD drive, the motherboard, and then finally the casing – at what point did I replace the “computer?” Easy to pick an arbitrary point, like ‘motherboard’ or ‘casing;’ but what makes those acts of replacement significant.  if I started off by replacing the casing or motherboard, would it be accurate to say that that still represents a full replacement?  And if the act of replacement is time-dependent, then is there a moment in the process that can be said to be the moment of actual transformation?

I have not a clue, but my wife and I found it an interesting enough discussion topic on our way to the mall. Plus, it distracts me from the fact that I want a 2TB SSD, and I ain’t getting one any time soon. Those things are hella expensive, huh?

May
05
2017
2

So, back in ’93 or ’94 I got myself a x486…

…because I needed a real computer, by gum; and since student loans were paying for this anyway I might as well go live a little, right?  So I get the computer, and a bit later I need to add some hardware.  I figured, hey, let me just install it myself, right?  How hard could it be?  Three hours later, I stopped trying to figure out where all the cords that I had disconnected were supposed to go and just called in a computer technician.  I mention this because I looked at my new memory, looked at my new video card, and said “How hard could it be?”  Bear in mind that I’m married to an engineer, so I figured that I would at least have a tech person at hand; also, hey, Youtube videos.

And the heck of it was, it wasn’t very hard. I mean, even I could figure out where the power cord was supposed to go, and it was just a matter of unplugging and plugging and listening for the clicks.  And it worked. And the PC could handle things with a bare-bones video driver until I could update with the latest NVIDIA ones. And it all just worked.  My video games run much more smoothly now, thanks.  And I’m very bemused, because my first computer hardware experiences happened in an era when mouse drivers were an hour-long pain in the ass. I shouldn’t be shocked that technology has jumped so in the last twenty years, yet here we are.

Moe Lane

PS: When I mentioned this to my wife, she chuckled and pointed out that computers were first put together by engineers, who always assumed that the people doing the repairs would of course have access to basic tools, like… well, ‘soldering irons’ was the only one I recognized.  Something ‘box.’

Apr
27
2017
15

Need to walk through some computer upgrade stuff.

Basically, here are the relevant specs:

  • 1 x AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz(4.2GHz Turbo) CPU and AMD 760G Chipset Motherboard Combo
  • 1 x AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB Video Card (Require Min. 600W Power Supply)
  • 1 x CYBERPOWERPC 600 Watt 80+ Power Supply
  • 1 x 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ (2 X 4GB)
  • 1 x Major Brand 1TB 7200 RPM SATA III 6.0
  • 1 x AMD CPU Cooler
  • 1 x 12X Blu-ray Player & DVD-Rewriter Combo Drive

My priorities for upgrades are as follows:

  1. Switch out the video card for, probably, a GTX 780 (cheaper on Newegg than Amazon).
  2. Get my RAM up to 16GB.
  3. Add or switch my hard drive to 2TB or above.

(more…)

Apr
12
2017
3

Ohio inmates MacGyver their way into Ohio prison computer network.

Somebody call Hollywood.  There’s a movie here:

The inspector general’s report found that [Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institute] inmates “took two computers that should have been disassembled, placed hard drives into the computers, installed a network card, transported the computers across the institution for approximately 1,100 feet, through the security check point without being searched or challenged by staff, accessed an elevator to the third floor and placed the two computers in the ceiling of the P3 training room.” The report added that “they also ran wire, cable, and power cords to connect the devices undetected onto the ODRC (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) network.”

(more…)

Feb
02
2017
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:deep, even breaths: I just love trying to straighten out my kids’…

…account/password problems.  It’s remarkably fun, especially when I can’t get anywhere.  Wouldn’t you agree?

[Goes back to staring at the screen until the pixels begin to individually nova.  One pixel at a single time. Because it is soothing.]

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