February 28, 2005

Firefox Stuff

Will have to look through these tips. IE View looks especially useful. Also have to figure out how to get to the Google search box using a key command...

Posted by kstroke at 07:23 PM | Comments (0)

GreatAZO Warning

Man, I wish I'd known about this review site before I'd purchased. The comment about data being lost after 3+ months is really scary. The review is for the 4x media. 8x isn't listed, and I bet the quality hasn't improved between the versions. The rest of these babies are going up on eBay. And just to reiterate, Meritline sucks for pawning them off onto unsuspecting consumers with claims of how great and compatible they are.

Posted by kstroke at 07:16 PM | Comments (0)

Firefox

Been trying out Firefox over the last couple of days. It's pretty nice. Overall, it's mostly the same as IE.

There are some annoyances. I can't use some pages to their fullest extent. In MovableType, I can't see the editing buttons on the entry page so I lose the convenience of higlighting a word, pasting in a link, and having the anchor tags automatically generated around that word. One big problem is that I can't enter in text into an "enhanced" text box at work intranet site. That's a show stopper. Until that gets fixed, IE will still get used. Whether the problem is with Firefox or with people writing non-cross-platform compatible javascript, I don't care. I just want stuff to work. Right now, IE does that for me.

Firefox has one killer feature - opening all the links in a bookmarks folder into their own tabs. Now I can go to all the sites I visit daily at the click of a single label. When one site is being slow, I can see that right away and just start reading a site that's already finished loading. So cool.

Posted by kstroke at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

February 26, 2005

Price List

Memory - $443
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=140215&AFFIL=pg&NR=1
2 GB DDR (2 pcs 1GB) PC-3200 (400) OCZ Dual-Channel (OCZ4002048PFDC-K)

Motherboard - $188
http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts/details.asp?PRDCODE=MBAS-A8NSLIDLX&REFID=PG
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket-939 nForce4 SLI ATX
setup notes

Processor - $278
http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts/details.asp?PRDCODE=CPAM-R643500BI&REFID=PG
AMD Athlon 64 3500+/2.2Ghz/512K L2 CPU(Scoket-939)

Storage (option 1) - $205/drive
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=150561&AFFIL=pg&NR=1
Maxtor (6B300S0) DiamondMax Plus 10 300GB SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

Storage (option 2) - $120/drive
http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts/details.asp?PRDCODE=HDWD-I2000JD&REFID=PG
Western Digital 200GB (8MB / Serial ATA150 / 7200 RPM)


Video Card - $450/card
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=M&Product_Code=190482
BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC 256MB GDDR3/PCI-E/TV-Out/Dual-DVI

Dual video card + power supply bundle - $850
http://www.chumbo.com/Info.aspx?id=244958

Case - $110
http://www.spacecentersystems.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/272037

Case - $111 (incl. sh)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=141613&affiliate=froogle

Some different scenarios (blegh, expensive):
188 + 278 + 443 + 120 + 450 = 1479
188 + 278 + 443x2 + 205x4 + 450x2 = 3072
188 + 278 + 443 + 205x2 + 450 = 1769

2/26/05
NV Silencer 5's - $21 each
http://www.jab-tech.com/customer/product.php?productid=2441&cat=0&page=1

Waiting has already paid off. Memory and graphics cards have already gone down in price on the order of $40.

Posted by kstroke at 03:16 PM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2005

DVD R Media

When I've bought blank DVDs (I'm tempted to put an "in the past" clause here, but it's already implied by the tense; less is more; or not), I've gotten them from Supermedia or Meritline. These places seemed fine enough to me. I got my stuff, and the price was reasonable. However, the most recent 8x DVD+R discs I got from Meritline blow. I can only burn at 2.4x even after upgrading my firmware to the latest release. I'm splurging on some purportedly "good" media that's listed by Plextor as known to burn at 8x - Taiyo Yuden. This time I'm going to rima.com. They have excellent reviews on resellerratings.com. I figure only sketchy outfits peddle sketchy sub-standard media and advertise it as premium. Also, don't buy Great AZO - I can actually see through the disks!

Posted by kstroke at 06:44 PM | Comments (0)

February 21, 2005

Wiki

Wiki reviews. Debating between MediaWiki, PHPWiki, and PmWiki.

Posted by kstroke at 10:22 PM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2005

February 12, 2005

LCD Testing

http://www.gdargaud.net/Hack/DeadPixels.html - 1 dead pixel found this way. Makes it a lot easier to see. 1 isn't so bad out of the millions, I guess. It's not in a terrible spot either.

http://www.monitortest.net/monitortest.asp - better test. Can do full screen colors. The pixel is pretty much only dead for light blue, and yellow. Must be a dead sub-pixel or something.

Posted by kstroke at 04:38 PM | Comments (0)

February 03, 2005

Log Entry

2 mi run - 9:30 pace
4x15 pushups, 4x20 situps, 3x3 pullups

I'm getting to the point where the run isn't as hard physically as it is mentally. When I see the 1 mile point coming up, I start thinking, 'you know, one mile is probably just as good as two.' When I see the 1.5 mile point coming up, I start thinking, 'wow, this is even better than 1 mile so it's ok to stop now and do all those other things you need to do.' I think it'd help a lot if either I was chasing something or something was chasing me.

Posted by kstroke at 10:46 PM | Comments (0)

February 02, 2005

Falling off the wagon

Maybe instead of a new computer, I'll get a new car and install a carputer like this guy's.

I'm in the boring section of The Millionaire Nextdoor.

Posted by kstroke at 06:12 PM | Comments (0)

Spendthriftiness Quelled

Man. I was getting all caught up with the thought of upgrading my computer. I was getting kind of stupid there for a second. I started listening to The Millionaire Nextdoor again and I'm feeling better. Some may consider my $20 monthly membership to Audible an extravagence. This audiobook choice has just saved me about $3.5k by reminding me that there's no point in having a big hat but no cattle.

Posted by kstroke at 02:26 PM | Comments (0)

February 01, 2005

Computer Stuff

To look at later: http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/38623/

Posted by kstroke at 01:55 PM | Comments (0)