Fancy Desk Ornament

March 7, 2008 at 11:37 pm (Uncategorized)

As of a couple hours ago (as in before I went to bed and woke up) I just finished fixing my computer back up for the first time [on this computer ._.] After about a year of operation Winblows finally gave up and died, bricking the computer. Oddly, the backup didn’t seem to work either so I ended up having to put some Linux on the comp. After that didn’t work, I just gave up and put Windows back on the thing and manually reinstalled the patches and drivers.

Interestingly, I have no real idea why the system failed to start up. It’s possible that when I deleted a couple registry keys (spooky things) to try and get Grim Fandango to install I may have stomped on its toes and made it die. This would make sense if the backup would’ve fixed the problem, but it didn’t, so I’m guessing it was just time to reinstall. Needed to do that anyway, gave me a chance to clear out the extraneous apps that I wasn’t using anymore. Oh, and as a first since the dawn of the computing era I managed to get the entire AVG Security Suite installed this time. I’ve always been a bit of a fan of AVG’s anti-virus since it does everything it’s supposed to without coughing up on the wrong files and without causing your entire computer to slow down.

My last install had Symantec on it, but it had broken at some point and wanted me to reinstall parts of it whenever I turned the computer on. Right clicking became something you don’t if you can avoid it (right click, OH NOES CANCEL CANCEL). Luckily none of that is here anymore and it seems to be running better than it used to. Hooray.

On another note, Grim Fandango has an alternate installer that you can use on a modern computer, so the registry key poking wasn’t really needed at all.

P.S. Whoever at M$ thought it’d be a good idea to spearhead the web activation era, please report to the stabbing room. You obviously didn’t stop to think some people have to reinstall more than once in their lifetime.


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GP2X Just Released

October 29, 2007 at 5:33 pm (Gaming)

It’s been a little while since I last posted here, but just today the new model of the GP2X came out and orders are now being taken. The new model doesn’t really bring anything new in terms of speed or memory, though it’s already a fairly respectable machine compared to other game handhelds out there. The new model does, however, replace the control stick some people have complained about with a D-pad and the screen is now touch sensitive. If you already have one of these devices, it’s debatable if you should upgrade. If you don’t have one, though, I’d say they are worth it.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is currently codenamed the “Craiginator” and is a pretty beefy console that’s in the works. It’s dubbed the “spiritual successor” to the GP2X, though it won’t be out for some time and the new F200 model of the GP2X can stave of the urge to repeatedly ask if the Craiginator is done yet 😉 One thing though, many of the PSP’tards seem to be propagating the fact that the GP2X uses standard batteries as a fault. While I can see how you would think this if you lived in a cave, I personally think it’s a pretty good decision. Using standardized batteries instead of proprietary lithium ion cells means you don’t have to pay for expensive batteries that are only costly because you can only get them from one place without voiding your warranty. If you chose to get a GP2X (or if you have one), rechargeable batteries are the way to go. I can say from using them in wiimotes, you save money with them over the long run (and they’re way more convenient).

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Skrylar does SEO work now?

October 21, 2007 at 2:19 am (SEO, Thoughts)

I’ve expunged all of the old posts from this blog since there wasn’t anything really useful and anything that I had mentioned is pretty old now. Some things like my brief stent with putting funny pictures on dwarves never really took off so it doesn’t really need to be kept. At times it was even called a “livejournal” because of the amount of “emo” some people interpreted from it. And now for something completely different:

I’ve been getting increasingly tired of not having any real income (primary or supplemental) and I’ve found myself with quite a lot of free time now. I was linked to the Thirty Day Challenge a while back and tried some of the early pieces until I hit a bit of a brick wall (One of the “vital” components wasn’t available, because Facebook suffers from suckery). I’m back prodding around with the videos and am maybe 20% finished with it. I have to say, it’s a really great course for internet marketing. Early on Ed Dale teaches numerous utilities that are extremely useful that I don’t think many people know about or know what to really do with it. I’ve also been doing a bit of research from other sites and newsletters and it looks like something useful to experiment with.

Basically my impressions of “white hat” SEO are that a good contractor or SEO expert is one that is almost completely invisible after the fact. A bad SEO person, or someone who doesn’t really understand how it works will end up taking a perfectly good and helpful web site or article and making it look like stock marketing garbage you see on TV that doesn’t actually help you at all. Instead, it’s mainly about taking a working site with good content and finding ways to optimize the article for Google and various search engines. Essentially, taking a good article that’s helpful but not easily found and sensibly whacking it with a thesaurus so it’s still helpful but contains “keywords” to make it more easily found by people who want to know about it but don’t want to dig in.

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