January 31, 2008

January 31, 2008

Well, I decided to install Ubuntu again. Dream Linux just did not want to install for me. So far I have not noticed any major problems but only time will tell I suppose. I used the firmware option this time so we shall see what kind of difference it decides to make.

I also decided to explain my idea about the slimmed down operating system a little more. This is because a friend pointed out the XP embeded thing. The plan also was pretty hardware related also. The thing would have a processor that could run on very little power and make no heat. It would also be thin and get 10 plus hours of battery life.

Supper today was steak in an oil broth. very good but hard to explain it. Had real mashed potatoes with this, not the instant ones though I do like them too. Weather is a mix crap bag to rain and maybe snow tomorrow. They said if anything does add up it will be less then an inch only.

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January 30, 2008

January 30, 2008

Not much went on today really. I did the firmware update on the PSP to 3.90 so now I have Skype. Shame they left out the text part of it and you need a headset for it. I always do the firmware updates for it since you never know what they add that isn’t formally listed.

Really windy here today. Nothing really good in the forecast snow wise for the next 10 days, but they are saying we will get a mix on Friday. Supper was pork chops with the steak dust, those little potato things that you bake in the oven, and spinach.

I am addicted to solitaire now! Why must it be in Windows!!! I am also trying to get a Linux distribution called Dream Linux to work. This looks a lot like Mac OS X and is based off Debian like Ubuntu but not based off Ubuntu itself.


January 29, 2008

January 29, 2008

Well, today was fun. We got a little freezing rain today. We decided to run up for another half ton of pellets for the stove today. We decided to get them today so we don’t need to go tomorrow. We ended up getting McDonalds for supper today. I always get 2 double cheese burgers and fries. I love the fries at McDonalds!

I have been thinking, there are some technologies that I think should make a come back. They could use some changes though for the market today. One of these is the Handheld PC. What is a Handheld PC? Most people would be thinking something along the lines of an OQO or Samsung Q1 Ultra. The Handheld PC is actually a PDA that runs a version of Windows CE.

Some of the things that made the Handheld PC good was the inclusion of Windows CE. CE doesn’t mean anything according to Microsoft but it could mean Compact Edition. It is similar to a Windows 9x interface. They had large screens and a keyboard. They had a PC card slot and a CF slot for expansion and most had a touch screen.

Of course, this needs to be changed to be successful in the market now. These changes would need to make it closer to a real Windows OS. My idea is to make a stripped down version of XP. Make it be able to run on a low power processor to make battery life longer and generate less heat. They would have to be cheap also.

Another option is to make these a “classic PDA” that has a thumb operated keyboard and a 5″ screen. A classic PDA is one that doesn’t have a integrated Phone. These could be a success if you include a hard drive and market it for a multimedia handheld. Windows based handhelds have a lot of nice media players, some of which are even free.

I also want to see classic PDA handhelds regain market share. I do not want a PDA phone. I do not want to be tied to a contract. Would I like a contract free one with unlimited net and text messages? Yes I would love that. They are good devices but not for me. I am happy with a phone free PDA. Plus the classic models tend to have better hardware really.

One thing I would love to see come back to popularity is not a technology thing at all. I miss fountain pens being common. I can not write with a ball point pen for long without getting sore hands. I also think that a fountain pen is really nice to write with since you can choose different inks. I don’t really like the cartridge fillers as much as I like bottle fillers. Maybe I am weird but I think a nice fountain pen is key to good handwriting skills. You can choose a nib that fits your writing style. Like I prefer a finer nib since I write kind of small. Everyone is different and that is why they have so many types of nibs, inks, and pens. Sure, a quality fountain pen may cost a lot but they last a lot longer then a ball point will! Bottled ink is also better for the environment since you aren’t throwing away plastic.

There is one reason that a fountain pen is amazing. There is a brand of ink called Noodlers. They make a series of “Bullet Proof” inks. They are impossible to remove from paper without ruining the paper first. They have a black one that is prefect for everyday use too. Its also cheap at about 10 dollars for 3 ounces of ink that will last you quite awhile.i
I forgot to mention that I played UT3 yesterday. I have been playing ONLINE too! I am starting to get good too. I played team death match yesterday, and today I played some capture the flag. I play with my cousin a lot too. Practice makes perfect!!!


January 28, 2008

January 28, 2008

Well, good news everyone! I finished the 404 error page! I am going to begin working on the following pages when I get a chance to.

About
Computers
Links
Fun Stuff

I may add some new pages, it all depends what I feel like doing. I will post update information on the blog as usual.

Looks like Bluray is going to win the format war! Its about time that Sony gets something right! I think the format war was stupid to begin with since they cost pretty much the same and Bluray holds A LOT more data. About 13GB more to be exact.

Supposed to be 44 tomorrow so no chance of snow it seems. I would love to get some snow before the end of the year but I doubt we are going to get a nice snow storm before spring comes. I would love to see a good foot plus of snow.

Supper today was chicken stew. It is pretty much just chicken, potatoes, and carrots, in tomato sauce. The chicken gets really soft and moist this way too. Throw on a little cheese and its amazing! I love it since the sauce doesn’t actually go under the skin of the chicken.


January 27, 2008

January 27, 2008

Well, I played about an hour of UT3 today. I played 3 offline 10 minute death matches and then 2 online ones. Both totaled up to about 1 hour of play. I was going to play more but I was doing really bad online. I need to practice more!

I had chicken soup for supper today. This is the third time my dad made it and it finally came out good this time. This will be my lunch for the week again. Weather will be pretty plain tomorrow it seems. There is no snow in the forecast so who knows what is going to happen and when it will happen…

I am still working on the links page. It takes awhile to do it when you don’t do much work on it really. It is funny really since I am really bored and I don’t work on the site. I want to have it done soon. I never finished the 404 page either so I want to do some work on that. I am also thinking of reworking the navigation. I don’t know when this will happen so don’t start thinking it will be soon.


January 26, 2008

January 26, 2008

Well, I think I am starting to get sick now. I have had a fever off and on the past few days and now I feel like I have a cold. I am sneezing a little and I have a runny nose. This seems to be a very annoying cold right now. I don’t have much of an appetite either.

I have been looking at getting a new game but a lot of them are kind of crappy really. I do not care much for shooter games with a plot. I know Call of Duty is supposed to be a really good series and they have 3 cheap sometimes. I am really shocked by the lack of role playing games really.

Well, I found out how the warranty works now. I send them the IPAQ, they will try and fix it. If they can’t fix it, they will look for another HX2495B. If they can not find another one I will get a IPAQ 110 since it is the only real replacement model.

I would like the 110 since it has SDHC and Windows Mobile 6 but I have been hearing that the screen is not as sensitive as other PDAs. I will just have to see what happens. I will be sending it in once the HP warranty runs out in about 2 weeks.

Had hamburgers and French fries for supper tonight. Had some fun today! We had TiVo’ed a Blue Man Group concerted on HDNET. WOW! This was way better the using YouTube!


January 25, 2008

January 25, 2008

Well, Engadget posted the MacBook Error review today. They took forever to pretty say its crap. I have to say that a 13.3″ screened laptop is still a 13.3″ screened laptop. Being thinner does not make it more portable to me. If you want to be more portable you need to get a smaller screen and not just worry about thickness! Make the battery replaceable too!

I have been thinking of doing a dual boot in my laptops. I would love to try Linux again! Its in my blood! I can not stop loving it. I could probably get something to work on my T20 at least. I will probably try a dual boot system soon but I can use a 40GB drive on the T20 though.

I had hot dogs for supper. I love the Nathans ones the best. I have been thinking of getting the cheese filled ones one of these. Also had Kraft macaroni and cheese with them. I like this one the best. I don’t care much for other brands really.