LOVE IS OVER

So today I was feeling really down in the dumps because Shiranne and I broke up so I felt like going and getting myself some bubble tea to make myself feel better and so I got it and then I set it on an ATM and then it fell and the cup shattered and I got really distraught and felt like screaming!!!

My computer is extremely dead

So for the past few days my computer’s had a little trouble booting up. I’d have to restart it because it wouldn’t get past loading Vista. Yesterday, though, the progress bar simply froze. I came back a few hours later (after class) and it was still there, frozen.

Vista’s repair DVD didn’t detect any problems. Scandisk didn’t detect anything, either. So I decided I’d try reinstalling. Worked for two reboots, and then it froze on the third one. Maybe some hardware components were the problem. I took out a wireless card and sound card I don’t use anymore, and it worked once, but then no more.

So then I decided to install Vista on another disk, assuming the first disk was busted. Worked for a few times, and then it locked up. Okay, maybe it was something else on the IDE chain – I removed every IDE device, including CD drives, and unplugged all USB devices, and still – even after running on a disk I had put inside the computer just to install Vista, it would still hang after a few initial reboots.

Safe mode works most of the time. I just don’t know what in safe mode makes it work, while booting up normally doesn’t.

So I’m lost. I don’t know what’s causing the problem. If it’s nothing IDE-related, and it’s not the disk that’s in there, then the only things I can think of are RAM (which I memtested), my video card (which I uninstalled drivers for to disable video acceleration – no luck), or my motherboard. No idea.

This really sucks. I’ve always been able to pinpoint the problem, but I’m really out of luck this time. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to buy new RAM or a new motherboard because they might be perfectly fine. Maybe I should just install Ubuntu on my computer and say farewell to my days as a Windows user (and as a computer gamer and web designer – HAHA FAT CHANCE) forever?

edit fixed (for now!) Thanks hatchling!! HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS

Internet stuff I use.

So I thought I’d do this just in case anyone wants a good idea on how to keep yourself present and organized on them nets. Let’s go.

I use Thunderbird nowadays. It’s my main web center. Used to be iGoogle, which is still my homepage, but I get all my mail and all my RSS and most of my news and my calendar through Thunderbird, so it’s almost useless for me to have a homepage now. Keeping up with email and RSS counts for the majority of my time, and it’s great to know that I can keep updated without effort just by being sure that everything delivered through Thunderbird is read. No more refreshing or random stumbling upon sites. I also removed all RSS feeds from LiveJournal – so my friends page is actually my friends page again.

Facebook is my main social networking site – where I try to keep all my real-world social information up-to-date.

Jaiku shows my activity online, but I’m quite taken with FriendFeed as it’s always more up-to-date. But seeing as Jaiku was just bought by Google, it looks like I’ll stick with that as my primary place to get updates on what I’ve been doing online – then again it’s not like it takes any effort to keep both up to date. That’s sort of the point of the sites.

As for my activity online, there’s a number of things:

Twitter is my micro-blogging site of choice, even though Jaiku offers it too. Twitter is the O.G. of micro, though, and has the largest user-base and ease-of-use. If you’re only keeping up with my LJ, you’re only hearing half the story!!! Only not really.

A lot of people seem to use del.icio.us as some sort of linkblog, but I joined it a while ago to just use it as a live bookmark site. It’s a lot easier to save my bookmarks on the site and be able to access them on any computer, rather than toting a bookmarks file around and installing it on every browser I use.

I don’t know if it’s even worth mentioning that I use YouTube. I don’t have an account on any other video sites, though, and I used to put vlogs on YouTube, as you can see.

Flickr is my main photo site – I just dump everything I can find, minus my daily photos, to Flickr. Facebook’s got a nice photo interface but it has limits on album size and photo dimensions, so it’s good for things specific to communities. Therefore I don’t use it as often.

I use Last.fm to keep track of what I listen to, and more recently I’ve switched to it for hosting my music. Great that it kills two birds (of a feather) with one stone.

That’s about the entirety of what I do online. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t linked to my own site once until now. That’s the beauty of the current era of the Internet – the need for a personal site is completely nil. Might as well hop on a social networking site to share your stuff around – that’s what I do. My site’s just there to act as a portal to sites relevant to my online presence – and I also use it as a host for random stuff.

I wish my iPhone added to the simplicity of the whole thing, but it’s not as great with all this stuff as one would imagine. I get my email fine, but what about my RSS? The only RSS reader is an online HTML-based one, which doesn’t update often. And seeing as my bookmarks are RSS – it’s very difficult to access Twitter, just for example. Also there’s no Flickr interoperability. And the calendar is useless to me since it won’t sync with anything on Windows except for Outlook/Express, neither of which I have. Oh well, maybe Apple will eventually get on the ball.

I’m always on the look out for other stuff to keep updated with, or stuff that’ll simplify my online activity. I’ve looked at Plaxo which tries to act as a sync service that blends all of my services into one. It does a pretty good job of it, but I still don’t get too much use out of it. I might start using Tumblr as a place to do a linkblog like Awesomelinks, but so many things I use already offer similar services – del.icio.us, Facebook, Digg, etc.

Well this was a good use of an hour, I’m going to bed because I’m not feeling too hot. Goodbye!

Carless

So for the first time in 5 1/2 years, I am without a car. Sold and transferred it for well below the blue book value, but it was the best offer, other appraisal sources valued it less, and the car was a gift, anyway. Can’t complain!

I certainly hope selling my car was not a big mistake, but I’ve done fine not using it for the past few weeks, and I can’t think of any reason why I’d need to leave Seattle by car for the next year or so. I can always rent a Flexcar or a U-Haul if I need to. But I’m quite happy about the financial and environmental benefits of taking the bus. It’s $44/quarter, which saves so very much gas, parking, registration, insurance, etc… Not to mention the whole global warming bit.

Okay time for class!

LIFE COMPLETE

For the past few years I’ve used a Logitech MX310 mouse. It’s pretty great!

See that little circular button below the scroll wheel, though? If you install Logitech’s horrible drivers you can get it to pop up a makeshift application switcher, or do Vista’s dumb Flip 3D thing that no one uses. It’s basically useless, so I removed the driver and the functionality. And it’s been sitting there. Bugging me. For years.

Until finally I got sick and tired of having it sit there and have no purpose (I’m a minimalist by nature), so I looked up some way of gettin’ it to DO something. Seems that someone beat me to the punch and made this awesome hack for Logitech’s drivers called uberOptions (the site of which seems down). Suddenly the little button was given hundreds of possible functions – I told it to open up a little VBS I programmed which plays/pauses iTunes (sup Shiranne, we coded it for our DJ app).

Can you say easiest way to play/pause iTunes possible? Because I can. I am very happy.